After we bid Nathensey a fond farewell and happy early anniversary, we went back up to the room to (what else?) put the laundry in the dryer! This is boring to everyone but me, so I’ll show you the pictures Patrick took while he waited.
Then we stuck our heads inside Top of the World Lounge just because we could. Take that, DVC and your members-only policy! We plebs can take blurry, underexposed pix of your precious lounge too!
We’d skipped out on D23’s reserved viewing section for the first showing of the Christmas parade so we could have dinner with the Roots, but we figured we may as well pop in to the rest of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to see what all the fuss was about. As it turned out, we ended up shutting the place down!
We accidentally caught the tail end of the parade, so Patrick grabbed a few shots. I knew I was coming back with The Roots in a few days, so photos weren’t really a priority. Hence this shot:
Goody two-shoes that I am, I can only imagine how freaky this parade would be if you were totally baked…
I mean, really, in a certain light it’s like something out of a nightmare. Goofy’s Candy Company, indeed—that thing looks like a child-snatching machine!
I think after that it snowed, but this is the only shot where you can see it…
Then the special “Believe in the Magic of Holiday Season-time Dreams” fireworks happened—amazing! Definitely the best fireworks show we’d ever seen in the Magic Kingdom. (Root pix of this are on the way too!)
After the show, we shuffled toward Liberty Square to check out the D23 hospitality suite aboard the Liberty Belle. I was looking forward to this cuz how cool is it to have a private party on that riverboat? Much cooler than my senior prom aboard Sacramento’s Delta King, that’s for sure—and that was MY dumb idea! Apologies, Class of ’94…
They had the queue area set up with tables and beverage stations, and all the food was aboard the boat.
We were pounding back the drinks cuz, you know, they were free…
We were about to take off after seeing all there was to see (that’s right, we saw ALL there was to see at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 40 minutes), but we decided to do one ride before we left… and then another… and then another! We walked right on to Haunted Mansion, Small World, Autopia, the Peoplemover and Big Thunder. In between we went back to the D23 hospitality suite two or three more times because, hey, free Rice Krispy-mas Trees!
Mostly, though, we were just appreciating and enjoying and being in the moment of our last night together at Disney World. Here’s some of what we saw:
After they shooed us out at the end of the party, we went back to Bay Lake Tower and I finally got to take my bubble bath in the Jacuzzi tub (with the drapes AND the shutters closed, believing in the magic of dreams that I was actually watching the fireworks over the castle). Plus, to make up for having to leave our vacation early, Patrick surprised me with a gift he’d picked up on his tour of the monorail resorts earlier that afternoon. Awwwwwwww!