Disney Christmas Crafts

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We’ve rounded up some fun Disney themed Christmas crafts that you could do alone or make with the kids over winter break. I think we will be make some of the cute felt Mickey & Minnie felt ornaments for our kid’s Christmas tree. Check out these cute crafts for the holidays!

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Cute DIY Mickey Ornaments at Will Cook For Smiles

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Cute and easy to make santa Mickey chair covers from We Run Disney

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Mickey-inspired ornament from Disney Fashionista

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These Jack Skellington pots would look really cute with miniature Christmas trees! Find the craft at Disney Family

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A festive Mickey wreath for the front door – originally posted on Etsy but if you are really crafty, you might be able to make it yourself!

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Simple and easy Mickey and Minnie ornaments from Confessions of a Holiday Junkie. Could be a great craft with kids!

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Love this Baymax ornament from Mom Endeavors! Full step by step on how to make them yourself.

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This is a beautiful Frozen inspired wreath from One Krieger Chick

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Festive Christmas decorations from Dolled Up Design

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Popsicle Stick Olaf that the kids can make from Craftionary

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Pixie Dust Ornament from Crafting in the Rain

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Simple ornament that you could replicate for any Disney character, from The Coupon Challenge

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Peppermint Disney plate from WDW Radio

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Olaf Sock Snowman from One Creative Mommy – this could be a great craft for little ones too!

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This would be a great craft if you used Disney Christmas pictures and your family initial – original design from DIY Ready with a whole step by step on how to make

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Popsicle Stick Snowflake ornaments that are truly Frozen inspired, from Fireflies and Mudpies

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If you are surprising kiddos with a Disney trip this Christmas, these DIY luggage tags are adorable, from Crafty Staci

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Fun kids craft to make Bell Mickey Ornaments from The Goodlaff Girl

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This Mickey Cup Cozy would be such a cute neighbor gift with cookies! From Disney Family

We hope you are full of crafting inspiration this holiday with these ideas!

Holiday TV Schedule

We have compiled all the holiday and Christmas TV specials and movies that start TONIGHT! We love watching all these fun classic movies as well as some new specials including Peter Pan Live! on NBC and a new Toy Story holiday short called “Toy Story That Time Forgot”. We have also compiled the new Disney Junior holiday episodes and some fun Disney Channel show episodes as well. If you click on the image below, it will take you to a printable image for you to reference for watching or recording.

Hope you enjoy all the fun holiday specials this season!

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Christmas Time at Walt Disney World

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We are continuing our holiday series with a look at Christmastime at Walt Disney World! Have you ever considered spending the holidays at one of the happiest place on earth? We caught up with the busy O family after their trip to Disney World this last December, and talked with them about the highlights of a holiday trip. They also have some great tips for any family thinking about planning a trip.

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PS Ears: When did you visit Disney World?

December 13-20 2013

PS Ears: What ages were your kids when you took your vacation?

13, 11, 8, 5

PS Ears: How many days were you at the parks? Was it enough time for you or not?

We had a 5-day park pass. Yes, we had plenty of time.

PS Ears: Where did you stay? Would you stay there again?

We stayed off property at Orange Lake Resort. Yes, we would stay there again.

PS Ears: Were there any challenges or advantages to staying off property from Disney World?

The biggest challenge for us staying on Disney Property was the size of our family. The cost was too much because we would need a larger room or 2 rooms. It would have been wonderful and more convenient but our place was VERY close to Disney Property. We were able to get to the resort and park and get into the park very quickly. Not a problem at all.

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PS Ears: Would you visit Disney World at Christmas time again?

Yes, we would visit again before Christmas but not in between Christmas or New Years.

PS Ears: How long did it take you to plan and book your trip?

13 years – just kidding!  Over a year only because we were deciding on the time to go and where to stay and if we should do Disneyland or DisneyWorld

PS Ears: What were some special experiences from your trip that you loved?

We loved every park and had a magical time at each one. I think it is because everything was new and a fun adventure.

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PS Ears: What were some special Christmas experiences/attractions/events that you would say visitors should definitely see?

