• On Nov 28, 2018
    Desra from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We (5 adults/college kids) arrive Christmas Day at Disney around 1pm. What do you suggest we do on our 1st day there without visiting a park? We will also have one day at the end of our trip w/o a park pass. Suggestions how to make the most of our trip?

    Hi there, Desra!

    There's a lot to do at Walt Disney World during the Christmas holidays without theme park passes! I have a few ideas for you.

    Disney Springs is a way to spend time shopping, dining, and having fun. Starting with the Christmas Tree Trail with nearly 30 differently themed, elaborately decorated Christmas trees, it's a photo-op waiting to happen. 

    But Disney Springs has much more! Bowling? Splitsville Luxury Lanes is an upscale take on bowling - plus they have a great menu, so grab a bite. AMC Theaters has 24 screens worth of movies, and they also have a Fork and Screen Dine-In Theater. There's also live entertainment in the evenings - check out places like Raglan Road to enjoy.

    Resort hopping is one of my holiday favorites - and a way to spend a half day. There is the life sized gingerbread house at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, a gingerbread carousel at Disney's Beach Club Resort, and beautiful trees at all the resorts.

    There's miniature golf, spending time by the pool, or taking in the evening entertainment outside of Disney's Boardwalk Inn. I feel like you'll be able to fill as much time as you want!

    Have fun, Desra.
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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