One of Disney World’s best-kept Christmas secrets is actually not in the theme parks themselves. Disney’s onsite hotels all go big for Christmas when it comes to decorations, but it’s not just for the guests who stay on property to enjoy. We found a way to ride Disney World’s transportation methods without Disney World tickets that connects to the hotels.
Here are our top picks for Disney Resort Christmas decorations:
Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Holiday Decorations
Take a bus to Disney Springs and head to Animal Kingdom Lodge, where you’ll be immersed in a magical Christmas show at the African-inspired resort. The scenery around Animal Kingdom Lodge is enough to make a Disney moment cry, but with a Christmas twist, the magic becomes even more real.
Fort Wilderness Campground Christmas Decorations
Take the Fort Wilderness Campground bus for decorations inspired by the past. Fort Wilderness also has a trail lined with Christmas wreaths and lights with a Christmas tree near the heart of the campground. After leaving camp, hop on a boat and head to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. There are also large rocking chairs with multiple fireplaces to make you feel like you’re at a winter festival in the thick forests of the Northwestern United States. Campers who have the Christmas bug return every year to camp and improve their campsite decorations every year. It’s like a holiday tour of homes for campers. This is definitely a must-see!
Contemporary Resort Christmas Decorations
This one is our number one pick! Who doesn’t love a life-size gingerbread house? Return to the ship and travel from the Wilderness Lodge to the Magic Kingdom gate area and take the monorail to the contemporary resort. You’ll see many Mary Blair-inspired gingerbread creations at the Contemporary Resort each year.
Polynesian Resort Christmas Decorations
After exiting the Contemporary Resort, take the monorail and head to the Disney World Polynesian Village Resort. Here you have a tropical-style vacation feel. You will surely appreciate the decorations and other Christmas traditions.
Christmas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Continue your Disney vacation journey with Disney Resort Christmas decorations from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, which will be the closest monorail stop. This resort has the theme of a Classic Christmas that you remember growing up.
Epcot Resorts Holiday Decorations
End your holiday adventure at Epcot Resorts. You can do this by taking the monorail from the Grand Floridian Resort to the Transportation Ticket Center. The BoardWalk Inn is the perfect way to end your Orlando vacation evening, and you can also watch the fireworks from Epcot and Hollywood Studios while sitting outside.
Can’t get enough of Disney for Christmas? You can’t forget how they transform Magic Kingdom overnight after Halloween into a magical winter wonderland. Orlando is one of the most popular Christmas destinations so if you want to visit Disney’s theme parks, make sure you get your discount tickets here. You do not have to stay on Disney’s property to enjoy the hotel’s decorations so do this activity for free and save money by staying at one of our Disney Good Neighbor hotels or vacation home rentals near Disney World.