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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International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot Center

Last week I was given the opportunity to attend the annual International Food and Wine Festival with my girlfriend and lifestyle blogger, Tami Reed of Talking with Tami at Walt Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida. Tami is a blogger for Disney and as a huge foodie I was thrilled she invited me along for this exciting trip!

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We flew out at 6:00 on Tuesday morning and landed in Orlando where we went nonstop until 11:00 PM.

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First, we stopped in at Magic Kingdom for my first ever glimpse of Disney, then we ventured over to Epcot where we grabbed our Festival Passport and thoroughly enjoyed a taste of so many culinary delights from all over the world!

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Chef Mickey!!

Epcot is celebrating 35 years, so there is one big party going on right now!

Y’all, the food was really good. With over 35 food and wine “marketplaces” there was plenty of options for tasty delights. The festival actually began August 31, but continues to run until November 13, a full 75 days to check it all out!

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Tequila Chipotle Shrimp

During the festival, park guests can mix and mingle with celebrity chefs, experience hands-on culinary workshops and demonstrations and enjoy live music each evening at Eat to the Beat concerts.  They also can book special tasting experiences at Epcot and at Disney resort restaurants. Family fun will be in the mix with kid-friendly dishes geared toward young palates and a Ratatouille-inspired culinary scavenger hunt.

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Creme Brûlée a la Confiture de Framboises

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Popular chefs and other known culinary enthusiasts have been on hand to entertain foodies and inspire the chef in all of us!

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Throughout the days of the festival you can learn to pair beer and wines with different foods if you choose, or just stroll and eat, which is what Tami and I did!

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Mango Bubble tea from China

We picked up a passport upon entering the gates at Epcot, purchased a special festival gift card to make purchasing a little easier and headed off to explore the World Showcase where most of the food tastings were held.  Some of my favorite tastings were Ireland, France, Canada, and Mexico!

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Rib-Eye Taco with toasted chipotle sauce

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Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and onion gravy

If you plan to go, here are a few quick things to know:

**When you purchase an Epcot admission it includes your Culinary passport, Back to the basics cooking seminars and the Eat to the Beat concert series, plus any other Epcot attraction covered under general admission. There is a small fee for any food that you taste in the World Showcase and for some culinary classes.

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Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles

**Purchase a special Food & Wine Festival gift card to make purchasing so much easier than counting cash or swiping your credit card all over the park. We put $60 on our card (which I guess to be the cost of one meal at a park restaurant) and it was plenty for the time that we had. Most tastings were $4-$10 depending on what you chose, with beer and wine drinks quite a bit more. If you need more, money you can add to it and anything left over can be spent at any of the Disney parks.

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**Tasting plates are a decent sized portion, so if you want to share in an effort not to get too full and taste more, it can definitely happen! Tami and I were actually full after a couple of stops, but I was really bad and kept tasting.

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Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup with a Pretzel Roll

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**Some events do require advanced reservations, so be sure to check a schedule before you go and book those early… they will sell out.

**Be nice as some lines can be long. Disney is popular attraction for guests all over the world and everyone wants the same memorable experience that you have. Be patient and be kind. The lines do move rather fast, the longest line I experienced was in “France” and it was about a 10 minute wait for Creme Brûlée. Go first thing in the morning if you want to avoid the heaviest of lines.

**Don’t forget to visit the Festival Center. Here is where you will find classes, seminars, and have to opportunity to purchase culinary related items to carry home.

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**Allow plenty of time for your visit. Tami and I just had part of one day, but I could have easily spent 2 or 3 days there to get the full experience.

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Have you ever visited Epcot for the International Food and Wine Festival? Let me know your favorite part! I fully intend to return again!

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