Christmas in the Disney World Hotels- Very Special Christmas Decorations


Dad loves doing Christmas in the Disney World Hotels. One of the first things we do every time we visit at Christmas is to hop on the monorail and check out the decorations in the monorail hotels.

The chamber orchestra playing Christmas Music at the Grand Floridian ResortChristmas music from a orchestra at the Grand Floridian- Photo by Cliff Wang


All of the hotels at WDW get all dressed up for Christmas. There are some amazing displays. You’ve got to check this out…

Oh, Christmas Tree…

Some of the beautiful trees at the WDW hotels – Photos by WDW Shutterbug


Each hotel has a huge tree that is themed to match the resort. For example, the tree at the Pop Century Resort has a tree with 8-track tapes and Rubik’s Cubes on it. In the Grand Floridian, where everything is a bit Victorian, the lights, garland and even the ornaments are that stuffy whitish yellow color, very proper.


The Christmas Tree going up at the Wilderness Lodge – Video by WDW Shutterbug


Christmas trees at the hotels are everywhere, but each hotel has a main tree that is huge. They can be as high as 60 feet tall. Most hotels pick the tallest area in the hotel to put the big tree.

Gingerbread Displays


Every year, the Disney Deluxe Resorts put on a real special display using Gingerbread houses. I know what you’re saying … You’re saying “Dad, gingerbread houses are so last century.” Maybe, but you haven’t seen THESE Gingerbread Houses.


The Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian ResortThe amazing Grand Floridian Gingerbread house – Photo by WDW Shutterbug


The Grand Floridian – The opulent 6 story lobby of the Grand Floridian is a beautiful backdrop for some classy Christmas decorations and entertainment. You’ll see a 1,000 square foot gingerbread house. You’ll hear Christmas Carols from a string quartet or a grand piano. White lights and ornaments dominate the huge tree. The Grand Floridian was made for Christmas decorations.


A Carousel Horse from the Beach Club Resort – Photo by Laurie Sapp


Disney’s Beach Club Resort – The Beach Club Resort builds a Gingerbread Carousel every year. It even works. The horses are made of chocolate. Yummy.


The Christmas train display at the Yacht Club Resort


The Yacht Club Resort – okay this isnt actually a gingerbread display but it goes hand in hand with the one at the Beach Club. At the Yacht Club, a holiday village and miniature train set runs throughthe lobby. There are several scenes to take in around the track.



The Contemporary Resort – The huge mural in the Grand Canyon Concourse is the backdrop for a spectacular Frozen themed display inspired by the Small-World-style artwork of Mary Blair.



The BoardWalk Inn presents a full sized bake shop selling sweets and providing seaside-style photo ops for guests.


Disney even shares the recipe for the Gingerbread Displays. How cool is that? Photo by Laurie Sapp


The Decorations

the Boardwalk Resort lobby at Christmas with the Sweet TreatsThe lobby at the Boardwalk Resort – Photo by WDW Shutterbug


The decorations you see at Disney World Hotels during Christmas start with garland laced with themed ornaments and trinkets. Some of the resorts really put on a show (the Grand Floridian) while some don’t have many extras. But at all the hotels, you’ll see beautiful decorations all around.


There are resort specific decorations on the trees and hanging on the walls. For example, the Animal Kingdom Lodge has animal ornaments hanging on the tree, while the decorations at the Beach Club and Yacht Club have more of nautical theme.


Every hotel has its own flavor and style. It’s amazing.

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Make your reservation today

If you’d like to spend Christmas in one of the Disney Hotels (or just be there during the Christmas season) let Dad’s good friends over at Destinations to Travel get you set up today. It’s real easy, just fill out a form and in just a few seconds (or maybe hours) you’ll have your own spiffy reservation for the best vacation ever.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Christmas in the Disney World Hotels are pretty special. The Hotels are all beautifully decorated. Some just have to be seen to be believed.

Dad’s a big fan of taking time to visit as many Disney Hotels as possible and checking out the great decorations.

You’re welcome.

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