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8 Best Disney Resorts at Christmas

Not only does Disney World offer an enchanting experience during the holidays, but it also has some amazing resorts that go all out to celebrate the season. From dazzling decorations to special events and activities, these Disney Resorts at Christmas truly embody the magic of the holiday season.

How to Visit Disney Resorts at Christmas

Disney Resorts are open to guests visiting Disney World.

You don’t have to stay at a particular Disney Resort at Christmas to be able to check out the decorations.

Inside DisneY Resorts at Christmas

Disney makes it a breeze to visit many of the resorts that have Christmas displays by taking the monorail or skyliner.

You can also make plans to dine at one of the Disney Resorts that have displays so that you can drive and park directly at the resort.

Unfortunately, Disney does not all all guests to drive up to a resort because of crowd control.

Some resorts, especially deluxe, are very strict about parking so you are best to try to find a way to visit that utilizes Disney’s ground transportation services.

Gingerbread Collection Disney Trading Pin

Limited Edition and Unique Holiday Souvenirs

Each of the Disney Resorts that have Gingerbread displays also has unique holiday souvenirs.

Our favorite is the Disney Gingerbread Collection Pins that you can only purchase at that particular resort!

Some resorts even have pin signings from the master pastry chef.

Check out these Disney Resorts at Christmas

We’ve toured most of the Disney resorts at Christmas and think these are the ones you should visit.

Lobby of Grand Floridian at Christmas

1. The Grand Floridian

There is nothing like Grand Floridian at Christmas. It truly is the best Disney Resort at Christmas.

When it comes to Disney Resort Christmas decorations, The Grand Floridian brings the holiday magic with some of the most magnificent Christmas displays you’ve ever seen.

Christmas Tree at Grand Floridian

There is a 40-foot Christmas Tree in the lobby that features beautiful Victorian-inspired decorations.

Gingerbread House at Disney's Grand Floridian

Not only does this Deluxe resort have one of the largest trees at Disney World, but it is also known for its amazing, life-like Gingerbread House.

This Gingerbread House is a work of art and it also features a shop that sells everything from Gingerbread treats to holiday gifts!

Pianist at Grand Floridian

When you visit Grand Floridian this time of year, you will also hear Christmas music in the lobby and several times a day there is a pianist who plays holiday tunes.

Grand Floridian Christmas Wreath

Be sure to venture to other areas of the resort to see all the other decorations and ways they celebrate the holidays.

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2. Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Contemporary Resort has a must-see 17-foot tall gingerbread Cinderella Castle that was constructed with nearly 4,000 gingerbread bricks.

Mickey and Minnie are centerstage in this display, but there are also some hidden elements.

Guests can search for the 12 Hidden Mickeys on the Disney gingerbread display that marks the 12 years of Gingerbread displays at this resort.

In celebration of Mary Blair’s influence on Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the gingerbread display features a nod to “it’s a small world” with a hidden five-legged goat.

Adjacent to the display is a small array of Christmas goodies to purchase.

Many of these holiday cookies and treats, like this 5-legged goat cookie, are not found anywhere else in Disney World.

Contemporary Resort 2023 Holiday Pins

And don’t forget to grab a limited edition Contemporary Resort holiday pins featuring Edna Mode & baby Jack Jack from The Incredibles!

Disney Boardwalk Resort at Christmas

3. The Boardwalk Resort

Some of the best Disney Resort Christmas decorations are over at the Boardwalk area of Disney World. 

You can access Disney’s Boardwalk resort by boat from both Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

Boardwalk Gingerbread Display
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The gingerbread display at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn features a gingerbread version of the BoardWalk Deli.

Made with 21 gallons of honey, and over 500 total pounds of flour, it took Disney bakers 200 hours to decorate.  

Not only will you find a gingerbread display & elaborately decorated trees inside, but they also have a giant tree outside as well!

4. Beach Club Resort

This is one of my favorite Disney resort Christmas displays.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort features a life-sized gingerbread carousel in the lobby.

This year, the Beach Club gingerbread display features Duck Tales, which guests can now enjoy at EPCOT through Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure.

Guest will find that each of the horses on the carousel represents one of the countries in EPCOT’s World Showcase.

Sharp-eyed guests can find 21 hidden Mickeys on it – one for each year it has appeared in the hotel.  

The best feature about this Disney-themed gingerbread carousel is that it actually turns! This means that you can see all the details without having to even move!

Also, located at Beach Club Resort is a Hot Chocolate Bar!

It serves regular hot chocolate and an adult version that can come as a hot cocoa flight.

Yacht Club Resort at Christmas

5. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Located next to Beach Club, Disney’s Yacht Club not only features a Lighthouse gingerbread display, but also has a beautiful Model Train & Christmas Village.

For the first time, Yacht Club has it’s own Gingerbread Display. This one is of it’s iconic lighthouse that sits infront of the resort.

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While here, you can also enjoy the Christmas village that has a working train that makes its way around the display.

Take time to check out all the details in this amazing Christmas display as it really is unique and beautiful.

If you are interested in buying some of the Disney Christmas Village pieces, they are available to purchase online.

Christmas at Wilderness Lodge Resort

6. Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge Resort at Christmas is all decked out for the holidays in a more traditional design.

You will find trees decked with lots of natural items like pine cones and antlers.

Wilderness Lodge Christmas Wreath

And since this resort is all about the American West, you can expect to find some Cowboy elements as well.

Wilderness Lodge Christmas Bears Display

Make sure that you walk around the entire lobby because there are some incredible details and great picture spots to take advantage of!

7. Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my favorite Disney Resorts and during Christmas, you’ll be able to see gingerbread animals that look just like the ones you’ll find in the Savanna.

The gingerbread giraffe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is seven feet tall, the same size as an actual baby giraffe.

This year’s display also includes a new, life-sized gingerbread baby zebra.

Swan & Dolphin Resort Christmas Tree

8. Swan & Dolphin Resort at Christmas

Inside the Swan & Dolphin Resort, you will find the only White poinsettia Christmas tree on Disney property.

Not only will you see this beautiful tree surrounded by reindeer and a working train that encircles the tree!

Santa Display in Swan & Dolphin Resort

This is one of the few Disney Resort Christmas displays that feature Santa Claus! This life-size display makes you feel as though you’ve caught Santa red-handed!

Christmas is unlike any other time of the year at Disney World and visiting these Disney Resorts at Christmas really puts you in the holiday spirit!

Do you visit Disney Resorts at Christmas? Which one is your favorite?

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Kristi West

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

While they do change from time to time, it isn't every year. Cinderella has been there for the last 2 years prior to 2020.


Friday 12th of November 2021

Don't go to the Contemporary expecting to see a Cinderella gingerbread or to the Beach Club expecting to see a Lilo carousel. The theme changes every year. In 2018, the gingerbread at the Contemporary was Frozen. This year's carousel will feature the Little Mermaid.

And it wasn't mentioned in this post, but if you go to the Beach Club, you HAVE to walk over to the Yacht Club. The resort doesn't do gingerbread, but they have a train set that definitely impresses. It's a large scene with a lot of buildings with a working train. Best part is trying to find all of the hidden Mickeys. Four of us spent close to half an hour trying to find them all and couldn't!

And you MUST check out the Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs. It's a walk through a long line of Christmas trees (on both sides of you), each decorated to a specific Disney animated movie. There's almost 2 dozen trees to see.

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