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Old 10-07-2012, 06:25 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by com_op_2000 View Post
DW and I have been every year since '93 during the first two weeks of Dec.
We plan this as our chance to enjoy the holidays for ourselves. We do whatever we want based upon where we are staying. All the PP have covered where to see the decorations; one off-site location you might want to consider is over at Gaylord Palms Resort has ICE! It is several freezing rooms full of ice sculptures, you are given a heavy coat to wear and hot coffee/chocolate afterwards.
That's interesting, however I am sure I will soon have my share of ice and freezing here in Iowa sooner than I would like!
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:12 PM   #17
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These photos of WL and VWL have always made me want to stay there in December.






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Old 10-07-2012, 09:09 PM   #18
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We have been during Thanksgiving and last year we went during Christmas. We love that time of year.
Boardwalk-had Santa there and a chocolate Merry go Round. They also had complimentary cookies and lemonade during the day.
Beach Club had Gingerbread houses, but nothing else really stuck out to me.
Animal Kingdom- It was decorated with an African twist. It was beautiful. Also, the had the kids decorate their own gingerbread cookie.
Wilderness lodge- The tree there was AMAZING! Plus Santa Goofy and pluto were there to take pics! That was one of our faves!
Grand Floridian- Christmas with a Victorian twist. Plus, Victorian Mickey and Minnie were there to take pictures. The gingerbread house is amazing too!

The parks are great and the Osborne Lights are the COOLEST thing ever!!!!

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Old 10-07-2012, 10:23 PM   #19
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Boardwalk-had Santa there and a chocolate Merry go Round...
Isn't the chocolate merry-go-round in the BC lobby?
That is where DW and I always see it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:47 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by com_op_2000 View Post
Isn't the chocolate merry-go-round in the BC lobby?
That is where DW and I always see it.
The carousel with horses is in the BC lobby, the BW has a chocolate gazebo

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Old 10-08-2012, 07:31 AM   #21

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We love the carousel in the BC lobby...there are always some great hidden mickeys on it that are fun to find!
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Go to GF to see the gingerbread houses.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:53 PM   #23
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It looks like most holiday events have been mentioned. If you have a car you might want to visit the town Celebration. They create their own snow every night. While I get enough snow at home, there was something special about watching the children of Celebration watch and play in the "snow". It is a nice place to visit in any season, but they really make it special during the holiday season.
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I don't think the merry go round or carousel are chocolate -- they're gingerbread! Each of the deluxe resorts has one somewhere. In the poly, it's down on the first level, and one year included a small Lilo and Stitch, at AKL it was near the entrance to Boma. I think I remember a video at Beach Club of the making of theirs. As you can see, one of our holiday events is a tour of the resorts and their houses, and we have our own competition, finding the hidden mickeys in the houses.

Have fun whatever you do. I also recommend the Storytellers at Epcot.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:03 PM   #25
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I would definetely try to go to the dvc christmas party, my kids loved it
When and where is the DVC christmas party. We'll be there Dec 9 through 18
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