Disney’s Twelve Days Of Sockmas: Let’s Open ‘Em Up

The full trip report is over, but the details still need filling in. Read on for more May 2021 WDW fun!

WE’ HAVE A 2319!!!!!!!

We have a 2319

Twelve of them, actually.

Okay, so, one of the items I picked up at Cast Connection was a sort of sock advent calendar, which offered twelve pairs of socks behind little cardboard doors. I figured it’d be fun to open a door each day after I got home from my trip.

Normally advent calendars have 24 doors for December 1 – 24, so I suppose you’d start this one on December 12? I guess nobody needs 24 pairs of socks, even if they are half crew socks and half low cut.

The box doesn’t make any promises, but based on the illustrations we might be led to believe the following socks live behind those doors:

  1. Big Thunder Mountain
  2. Space Mountain
  3. Fantasmic
  4. Dumbo
  5. Star Wars TIE Fighters
  6. Mickey with Dole Whip
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean
  8. DAK’s Tree of Life
  9. Splash Mountain
  10. Minnie with Cotton Candy
  11. The Haunted Mansion
  12. Goofy as a detective or something…?

The perforations on the doors weren’t very good; initially I scored over them with scissors, but wound up just pulling them from whatever hole was closest. There was also some shifting, both before I opened the box and as other socks were removed. In fact, I wound up opening 12 on the second day because I could already see it when I opened 1 and didn’t want to end on a spoiler. After that I just made sure to squint as I opened each door, just in case I needed to shove somebody back in their proper spot.

Twelve Days of Socks

All right, so, we know what was advertised. What did I actually get?

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In numbered door order (click for an enlarged view):

  1. Sleeping Beauty Castle (low cut)
  2. Cinderella Castle (low cut)
  3. TIE Fighters (low cut)
  4. Space Mountain (low cut)
  5. Goofy in Epcot (crew cut)
  6. Mickey & Minnie at the Mad Tea Party (low cut)
  7. Generic Pirate Imagery (crew cut)
  8. Chip & Dale with the Tree of Life (crew cut)
  9. Mickey’s Fun Wheel (crew cut)
  10. Mickey & Minnie Heads (crew cut) (these match the Dole Whip/Cotton Candy graphics)
  11. The Haunted Mansion (crew cut)
  12. it’s a small world (low cut)

Honestly the way the socks fit in with the packaging seems almost randomized. Some of them were exactly behind the door you would expect them to be. Some were pictured on the box but didn’t show up behind the corresponding door. Some designs weren’t on the box at all, and a handful (most disappointingly Splash Mountain) were on the box but there were no matching socks. I almost wonder if each box had a different assortment?

All the same, it was awesome to wind up with so many socks based on attractions, and bicoastal ones at that. While I’m a low cut sock girl in normal life, I find myself wishing they were all crew socks – many of these deserve to be seen!

The box claims the socks fit adult feet size four to ten, but it doesn’t specify gender. I wear a size 7 to 7.5 street shoe, or an 8 to 8.5 running shoe. Both sock types fit me well enough, erring on the side of a skosh too big with minimal fabric stretch required. Since there’s plenty of spandex I think larger feet would be accommodated very easily, but if your feet are more than a half size smaller than mine these might be too big for you.

Ultimately I thought the sock advent calendar was a fun souvenir, a decent value at the $35 full price and a steal at the $14.99 outlet price I bought it for. The socks are fun and a great way to inject a little Disney into an otherwise humdrum day. Some of the crew socks are even detailed enough to build an entire park outfit around – which I will definitely be doing in a subsequent blog post!

I also loved having a cheerful WDW moment every day for those not-quite-two-weeks post-trip. Even if Disney isn’t accommodating your calendar-packaged gift needs when you’re there, I think it would be fun to pick up some mystery souvenirs to open after you get back. If you’re there with a buddy, you could each pick up something(s) for each other, but in a pinch I bet a store Cast Member would get a kick out of selecting a surprise gift or two for you. Or some of those collectibles with blind packaging would work – anything to keep the Disney magic going a little longer, y’know?

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The Fairest Trip Report Of All: May 7

It’s time for my favorite type of post: a trip report! I celebrated my second vaccine dose with a trip to WDW accompanied by Becky of Disney In Your Day. I will now exhaustively tell you all about it. You can read all the posts in this report here. Onward!

I got up extra early for my usual Hourglass Lake run, because it was Animal Kingdom day! And as it was our only Animal Kingdom day, we wanted to get there ahead of the 8am opening time. (The weird thing is, DAK is my favorite park and I want to say Becky’s too? That’s the way the scheduling shakes out sometimes. I’ll come back for you, DAK!)

Our plan was nearly thwarted by an absolutely bonkers DAK bus line, but as two nimble childless millennials we were able to pivot to a Lyft and make rope drop. Disaster averted! 

