A WDWCelebrations Signature Event
December 2nd - 5th, 2010
Holiday Hoopla was a fantastic time for all. Many photos from the event are posted on our Facebook page.
A downloadable version of the full-color commemorative souvenir schedule that was distributed to event attendees is available for download as a PDF.
The Holiday Hoopla Magic Kingdom® Holidays by the Numbers Scavenger Hunt is available for download as a PDF. (Answer Key PDF available separately.)
In this spirit of the holidays, the beneficiary of our charity donation for this event was the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. We raised $340 thanks to our generous attendees!
What's a better way to get into the holiday spirit than gathering with friends to start the Christmas season! In December 2010, close to 100 fans gathered for Holiday Hoopla, the latest signature event from WDWCelebrations. The event showcased the warmth and beauty of the Walt Disney World Resort® at Christmastime. This 4-day celebration included visits to all four parks, special events at four of Disney's most popular deluxe resorts, team competitions, and the the welcoming atmosphere that has become synonymous with all WDWCelebrations events.
On the morning of Thursday, December 2, 2010, Holiday Hoopla kicked off the celebration with several group rides at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park®, including the newly-refurbished Space Mountain and a farewell ride on Snow White's Scary Adventure. Then we were off to a gracious reception at Columbia Harbor House for lunch, where the town crier announced our arrival and the upstairs dining room was reserved for our group. This season's scavenger hunt, Magic Kingdom® Holidays by the Numbers, had teams not only testing their knowledge of the fascinating minutiae of Disney's Magic Kingdom Park®, but also battling the huge crowd attending the taping of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Later, the group gathered at the hub to enjoy the lighting ceremony of Castle Dream Lights, bringing day one of Holiday Hoopla to a breathtaking close.
Day two took us to Disney's Hollywood Studios for a day of group rides and meals, a farewell to Block Party Bash, and a visit to Walt Disney: One Man's Dream for an early commemoration of Walt's birthday. That night, the whole group met for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. The Osborne Lights setup is as amazing and over-the-top as Castle Dream Lights are beautiful. Everyone spent the evening strolling around the area, checking out the "snow", and enjoying the grandeur of these legendary decorations.
The third day was all about surprise and friendly competition. The first surprise of the day occurred before the group meal at Liberty Inn Publick Dining Room. The group was greeted by the executive chef who gave a detailed presentation about the construction of their amazing gingerbread house. After lunch and a group viewing of Captain EO, it's time for some competition. WDWCelebrations devised an all-new contest especially for Holiday Hoolpa. Future World Quest was an interactive competition where teams scoured Future World to complete photo tasks assigned by WDWCelebrations team members. The first and second place winners were treated to an outstanding surprise: an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Wonders of Life pavilion! We wrapped up the day by heading back to Magic Kingdom for Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes.
The last day started with a laid-back holiday tour of four of Disney's most beloved resorts: Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Wilderness Lodge. Guests were treated to short presentations on the history of each resort's history, as well as some free time to enjoy the beauty of the uniquely themed decorations of each location (and grab a quick Dole Whip at the Poly!) The tour ended with a fantastic group meal at Whispering Canyon Cafe. After a short afternoon jaunt to Animal Kingdom for Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade, the group returned to Epcot where one more surprise awaited the group: an exclusive viewing spot for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, courtesy of Epcot Operations. This time was the first that some had seen Illuminations with the "holiday tag" so we were very thankful for the unobstructed, uncrowded view. It was a great way to end a wonderful long weekend!
So what's up next from WDWCelebrations? Don't miss Project XL - The World at 40, a WDWCelebrations Commemorative Event, Thursday - Sunday, September 29th - October 2nd, 2011.