Monday, December 18

A Frugal Guide to Christmas in Walt Disney World

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Despite the fact that the Christmas season is the most costly time to go to Walt Disney World, you can still take fairly low-cost Disney vacations with a little considering and thought. Disney cast members beautify the  entire complex right around Thanksgiving, so you can get into the  festive spirit in Disney any time in December. Begin by making your trip plans for the first three weeks in the month. Disney raises the  prices an enormous amount after the 18th, so enjoy early to save a  large amount of hard cash.

While you’re spending your time in Walt Disney World, don’t feel  as if you have to go to the parks every day. While the decorations are spectacular in Magic Kingdom and the different holiday exhibits in Epcot  are marvelous, you can have just as good a time enjoying one of the free  or inexpensive Christmas celebrations elsewhere on Disney property.

Spend an afternoon and evening at the Swan and Dolphin resort  complex for a unique holiday celebration. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests in their tiki hut, their warm weather house away from the North  Pole. Enjoy roasted chestnuts, cookie decorating, storytelling with Mrs.  Claus, tree lighting ceremonies and photograph opportunities with the Claus  family. Stop in the lobby and take your picture with the world’s largest  chocolate Santa, which is made of over 1,100 pounds of chocolate.

Take the family to check out the lobby in the Grand Floridian Resort  & Spa. Not only is the Grand Floridian home to one of the most gorgeous Christmas trees in Disney World, it also houses what may be  the world’s biggest gingerbread house. This 14-foot-tall home is so huge that it serves as the shop for selling gingerbread “shingles” to lucky guests who visit while this marvelous creation is on site. Take  pictures with the youngsters all over the lobby, grab a cup of cocoa or a soft  drink and relax on the couches in the lobby while taking note of holiday  music being played on the grand piano.

Spend the day in Downtown Disney. All of the retailers will have  their holiday decorations up, and the entire area looks very festive.  Take the kids to the Lego shop and let them have fun with the 3,000 Legos  available for kids to use. Wander among the giant Lego creations like  the Loch Ness Monster, the dog walker, the dinosaur and the man on the  bench. All of them are life sized and all are made entirely of Legos. Stroll down toward the toy shops and see how many toys your kids can recognize being used as giant tree ornaments. Have your photograph taken  with Santa in front of the World of Disney store. Finish the afternoon  with an early dinner at the Earl of Sandwich. They even have a holiday  sandwich with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, just to put you in  the Christmas spirit.

No Christmas in Walt Disney World is complete without seeing the  holiday parade and fireworks in the Magic Kingdom or visiting the  country pavilions in Epcot, but even cheap Disney vacations can be filled with holiday Disney cheer without spending every day in  the parks. Every resort and activity is elaborately festooned throughout  the World, and cast members have a bit of extra Christmas cheer every  day. Spend a day or two having fun with free activities in the resorts and save  your tickets for two or three big days in the parks.


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