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Resort Hoping Christmas Edition

If you have been reading my blogs, you know that the Holidays are one of my favorite times to visit Disney World. I love the Christmas decorations, the parades, the fireworks, and the shows. Of course, those are all at the parks. The resorts are just as beautiful as the parks, if not better, in my opinion. Why don't you resort hop with me and visit some of these amazing resorts and what they have to offer for the Holidays? Just a side note, some of these things are unavailable due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Our first stop is Disney's Grand Floridian. It is one of my favorite resorts to visit at Christmas. During non-Covid times, they have a giant gingerbread house that you don't want to miss. You can even purchase a shingle of gingerbread to take with you. The decorations at The Grand Floridian remind me of the victorian era. There is a giant Christmas Tree located in the lobby where you can get a great family picture. Sometimes you can catch someone playing Christmas carols on the Grand Piano that is in the lobby. This is always our first stop.

Our next stop on our list is Disney's, Wilderness Lodge. It takes a little bit of time to get there, but it is worth it. You walk from Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom (which is easy to do with the new walkway between Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom), then get on the friendship boat that takes you to the Wilderness Lodge. The lodge has a more Rustic feel with its decorations. It reminds me of Christmas in Tennessee. It also has a giant Christmas Tree in the lobby. There is usually a Gingerbread house here, but it isn't as large as Grand Floridian. You can also find little hidden nooks upstairs with fireplaces and rocking chairs to sit and enjoy the ambiance.

Next on my list is Disney's Boardwalk Inn. Our best bet is to take the Friendship Boat back to Magic Kingdom and get on the bus for Boardwalk Inn, or we can take a bus to Disney Springs and get on the bus to Boardwalk Inn from there. The first thing you will notice is the giant tree that is outside. It is larger than any of the trees you will find inside Boardwalk Inn. There is also, normally, a gingerbread display here as well. This display is one of my favorites because it is a miniature promenade along the water that includes replicas of the Boardwalk Bakery and Flying Fish. All of this display is edible. Inside the lobby, you will find trees and garland tastefully displayed by the fireplace.

The next stop is Disney's Beach Club Resort. This resort has an edible display as well as the other resorts we have already visited. This edible display is unique. It is a giant Carousel made out of Chocolate, gingerbread, and fondant. The colors of the decorations go nicely with the ocean theme of the resort. We will also combine this trip with the Yacht Club Resort since it is connected to the Beach Club. The Yacht club has a display of a village with a working train. The trees and wreaths at this resort are nautical themed. They have little boats on them.

Our next stop is Animal Kingdom Lodge. Sorry, but we will have to take the bus to Disney Springs and then get on another bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge for this one. When you first walk into the lobby, you will notice the giant tree with African inspired ornaments. The garland and other decorations throughout the resort and the restaurants are just pretty with the African Theme. This would be a perfect time to have a reservation at one of the restaurants to sample some of the African inspired food.

We have completed our Holiday resort hopping tour. I do want to give an honorable mention to Disney's Polynesian Resort. It is usually one of my favorite resorts to visit, even if it isn't the holidays. The holidays make it even more special with the decorations, and I love the Hawaiian Christmas Music. It makes me feel like I am in Hawaii. It was not on my list this year because of all the construction going on right now.

I hope you enjoyed our tour today, and I hope you will get to actually see these resorts decorated for the Holidays either this year or in 2021. Enjoy all the treats that each resort has and enjoy not being in a hurry with your family. Not only is Resort Hopping something to do during the holidays, but you can do it at any time of the year and still enjoy the decor. Who knows, visiting these resorts may just put them on your bucket list.

Happy Holidays from my family to yours.

See You Real Soon!

Jeana Kruetzkamp


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