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71: Have a treat at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

Step 1: Show up ;) (You can find Ghirardelli’s in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace.)

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Step 2: Make your choice (the hardest part!)

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Step 3: Place your order and grab a seat

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Step 4:  TA DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

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Single Scoop Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream topped with Milk Chocolate Fudge and Whipped Cream

Step 5: Enjoy :) !

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90: See all the Walt Disney World Resorts decorated for the Holidays

The halls have been seriously decked at Walt Disney World!

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

All Star Sports

All-Star Sports

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

And it’s allowed me to complete this item on my Disney Bucket List: seeing all of the Disney World Resorts dressed up in their holiday finery!  To see the holiday decorations at the rest of the Disney World Resorts, click here :).

Please click on any of the images below to enlarge…

You’ll notice that each Resort’s decorations reflect the theme of the Resort itself. Nowhere is that more true than at the All-Star ResortsAll-Star Sports, All Star-Music, and All-Star Movies! The bright and vibrant trees reflect the way each Value Resort does everything on a grand scale!

All Star Movies Resort

All-Star Movies Resort

All Star Movies Resort

All-Star Movies Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Sports Resort

All-Star Sports Resort

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All-Star Sports Resort

All Star Sports Resort

All-Star Sports Resort

Pop Century Resort takes guests on a trip through the decades, so it’s fitting that its tree showcases images of Santa Claus as he’s been portrayed in American pop culture through the years.

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Oh, and you’ll find this little guy in a few places, too ;).

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Moving to the Moderate Resorts, Port Orleans – French Quarter greets guests with four trees in the courtyard decorated primarily in the signature colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green, and gold.

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

It’s sister Resort, Port Orleans – Riverside has one grand tree in its beautiful lobby, and the magnolias are a reminder of this Resort’s southern charm.

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

Upon entering Coronado Springs Resort, two trees glisten behind the fountain centerpiece.

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

But as you enter the Check-In area, there is much more to see…

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

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Coronado Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, a Deluxe Villa, is themed after Saratoga Springs, New York — known for Saratoga Race Track. You’ll see equestrian-themed decorations all over the tree!

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

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Hidden Mickey :)!

I’ve saved my favorite for last… Disney’s newest Resort, Art of Animation, celebrates the process and stories of Disney animation. Color certainly plays a huge part in… well, the art of animation ;). I think it’s so cool how this white tree explodes with color through it’s ornaments, while also honoring the beginnings of the black-and-white pencil sketch.

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

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Art of Animation Resort

The wall behind the Front Desk area blends from one color to the next… and so do the season’s wreaths!

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

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Art of Animation Resort

There is one more place that we haven’t yet explored… but its holiday celebration is so unique that it has it’s own spot on my Disney Bucket List! #47: Visit Fort Wilderness at Christmas to see the decorated RVs. Stay tuned… and, until then, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Bucket List Bonus! See the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue!

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Pioneer Hall!

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All-you-can-eat fried chicken, ribs, mashed potatoes, corn bread, baked beans, corn, and salad… brought to you by the bucketful!

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(Okay, this is a little embarrassing… the fried chicken smelled so good that I took a bite before grabbing my picture. Whoops!)

Did I mention the Strawberry Shortcake?

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Or the all-you-can-drink soda, beer, and sangria (for those of age, of course)? (Read that again. Then again. Yep. It’s true.)

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Amazing musicians and hilarious actors in a “Wild West”, vaudeville-style show!

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More fun than you can shake a stick at!

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It’s the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds! And once you go, you’ll understand why families return year after year on their Disney vacations. This dinner show (one of the longest-running in the U.S. at 40 years and counting) is a quintessential Disney experience… great entertainment, yummy food (in buckets!), and oodles of fun and laughter with family and friends. I can’t believe we waited so long to do this, and I have a feeling it’s going to become one of our traditions, too.

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You can learn more about pricing, seating options, and how to make your Advanced Dining Reservation here.

37: Enjoy a beverage at BoardWalk’s Belle Vue Lounge

"The Shadow, Lamont Cranston, a man of wealth, a student of science, and a master of other people's minds, devotes his life to righting wrongs, protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty. Cranston is known to the underworld as THE SHADOW. Never seen, only heard. As haunting to superstitious minds as a ghost. As inevitable as a guilty conscience. The identity of The Shadow is known only to his intimate friend and aide, Margo Lane. Today's story…”

Not what you were expecting? That’s because the Belle Vue Lounge in Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is full of unexpected things…

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Pull up a chair next to one of these beauties, and treat your ears to some vintage radio shows from the 30s and 40s…

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I don’t have any flowery words or phrases to describe the atmosphere that comes along with hearing these shows in this beautiful setting. It’s just cool, and that’s all there is to it. Belle Vue has joined Territory Lounge and Victoria Falls (oh… and the River Roost!) as one of my very favorite bars to visit in Walt Disney World. So grab a friend and a drink…

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Maybe an old game or two…

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And enjoy the sounds, tastes, and sights of the Belle Vue Lounge.

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It makes sense that so much of the magic at Belle Vue is in what you hear, in addition to what you see. After all…

“No man sees… The Shadow!”

[Excerpt from "The Shadow" radio show produced by Street & Smith Publications]

Bucket List Bonus! Ask the Blue Fairy to Grant My Wish

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I would first like to give credit where credit is due. I don’t know if I ever would’ve found this beautiful little gem had it not been for my friend Krista at Disneyways. But it’s such a lovely hidden treasure that I just had to see it for myself.

If you walk into Pinocchio Village Haus Restaurant in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland…

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… and step up to the counter…

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… you may notice a soft glow from your right after you turn around to find your seat.

Can you see the blue glow?

Can you see the blue glow?

(Just a note: If you reach Firgaro’s Room, you’ve gone too far.)

Pinocchio Village Haus Figaro Room
This little nook provides a spot for you to tell Pinocchio’s Blue Fairy your greatest wish, by writing it in her book!

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As per the rules of wishing ;), I can’t tell you what I wished for. But I just have to share a few wishes from guests who arrived before me (names have not been included to protect the writers AND guard their wishes ;) ).

  • “I wish Nemo would come to my home.”
  • “My wish is I will come back here next year around Christmas.”
  • “I wish I didn’t have to wait to go on any rides today.”
  • “I wish I had a brother.”
  • “I wish we could find our lost camera.” (Written underneath: “Granted!” :) )
  • “I wish today wasn’t my last day at Disney World.”

And, my personal favorite (Click image to enlarge):

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Give it a try — what have you got to lose? After all, when you’re in Walt Disney World, you’re in the place Where Dreams Come True

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