By Jenna Borrelli '16
Ever stayed in Disney World in Orlando, Fla. during the holiday season? If not, start planning next year’s Christmas vacation. Cinderella’s castle gets covered with white twinkling lights, life-sized gingerbread houses take over the hotel lobbies, and everyone is encouraged to attend the final showing of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Seven years old or 107 years old, Walt Disney World is an ideal winter vacation spot.
Everyone knows Disney World is magical anytime of year. During the holiday season, there are many more special attractions. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of the largest and most festive events hosted in the Magic Kingdom. While a parade of Christmas music travels throughout the streets, Disney characters narrate the Nighttime Spectacular firework show. Hundreds of colorful fireworks illuminate the Orlando sky for every child and adult to enjoy. Followed by the firework show, another Christmas parade makes every adult feel like a little kid again.
Located in the Magic Kingdom, the Jungle Cruise transforms into the Jingle Cruise. This Disney classic has been causing happiness and laughter since 1955. Families set off on a real wooden ship and sail throughout hippo and alligator infested waters. Although these animals are inanimate, the captain talks about them as if they are alive.
Jill Nagel, an avid Disney visitor, said, “My favorite part of the Jingle Cruise is when the captain says, ‘Watch out for Ginger- she snaps!’” This holiday pun, along with many others, makes the tour even more enjoyable. For all of the Frozen fans out there, a newer holiday attraction is the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The cast entertain guests by singing almost every song from the movie. Everyone is welcomed to sing and dance.
With all of this fun in store, some may still be on the fence about spending Christmas in Florida because of the little snow they receive. However, Disney World makes it snow. During the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights event, snow flurries fill the air. Although this “snow” is simply soap and water, the bubbles look similar to tiny snowflakes. “There is something special about Main Street...seeing the Castle lit, hearing the carolers walking around, and feeling the snow that “magically” happens in Florida,” said Nagel. Disney World completely transforms into a winter wonderland, or at least tries to. This is definitely a vacation to add to the bucket list!
All photographs taken by Jill Nagel
An End to Body Shaming?
by Tatiana Welka '17
Is there really a way to end body shaming in 2016? Over the years as technology has been on the rise, there has been a greater focus on body shaming because of social media. If a model posts a picture in a bikini, there are always people who will comment negatively.
Banana and Walnut Muffins
by Alexa Maldonado '17
Banana and walnut muffins are a quick dessert to whip up. The recipe is very simple and they taste great! The walnuts can also be switched out for pecans or pistachios, which all taste just as good as walnuts. The total time to make these muffins is about 30 minutes. This recipe makes 8 muffins.