Disney Hotels are Christmas attractions themselves

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Gingerbread House at Grand Floridian (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Gingerbread House at Grand Floridian (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Florida Travel News: Visit Disney resorts to see the special theme holiday decorations

If your budget is stretched to get into a Disney theme park during the holidays, Disney Resorts and hotels are attractions in themselves, especially during the holidays when they are decked out in yuletide themes.

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

For the grand dame of Disney luxury resorts, the highlight is the huge gingerbread house, literally large enough to walk into! The sweet scent of gingerbread wafts through the lobby where the 16-foot high Victorian gingerbread house sits. It takes Disney pastry chefs, months to prepare for this house, using as much as 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, and 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze. Its chimney even puffs out cinnamon smoke making everything smell like cookies. There is usually a cast member outside who can answer questions about the gingerbread house, and you can also pick up a kit to make your own gingerbread house. Have an afternoon tea here, or book dinner at Victoria & Albert’s where a full-time harpist serenades diners.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Christmas takes on an African theme where the Christmas tree itself, has African inspired ornaments such as zebras, giraffes and drums. The focal point in the lobby is the Christmas tree that rises from the bottom floor up six stories to the top floor. During the week of Christmas, you’ll find holiday activities including a Santa meet and greets and serenading carollers.

Polynesian

In the Polynesian resort, Christmas trees are everywhere the moment you enter the hotel from the Polynesian Monorail station entrance to the lobby itself. Poinsettias are scattered around the atrium to the lobby waterfall, and holiday wreaths and garlands adorn each entrance from ‘Ohana and the Tambu Lounge to the Kona Cafe. You’ll even find wreaths draped over the Polynesian statues and at the BouTiki entrance.

Yacht & Beach Club

The annual holiday tradition at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort is a full-size, edible carousel. Featuring ponies made of chocolate and fondant, giant candy cane poles, handcrafted poinsettias and hand-painted portraits of beloved Disney characters, the edible display even spins just like a life-size carousel would. You’ll find the edible carousel on the Beach Club side of the resort, tantalizing guests who watch it in the lobby. On The Yacht Club side of the resort, a train continuously loops around the large
Christmas tree that is in the lobby.

Tell us…

Do you love looking at Christmas decorations during the holidays?