I was provided complimentary accommodations and access to the events for the Snowy Holiday Experience Kissimmee Event.
A few days ago, I shared “Things To Do Around The Holidays in Kissimmee Florida – Day 1“. Well I am happy to report that Day 2 was just as exciting and filled with lots of YUMMY treats and MAGICAL experiences.
Little Miss and I started out our day by eating breakfast at the Market Street Café in Downtown Celebration. I got a French Toast Sandwich, and she ordered the kid’s pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse Ears.
When we finished up with breakfast, we then took a stroll over to U Can Cook where we would be creating Gingerbread Houses.
This establishment is a place where both kids and adults can get hands on with their food. For my daughter, it was definitely transformed into something magical since the interior was adorned with all things “Frozen”.
Before we got started, we were introduced to the Owner Lorenzo and from there we washed our hands at a special station. After that we found our seats in a kitchen with place settings for each of us to work at.
We then put together our Chef’s hats and immediately went to assembling and decorating our SWEET houses.
My daughter opted for a Frozen Castle, and got to paint the exterior with blue sugar-water. I stayed with the traditional Gingerbread house and decorated it with icing, jelly beans, gum drops, and other candies.
As you can see by Little Miss’ face, U Can Cook was A LOT of FUN!
The sweets however did not end there, next we headed over to the Chocolate Kingdom in Kissimmee. There we would find out everything we would want to know about this delectable candy.
Upon entering, there was Willy Wonka music playing in the background, and interesting details including 2 dresses made out of candy wrappers.
Then we had a brief introduction about company and its locations nationwide, along with how the Chocolate Kingdom came to be.
After this, we took a journey through time via a tour guide, and also got to taste test the evolution of chocolate along the way.
At the beginning of our tour, there were actual Cocao trees. We then watched an entertaining movie about a Chocolate Prince who was on a journey to make Chocolate Shoes. As we toured, we also followed along with his quest.
As we went through, we saw Cocao beans, and even got a taste what the Aztec’s drank many, many years ago. We also learned about why chocolate tastes the way it does today, and even saw a miniaturized Castle and River made completely of chocolate.
Our day ended at the Chocolate Kingdom after we sampled 3 varieties of chocolate, white, milk, and dark in the form of small shoes.
Little Miss and I also bought a bag of colorful nonpareils as souvenirs to snack on later.
After this delicious adventure, we went back to our Villa at the Encantada Resort with take out from Flippers Pizzeria.
We put our feet up for a little bit, and both gobbled up Cheese Pizza and the Caesar Salad.
After some downtime, we then headed over for the evening festivities at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration. As we walked into Disney World, we were greeted with Holiday decor along with snow falling from the roof tops.
My daughter’s expression pretty much sums up her feeling of amazement. She kept saying to me, “Do I have snow in my hair?”.
One of the cast members could see that she was totally wrapped up in the moment, and came over to ask her what she thought.
While I waited for the parade she even took Little Miss over to see all of the decorations in the shop windows. We also took a few moments to see the castle transformed into Ice by Elsa.
Then it was parade time. We saw Mickey and Minnie and the rest of the gang. There were also Toy Soldiers, Disney Princesses, and of course the group from Frozen.
Little did my daughter know that she would get to meet a couple of them later in the evening.
After the parade, we made our way to a few attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, and It’s a Small World.
We also managed to pick her up a pair of lighted Minnie Ears that blinked along with the Parade music.
Of course the main event at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration was meeting the REAL Elsa and Anna. Little Miss would have been happy with just seeing them from a distance, but now she got hugs and a photo opportunity.
Seeing them and her expression, was such a wonderful gift for us both.
Have you visited any of these area attractions before? What do you think would be your first stop?
Want a chance to win your own Snowy Holiday?
You can enter for chance to win a prize package that includes a 3-day/2-night stay at a destination resort, theme park admission and local area attraction tickets for the winner and 3 guests. To enter, text “snow” to 82257 or simply visit the official campaign website snowyholiday.com to fill out an entry form along with additional details and special holiday offers. Promotion ends January 11, 2015.
I can’t wait to continue to share our experiences about this awesome winter time vacation destination!
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