One of my favorite times of year to visit Walt Disney World is December. It is a time when not only the parks transform into a winter wonderland, but Christmas trees and other holiday displays begin appearing at the Disney Resorts. Even if you don’t get to stay at any of the Disney resorts at Christmas, you can visit them for free. It is fun just to stop by & see how they decorate for the holidays.
While you do have to drive to many of the Disney resorts, there are many that can be accessed from the monorail or by a quick boat ride. This makes stopping by as easy as a trip to a Disney park.
Here are some of our favorite Disney Resorts at Christmas:
The Grand Floridian. This is an absolute must see resort. Just a stop away on the monorail from Magic Kingdom, this resort has one of the largest trees at Walt Disney World along with an enormous Gingerbread House. Be sure to venture to other ares of the resort to see all the other decorations and ways they celebrate the holidays.
The Polynesian. This resort is also located on the monorail and a great place to grab a bite to eat or a famous Disney Dole Whip! You will love all the festive Poinsettia displays and the tropical way they decorate for Christmas.
The Contemporary Resort. Since you will already be on the monorail to see Grand Floridian & The Polynesian displays, you might as well stop at Contemporary too. It is the only resort that features a Cinderella Gingerbread display!
The Boardwalk. You can access this resort by boat from both Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Not only will you find elaborately decorated trees inside, they have a giant tree outside as well! The lobby in The Boardwalk resort is cozy and filled will decorations everywhere you turn!
Beach Club. This is one of my favorite Disney resorts at Christmas because it has a working carousel made out of gingerbread and it features characters from Lilo & Stitch!
The Swan & Dolphin. Another great resort that is on the same boat ride at The Boardwalk, The Swan & Dolphin has a beautiful tree made of White Poinsettias & surrounded by a REAL working train in the Dolpin lobby.
Stop over to the Swan lobby to find a holiday display featuring Santa. This resort has a more contemporary feel to the way it showcases the holiday.
Art of Animation. This is one resort that is worth checking out even if you have to drive (or take the bus) to it. Consider stopping there to eat (their quick service is one of the best at Walt Disney World). You will find a white tree with whimsical ornaments & sketches of your favorite Disney characters.
Do you visit Disney Resorts at Christmas? Which one is your favorite?