What I’m Looking Forward To The Most About Our Trip To Disney World (In Honor Of 100 Days Until We Go)

There’s always plenty of things to look forward to on a trip to Walt Disney World, but for some reason I’m more excited about this trip than the last few. In honor of 100 days until we go, here are some of the things I’m looking forward to the most…

The World in all its Christmas finery –Disney World at Christmas is even more special than at any other time of the year. We’re going the week before Thanksgiving, and the parks and resorts will already be decorated. We have our tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (a must-do during the holidays), and we’ll get to enjoy the perks at that event in the Magic Kingdom. The decorations, the music, and the special holiday fun make WDW at Christmas that much more magical.

The new Star Tours — I’m not so jazzed about the 3D, but I can’t wait to see the new adventures, new story, and new technology that goes with this attraction. It should be really cool!

A meal at Le Cellier — The last time we went around Christmas (in 2008), we had a meal at Le Cellier, the Canadian steakhouse in Epcot’s World Showcase. It was without exaggeration the best WDW meal I’ve had, and it was one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. So needless to say, I’m ready to go back. I particularly can’t wait for my brother, the grilling expert, to see Le Cellier for himself.

Seeing Disney World through my nieces’ eyes — Of course, this has been one of the best things about going to WDW the last few years, but this year will be even sweeter, because they’re growing up and the experiences are a little different for each of them. At six, Kenzie’s getting bigger and able to ride more and more of the thrill rides, so we’ll have extra fun. Now that she’s three, Kayla is getting tall enough to start riding the fun stuff. AT two, Hadley’s at the age where she’ll start remembering the experiences. Kenzie is the only one who has been during the Christmas season, so it’ll be cool to see how the other two react to what they see. Needless to say, it’s gonna be a great trip, if for no other reason than watching the girls.

The Pirate Rooms at Caribbean Beach Resort — For part of the trip, we’re staying at our usual resort, Pop Century, but we’re also spending a couple of nights in the Pirate Rooms at Caribbean Beach. The pirate decor will add a little bit of extra fun to the trip, and Kenzie is particularly excited about it.

Any trip we take to Walt Disney World is fun, but this one is going to be extra special, for the reasons listed above…and for so much more.

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Another Disney Home Run

Having three young nieces, I find myself watching a lot of Disney Channel. Not that I mind it…as a Disney fan, I’m glad to see the girls combining our family’s love for Disney with the kids’ TV shows they watch.

About a month and a half ago, Disney Channel launched its new programming block for younger kids: Disney Junior. The network kept many of their former Playhouse Disney shows, while adding a few new programs. One of the new programs, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, is a real winner.

The premise of the show is pretty simple: Jake and his friends Izzy and Cubby, along with their parrot buddy Scully fend of Captain Hook and his plans to ruin their fun. Along the way, the kids learn skills and life lessons. Jake and the Never Land Pirates is thoroughly entertaining, and adults can enjoy it (in other words, it’s not too “kiddie” and annoying).

The show’s music is one of its best features. Pirates Sharky and Bones play songs in many cartoon episodes, and they perform live action music videos at the end of every show. They’re kind of like Flight of the Conchords for kids.

I enjoy Jake and the Never Land Pirates. It’s one show I don’t mind watching with the girls. Way to go, Disney!

Here’s the cool theme song…