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A Disney Style Christmas – Without Going to the Parks!

Recently my family and I visited Florida. We did not get the chance to visit the Disney Parks, BUT we did get to go on Disney property! We did many fun, festive and free things. It was such a great day.

If you’re in Orlando anytime around the Christmas season, you can have lots of Disney experiences that are fit for the holidays that don’t even involve buying a park ticket! That’s why, today, I’ll be going over my our day on Disney property, so you can see what you can experience, too.


Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

IMG_8122IMG_8112First, we visited Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

As soon as you walk in you see the amazing decorations and peaceful lobby. The Christmas tree there is so beautiful. I hadn’t seen the Poly since it’s renovation, so it was nice to finally check it out. I wanted to see if I liked it as much as the old version.

After a while of enjoying the resort, we boarded the Monorail and headed to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa!


Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

IMG_8051IMG_8054Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is so beautiful, and I always enjoy its atmosphere. But during the holidays, it’s even more wonderful!

The lobby here definitely had my favorite tree out of all the ones I saw throughout the day. It is extremely tall and filled with gold & silver decorations!

Nearby is the giant gingerbread house! This is where you can buy gingerbread cookies, shingles (just like the ones they use on the giant house) and gingerbread houses. We were lucky enough to catch a woman giving a gingerbread demonstration that afternoon. She explained how the houses were made and decorated. She also gave lots of helpful, interesting tips for anyone planning to make their own gingerbread.

After lingering around a long time and running into friends, we once again boarded the Monorail and made our way to Disney’s Contemporary Resort!


Disney’s Contemporary Resort


Once we arrived at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, we were all very hungry. So before doing anything else, we ate at the Contempo Cafe. Once we were finished eating, we went straight over to the Frozen gingerbread display!

The Frozen gingerbread display looked even cuter and tasty  in person. Showing scenes of Olaf at the beach and Anna & Elsa at the ice castle, these gingerbread creations are definitely worth stopping by to see


Located at Disney Springs

IMG_3866After our visits to the Disney Resorts, we went to visit Disney Springs! This was very exciting because I hadn’t been since the big renovations. It was all very new to me!

We saw most of Disney Springs that night, and the Christmas spirit was very much there. Christmas music was constantly playing in all of the stores and restaurants. Plus, there were multiple bands playing outside. I also loved the wooden Christmas tree that was there, it looked fantastic.

If you happen to be at Disney Springs earlier in the day you can meet Santa, but we came at night so we didn’t see him.


IMG_8038To add even more Disney magic to our day, fireworks were going off while we were riding the Monorail! Overall, I had a wonderful, magical day on Disney property.

I hope you all have a great holiday season and a very happy, peaceful new year!!!!!


(All photos from the author’s personal collection.)


Have you ever been to Disney around the holidays? Have you seen the gingerbread houses or Christmas trees? What are your favorite Disney holiday traditions? Tell me in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading and have magical day! – Ruby 8:)

Ruby is a thirteen year old Disney fan, and she credits her mom with starting her early love of Disney. In addition to her enthusiasm for Disney, Ruby enjoys singing, drawing and writing. She will be reviewing Disney-related topics that are of interest to younger Disney fans—and their parents and grandparents!