December 17th was a picture perfect beautiful weather day so I headed to the Magic Kingdom. (Click on any photo for a larger image)
It was great to see the Christmas tree on Main Street. It wasn't up on my last Magic Kingdom visit in late November due to upcoming Christmas Day Show taping.
With the beautiful blue sky, all the holiday decorations just popped. It wasn't too crowded in the park during the morning, since Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party was in the evening.
Work continues on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Many workers were on the mountain doing exterior work. I'm guessing there was plenty of action inside as well :) The Vultures from Snow Whites Scary Adventures are in place. It will be interesting to see how they fit in with the landscape.
In Liberty Square you could still purchase Halloween Mickey popcorn buckets are well as Santa Mickey ones!
Beautiful view of Big Thunder Mountain
It seemed as though a number of carts were being set up around the park for the holiday crowds. Here is one right next to Westward Ho Refreshments.
Tortuga Tavern was open with their regular "taco" menu, not the holiday buffet.
I finally got to experience the Jingle Jungle Cruise. Let me just say I was totally UNDERwhelmed.
The decorations were sparse.... basically only in the queue.....
.....and if you used FastPass you missed one of the larger holiday displays.
The boat names were changed, but only one side of the sign was altered.
Our Skipper, Allie, was absolutely great and she definitely made the cruise!!!! But other than her, I was like, really?! It just seemed like it was thrown together to say there was something "new".
Before heading out, I went up the train station to get a view of Main Street. It really is beautiful!
After leaving the Magic Kingdom I went to the Grand Floridian and caught the Gingerbread House making demo and then wandered to the Polynesian to check out the holiday decor.
Here is a tour of the Polynesian Holiday Decor:
The previous post in this blog was Epcot's Holidays Around the World Opening Day Report.
The next post in this blog is Deb looks back at 2013 ......