Which resorts are a must for us to go to for the decorations? I am sure we’ll hit Poly, Contemporary and GF (and we are staying at WL, so we’ll see that one) - but what others are worth the time spent getting there to see?
Put Boardwalk and Yacht/Beach Club on your list too!:tinytree:
I’m not an AKL fan, but I did see the holiday decorations once. It was enjoyable looking at all of the ways the decorated while maintaining a subdued color plan.
Yes, AKL is worth a visit as well. Very different take on xmas decor.
ahhh…how do I fit all of these resorts into my schedule?! haha! Guess it’s time to revisit the plan - maybe lunch at a resort we want to see?
Am I remembering correctly - can we walk to boardwalk and yacht/beach club from epcot?
[QUOTE=emamasa;1091733]ahhh…how do I fit all of these resorts into my schedule?! haha! Guess it’s time to revisit the plan - maybe lunch at a resort we want to see?
Am I remembering correctly - can we walk to boardwalk and yacht/beach club from epcot?[/QUOTE]
Yup walk right through the International Gateway between England and France. Boardwalk is to the left and BC/YC is to the right at the “Y” when you come to the lake.
One way we have done resort hopping is to plan on getting something to eat at each stop. We will split it between us. Make it food, dessert, a drink etc. You could spend a day just resort hopping if you have the time. Or do locations in groups over a couple of days.
I don’t have time to spend a whole day, but there are a couple of days that we could squeeze a few in. Especially if it’s rainy!
Thanks - I will figure out how to get BW. BC, YC into our plans. The monorail resorts are easier to get in for sure…
We tour the resorts on Thanksgiving morning. Our home resort is the BCV, so we normally have BC/YC/Boardwalk completed.
We drive over to the GF to see the decorations there. Then we take the monorail to the Poly (nice) and the Contemporary (decorations are meh). We take the boat from either MK or the Contemporary over to WL. We then track back to the car and drive to AKL.
If you don’t have a car - you can always take the bus to MK for those resorts - the bus from MK to AKL.
To get to the Epcot resorts - walk over during an Epcot visit - use the International Gateway.
The main ones are GF, Y&BC, WL, and possibly Boardwalk.
While there, take a look at what the Swan has up.
I think I just realized I haven’t seen AKL at Christmas, or at least can’t remember.
The Contemporary’s main thing is a Christmas tree made out of WDW monorail sets.
Poly doesn’t really seem to do much either.
Then there’s the mods and values, which are pretty much standard fare.
I want to see the life size gingerbread house at the GF. Two years ado tehy had a Dinsey Christmas special on all th decorations on HGTV and Ive been dying to see Disney at Christmas ever since. :mickey:
I love the Christmas decorations also - I try to visit every year or every other year if possible. I was reading that the Swan & Dolphin are also very nicely decorated and they are located between the Yacht Club & the Boardwalk. Here is what I found on some website (don’t remember where). I hope they still do all this:
Swan and Dolphin Christmas Happenings
Christmas Tree Lighting At 6:00pm on select nights, Mrs. Claus will choose one lucky family to help her light our beautiful poinsettia Christmas tree in the Dolphin lobby. Mrs. Claus will then invite everyone out to the causeway to help her find Santa Claus!
Santa and Mrs. Claus will entertain at their special Florida tiki hut on the causeway from 6:15pm – 8:30pm on select nights. Get ready for big laughs and photo opportunities you will not see anywhere else!
Story Telling With Mrs. Claus Everyone loves to listen to a good story and Mrs. Claus really knows how to tell them! On select nights, she will share story-telling time with our guests at the tiki hut on the causeway from 8:00pm – 8:30pm.
Chestnuts and Teasers Stop by the causeway on select nights between 6:00pm and 8:00pm to enjoy chestnuts that have been carefully roasted on an open fire by our very own chefs! Also enjoy some refreshing holiday beverages compliments of our restaurants.
Pastry Decorating Create your own masterpiece as our cast members help you decorate cookies, brownies or cupcakes on alternating nights in the hotel lobbies.
Holiday Entertainment On select nights between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, you’ll enjoy beautiful musical performances by carolers, choirs and musicians in the hotel lobbies or on the causeway and other public areas throughout the resort.
Chocolate Santa Masterpiece! Stop by the entrance to the Swan near Il Mulino New York Trattoria to marvel at a spectacular chocolate Santa sculpture hand-crafted by our two-time World Champion Pastry Chef, Laurant Branlard with the help of his Team Elf!
Team Elf! Man Hours: 300 hours
Dark Chocolate: 880lbs
Milk Chocolate: 132lbs
White Chocolate: 154lbs
Cocoa Butter: 120lbs
Holiday Bake Shop See our talented pastry chefs get into the spirit of the holidays as the bakery outside the entrance to Garden Grove at the Swan is transformed into a seasonal wonderland of holiday goodies!
Either way you will enjoy all the decoarations WDW has to offer.
You should see it on January 2 when they’re taking it apart.
The secret is, it’s really a 1/4 sized real building (stage prop) and the gingerbread is more like aluminum siding.
[QUOTE=Soundgod;1091813]You should see it on January 2 when they’re taking it apart.
The secret is, it’s really a 1/4 sized real building (stage prop) and the gingerbread is more like aluminum siding.[/QUOTE]
Wow! Doesn’t look quite as pretty there! :sad: We love seeing the gingerbread house!