December 1, 2015 marks our first day back in Disney for our annual December trip. For this vacation, we are staying at Bay Lake Tower and the Contemporary Resort. Hands down this is my favorite resort in the Disney Vacation Club.
Our day started very early as we got up at 2:15 AM so we could get the shuttle from the hotel to the airport. Our flight was at 5:30 AM with a 5:00 AM boarding time. Our flight was without difficulty and we boarded a Disney’s Magical Express bus right away. It was about 10 AM when we got to the Contemporary and we were in our room before 11:00 AM. Our wait for the room to be ready wasn’t bad and it gave me enough time to get our refillable mugs and to buy the Christmas 2015 shirt. The gift shop didn’t have my size so I used to shop Disney Parks ap to scan the tag and buy one in my size. It will be shipped to my resort by tomorrow which is great.
After settling in to the room, I decided to head to Magic Kingdom. At the Magic Kingdom I stopped to get my picture in front of the Christmas Tree on Main Street USA.
After some window shopping in the Emporium, I walked around Adventureland as I thought my next portal for Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom was there. It turns out my next portal was at Main Street USA so that’s where I headed and after getting my new challenge, which is to stop Cruella Deville with the help of Pongo, I went to the firehouse and got my daily allotment of cards.
I then headed back to Bay Lake Tower and when I had arrived our luggage had arrived. So I spent some time unpacking and getting settled before heading to the monorail to Transportation and Ticket Center to go to EPCOT.
My time in EPCOT was great. After taking pictures of the Christmas decorations, I got a picture with Pluto near Spaceship Earth. I then did some window shopping at Mousegears before using my fast pass for Mission Space. I did the orange team mission.
After Mission Space I stood in line for the DVC Merry Member Mixer. While waiting I got to hear the Canadian Holiday Voyagers.
The DVC event was good. They had exclusive pins which I bought and then they had a voucher for a treat for which I got a Rice Krispy Treat stocking. Also had hot chocolate. There were three character meet and greets: Mickey & Minnie in Christmas outfits, Lilo & Stitch in Christmas outfits and Donald & Daisy in Christmas outfits.
After the event I used my fast pass for Soarin’ and because I was a single rider at the time, I got taken out of line and right to the next boarding since it had room for just one more rider.
Since Captain EO is closing on December 1st, I went and watched the show for maybe the last time. It was then time for my fast pass to the EPCOT Character Spot where I had pictures with Mickey, Goofy and Minnie.
I then waited in line in Innoventions for the Chase Visa character meet. As of today, December 1st, they no longer give you the voucher for the photo print. You just get a digital copy. I still had my voucher from my October trip. The cast member gave me a little lip but did print me my picture from October. The only reason I didn’t use it in October was because the photos weren’t uploading so they said they would honor it in the future.
It was now going on 7:00 PM and I was beyond exhausted so I decided to head back to the resort before dinner.
Dinner was at Chef Mickey’s which is always fun. One difference is the statue of Chef Mickey at the entrance where you got your picture taken is gone. Pluto was standing there instead. Otherwise all was the same.