Saturday, December 31, 2016

DDW Pic 1941. Christmas - Jambo House

Christmas - Jambo House
Animal Kingdom Lodge has some of the most unique holiday decorations on property. The center of the Jambo House lobby is home to one of Walt Disney World's largest Christmas trees. It is adorned with hundreds of lights and many African inspired ornaments.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

DDW Pic 1940. Christmas - Bay Lake Tower

Christmas - Bay Lake Tower
Bay Lake Tower is the DVC building of the Contemporary Resort. There are some great Christmas decorations in the Contemporary, including a large gingerbread display. However, Bay Lake Tower has some nice holiday touches as well, including this Christmas tree in the lobby.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DDW Pic 1939. Christmas - Riverside

Christmas - Riverside
Port Orleans - Riverside is a large, moderate category resort located on the Sassagoula River. It is connected to Port Orleans - French Quarter. The impressive lobby of Riverside has giant garland hanging over the check-in desks.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

DDW Pic 1938. Christmas - Caribbean Beach

Christmas - Caribbean Beach
The Caribbean Beach Resort is well decorated for the holidays. The gift shop in the main lobby has some fun, festive shelves of merchandise. I like this "pirates" display with the tropically themed Christmas trees.

Monday, December 26, 2016

DDW Pic 1937. Christmas - Yacht Club

Christmas - Yacht Club
The Yacht Club is one of the Epcot resorts, and is connected to the Beach Club. This hotel has some great Christmas decorations, including a model train set and village in the lobby. This nearby tree has some fun, nautical ornaments adorning it.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

DDW Pic 1936. Christmas - Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Christmas - Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
Hollywood Studios debuted a new Christmas show this year called "Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!" It is an amazing production that features video projected onto the Chinese Theater, fireworks, lasers, and even snow. I snapped this shot during a scene that features both Santa and a Christmas tree.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

DDW Pic 1935. Christmas - Old Key West

Christmas - Old Key West
Old Key West was the first Disney Vacation Club resort. It has a South Florida theme, and is located on one of Disney's golf courses. This giant wreath is on the outside of the main lobby building. The fishing bobbers and nautical buoys are a nice touch.

Friday, December 23, 2016

DDW Pic 1934.,Christmas - Pop Century

Christmas - Pop Century
Pop Century is a fun value resort, connected to Art of Animation by a walkway. You can easily see the Christmas decorations at both hotels in one visit. This tree is in the main lobby of Pop Century.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

DDW Pic 1933. Christmas - Saratoga Springs

Christmas - Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Springs is one of the largest resorts at Walt Disney World. It is spread out over 65 acres, and is home to the Disney Vacation Club Preview Center. There is a nice size Christmas tree in the lobby.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

DDW Pic 1932. Christmas - Four Seasons

Christmas - Four Seasons
Although Four Seasons is technically not a Disney hotel, it is on Disney property. I visited earlier in the month to check out their Christmas decorations. This wreath hangs above the "water park" area of the resort.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

DDW Pic 1931. Christmas - Wilderness Lodge Villas

Christmas - Villas at the Wilderness Lodge
The lobby in the Villas at Wilderness Lodge has some great decorations for Christmas. Garland adorns the railings on each floor and there is a nice Christmas tree in the center. Combined with the fireplace, this spot really has the feel of the season.

Monday, December 19, 2016

DDW Pic 1930. Christmas - Swan

Christmas - Swan
The Walt Disney World Swan is home to one of the best "edible" Christmas displays around. It is made entirely of chocolate, and it took 480 man hours to create. You can actually smell this creation. as you walk through the hotel lobby.

DDW Pic 1929. Christmas - Art of Animation

Christmas - Art of Animation
Art of Animation is Disney's newest value category resort. It is one of the best themed of any category, with sections representing Finding Nemo, Cars, Little Mermaid, and the Lion King. This Christmas tree can be found in the center of the lobby.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

DDW Pic 1928. Christmas - Disney Springs

Christmas - Disney Springs
Like the resort hotels, Disney does a great job of decorating Disney Springs for Christmas. There are wreaths and garland everywhere, and several large Christmas trees. This is the spot where Santa Claus greets guests throughout the season.

Friday, December 16, 2016

DDW Pic 1927. Christmas - Kidani Village

Christmas - Kidani Village
This African inspired wreath is hanging in the entrance of the Kidani Village Resort. This area of the Animal Kingdom Lodge is well decorated for Christmas. It is tough to get a good shot of the lobby Christmas tree during the day, because of the way the sun shines through the giant windows. However, I have some great shots of the Jambo House tree, which I will save for a later post.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

DDW Pic 1926. Christmas - Animal Kingdom

Christmas - Animal Kingdom 
Like the other parks, Animal Kingdom has a giant Christmas tree. It sits right inside of the bag check area. If you look closely you can see animal ornaments, as well as some famous Pooh characters nearby.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DDW Pic 1925. Christmas - Beach Club

Christmas - Beach Club
The Beach Club Resort is home to one the more unique Disney Christmas decorations. It is a Gingerbread Carousel that sits in the middle of the lobby. Each one of the four horses represents a different famous Disney character, including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald.

