Disney Resorts at Christmastime

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Last bout of pictures and stories of the Christmas disney world trip, I promise. This is kind of a catch all post, for all the details about time spent outside the parks. All of the disney resorts are dressed up for Christmas, but some go totally all out. We knew we wanted to set aside some specific time to go see the decorations at some of the resorts.

We stayed most of the nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is just stunning at Christmas. It has a massive tree in the lobby and has a animal/african theme to its decor.

They know the trees are pretty and great photo ops, so disney staffs them with photopass photographers waiting to take your picture. Our room was pretty and served our needs. We paid for just a regular view room, but got upgraded to a savannah view. Most mornings we woke up to a giraffe outside sleeping or having his breakfast.

One of our Magic Kingdom days we left the park late morning to go have brunch at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian. This is the grandfather of resorts when it comes to Christmas decorations, and so worth the excursion over. There is a spectacular tree in the middle of the lobby.

And the infamous life sized gingerbread house that is just incredible. It is massive. And if you can't tell from the picture there are cast members inside selling baked goodies. 

Brunch at 1900 Park Fare was great. It was a really late breakfast reservation (like 10:45) so we treated it more like lunch. While we ate we were greeted by Tigger, Pooh, Alice and Mary Poppins. 

Mmmm....mickey waffles!

Perry tried to feed Tigger a strawberry

P was all about some Tigger...but didn't want anything to do with Pooh. Sorry Pooh Bear. However, P's favorite character from breakfast was Alice. Alice just loved him too. She kept coming back to see him. And played peek a boo with her apron. 

The last night of our stay we were at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, a pseudo disney resort. This night we actually stayed on Chad's sheraton points. It had the biggest poinsettia tree I have ever seen in my life. It was beautiful, with a choo choo train going round and round its base.

We headed back to our room at the Dolphin about 9:30 pm on New Years Eve. We were all tired and ready to be in jammies. Before we left the park we called over and asked if there was a place we could see the parks fireworks from from the hotel. They said yes, we could go outside to the walkway between the swan and dolphin and see Epcot and Hollywood Studios' fireworks. We thought great...we will go back and get in jammies and get P asleep and then put him in the stroller and go outside just to see the fireworks and go back to bed. 

Then we got to the room and realized we had the perfect room, with a view out our own window of Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Score! So we went down and grabbed a snack and drink from downstairs, put on our jammies and settled in. When the clock struck midnight Perry was happily asleep in his crib and we watched the fireworks in Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and actually even Magic Kingdom way off in the distance...with Times Square on the TV in the background. It was New Years Eve overload.

And that pretty much wraps up our trip. It was amazing! I would totally go back during the holidays. With good planning it is totally doable. It was so fun getting to show Adrienne what disney is all about for her first trip. Now the countdown begins for our next disney adventure, a Western Caribbean cruise on the Fantasy this fall.

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