We are looking to view Christmas decorations at the Disney Resorts and grounds but don’t want to have to purchase park tickets. Any advice or locations, times to visit?
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Thanks for the giving Dad the softball question he’s been looking for all week.
I love looking at Christmas decorations. I always have. That’s probably why I enjoy Christmas at Disney World so much. So, in answer to your question, here’s what I’d do. I’d go to Downtown Disney and park. My first stop would be Downtown Disney itself. Then I’d grab the bus to the Polynesian Resort (Dad’s favorite hotel). I wouldn’t spend a lot of time in the Polynesian, but go up on the second floor and grab the monorail. You should walk by the gingerbread house exhibit, it’s usually just at the entrance to the monorail station. Take the monorail to the Grand Floridian and get off.
This will probably be your longest stop. The lobby of the Grand Floridian is absolutely stunning at Christmas time. Almost constantly there is a singing group, or someone playing a piano or a string quartet or some type of Christmas music going. You need to walk down the stairs or take the elevator to the ground floor and go see the full sized gingerbread house. It’s incredible and while you’re there walk around and bask in the beauty of the best holiday decorations you’re likely to see anywhere.
The Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian-Picture by Jeff B.
Here you have a couple of choices. I’d suggest Taking the monorail to –
- the Magic Kingdom and grab the bus to the Beach Club.
- back around to the Transportation and Ticket Center (if you have lots of time) and looking down Main Street as you pass. Then grab the Epcot loop and get off at Epcot. Walk over to the bus area and grab a bus to the Beach Club Resort.
At the Beach Club, you’ll find a working carousel made out of gingerbread (see a theme developing here?) Walk around the Boardwalk and the Boardwalk hotels.
It will probably be time to go home by now, remember you still have to get back to Downtown Disney which you can do at any of the resorts.
You could save some time by driving from resort to resort, but what fun is that?
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When? Just about any time. I’m a little biased, but I think night time is the time to look at Christmas decorations. You could do this backwards and if you timed it right, you could see Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian Resort. (Another one of Dad’s favorite things.)
The only word of warning, don’t try to get to Downtown Disney from one of the Theme Parks, (As Dad found out) it can take a while. Take a bus from one of the hotels.
Dad’s Bottom Line
I’ve got to say, Cheryl, Dad’s a bit jealous. Gotta get Mrs. Mom going on that winter in Orlando project. Please send pictures. Thanks, Dad.