EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Nov 2, 2011
    Rachel from ME Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    "Hi Kaylene! Another question for you. Can you tell me about some things to do outside of the parks during the Holidays? "

    Hi Rachel, 

    Disney World offers so many opportunities to get in the Holiday spirit, without even stepping foot into a park! Christmas is my very favorite holiday, so I especially love this time of year at the Happiest Place on Earth!

    All of the resorts are decorated beautifully for the Christmas season. The Grand Floridian has a breathtaking, no-to-be-missed giant gingerbread house, the Contemporary has a cool, tall gingerbread tree and the Beach Club has a gingerbread and chocolate carousel that is incredible. While at the Beach Club, be sure to walk next door to the Yacht Club to check out their "sea shell themed" beautiful tree. I especially like the tree in the Wilderness Lodge, it is so stunning.

    Be sure to head to Downtown Disney for the "Festival of the Seasons". Like the rest of Disney World, it is beautifully decorated for the season and is a great place to get some Christmas gifts. Window shopping takes on a whole new meaning as you enjoy the wonderful holiday displays celebrating traditions from different cultures. I love strolling around there and looking at all the decorations. At the Marketplace, you'll find Santa Claus waiting to greet you at his chalet in front of the World of Disney store. You can take your own pictures or use PhotoPass. Throughout the Holiday season, you'll  find  school choirs performing at the Dock Stage as well as DJ Dance Parties. Be sure to stop by the "Days of Christmas Store" to pick out the perfect ornament to commemorate your trip. They will add names, the year or anything else you'd like to customize it perfectly. I could spend hours browsing in this store. At Downtown Disney's West Side strolling musicians and Toy Soldier stilt walkers add to the holiday festivities.

    You may also want to watch Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian Resort.

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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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