This is what DH and I will be seeing tomorrow night. Fireworks at Disney's Magic Kingdom for the last night of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. My aunt will be staying over at our house with her pup Beans to keep Rufus company. I haven't told Rufus yet, but I'm sure they'll all have a great time.
We went to Disney last year but missed this party because they were sold out, so we made sure to get our tickets well in advance and just as we expected, tomorrow night is sold out. The Magic Kingdom is open to the day-pass crowd until 7pm and the people with the Christmas Party tickets are allowed to enter the park at 4pm. I've heard mixed reviews on the enforcement issue for those that bought the extra ticket for the night event and those that were there for the day and sneak around to avoid being escorted out of the park after the regular day ticket hours. Between 20,000 and 25,000 is the max number of tickets sold for the party, so there will still be a lot of people there, but we're going to enjoy it! I don't know how much of the parades or shows we'll see, but we'll definitely ride the rides! Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Buzz Lightyear are on the top of the list. We'll be heading over around 1pm to check in to our hotel which is in Lake Buena Vista, just outside of Downtown Disney. From the looks of it, we'll grab dinner in Disney Marketplace, probably at Hooters then we'll head over to Magic Kingdom until midnight.
Saturday morning we may check out breakfast at our hotel, or if it's too packed with childrens, maybe stop somewhere close. Then hopefully, we'll stop at Ikea on our way home. Maybe we could have Ikea for breakfast too. I think breakfast starts at 9:30am there. If you haven't been to an Ikea yet, and love home decor, you MUST go to one. We went last year around this time and it was the highlight of the trip. Well, the ICE exhibit was cool last year too. We got these amazing bookshelves which reach floor to ceiling in our office. This is the pic from their website, one day I'll take an actual pic of our office. Oh yeah, I just found this on Ikea's site: December 20, 2008 - Breakfast with Santa @ 9am - 11:30am IKEA Restaurant
Last year we also visited Gaylord Palms ICE exhibit which was cool. Literally. It's a walk-through attraction hand-carved (carved by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China) from nearly TWO MILLION pounds of ice and they keep the temps at 9 degrees F! At the end there were slides made of ice that were FUN! I think I have a video of me on the slide somewhere. We won't be going this year, so here are a few pics from last year's trip. That whole candy land house was made out of ice and smelled like peppermint!
The beautiful natvitiy scene and angel and DH and I in the chilly exhibit with the supplied parkas.