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The Best Christmas Decorations at Disney Hotels 2023

If you’re visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays, then I assume you’re full of holiday cheer. The parks can get crowded and it’s not a bad idea to take a rest day or at least an afternoon off. I recommend visiting these Disney Hotels for the best Christmas decorations! 

Disney World Hotels With the Best Christmas Decorations

Visiting the Walt Disney World Hotels for the holidays and looking at Christmas decorations is a fun, free activity! Plus the impressive gingerbread creations they have at Disney Resorts are unreal! Which Disney hotels should you visit for holiday decor?

If you have your own car, most of the time they won’t allow you to park at a hotel unless you have a dining reservation or are visiting a guest staying at the resort.

With hotels on the monorail, you can ride the monorail from Magic Kingdom, the TTC, or you can walk from Epcot for the BoardWalk area resorts. 

Every Disney Resort hotel has a Christmas tree and holiday decorations, but some are a bit more impressive than others.

If you’re short on time and can only visit a few Disney Hotels for Christmas decorations for the wow effect then I recommend:

  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

They don’t call it the Grand for nothing. The moment you walk in the door, there is a grand tree in the lobby to greet you along with other trees.

Grand Floridian Christmas Tree

You have the world famous Grand Floridian Gingerbread House that has a wonderful aroma. They may pipe in the scent, but I’ll take it. You can see the Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian from Nov. 8, 2023 through Jan. 1, 2024.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

You can purchase gingerbread and other holiday snacks behind the house to bring home as souvenirs or gifts for loved ones. They even have their own gingerbread house kit for purchase.

Gingerbread Cookies at Grand Floridian

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is my top Disney Hotel for Christmas decorations!

Grand Floridian Holiday Decor 2022

It’s an elegant ambiance that is easily accessible from the monorail. Plus the Grand Floridian Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants that isn’t terribly expensive for Disney prices.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

There’s just something about a cabin in the woods feel that makes you feel like winter and Christmas are here. That’s the ambiance at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. But it’s nice and cozy inside!

The tree is stunning, and the rustic look will make you feel at home, like you’re in a Hallmark Christmas movie

Disney Wilderness Lodge Christmas Tree

Wilderness Lodge Christmas Decorations

There’s even a fireplace on the second level to solidify that Christmas feel.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Resort is my favorite Disney World hotel in the EPCOT area for Christmas due to the Gingerbread carousel and the beautiful views outside. If you’re visiting EPCOT, then it’s a quick walk from International Gateway entrance/exit by the Skyliner. 

It’s not quite as striking as a giant tree in the lobby, but it’s beautiful and moves like a carousel. The Beach Club’s Gingerbread Carousel in 2023 is DuckTales themed!

DuckTales Gingerbread Carousel Beach Club

 

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has another impressive lobby with a beautiful tree. They have a gingerbread giraffe, too, and boasts some of the best dining on Disney property. 

Gingerbread Animals at Animal Kingdom Lodge

You can also buy a giraffe gingerbread cookie in the evening or at the Mara earlier in the day.

Gingerbread giraffe cookie Animal Kingdom Lodge

It’s not as close to many parks as the other resorts, but if you’re at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, then hop on a bus and take a ride over. 

It’s beautiful, and I love the African theming they have with some their decor. It feels different and exotic, and is one of my favorite resorts overall. Plus Boma has the best breakfast buffet on property.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Christmas Tree

Holiday Decor and Tree at Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

You can walk to Disney’s Contemporary Resort from Magic Kingdom and take a look at their Gingerbread Castle Display! They also have a giant Christmas tree outside of the Contemporary that is pretty impressive. Other than that the decor is minimal, but it’s an easy resort to visit and still festive with great restaurants. 

This year on the fourth floor of the resort from Nov. 10 through Jan. 6, 2024 is a Mary Blair-inspired 100th Celebration-themed Castle Display was designed by Walt Disney Imagineers for this momentous occasion for The Walt Disney Company.

Last year was the 50th Anniversary celebration of Magic Kingdom.

Steakhouse 71 Breakfast is always a delicious choice if you need some fuel before a long park day.

Contemporary Gingerbread Castle

You can find holiday decor and Christmas trees at all of the Disney World hotels, including the value and moderate resorts. These are just my 5 favorite resorts for holiday decor this year! Also new this year is a Gingerbread Lighthouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

If you need some more Disney holiday activities, then try the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll or Olaf’s Scavenger Hunt in Epcot.