• On Nov 2, 2016
    Megan from AL 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 will have a free day when we first arrive (Dec 2nd). Since we've always stayed off property we would like to visit some resorts and see their Christmas decorations. Suggestions on which ones to visit, and where would be good to grab a quick lunch.

    Hello again, Megan! You have thought of a practically perfect way to kick off your holiday visit. I always recommend to my friends visiting during December that they take a break from the parks at some point to see the amazing decorations in the resorts. They are all merrily dressed, but to me, there are a few that stand out from the others.

    At Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, you will find a life-size gingerbread house near the grand holiday tree in the lobby, where you can purchase gingerbread shingles or a gingerbread house. I think Disney's Wilderness Lodge sets the tone for the spirit of the season more than any others. Grab a seat near one of the fireplaces and admire all the beauty of this resort. I suggest you plan a bite to eat as you stop in at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. There are great table service locations and several quick service locations (try Capt. Cook's!), but be sure to save room for a Disney must-do at the Pineapple Lanai, the Dole Whip!

    If you have time, I highly recommend you also visit Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort and the Epcot/BoardWalk area resorts. During a 2014 visit, I was absolutely amazed to awaken one morning and find that the tree had been constructed overnight! If you make it to the BoardWalk area, the whimsical gingerbread carousel at Disney's Beach Club Resort is a fun addition to the resort's holiday celebration.

    Megan, to cap off your holiday exploration, check out the new Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail! I know my girls are counting down the days until we get to admire all of the trees planned at this extravaganza! I hope this information helps you plan a holly jolly arrival day! Let us know if you have any other questions.

    Brandy B.
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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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