Holiday in the Park Presented by Six Flags Over Georgia

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; everywhere you go…

and that includes Six Flags Over Georgia as the park now stays open select days from now until January 3 to celebrate with you and your family!  In its fourth season, Holiday in the Park is known as one of the Best Christmas Events in Georgia, and definitely something everyone in the family will enjoy.

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Just before Thanksgiving I was given the opportunity to visit Six Flags with my blogging gal pal, Tami, where we enjoyed a festive evening filled with sounds of the season, twinkling lights galore and live shows full of cheer and delight!

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So what all can you do while at Holiday in the Park?

Let me share a little glimpse !

***Enjoy the lights!  From the moment you enter the park at the Main Street entrance you are met with the first of millions of colorful LED Christmas lights that form a canopy between the buildings, then wrap around the buildings, to draped between attractions.  The 25 Ft Christmas tree and gazebo in the front of the park makes a perfect location for family photos.  Don’t miss the lighting of the tree at 6:00 each evening.

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***Take whirl on your favorite roller coaster and enjoy the different themed areas as you walk through to find it.  My favorite was the Retro Christmas area… I’m such a traditional old soul. Tami and I rode the Goliath (It’s been years since I’ve been on a roller coaster!) and then took a ride through the Monster Plantation.

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Some things you never outgrow!

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***Catch a show!  From carolers in the front of the park to stages with entertainment, you’ll find something to fit everyone in the family, and I promise you’ll be singing along.

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***Visit with Santa and other Warner Bros. characters.  You’re never too old for Bugs and Daffy!

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For someone living in the Southeast, a weekend get-away would be fabulous during the holidays.  Atlanta is full of adventures to enjoy and an evening in the park under the holiday lights is a perfect way to cap it all off!

If you have been slow in finding your holiday cheer this season, take the family to Six Flags this year and enjoy the holiday mixed with rides and entertainment all in one place!  I’m sure it’ll become a holiday tradition for you all.

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Taking a Walk Along the Christmas Tree Trail

One of the highlights of my trip to Orlando and Disney for Mickey’s Christmas Party last weekend was the afternoon Tami and I spent in Disney Springs.  If you are unfamiliar with Disney Springs, the area is a fabulous outdoor shopping,  dining, and entertainment complex near the Walt Disney Resort.  Walt Disney Imagineering designed the area and it makes for a wonderful way to continue your Disney experience when you’re away from the parks.

This particular afternoon of exploring the complex led Tami and I to the fantastic Christmas Tree Trail in the Marketplace where we strolled soaking up the detail of  many amazing trees, each based on a different Disney character as it “snowed” along the way!

 

I was completely mesmerized and loved soaking up the creativity of Disney while getting a few ideas of my own. We took our walk during the day where the sun outshone the twinkle lights, but it didn’t matter these trees are GOALS!

Put on your Mouse ears, grab your inspiration boards and take notes as I share our stroll with you, because these trees are FABULOUS!

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The Dumbo Tree was my favorite!!

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This tree topper is all I strive for at Christmas!

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I love how this tree topper completely describes Mary Poppins!

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Christmas Tree Trail wasn’t the only place to find holiday decor, the entire complex was decorated. Combined with festive holiday music you are sure to get your holiday cheer on!

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And be sure to top off your festive adventure with a holiday treat from one of the sweet shops!

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The display will be up through January 7, 2018.  If you happen to be traveling near Orlando during the holidays, definitely add Disney Springs to your list of stops.  It’s free to walk the Christmas Tree Trail and you’ll be glad you stopped!

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Which was your favorite tree?  I would love to know!

 

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

It’s  beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I am sooo excited!

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Last week I was invited to accompany my gal pal Tammie for a return trip to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for media night.

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 Naturally I was very excited as I am that crazy person who walks around humming Christmas carols, and always looking for things to do to make the season even merrier!

{Sorry Tammie!}

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Party goers get into the holiday spirit as carols are playing throughout the park, festive decorations galore add to the magic Walt Disney is know for, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” live show at Cinderella’s Castle that’ll have you singing all season long, the fabulous Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade featuring gingerbread men, elves, reindeer, toy soldiers and a special appearance by Santa Claus, cookies, chocolate and other sweet treats, a spectacular fireworks show and characters all through the park for photos and greetings!

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The excitement and magic is contagious and I promise you will become that person that walks around humming carols all season long as well!

Check out a few images from our fun evening in the park!

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Y’all, I’m such a fangirl!

