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Adventure Into The World of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy: Disney Tip #30

Holiday LogoOne of the best places to get into the holiday spirit at Walt Disney World is inside the resorts themselves.

Each resort has its own unique theme, and during the holiday season, Disney does a wonderful job decorating each one for guests to see and experience.

The great part about making a visit to the resorts to see the holiday decorations is that it is completely free.

Here you will find a list of a few resorts on property that are decorated for the holidays:


Disney’s Contemporary Resort:

  • Here you will find a large Mickey Mouse Christmas wreath hanging on the outside of the resort as well as one of the nine giant Christmas trees throughout the Walt Disney World property. Be sure to look for the 17-foot gingerbread Christmas tree as well in the Grand Canyon concourse!

Disney’s Polynesian Resort:

  • Here you will find various Polynesian Resort themed Christmas trees as well as tropically themed edible displays.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:

  • The highlight of this resort is the life-sized gingerbread house inside the lobby. Here you can purchase homemade stollen bread, gingerbread shingles, and chocolate-peppermint bark from the gingerbread house itself! Next to the gingerbread house you will also find a large Christmas tree, which is second of the nine giant Christmas trees on property.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:

  • Amongst all of the garland and lights that give you the feeling of being in the log cabin of your dreams, you will find the third giant Christmas tree on property. Sitting in the lobby, this tree has pinecones and antlers scattered throughout the tree limbs. Truly a sight to see!

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn:

  • Fitting the boardwalk theme, here you will find various Christmas trees and garland lining the lobby. You will also find a holiday gazebo made with you guessed it, gingerbread and chocolate. Inside the gazebo you will find Daisy and Donald Duck opening presents. The creators of the carousel have also created a chocolate seaside amusement park as well.

Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts:

  • Disney’s Beach Club– The main centerpiece of the lobby at this resort is an edible spinning carousel with horses. Pastry chefs used 100 pounds of icing, 50 pounds of dark chocolate and 36 pounds of honey. They also used 100 pounds of confectioner sugar and 96 pounds of bread flour to create the structure. Be sure to test your skills when looking for the hidden Mickeys located on the carousel itself.
  • Disney’s Yacht Club– This resort is home to a crafted Christmas village, which features a working train that travels throughout the display. You will also find a large Christmas tree and wreath throughout the lobby that take on the theme of the resort.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge:

  • Here you will find the fourth giant Christmas tree on property, which sits in the middle of the lobby and takes on an African theme to fit the resort. You will also find many African-inspired items such as lights and garland not only in the lobby as well but inside the resort’s restaurants.

How many of you have seen the various resorts during the holidays? Which resort was your favorite? Also, I listed four of the nine giant Christmas trees on property. Can you name where the remaining five Christmas trees are located?

Peyton is currently a student at the University of Mississippi majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in print. Growing up in Los Angeles and most recently moving to Atlanta, he has seen and experienced the best of both Disneyland and Disney World. Making his first visit to Disney World at the age of 5, he has never looked back as he entered the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.