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Old 11-18-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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Christmas Decorations - Which Resort is Best?

We will be going to Tampa to visit family for Thanksgiving. Wednesday, our travel day, we hope to arrive at Downtown Disney by lunch time. If possible we want to catch one of the buses to visit a resort(s) to look at Christmas Decorations before we travel on to Tampa.

If limited on time which resorts would you recommend? Was thinking Wilderness Lodge then taking the boat over to the Contemporary. Then we could take the monorail and stop off at resorts on the monorail route. Any input would be great.

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Old 11-18-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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Definitely take the monorail around to the Grand Floridian. The decorations are beautiful there for x.mas.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:43 PM   #3
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My favorites in this order are Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, and Animal Kingdom lodge. They all have beautifully decorated lobbies. Grand Floridian wins for me because of the life size gingerbread house.
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grand floridian wins for me because of the life size gingerbread house.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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I'd have to give it to WL. GF is a close second and AK is third. Also try to see the BC lobby with the chocolate carousel.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:21 PM   #6
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GF, WL, BC, and BWI are the best in my opinion.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:44 AM   #7
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WL is our favorite during the holidays, with the GF, BC, YC, & BWI running a close second. But if you're short on time, I think your idea is a good one. Start at the WL, take the boat to the CR and then hop on the monorail to visit the Poly and GF .
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:52 AM   #8
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We will be going to Tampa to visit family for Thanksgiving. Wednesday, our travel day, we hope to arrive at Downtown Disney by lunch time. If possible we want to catch one of the buses to visit a resort(s) to look at Christmas Decorations before we travel on to Tampa.

If limited on time which resorts would you recommend? Was thinking Wilderness Lodge then taking the boat over to the Contemporary. Then we could take the monorail and stop off at resorts on the monorail route. Any input would be great.

Thanks!
The quickest would be to take whichever bus comes first for WL, Poly, GF, or CR.

You can either take the boat from WL over to MK and walk up to the monorail and take the monorail loop all the way around to each of those.

Or you can take the monorail loop around the three resorts and then the boat over to WL.

Then take the bus back to DTD from any resort when you are completed.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:09 AM   #9
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While visiting CR and WL,I would also "work in" Fort Wilderness.



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Old 11-19-2012, 08:59 AM   #10
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WL, GF, then FW. That latter often gets overlooked, but as you can tell by the photos above, quite a few of the RVers take great pains to put up really fun displays during the holiday season. However, if you're limited by time as you seem to be, I'd go to WL, boat to the CR, then monorail to GF before taking a bus back to DD.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:35 PM   #11
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I like them all. GF WL POLY. We stayed at BVC the past 2 years during the holidays, & I must say the BC lobby smells fantastic!!! & the chocolate carousel is beautiful!! that is my opinion. You can't go wrong with any of them, they are all beautiful in their own way.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:21 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the responses. I think we need to plan a whole vacation just around resort hoping for Christmas decorations! But even 6 hours of Disney is better than driving right past it and not stopping for any magic!
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