I know, I know — we just finished with Halloween and you’re trying to figure out how to get rid of all that Halloween candy without eating it yourself or giving in to your kids’ pleas for candy to be included as one the major food groups at breakfast, lunch and dinner! Well, I must break it to you, but Christmas will be here sooner than you think. So, why not give into the season and begin to get in the spirit of the holidays by visiting Walt Disney World to take in the decorations and celebratory spirit that is infused in every sprig of evergreen. The good news is that you don’t have to just visit the parks to participate. Most of the resort hotels and Downtown Disney go all out with their Christmas decorations.
My family and I like to take what I call the “Monorail Christmas Tour.” We are typically staying at Fort Wilderness Campground so we begin the “Monorail Tour” by getting on a boat that takes us over to the Wilderness Lodge where we tour the lobby and the massive Christmas tree. From there, we then board yet another boat — don’t worry, the monorail will appear soon!
This boat takes us to the Contemporary where we take our yearly picture of the three of us in the ears of Mickey Mouse out by the pool areas. Once the obiligatory photos are taken, we head inside to the escalator and make our way up the the gingerbread Christmas tree. After taking a little break and walking around the resort lobby, we then board the monorail (told you it was coming).
From there we ride to the Grand Floridian and immerse ourselves in Christmas of old, complete with a giant Christmas tree but even more spectacular life-size gingerbread house. The house doubles as a bake shop where you can purchase treats and even miniature gingerbread houses of your very own. Not to be missed is the smoke from the chimney that smells like fresh baked gingerbread!
Once we finally tear ourselves away from the Grand Floridian Lobby, we head over to the Polynesian for a look around their decorated lobby. It very understated and not as ornate as the other resorts but it is on the tour so we must stop. Once we’re done, we then ride on back to the Contemporary and take a boat back to Fort Wilderness. It’s a great way to spend the day plus it doesn’t cost anything other than the price of the gingerbread we nosh along the way.
Hope you enjoy the Holiday Season!! I ‘ll be posting more tips and information regarding ways to spend the holidays coming soon!!