This is one of my favorite times of the year to live in Florida. The heat and humidity of the summer are gone, and Christmas is in the air. The mild daily temperatures make it easy to decorate outside, so whole neighborhoods are lit up for the holidays. Walt Disney World has more decorations than my entire hometown did when I was growing up. It’s a fun time to visit the parks, but what I really love during this time of the year is resort hopping.
My family and I have an annual tradition. We’ll take a couple of hours one day near Christmas and visit several of the resorts. Sometimes we’ll try to time the Magic Kingdom loop with Wishes. We haven’t seen the giant gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian yet this year, and I hear that the display at the Contemporary has a Frozen theme this time around. I can’t wait to see them.
While we haven’t yet seen the Magic Kingdom resort decorations, we have seen most of them at the Epcot Resorts. The gingerbread display at Disney’s BoardWalk resembles an ice cream stand this year, and the rest of the decorations are beautiful. The decorations are also incredible at both the Beach and the Yacht Clubs. At the Yacht Club there’s a train that travels through a candy coated New England town. The Beach Club features a gingerbread carousel. I haven’t made it to the Swan or Dolphin yet this year, but their decorations are always breathtaking.
My favorite resort to visit during the holidays is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The giant tree in the lobby is always a highlight for me. The Lodge is incredible any time of year, but the Christmas decorations make it even better. After we’ve seen the inside we’ll always go out to see which animals are roaming about.
Don’t limit your resort hopping to just the Deluxe Resorts. While you may not find the gingerbread houses and gargantuan trees at the Moderate and Value Resorts, they still do it up for the season. Resort hopping during the holidays will get you into the Christmas spirit. It’s a great way to spend a day off from the parks, and you might visit a resort that you’ve never been to before and decide that it would be perfect for your next trip.
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