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  1. We began our trip on December 16, 2016 at the Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World. We had Wishes Dessert Buffett reservations for that night. We didn't get into Orlando until after 3 so there was no way we were going to get to Magic Kingdom by 4. We checked into the Coronado Springs Hotel for the night and I loved this hotel. It was very nicely done, the room was nice and the hotel grounds were beautiful. I was immediately saddened that we were not staying here for our second part of the trip. I don't have any room photos but I have a few from the grounds of the hotel: We got to our room and settled in for the night before heading to the Magic Kingdom for the Christmas Party. We were at the gates after a very long security line by seven pm, the start of the party. Alex wanted to ride Pirates so we grabbed food, the boys finished quickly and went to ride Pirates while I finished eating. They were gone for a long time but did make it back before the first parade. Andy went to record something at Cinderella Castle and Alex wanted a Pin so we went to get that, then found a spot for the parade. We sat in Frontierland, the start of the parade. The parade was much different than the last time we saw it: After the parade we had to hustle over to Tomorrowland Terrace to check in at 830. Alex wanted to ride Haunted Mansion first so they did that while I went to check us in for the Dessert party. Sorry no pictures here but I was frustrated because they had changed this since the last time we did the dessert party. They used to have about 40-50 guests and have assigned tables so it didn't matter when you came in or checked in. Now there are about 200 guests and it is first come first serve. Because of the ride the boys did, we were last seated so didn't have a choice of seats. Amazingly we were able to see the fireworks from there and enjoyed a few treats and drinks. This is where we made the decision that this was our last Christmas party. I was told later that there were only 40k people there, but it felt like there were much more than that. It felt like a summer Saturday afternoon capacity crowd. I guess when everyone in the park has the same goals (the parade and fireworks) it gets very messy and crowded. I decided at this point to ride Tomorrowland Transit Authority and call it a night. Well, TTA was down, so the boys went to ride Buzz. I hate the Disney World version of Buzz so decided to shop and call it a night, after all we cruised the next day. So I went to Main Street in search of a Gallery of Light piece and found it exactly where I expected. Disneyana. So I got the Jack and Sally Gallery of Light there and discovered they are very heavy. I met up with the boys and we left the party. Went back to Coronado Springs and called to get our bus information and luggage pickup information before going to bed for the night. The next day would begin our second Cruise on the Disney Fantasy.