Obviously we started our day by hitting up the PhotoPass photographers. The Tree of Life was a given, but if you think I can just walk past even a cardboard photo op with Kevin, you are sorely mistaken.

Kevin from Up

Tree of Life

The Flight of Passage line in Pandora was already crazy long; we vowed to come back later, but we did sneak in a trip through Na’avi River Journey while we were there. Even as an Avatar nonbeliever I rather enjoy that ride – it’s so peaceful and transportive, and the Shaman of Song audio animatronic is undeniable. She was working and everything!

Our next order of business was a trip on Kilimanjaro Safaris. The requisite giraffes were in attendance, and the lions were kind enough to take their nap in full view, but the real treat was when we spotted the new baby white rhinoceros. He even gamboled about for us! I also saw the new ranger station at the end, and if you’re asking me those standard issue goats are just as delightful.

Kilimanjaro giraffe

Baby rhino

We grabbed some breakfast from a random food stand and took it to the Harambe Market seating area to eat. As the market itself wasn’t open there was almost no one else there, and we took advantage of the emptiness to wander about and snap some photos. DAK is my favorite park, and Harambe is my favorite part of my favorite park, so I was all about soaking up the details.

Harambe Market

Harambe Market

Harambe Market

Harambe Market

Expedition Everest had a very short wait, and we all but walked on for a visit with the yeti. Afterward we were casually wandering out of Serka Zong when I stopped to take a picture of what I thought was one of DAK’s many jaunty little signs, full of theming but with no deeper meaning beyond that.

Zoom shot

Yet as we read it closer it began to occur to us that if we came, that way, there might actually be an interesting photographic opportunity involved. We peered around the little bit of the Rivers of Light amphitheater and saw a PhotoPass photographer just kinda hanging out, waiting, and to make an already unnecessarily long story marginally shorter, here is our magic zoom shot!

While we were up there we watched some character cavalcades go by, which are on boats in DAK, and we caught a few more while crossing bridges and eating snacks in a relaxation area (we stopped at Mr. Kamal’s for a mid-morning pick-me-up).

Timon and Rafiki

We also went back in time just real quick to check in on some dinosaurs on… Dinosaur. Always happy to see my buddy Carnotaurus, who is not at all scary and I definitely didn’t have to close my eyes the first couple times I rode.

By the way, did you clock our Disneybounds? If you haven’t yet, you’re about to. Woah.

Wall-E magic shot

Shortly after noon we in fact left the park (where the above magic shot was available) because I needed to get a COVID test if I wanted Puerto Rico to let me come home. I was all set to bribe an Uber driver into taking me through the CVS drive-through when two of Becky’s Cast Member friends swooped in for a daring rescue. It was their day off, and they graciously took me to get my test and then – wait for it – we went to CAST CONNECTION!!!

Holy smoke Rocky, are you guys aware of Cast Connection? It’s a Disney outlet with super discounted souvenirs BUT you can only shop there if you’re a CM or the guest of a CM. I had never been before and oh my gosh it did NOT disappoint. I definitely picked up a couple awesome deals that I will detail in later posts. My only regret is that I didn’t buy MORE stuff. Farewell, Dr. Teeth jacket! Farewell, chibi Darth Vader shirt! Farewell, Figment hoodie! Farewell Skyliner windbreaker – okay, I’m going to stop here because otherwise this post will devolve into 8,000 more words of souvenir loves lost. 

Suffice it to say, if you ever have the chance to hit up Cast Connection, I recommend you budget LOTS of money and, most importantly, LOTS of time. As it was, we barely made it back to Pop to drop off our stuff and then back to DAK for our Tiffins reservation, and that was with somebody driving us. We like to live on the edge in WDW.

I think we can all agree that Tiffins is a DAK masterpiece that deserves its own post, but here’s a hot tip while you’re waiting: if you ask, they will make your Hightower Rocks cocktail spicy. Do it!

By the time we finished dinner we had just about an hour left before the park closed. We tossed some ideas around but ultimately decided to just get in line for Flight of Passage. But not before taking some photos with a PhotoPass photographer, of course.

Pandora

Pandora

Incidentally, our photographer had such an amazing deep bass voice I’m still half convinced he was just moonlighting as a photographer while waiting to return to his regular gig in the Festival of the Lion King. If we’d been at DAK one day later we could’ve caught the soft opening for the show, alas. I can’t wait to see it again!

Anyway, we got in line for Flight of Passage, and there was a bit of a wait. But! It was my very first time actually going through the whole, proper queue line, so I was entertained by all the little details I’d heard so much about but never seen for myself. I do wish you got a little closer to the avatar floating in the tank, but it’s a neat effect all the same.

Tank Avatar

The park was closed after our banshee ride, even all the shops, so we just took our butts back to Pop and went to bed. We needed our rest – still two days to go!

Don’t forget, you can follow FRoA on Twitter @fairestrunofall. It would thrill me extremely if you would leave a comment with any questions or thoughtsSee ya real soon!