We loved the Christmas parades and just the feeling there around Christmas. Magic Kingdom did something that my kiddos liked –the princesses all handed out Christmas cards when you met them and they were already signed!

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PS Ears: What were your children’s favorite things – by age?

Our daughter, age 13-Animation Academy, Rockin Roller Coaster, Big Thunder, Toy Story Mania
Our daughter, age 11- Expedition Everest, Rockin Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania
Our son, age 8- Animation Academy, Rockin Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania
Our daughter, age 5- Meeting the princesses, Splash Mountain, Toy Story Mania

PS Ears: What things would you do different next time?

It would be really nice to stay on Disney Property and see what that includes. The Magic Bands would have been cool, not too have been so rushed.

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PS Ears: What challenges did you experience? What could make those better next time?

The dining at the parks was tricky because you couldn’t do last minute. You had to make a reservation 24 hours in advance. So if you didn’t know where to eat and you were only at that park for one day you were in trouble getting in to eat ANYWHERE. Also, we had our picture taken everywhere by the PhotoPass people but we never were able to see them. I had trouble retrieving them from the cards and the website and customer service didn’t help. I wonder if I would have paid for this service it would have been better.

PS Ears: What tips/advice would you give families planning a trip to Disney World during Christmas time?

Go before Christmas, get the Disney World apps for your phone. It helped a lot with wait times. Talk to someone who has been there before and can help you navigate the whole Fast Pass thing.

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If you are interested in planning a Disney World vacation for this December, now is a great time to start planning and booking! Our pals at Destinations in Florida can help you plan and book your Christmas trip! Disney World is very magical for the holidays and it books up quickly!

If you are interested in Disneyland during Christmas time, check out our post all about Disneyland during the holidays.

*Some photos provided by Disney World News

Christmas Time at Disneyland

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How can we be thinking about Christmas already? It’s only April! Well, some families are thinking of planning a holiday trip to the Disney parks, so we took the opportunity to interview one of our Parent Panel members about their last Disneyland trip during Christmas time so we could share it with our readers. If you are thinking about taking a trip to Disneyland this December, you will enjoy our interview with the K family and their tips and reviews!

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PS Ears: What dates did your family visit Disneyland?

We arrived at night on Dec. 13 and left the afternoon of the 16th.

PS Ears: What age is your child?

Our daughter is nine.

PS Ears: Where did your family stay? How many days did you visit the parks? Would you stay there again and did you feel you had enough time at the parks?

We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel in a standard, parking lot view room in the Frontier tower. For the same price and similar walking distance, I recommend an upper level/theme park view at Paradise Pier, especially during the Christmas season. We love seeing World of Color from the view of those rooms on nights we don’t stay out late. It would be a big treat to watch the Winter Dreams version of World of Color because of the extra Christmas lighting and all the big bubble snowflakes that float over California Adventure during the show. Plus, since Olaf from “Frozen” is the host, kids would have fun hearing his jokes & the soundtrack from the t.v. in the room.

The long weekend worked great. Adding tours and using the extra park hours for hotel guests helped make the most of our time.

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PS Ears: How was the hotel’s Christmas decorations and special offerings?

Everything was very pretty–the cutest decoration at the hotel was a big plastic gingerbread house in the lobby. There are many holiday activities for hotel guests. They had Santa visits, holiday movies shown outside, carolers, a holiday-themed scavenger hunt & trivia game, and Christmas crafts. The best crafts for kids are Washcloth Creations and Snowglobe Ornaments. It’s free to learn how to fold washcloths into favorite Disney characters & decorate them with stickers/ribbons which kids can keep. The snowglobes were $20 or $25 each and fun for kids to assemble.

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PS Ears: Would you visit Disneyland at Christmas time again?

Yes!  We all had so much fun!

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PS Ears: What would you do different?

We watched the fireworks behind the castle instead of on Main Street. This has been a great spot other times of the year but this time, they didn’t play the music back there. It was still fun to see!

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PS Ears: What age of children do you think would best enjoy Disneyland at Christmas time?

