Day 3 was supposed to be our restful, low-key day since we had Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets, but we wound up getting up early to go to Downtown Disney. After finishing up there, we went to Wilderness Lodge (my all-time favorite resort) for our lunch reservations. We were there early enough for some extensive picture-taking at this breathtaking resort. Lunch there was decent; afterwards the rest of the family went back to Pop Century so Kenzie could rest and swim, while I did some exploring to see and take photos of decorations at other resorts.
We met back up mid-afternoon at the Grand Floridian Resort, the top-of-the-line, swanky resort near the Magic Kingdom to see their Christmas decorations and the full-size gingerbread house; then it was off to the Magic Kingdom. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party itself, where guests without tickets/wristbands specifically for the party had to leave, did not begin until 7:00, but we were allowed to enter around 4:00. We took over Fantasyland first; then we headed over to the Haunted Mansion and Swiss Family Treehouse at dark. The castle was amazing decorated in lights to look like ice! At 7:00, it was time for the party to begin, so we went over to Toontown for Kenzie to meet Tinkerbell and see Mickey & Minnie’s houses.
Kenzie rode her first roller coaster as well…Goofy’s Barnstormer, the kiddie coaster in Toontown. Michael sat in the car in front of us and took pictures, while Kenzie rode with me. She was completely silent and motionless throughout the ride, and I wondered if this was a good sign. After we were done, she was grinning, and I asked her if she liked it. She said she did, so I asked if she wanted to ride again. Her reply was, “Not now. I want to ride it in the daytime.” She rode it twice the next day!
The fireworks were delayed “due to unforeseen circumstances” that night, so Michael and I rode Space Mountain while we waited. When we came out, the fireworks had begun. They were amazing. After the fireworks, Michael and I stayed behind to ride some more while the parade kept most people out of the lines. We were back at Pop Century around 12:30.