Christmas at the Magic Kingdom

Close up of Cinderella's Castle. Soaring palace of gray stones and bright blue tiled turrets. There is a golden spire on top. On the front is a clock.

Cinderella’s Castle, a thing of beauty and the centerpiece of Disney’s Magic Kingdom. We all need a bit of magic in our lives, and there is no better place to find it than here. Christmas is special in the Magic Kingdom. Main Street brings back the joy of the old downtowns where Christmas was a world of lights, bows, and hope.

This is the post that nearly didn’t happen, and even tonight I cannot re-create the way I was feeling having returned from a day of fantasy and fun. I’d like to share with you, though, the things that I saw and loved and maybe impart a bit of how I felt.

Frontal view of an old car. It has a red hood, gold headlights, and a black cloth top. Cinderella's Castle in in the background. There are 2 dancers on the left.

We arrived early, having eaten a light breakfast at home. Between the parking lot and the entrance is Bay Lake, a huge lake created from the previous marsh land by Walt Disney for the express purpose of broadening the experience and separating the “magic” from the world. He designed two ways to cross, futuristic monorail or historical replicas of the Staton Island Ferries. Town square is first, then Main Street, and at the other end is   the beautiful castle.

After visiting the Confectioner’s shop and bypassing the throngs at Starbuck’s (it is somewhat camouflaged), we decided the course of least resistance would be brunch at The Plaza Restaurant. A 2 story, white columned building with a brilliant painted gold ceiling on the second floor porch.the Plaza Restaurant. The perfect start to the day, it avoided the necessity of the lines for “fast” food. Then we just let ourselves drift where the mood took us. Back through the shops, then in front of the castle. Having been there many times, we have no need to see it all in one trip.   It is fun to stop, find a bench or even someplace to lean, and watch the people. Some are in a rush, some in awe, and more Disney Christmas shirts than I can remember seeing before. Harper's Mill is a tall, iron red mill complete with a working water wheel. Behind are dense, green trees. Below is the reflection the entire mill in calm water.

A short walk from the plaza is perhaps my favorite thing in the Magic Kingdom, as you will note from the huge photo. Harper’s Mill is on Tom Sawyer’s Island across from Frontierland. It’s magic, folks. You can cross miles and years in a few minutes. Harper’s Mill is one of the timeless and classic originals from the park’s opening, and people continue to stop and just watch the water falling over the water wheel.

Close up of the Haunted Mansion. Red brick with chimneys on either end and a round turret with a bat weathervane on top. The right side of the mansion includes a glass solarium.

The Haunted Mansion is where the voice of the late Thurl Ravenscroft invites you to “Step into the dead… center of the room” and later intones that there are 99 ghosts living here, “Would you like to join them?”

A huge, fully blooming bougainvillea is in the foreground with the Crystal Palace behind. Some will see the bougainvillea primarily, some the Crystal Palace.

Press on leisurely, cross the bridges, and find yourself at the beautiful Crystal Palace. Dining there is an incredible experience. Stunningly beautiful inside and out. It currently operates as character meals, and a dear friend recently told me it was a wonderful experience for her family.

For us it was time to call it a day. We like to visit a park and explore part of it leisurely. Living closely gives us that luxury. We took our time on Main Street, bought a couple of T-shirts, of course, and savored the day. In the above photos I am taking a photo of a window display with the tiny camera I’d brought for fun and the result, a close up of Miss Daisy Duck.

In the previous blog I expressed my frustration that the photos I wanted were not recognized. That spontaneously resolved within about a day. Don’t ask me why or what happened. Anyway, I’ve tried to express how we felt that day last week. Disney is where families and couples, young and old, like to come, and the Magic Kingdom remains special. Thank you for joining us on this day, albeit late. Sandy and I wish you joy this season and beyond. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas from Florida.

