A virtual tour of a Disney World Christmas and a list of what to do and eat at Disney World.
So you may remember from my Ten Tips to Survive Disney World in December, that I recently took a trip to Orlando. My nephew and I made a weekend trip there to check out how Walt does Christmas.
A Disney World Christmas
And let me tell you, Disney knows how to do a Disney World Christmas. While our time there was short, we did manage to see a bit of all the parks, eat some great food and go on our favorite rides.
I was not prepared for the crowds but the decorations, nice people and all things Disney made up for it. Without further ado, here’s my Disney World at Christmas photo album.
Where to Stay at Disney World
If you’re only there for a few days, or on a budget, I recommend the Value resorts.
They are the least expensive of the resorts, provide transportation to/from all the resorts, to the parks and provide the basics of what you need.
We stayed at the All Star Movie Resort in the 101 Dalmatian portion and it was just what we needed. The resort and the rooms were clean, well kept and had everything we needed.Considering you only are there to sleep, I felt it met our needs just fine.
I would have liked to explore the hotel more but alas we didn’t have time.
What to Eat at Disney World
This in no way is a complete list of what to eat at Disney World but rather what we were able to try during our trip. My nephew is not a foodie but put up with me wanting to try lots of things.
If you are going to get the whole Disney World Christmas experience, I recommend getting tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party. One of the perks was that you get special holiday treats to try (some free, some not) with your admission.
Peppermint Cupcake found at Starbucks on Main Street in Magic Kingdom.
This Gingerbread Spiced Waffle was found at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom and it was incredible. (as was the Pretzel Dog)
There were quite a few holiday treats throughout the park that were too cute not to share.
Plus there were lots of other non-holiday related treats to eat. Magic Kingdom does not disappoint with their park food.
Sleepy Hollow is the place to get this funnel cake. They also have an amazing Nutella Waffle and Strawberries concoction that is out of this world! I even replicated it here.
This Mickey Mouse Christmas Popcorn Bucket was one of my favorite souvenirs!
Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom was home to the Chocolate Croissant, Cupcake and LeFou’s Brew.
My favorite treat during our trip was the Disney sized, Disney shaped Cinnamon Roll at the Starbucks in Animal Kingdom. Holy moly. My nephew and I devoured that thing and both proclaimed it our favorite.
This Cronut in the Canada area of Epcot came in a close second for me.
While we went sightseeing and shopping at the Contemporary Resort, we stopped in at their quick serve restaurant to have breakfast only to be a couple of minutes late so lunch it was.
Don’t miss these Disney spots
The Contemporary resort had a small gingerbread display that we were able to see. Unfortunately I never made it over to the Grand Floridian to see the gigantic gingerbread house. I hear that is a must see during the holidays.
But the one thing I wouldn’t miss at Contemporary is the gift shop. Out of all the shops this was my favorite because it had a bit of everything. I mean just look at those Bambi themed kitchen items. I went home with a Mickey Nutcracker that I absolutely love.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Getting tickets to the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, to me, is worth the price. Yes, there are crowds galore but Disney World at night basking in the glow of the Christmas lights is worth it. There’s Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, fireworks, special shows, caroling, free snacks, special holiday treats and much more. And that is not a dirty lens in the pictures below, that is snow falling down on Main Street during the parade. What fun!!
All the parks were decorated for Christmas but I especially enjoyed Hollywood Studio’s and their special touches. It’s also home to some of my favorite rides!
Of course the lit up topiaries at Epcot were unbelievable.
I can’t wait until my next trip to Disney World or Disneyland. My niece and I are (hopefully) planning a trip for Mickey’s Very Scary Halloween party in 2107.