By: Jennifer Romano
Even though it is not quite Thanksgiving yet, the Holiday season is in full swing at Walt Disney World. I recently took a spin on the monorail to view some of the beautiful decorations at the Polynesian, Contemporary, and Grand Floridian Resorts. Some of the highlights can be found at the Grand Floridian and the Contemporary because one of these resorts has a life-size gingerbread house, and one has a huge tree made out of gingerbread!
Grand Floridian Resort Photo Gallery
When you enter the Grand Floridian, you can’t help but smell the sweet aroma of gingerbread in the lobby. After a quick walk, you are greeted with a huge gingerbread house that not only sports amazing details, but also contains a store from which castmembers actually sell gingerbread! If you walk around the house and really look into the windows and on the porch, you can spot some hidden Mickeys as well as lots of fun Christmas details. There are also signs posted that tell you how many pounds and gallons of various ingredients went into making this enormously tasty treat!
Contemporary Resort Photo Gallery
The Contemporary also uses gingerbread to create a wonderful Christmas tree that is decorated in the Mary Blair style complete with a Small World sun as a topper for the tree. There is also a clock and various doors that open and close on the background behind the tree; clearly Disney chefs took their inspiration from the iconic It’s a Small World attraction. Just like at the Grand Floridian, you can purchase all sorts of dessert items from the kiosks surrounding the gingerbread tree. I have included photos of some of those treats! My favorite is the five-legged goat rice crispy treat. Regardless of which you pick, I am sure that they are all delicious.
Polynesian Resort Photo Gallery
So, if you are visiting the World any time between now and early January, you can enjoy all of the holiday decorations. Soon, I plan to visit more of the resorts to check out their trees and decorations. One hidden gem amongst all of the resorts can be found at Fort Wilderness, where people decorate their campsites every year during the Christmas season. We plan to go and check out those lights and decorations soon. Even though Christmas is still a month a way, Walt Disney World definitely does a stellar job of making sure you are in the mood to Deck the Halls (even if it is still 85 degrees in Orlando)!