Pictures:   Main photo is a close up of Cinderella’s Castle. Soaring palace of gray stones and bright blue tiled turrets. There is a golden spire on top. On the front is a clock. Second is a frontal view of an old car. It has a red hood, gold headlights, and a black cloth top. Cinderella’s Castle in in the background. There are 2 dancers on the left. Third is the Plaza Restaurant. It is a 2 story, white columned structure with a brilliant gold ceiling on the second floor. Fourth is Harper’s Mill is a tall, iron red mill complete with a working water wheel. Behind are dense, green trees. Below is the reflection the entire mill in calm water. Fifth is a close up of the Haunted Mansion. Red brick with chimneys on either end and a round turret with a bat weathervane on top. The right side of the mansion includes a glass solarium. Sixth is a huge, fully blooming bougainvillea is in the foreground with the Crystal Palace behind. Some will see the bougainvillea primarily, some the Crystal Palace.

 

16 thoughts on “Christmas at the Magic Kingdom

  1. The question is, how did you pry yourself away from the Confectioner’s shop? I think I would have happily stayed in there for hours.

    It’s so lovely to see your photos and read about your trip, George. So glad you managed to get the photos on after your WordPress issues. Sometimes spontaneous and mysterious things happen with WP, so I’m glad it worked itself back to normality! I’m pretty sure I’d never even heard of Harper’s Mill being there before. I can see why it’s your favourite part of the place. It’s beautiful, and so nice to see the diversity of things to do and see there. You said about living closely, how long does it take you to get there? I’ve never been to either Disney in the US or France, and even though I’ve never been a mega fan, Disney still has a special place in my heart. Maybe one day..!

    Wishing you & Sandy a very Merry Christmas! 🎄You’re a blessing in the blogging world & I always look forward to your posts, so thank you. All the best for a bright New Year for you both too.  ♥

    Caz xxx

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    1. The secret to escaping the confectioner’s shop is to gawk and run. Rarely do we escape without some goodies.
      As for Harper’s Mill, it was a figment of Walt’s imagination when he envisioned Tom Sawyer’s Island. The thing I miss greatly about not walking is “tromping through the woods.” This is a tiny bit of woods to see across the street.
      Caz, your comment about me was one of the nicest things I’ve heard in some time. I am hopelessly behind in reading blogs after having had our family here from Taiwan for a month and our endless summer. I learn so much and get so much support from so many. I hope I can return a fraction of what I receive. Thank you; you made my week.

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      1. While I can’t fully ‘get’ what that’s like, I can appreciate feeling the desire to do it, to ‘tromp’ through the woods but be unable to. But can everyone else run over the toes of rude people with their wheelchair? 😉
        Aw George, you do return the support but you do more than that just from your own blog. You make people laugh, you make them think, you make a difference. I always love reading your posts. I hope you’ve had a good time with your family and I hope your Christmas went as well as possible. Will you have family over for the New Year, too?
        Take good care of yourself and have the best week possible xx

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  2. Going through the leaves, deep into a pine forest, taking photographs in a woods with a skiff of snow actually are better, but only minimally better, than running over toes. Thank you again for such kind words. You have me at a loss of what more to say.
    Our family was here for a month this summer, and the summer was quite hot. They live in Taiwan. Christmas was quality time with ourselves and later some close friends. We simplified things and had a truly wonderful time, thank you.

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  3. Wow, I’d love to see Cinderella’s castle up close and personal and The Haunted Mansion sounds interesting but I think I’d chicken out. Your descriptions of your day sound magical. Happy New Year George and Sandy!! 🎉💖

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  4. Your photographs are par excellent, George! I loved each one! You did a great job with the composition. As for your trip …. oh oh lucky you! What a magical place indeed! And as well, SO happy for you that you got your WP issues figured out. I feel enriched seeing your images …. what a loss if I couldn’t have seen them. Happy New Year!! May 2020 be a GREAT one indeed!

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  5. Thank you. From someone of your talent, that means a lot. I was using a very small, aging Canon SD1400is. And giving proper credit, I couldn’t get high enough to get that view of the Haunted Mansion, so my wife Sandy did it. These have not been enhanced.

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  6. I’m so glad you were able to share these photos as you intended! I kept ignoring this post because I kept thinking, “Didn’t I already read this?” But it was the post that didn’t happen. Your trip sounds very peaceful.

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  7. Thanks, though 2 of the photos that I wanted to share never would load. The help at WP were good, and we got it done. No one ever figured out what happened with those photos! No problem; we all survived! 😎

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