Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Review: HGTV Disney Christmas Special

I am a WDW television junkie, like many of you are. Anytime I find out that something WDW related is on TV, I immediately have to turn it on, even if I've seen it a million times before! However, nothing makes me more excited to hear when there's actually a NEW television special on! And recently, Disney and HGTV supplied me with something else spectacular to save on my DVR!

The show, titled Behind the Magic: Disney Holidays premiered Nov. 29th and is hosted by David Bromsted.

On our magical journey, David takes us behind the scenes at the Disney's Holiday Services Warehouse and shows us some secrets about how Disney sets up for the holidays. (I didn't know that the huge bulb ornaments that are on the trees are really streetlight BULB covers! Creative!) This was fantastic because you don't normally get to see a backstage area like this unless you were on some sort of tour. On this special, the tour is brought right to your living room. How awesome is that?

What was also neat was they showed some great footage of what actually happens when the parks closes and they have to set up all these great decorations on Main Street USA. You get to see the nitty gritty of how it all works.

Of course, on this special, we're going to get a peek into two of the most "Disney Holiday" features in the parks. (minus the Lights of Winter of course... :( ) I'm talking about taking detailed looks at both the decorating of Cinderella Castle with her Dreamlights and decorating The Streets of America with the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Both sections give extremely detailed looks into what goes into putting these two displays up each year.

One thing I liked the most about this special is that it showed a few different things than I'd expect to see on a show like this. I mean, you expect to see about the Castle Dreamlights, you expect to see about the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights, but I never expected them to talk to Disney Horticulturalists about all the different Holiday plantings that they do each year! It was fascinating to learn something about an area that rarely gets discussed, but is just integral in decorating the parks for the festivities as those Dreamlights are.

And of course, it wouldn't be a Disney Holiday special without a look at what goes into making the delectable Gingerbread House that can be found at Disney's Grand Floridian and a special peek at the new Mary Blair inspired decor that's now up at the Contemporary Resort.

So, for those of you who maybe missed the special the first time, you're in luck! As with all Disney TV specials, this one, will be replayed. This year, you can still catch it, numerous different times, including as soon as this weekend:

December 11, 3:00 am
December 13, 8:00 pm
December 13, 3:00 am
December 24, 4:00 pm
December 25, 8:00 pm
December 25, 3:00 am

Have you seen this show yet? What did you think? If not, enjoy watching the Holiday goodness! I know I will!


Unknown said...

I just "happened" to catch the end of it the other night. So I set the Tivo for the 3am showing. The part I saw was amazing and when they lit the Streets of America I was crying and definitely wishing I was back there!


Unknown said...

I am just like you, I don't care how many times a Disney special is on, I have to watch it. That is how we roll in this household, lol.

Great review, I also enjoyed learning about how all the plantings are done when the park is closed. It is amazing how much they can get done in one shift at night.

Cozyflier said...

I'll watch it on Christmas Eve!! Thanks for the great detail!