Holiday decorations at Disney World add extra magic in the air. Guests can expect to find Christmas decorations out as early as the first week in November, yearly. The holiday season is an incredible time of year to resort hop. Guests of any resort are allowed to visit other Disney resorts and even eat at their dining options. Below are 7 Disney Resorts you must visit during the Christmas Season.
1. Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Visit the famous yearly life-size gingerbread house, typically on display mid-November through January 1. The smell of gingerbread fills the air. This is the focal point to many, however there is also a towering Christmas Tree in the lobby, perfect backdrop for photos. Disney’s Grand Floridian has smaller trees and decorations throughout as well. Past years have had orchestras playing Christmas music for guests.
2. Yacht Club
Visit Disney’s Yacht Club to see the annual Holiday Miniature Train scene. Smaller holiday decorations are scattered throughout.
3. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Guests were treated to a Chocolate Santa Display in 2017 at The Swan (near Il Mulino New York Trattorianightly). Plus enjoy a nightly tree lighting in the lobby, carolers, cookie decorating and more. Plus, Santa & Mrs. Claus will appear on select nights through Christmas.
4. Beach Club Resort
The highlight of this the Beach Club Resort during the holidays is the Holiday Carousel (edible and spins). In 2017, the theming was Lilo & Stitch and the incredible display of candy contained 18 hidden Mickey’s.
5. Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort offers a Holiday Sleigh Ride during the month of December each year ($84 per ride in 2017). Each carriage ride holds up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 small children. This horse-drawn carriage, decorated for the holiday, ride lasts 25 minutes. Plus, check out the holiday decorations of guests who decorate their campsites.
6. Animal Kingdom Lodge
Visit the lobby of the Jambo House at Animal Kingdom Lodge to see a giant Christmas tree (3-4 stories tall), decorated with African inspired ornaments and colors. Also find smaller trees throughout the lobby, wreaths on the doors and garlands along the walkways. Kidani Village also decorates for the holiday season with African inspired decorations.
7. Contemporary Resort
In 2017 guests saw an incredible Cinderella Castle gingerbread display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, themes vary by year. Above see a Frozen inspired theme. Guests also look forward to a 4-story tall Mickey Mouse Christmas wreath outside the resort, it is a sight to see as you near the Resort on the Monorail. There are also Christmas trees scattered throughout that resort and one of the largest Christmas trees on Disney property is found by the flags in front of the resort.