• On Oct 28, 2019
    Aimee from FL 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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    We are going to WDW for the first Christmas party on Nov 8. Will any of the resorts be decorated with Gingerbread houses yet? And what is the best way to tour the resorts?

    Hello, Aimee! Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I, too, will be at Walt Disney World Resort this upcoming weekend and am also looking forward to seeing the annual Gingerbread house displays located at some of the Resort hotels. We’re both in luck, too, as the display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is now open to the public and the displays at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort will follow suit within the next couple of weeks. 

    If you’ve never seen the 18-foot-tall Mary Blair-style Cinderella Castle made from thousands of gingerbread shingles at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you definitely must put it on your to-do list! Meanwhile, over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, crews will be hard at work assembling the life-size gingerbread house in its lobby. This is such a sight to see! While it won’t be open to the public until the week after your visit to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you might be able to get a glimpse of the hard work that goes into creating this magnificent display while you're there.

    I would recommend adding some time before you arrive at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to visit both of these displays. If you’ll be arriving at Magic Kingdom Park via the Transportation and Ticket Center, you can hop aboard the Resort Monorail for a loop around the Seven Seas Lagoon. The second stop will be Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. You’ll enter the hotel on the second floor and can take the stairs or glass elevator to the main floor to see the installation. Then hop back on the Monorail and it’s two more stops to Disney’s Contemporary Resort where the “it’s a small world”-inspired chocolate and gingerbread display will be located on the Fourth Floor Concourse. You can also get to Magic Kingdom Park via Monorail from either Resort hotel when it’s time to make your way there.   

    Enjoy your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth, Aimee! Please let us know if you have any additional questions we can answer about the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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