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Every little girl loves to meet a prince and princess!

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Can we discussed the amount of lighting goals in this one picture?!

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If you would like to attend Mickey’s annual party for yourself, it is open on specific nights between November 9-December 22 throughout this season. Beginning at 4:00 in the evening and lasting well into the night, tickets to Mickey’s party are a separate entry fee to Magic Kingdom.  Once purchased, you enter a park transformed into a spectacular holiday scene that only the staff at Walt Disney can imagine! It’s fun to dress up in festive attire or even attend in your Christmas pajamas!  With younger children plan to go early so that they can enjoy the magic before exhaustion overtakes them.  Lines could be long for character greetings so stay merry and go with the flow.  If you are a couple or have older kids planning to attend, wait and go later in the evening.  The live show plays every hour, there are two parades (an early and a late), as well as fireworks.   Of course there are the rides and several restaurants to enjoy as well as the magic you can only find at Disney World.

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LUZIA: A Cirque du Soleil Show

I remember as a little girl attending the Ringling Brothers Circus at the Omni in Atlanta each year.  As we would leave the show we always stopped somewhere totally child-friendly for dinner (a playground was usually involved in this stop) where my siblings and I would proceed to play on the playground as if it were our 3-ring circus.  We would create a tightrope of the thin bars making up the equipment, swing from monkey  bars as if they were trapeze bars, and flip around as if we were stars of the show.

I thought those days of imagination were far behind me, but Cirque du Soleil has carried me back in time, bringing back that little girl staring in amazement and wonder at the acts happening before me.  Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA is enchanting, captivating, thrilling, and so much more than the trapeze artists of my childhood ever were.  Cirque completely takes me back to those  days of wonder from my childhood, except I would NEVER attempt many of the astonishing acts these performers did!

All I could do was sit wide-eyed and clap with childlike excitement and joy as each act was complete!

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Due to popular demand, Cirque du Soleil is extending performances two weeks so that the show will now conclude on November 19, 2017, to the previously announced Atlanta engagement.

You must attend this show if you can manage! 

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I was able to take in this delightfully-imaginative and visually-stunning production LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico on Thursday and was completely mesmerized from beginning to end of the show.

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LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.

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Luzia uses water, multiple settings, fantasy, colorful costuming, music and of course acrobatics to tell the story.  This artistic journey will take you from an old movie set to the desert to a smokey dance hall using imagery representing the culture, history and mythology of Mexico from the past to the present.

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To add to the beauty of this production, LUZIA incorporates the element of rain into its performance, a first for a Cirque du Soleil production.  There are 17 different acts, and many of them involve the use of water, from a pool in the specially made stage to falling rain.

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As performers acted out the story I am sure that I held my breath and stayed on the edge of my seat. I have never seen anything like it!

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After the show I was able to take a backstage tour and learned several interesting things. First, the music is live, performed by six musicians playing a variety of instruments.  Sometimes you would see them on-stage, but they also played from backstage.  There is also one beautiful soloist singing in Spanish.

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1,585 gallons of water used during the performance are recycled for the entire duration of a stay in a given city.  This water is filtered and disinfected for the health and well-being of the performers throughout and after the show. The stage floor has 94,657 holes through which the water drains into a 3,500-litre basin hidden underneath.  It is coated with a special textured surface to protect the performers in the dry acts.

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There are over 800 colorful costumes involved in this production.  Each piece is custom made for each performer personally and they also have a spare for everyone, meaning that this production travels with over 1,600 costumes!  Every costume is cleaned after the performance and readied for the next show.

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The puppets are made from a special foam, then painted its realistic appearance.  They take multiple people both inside and out to operate.

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The artists perform in 8-10 shows a week, which means they must be in top condition.  They have physical therapists that travel with them as well as gym equipment for training.  Performers are on a year contract, but may extend for many years as long as they feel they are physically able to perform.

Many are involved in making the show spectacular and memorable.  A total 115 people from 25 countries are part of the touring cast and crew of LUZIA.

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The 44 artists alone come from 19 different nationalities: Belarus, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Guinea, Italy, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia and Venezuela.

There are more than 40 different job titles on site, including Electrician, Head of Tents, IT Specialist, Sales & Customer Experience Supervisor, Publicist and Plumber.

LUZIA travels via 65 trailer trucks carrying close to 2,000 tons of equipment.

You can find Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA under the Big Top at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station until November 19th!  It’s completely worth checking out for a local date night, one-day trip or making it an overnight get-away!

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