Any age is perfect! The only thing I’d caution is this time of year is usually crowded so it can be draining for kids (and adults) navigating around and waiting longer times for rides.

PS Ears: What were some of the best highlights at the parks for the holidays?

The holiday tour is expensive (I paid $60 each) but well-worth it on crowded days. It lasts about 2 ½ hours which includes the time watching the parade. The tour guide takes you on Haunted Mansion Holiday, the Jingle Cruise, and It’s a Small World Holiday. Each of these rides had a 60-90 minute wait that day. Being able to just walk on these popular rides was a big time saver for our short trip. You also get to sit in front-row seats by the beginning of the parade. So, instead of spending time staking out a good view, you arrive about 15 minutes before it starts. Being in the front row is definitely great for kids since characters will walk up & interact with them.

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The tour includes Mickey gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate in Christmas mugs to have during the parade.  You also get a special limited-edition pin, another pin and a piece of Christmas candy while walking through CA. The tour guide tells funny stories about holiday things that happened at Disneyland and California Adventure as you walk around. There were young kids on the tour & they seemed to like it.

The Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland has all sorts of games, crafts, shows & snacks. There’s a short line to visit Santa. Mrs. Clause is there along with at least eight other characters. So, you can get a bunch of photos/autographs quickly.

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We loved the short Christmas show projected on It’s a Small World. Our favorite show was definitely World of Color Winter Dreams. Keeping our short trip in mind, we got a World of Color lunch package. This included passes in the best section. We were able to arrive 20 minutes before the show and stand close to the front.  This saved time. Otherwise, you have to wait in the Fast Pass ticket line in the morning, then line up before the show starts to enter your assigned section and then wait for the show to start. That can be tiring for kids since they already had a long day.

The best meal was at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ which was decorated for Christmas and had a show of two singers who walked around the tables singing holiday songs. I’m still thinking about the delicious brownie with peppermint ice cream that we all shared! They had two other seasonal dessert choices which sounded great.

Also, there’s a Disney tradition of getting their rare candy canes that are handmade in front of you on certain days. We bought two. My husband loved the fresh sourdough bread in the shape of a Christmas tree that we got at CA. My daughter’s favorite treats were the Mickey-shaped gingerbread beignets at DL.

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PS Ears: Would you recommend Disneyland at Christmas time for a first-time visit? Why or why not?

I think going off-season is the better time to go. But, a first-time Christmas trip could be wonderful. I’d say splurge if you can and stay at one of the Disney hotels to get the extra hours in the parks. Also, take the Welcome to Disneyland Tour (I paid $20 ea.) In two hours, our guide walked us on the train, Haunted Mansion Holiday and It’s a Bug’s Life. She gave us Fast Passes to use anytime that day for Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean and Soarin’. She also gave passes for priority seating at the show of our choice (we did Mickey & the Magical Map).  She made dining reservations for us. She also had World of Color Fast Passes for shows that had already sold out to the public. Along the way, you’re walked through both parks and hear all sorts of fun & interesting stories. This is definitely a big time-saver. Also, there’s the Christmas tour I recommended. If you go with tours, you really get to do so much regardless of the crowds. They also help first-time visitors learn about the parks.

PS Ears: What advice would you give other families planning a Christmas time trip to Disneyland?

Going to Disneyland at Christmas is expensive but you can save a bunch with a Disney Visa for discounts on park purchases & tours. The main way we’ve saved money is with our Costco membership. Their Disneyland packages include free character meals, a $25 gift card and other perks. They have the best prices every time compared to Disney Travel and AAA. I don’t work for any of these companies, I’m just happy to have found these savings for our favorite vacation place!

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Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas is fast approaching! If you are starting to wrap presents and are looking for some fun gift tags for the kids, we have put together some free printable gift tags for our readers and followers! There are two pages of Disney themed tags including some “Frozen tags” with your favorite characters from the new movie. We also made some simple circle tags you can make with a 2″ punch if you have one. These are best printed on a white cardstock to make the tag sturdy. And best of all, they are FREE! Enjoy this little Christmas bonus and happy gifting!

Click on the small image below to download the larger pdf file for printing.

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