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  • On Apr 13, 2021
    Mark from RI Asked

    My family will finally be taking our 2020 vacation (planned early in 2019) at the beginning of Dec 2021!! I just realized that this is during Hanukkah. We will be staying at the Polynesian What can we do about lighting our Menorah?

    Hi Mark!

    It’s always lovely to see a Guest return to us with a question here on planDisney,  so welcome back! I’m glad you will finally be able to take your rescheduled trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. We were able to visit last fall, and after being safe-at-home for so long, I felt that I truly appreciated all the little things on that trip even more than usual. The music and lights were more magical, the Dole Whip was sweeter, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was more exhilarating!

    
Early December is a great time to visit with warm days and cool evenings, but before the larger holiday crowds arrive. While I do not personally celebrate Hanukkah, I reached out to my dear friend and alumni planDisney Panelist Jason, for his advice. While for safety reasons, the official resort policy is that candles are not to be lit inside your room, there are still ways you can incorporate this important tradition into your celebration. One idea is to bring an electrical menorah, the type that allows you to light one bulb at a time. This type would be safe to use in your room and could be lit near your window.

    Jason recommends you still bring a hanukkiah with candles, rather than oil, on your trip. You should inquire at the front desk if there is anywhere at the resort that you would be safely allowed to light your hanukkiah with candles, as this would be preferred to the electrical style. In the past, Jason has been given permission for this in specific locations as long as the hanukkiah was continuously attended to prevent any type of fire. If the resort does not have a location for you to light the candles, you would still have the electrical menorah as a backup option.

    I hope these ideas will help with your planning, Mark. If you have any additional questions, send them our way, we are here to help!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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