Hoop-Dee-Doo Review #FamilyTravelDiary

Tonight we said good-bye to Disney in style — my mom treated our family to tickets to the Hoop-De-Doo Review, a Disney tradition for many, but my first time ever attending the event.

We took a ferry boat over to the Ft. Wilderness campground.



I think it’s safe to say we enjoyed the show.


It was definitely all it’s cracked up to be; I highly recommend it.  And best of all?  Not a Disney character in sight.

Afterward, we decided to check out the Wilderness Lodge nearby.  I’ve heard it is one of the best themed resorts, and that at Christmastime in the 7-story lobby, there is a gargantuan Christmas tree that takes your breath away.  They weren’t kidding.  I wanted to take a picture, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to capture the magnificence of this tree.  And it was such a cozy atmosphere with warm wood beams and the huge stone fireplace.

As much as I’ve enjoyed the convenience of the Contemporary, I would LOVE to stay at Ft. Wilderness for some future Christmas.  We walked around and gawked for a bit before hopping a bus back to our home resort.

Earlier today we bid the Magic Kingdom one final adieu.


We wanted to top off the night (and the trip) by watching the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas fireworks extravaganza one last time from the observation deck atop our hotel, but I’m not sure I’m going to make it.  That plush bed is looking awfully inviting right now.

Tomorrow, 6 princesses, 8 parades, 15874 potty trips, and 10 pounds later, we head back home to Philly.  Home Sweet Home!  I can’t WAIT.