Nov 302011

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! – Jiminy Cricket

Q. I’m going to Disney on the 25th and will be in Orlando for 10 days total. I have been many times but never during the holidays. I’ve read a lot about what goes on in the parks but I’m wondering what people’s suggestions are for other things to see out of the parks? (Submitted by Michelle F.)


A. Hi Michelle!

There are some great things to see outside of the parks! Over at the resorts they offer a ton of things that will be sure to add to your Holiday Cheer! A tour of the resorts is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon at Disney.

The first thing  to see is the famous Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian. It’s so impressive what they can do with a little “raw” material…baked of course. It smells so good in the resort and remember that you can buy your own gingerbread there as well. Then, take a ride on the monorail to Disney’s Polynesian to see the edible Christmas Village and Disney’s Contemporary’s 17 foot tall Gingerbread Christmas Tree. (Can you spot all the Hidden Mickeys?)

When it comes to Christmas ambiance, it is hard to top Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This resort has a great homey feel all the time, what with the amazing fireplace but add in a beautifully ornate Christmas tree and wonderful decor and you have one of my top resorts to visit around the holidays.

Over in the Epcot resort area, you don’t want to miss the edible carousel at Disney’s Beach Club. This carousel has ponies made from actual chocolate! It’s too bad you can’t sneak a bite! At the Disney’s Yacht Club, they have an amazing train set up for guests to view (be sure to look for familiar business names in the village). Finally at Disney’s Boardwalk, check out the gingerbread and chocolate gazebo featuring Donald and Daisy Duck! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all of the Hidden Mickeys here too!

Are you a family who loves to drive around and view other people’s Christmas decorations? Over at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Campground they take it to a whole new level! You can spend hours perusing the different decorations that people have set up to share with everyone. It really is remarkable the lengths people will go to decorate their site!

Also at Ft. Wilderness, you can take a sleigh ride around the property. Each sleigh can hold four adults or two adults and three children. Rides depart every 30 minutes from 5:30 pm – 9 pm and last about 25 minutes.

Want to visit with jolly St. Nick himself? Well, you can see him at the Downtown Disney Marketplace at Santa’s Chalet. Santa is scheduled to appear until December 24 from 12 pm – 10 pm. Of course, Santa will need to return to the North Pole to deliver presents, so starting December 25 – January 1 guests are invited to meet Santa Goofy from 3 pm – 10 pm.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of the Disney resort’s holiday offerings. Be sure to ask at your resort’s front desk if there are any special holiday activities going on during your trip. You never know what fun surprises may pop up.

Have a great holiday and enjoy your time at WDW!

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