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My Walt Disney World Christmas Wish List

Christmas is here! Loved ones come home for the holidays, friends gather near, and for a while, the whole world seems a little more peaceful, more loving, more kind. We celebrate a very special birthday, wonder fills the hearts and eyes of children, and everyone makes his or her list for Santa Claus. And then at nighttime on Christmas Eve, children (and children at heart) find it hard to go to sleep as they hope in earnest that Santa will grant the wishes on those lists.

Walt Disney World reminds me of Santa Claus; the world-class resort in Central Florida has been in the business of granting wishes and making dreams come true since opening day in 1971. You can feel that Magic as soon as you step foot on Disney property. Since I’ve already given my husband a list of things I’d like for Christmas this year, I have taken the time to write out my Walt Disney World wish list—things I’d like as they relate to my favorite vacation destination in the world.

I thought I’d share it with you before I mail it off to the North Pole. How many Disney wishes do you share with me? What would you add to my list? What wishes would be on your Disney World Christmas wish list? (Santa, if you’re reading this, I really hope I’ve been good enough all year!)

25. I wish that all four of my kids’ jokes would be read at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.

24. I wish the Disney empire would see the perks and profitability of building a Disney World-type resort and theme park in Texas.

23. I wish there were days of the week when Guests could make more than 3 FastPass+ selections.

22. I wish for one day every month during which only the first 5,000 Guests in line are allowed into the Magic Kingdom. And that my family, my friends and I were the first ones in the gates.

21. I wish for “Autism Celebration Day” at Disney World. You must be on the spectrum or have someone with autism in your party to be granted admission.

20. I wish for two nights in the Cinderella Castle Suite.

19. I wish for breakfast at 1900 Park Fare, lunch at the Crystal Palace, dinner at Be Our Guest and dessert at the Sci-Fi Diner—and that my scale would read no differently the morning after.

18. I wish for high temperatures of 72 degrees in the parks on every day of June, July and August.

17. I wish to ride in a parade float with Woody and Buzz. Any parade, any float.

16. I wish for no lines ever at the Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train so my youngest daughter and her best friend could ride it twenty-five consecutive times. (They’re going for a record, I think.)

15. I wish no groups would ever suddenly stop to take a picture at Magic Kingdom—8 people wide—while a thousand Guests are walking behind them. (You know that’s on your list too!)

14. I wish the elevator at the Astro Orbiter also led to the PeopleMover so my son who has autism could ride the PeopleMover. (He doesn’t like the steeply-inclined moving sidewalk.)

13. I wish every child who ever wanted to go to Disney World would have that experience.

12. I wish Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios were already open and that my kids would be the first to ride the Slinky Coaster.

11. I wish Disney World wasn’t 1,100 miles away. (Refer to wish #24—Disney in Texas is a stellar idea.)

10. I wish Disney Magic could cure every child who comes to the parks through the Make-a-Wish program.

9. I wish Expedition Everest always had an empty queue so my oldest daughter could ride it as many times as she wanted.

8. I wish that Stormtroopers at Hollywood Studios would consent to a light saber dual with my younger son any time he presents the challenge.

7. I wish I could be at the parks when they film the Disney World Christmas Day parade.

6. I wish my Walt Disney World annual pass was valid at Disneyland too.

5. I wish we could relocate Dinoland U.S.A. to my backyard in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

4. I wish Disney would bring back the drawing class to the Animation Courtyard area.

3. I wish Disney World still had Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

2. I really, really wish the Main Street Electrical Parade was still at Magic Kingdom. And that it would never, ever leave again.

1. I wish Walt had lived 30 or 40 years longer so I could have traveled to California to meet him as an adult.

There you have it—my Disney World Christmas wish list. What do you wish for at the parks? Is there an attraction that’s gone that you wish were still there? Which restaurants do you wish to eat at without gaining weight? Where do you wish Disney would build its next theme park? Better make your list—Christmas is coming!

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.