"We would only like to do the following, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, Contemporary Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Jamba Lodge. We are vacation club members as well as pass holders, so we are familiar with the park. Can you suggest a good route to take and see these? Thanks, Allen."
You've got to see the gingerbread house in the Grand Floridian, Spectacular! - Photo by Cliff Wang
Allen, like you said, we did that resort crawl for Christmas and it's just great. It takes all day. If you do it with Disney transportation it takes 14 hours, 15-16 hours. It's just ridiculous. I assume that you're going to have your own car since you live pretty close. I assume that you'll be driving there. It wouldn't make any sense to fly for you.
Since you'll have your own car here's what I would suggest. I'd suggest that as you come into Disney, since you're coming in, unless you come in from the west, that you would start at Saratoga Springs. First place you come to, start at Saratoga Springs, then hop over to Old Key West, then run over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. You get those three, boom, boom, boom, boom, drive.
If you're doing it with Disney transportation that's a whole different story. If you were doing it with Disney transportation, since you're pass holders, well you'd have a car.
I would start, it depends on where you're staying. If you're staying at, say, let's just make one up. If you're staying at the Pop Century, I love the Pop Century, if you're staying at the Pop Century then you'd go from the Pop. You'll have to go to probably Disney Hollywood Studios, just take the first park bus you can get on.
Go to Disney Hollywood Studios, grab a bus to Old Key West, or grab a bus to Saratoga Springs, then you could take the little boat up to Old Key West. From Old Key West get on that bus to Animal Kingdom and take the Animal Kingdom Lodge bus and then come back. From Animal Kingdom Lodge then you would get on a Magic Kingdom bus and get on the monorail.
If you're driving, you've done Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Animal Kingdom Lodge, then drive up to the Polynesian and do the monorail thing. Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Contemporary, back to the Polynesian, get in your car, go home.
If you have a little extra time I suggest you get off at the Magic Kingdom, jump on the boat, go over to Wilderness Lodge. Amazing, beautiful, my favorite, well I don't know it's my favorite, but it's one of my favorite Christmas decorations at Disney. That Christmas tree, huge Christmas tree, amazing.
Also, you might want to go out to Fort Wilderness Camp Grounds and take the bus around and see all the Christmas decorations that the campers have. You can even rent a golf cart there at Fort Wilderness and drive around and see. Some of the campers there do some incredible decorations during Christmas time.
Dad's Bottom Line
The bottom line is it's going to take some time, but just start at the first place you get to and just make your way around, end up on the monorail and then back to your hotel.