DDW Pic 1924. Christmas - All Star Movies

Christmas - All Star Movies
All three of the All Star resorts have similar trees, wreaths, etc. However, they are all distinctly decorated using the theme of each hotel. This Christmas tree is at the entrance to the All Star Movies food court, and is decorated with movie "reels."

Monday, December 12, 2016

DDW Pic 1923. Christmas - Epcot

Christmas - Epcot
Just inside the entrance of Epcot, you will currently find topiaries of Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto. They are reminiscent of what can be seen at the Flower & Garden Festival. However, they are decorated for Christmas during this time of year.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

DDW Pic 1922. Christmas - French Quarter

Christmas - French Quarter
Port Orleans French Quarter has a fun New Orleans feel, and it is "decorated" year round with a Mardi Gras theme. This time of year, the decorations are expanded for Christmas. This shot includes a tree and a wreath in the main lobby.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

DDW Pic 1921. Christmas - Fort Wilderness

Christmas - Fort Wilderness
This snowman display can be found over at the Fort Wilderness Campground. It is right near the entrance to Mickey's Backyard Barbecue. This resort is home to so many great Christmas decorations. Many of them are set up by Disney, but many campsites are decorated by the guests.

Friday, December 9, 2016

DDW Pic 1920. Christmas - Kidani Village

Christmas - Kidani Village
Kidani Village is a DVC section of Animal Kingdom Lodge. It has a nice Christmas tree in the lobby, but the daytime light makes for a difficult photo. This is the entrance to the resort, where you can see some garland and a nice wreath.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

DDW Pic 1919. Christmas - Dolphin

Christmas - Dolphin
Although the Walt Disney World Dolphin is not a Disney owned resort, it is on Disney property, and it has some great Christmas decorations. The main lobby has this tremendous tree at its center. There is also a Christmas train that encircles it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DDW Pic 1918. Christmas - Coronado Springs

Christmas - Coronado Springs
Coronado Springs has a great southwest theme, which is mixed with a Christmas motif during this time of year. Along with trees and wreaths, there is giant garland strewn across the entrance of this resort. I took this shot last week, while on my initial "resort decoration tour."

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DDW Pic 1917. Christmas - All Star Sports

Christmas - All Star Sports
Although All Star Sports is considered a "value" resort, Disney certainly didn't skimp on the decorations. The trees, wreaths, and garland all have ornaments related to sports. The giant baseball wreath is my favorite.

Monday, December 5, 2016

DDW Pic 1916. Christmas - Boardwalk

Christmas - Boardwalk
Most Disney resorts have great Christmas tree displays inside their lobby areas. The Boardwalk has some nice indoor trees, as well as this large one on the lawn. I took this shot last week while enjoying the Christmas decorations at the resorts near Epcot.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

DDW Pic 1915. Christmas - Polynesian

Christmas - Polynesian
The Polynesian Village Resort Christmas decorations certainly have a tropical flare. There are wreaths, trees, and garland inside and outside of the main building. This Christmas tree, made of flowers and palms, is right outside of the front entrance.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

DDW Pic 1914. Christmas - Wilderness Lodge

Christmas - Wilderness Lodge
All of the Disney resorts have great Christmas decorations during this time of year, but one really stands out. The Wilderness Lodge has the "feel" of a resort in a much colder climate than Florida. With its big fireplace and giant Christmas tree, it is one of my favorite spots to visit in December.

Friday, December 2, 2016

DDW Pic 1913. Christmas - The Contemporary

Christmas - The Contemporary
There are several great gingerbread displays around the Walt Disney World Resort each Christmas season. This Frozen one can be found at The Contemporary, near the gift shop area. It is done in the style of Mary Blair, who was the artist behind "it's a small world." If you zoom in to the sign on the left, you can see the ingredients that went into this confectionery creation.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

DDW Pic 1912. Christmas - Magic Kingdom

Christmas - Magic Kingdom
This year, I've decided to go with a "theme" for the entire month of December. Each day, I will be posting a picture of Christmas decorations from a different spot around Walt Disney World. Disney does an amazing job of decorating the parks and resorts, and I thought it would be fun to photograph some of the many trees, wreaths, etc. that can be found during this holiday season. I am starting the month off with a shot of the Magic Kingdom Christmas tree, which I took this past weekend.