One of the highly anticipated things to see on the Petermann family wish list was the lights. We had seen them in 2005 as a family, and I was fortunate enough to see them in 2010 when on a scouting FL trip. Not making the Cast Member preview, as we were way to excited to see the Castle lit up for the first time that same night, we were overjoyed to make the official first one of the season yesterday, November 10th, 2011.
We arrived at 5:30 p.m. after Craig got off work and the place was already packed. We got to the Streets of America and planted a spot in the middle of the street so we could see everything around us. Our good friends, the Aiken family, along with Ken and Anthony, were up front by the switch which they flip to turn them on. Goofy and Mickey came out, picked a child from the audience, and she helped them turn it on. After a little show, they came on and it was BEAUTIFUL!!! If you have never seen these before, they are so worth the time and effort to come and see them. At times they also dance, so it is quite the show to see! The snow is by far the coolest part, and it is the ONLY snow I want to see in FL !!
We walked around, and down the side street to see all of the hidden Mickeys in the light displays, along with the search for the black cat. Each year, the Imagineers hide a black cat in the lights, and you have to go and find it. Basically the ultimate hidden Mickey, sort of speak. It was way too busy to really look for it, so we decided to find our friends instead and hang out. We took lots of pictures, played with the Aiken children, chatted with Bill, Korie, Ken, and Anthony and of course, Korie’s mom too! It was a brilliant evening of just hanging out, enjoying the cool air, and being with good friends. It was the greatest way to see them, and we will never forgot seeing them for the first time as FL Residents. So to all of you, an early and Merry Christmas!