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  • On Dec 2, 2023
    Kiara from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! I’m planning to go see the gingerbread houses at the resorts but I won’t be staying as a guest. As well as seeing the Christmas trees in Disney springs at night. I would like help to think of a route to go, if possible. Thank you!


    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    My family and I were just enjoying a stay at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for the Thanksgiving break, and the Gingerbread House in the main lobby did not disappoint. Like you, many of the visitors were not guests at that hotel, but people enjoying the tour of resort displays and decorations. 

    My suggestion would be to start at the Magic Kingdom area resorts, beginning with Disney's Contemporary Resort. It is easy to get there, by traveling to the Magic Kingdom and hopping on the monorail. At this first stop, the display is at the foot of the large window wall that faces the park and is near the monorail entrance. Hop back on the monorail to get to stop 2, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. This resort is less about a single, iconic display, but just the overall decor. Plus, you can swing in for a Dole whip at the Pineapple Lanai on the way! Stop 3 on your monorail tour gets you to the Grand Floridian and your gingerbread dreams.

    After you have completed your hotel tour, grab a bus from the Grand Floridian to Disney Springs, and your tree tour will kick into high gear!

    BONUS TIP #1
    The lines for the gingerbread house can get a bit long. Make sure you plan in an extra half hour or so for the stop. 

    BONUS TIP #2
    While it is not easy to get to (you would have to bus there and back from Disney Springs), the tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is pretty unique and spectacular.

    Please feel free to write me back directly if you have any follow-up questions!

    Have a Magical Vacation!


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