Favorite resort at Christmas???

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by goofy4tink, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    I never thought this would be an issue in my family. But, my dh (who before our trip in August just didn't get the whole Disney thing!!) has said he would love to see WDW at Christmas. So, not one for waiting for him to change his mind, I'm jumping right in. We'll be going in 2004, the week before Christmas, leaving on the 23 for home. What are your favorite resorts at this time as far as Christmas decor goes?? We liked the Polynesian but don't think we want to do it at Christmas. And my dd has a real dislike of GF for some reason. Any thoughts??
  2. bobbiwoz

    bobbiwoz I'm happy to dance with you!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Last year was our first experience with Christmas festivities in WDW. We stayed at the Dolphin, nice, huge tree in lobby with a train. The GF took our breath away, the Gingerbread House was wonderful, and the music, a bell choir was so good we were late for MVMCP. This year we're staying at the VWL, we've heard those decorations are the best, we'll see.:D
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  4. Jeanny

    Jeanny I can feel the warmth now!

    Jun 17, 2002
    As with Bobbiwoz, last year was our first trip during the holidays. We stayed at the Polynesian during Thanksgiving... it was strange, yet SO fun, to hear Hawaiian/Polynesian Christmas music and see palm trees! We left PVD in the middle of a snowstorm, but spent Thanksgiving in shorts & t-shirts!!

    It was nice to see all the different Holiday decorations and Christmas trees at all the resorts. We were able to see the Osborne Family lights at MGM, which are not going to be up this year, but hopefully will be back next year in a different location.
  5. Andrew015

    Andrew015 WL Guru

    Jun 21, 2000
    WL hands down!!!

    All the resorts have neat decorations though. Mainly a matter of personal preference.

    For me.. WL
  6. ducklite

    ducklite <font color=teal>Take the Poly, it's fabulous!<br>

    Aug 17, 2000
    The only resort that ever made my jaw drop is the AKL. It's not a classic Currier and Ives type of a decor, but incredible in a wonderfully exotic type of way.

    For a more traditional look I think the Boardwalk is just awesome!

  7. mariamouse

    mariamouse DIS Veteran

    Feb 3, 2001
    The GF and WL seem to be the Christmas favorites on the boards, although the GF seems a little better decorated over the holidays. Regardless, if the GF is not your cup of tea and X-mas decorations mean a lot to you, the WL is definitely the way to go!!

    mariamouse :smooth:

    SQUIGGLE DIS Veteran

    Dec 23, 2000
    Have to agree with Andrew 015 - WL. Sitting by the fireplace, sipping hot chocolate; and looking at the huge lobby tree is wonderful!
  9. bethie

    bethie DIS Veteran

    Nov 10, 1999
    Without a doubt, the Wilderness Lodge!
  10. MJames41

    MJames41 DIS and USMC Veteran

    Jul 30, 2000
    I love the Boardwalk over WL, but only because of the easy boat ride to Epcot. As for the decorations, absolute favorite is WL, but have to visit GF, all the Epcot Resorts, and, because of what's been said on this and other posts, AKL. All of the resorts are done up (even the All Stars).
  11. karebear1

    karebear1 <font color=purple>BL II - Purple Team<br><font co

    Mar 12, 2001
    STay at the WL... and visit the rest. It takes yourbreath away when you walk into that lobby and see that tree! the music they play is so warm and the atmosphere in the lodge is homey and elegant at the same time. It's to die for! You gotta stay at the WL - you will NOT be disappointed!
  12. thedeb1002

    thedeb1002 Earning My Ears

    Sep 10, 2003
    Well I agree with you on the Poly. Even though it is my all time favorite resort - something about the Polynesian theming & Christmas just doesn't seem right. I guess I'm traditional - hot chocolate, snow, etc.

    So anyway - my family & I all agree that the best Christmas resort was Wilderness Lodge. The lobby is beautifully decorated and you have that amazing fire place to sit in front of. I guess because of its rusticness it evokes a more real feeling of Christmas.

    All the hotels are decorated to the nines. Even the Poly. The only one we were disappointed with was OKW (where we stayed). Very low key. And even though you may not be a GF lover, it is definitely worth the trip over there to check out the decorations. I really wouldn't want to stay there either - but to hang out for awhile - that's great.

    I'm jealous. Haven't done Christmas at WDW for a few years. Have a great time.
  13. Liv2CdWorld

    Liv2CdWorld <font color=CC99CC>I love these boards ---- this i

    Aug 19, 2002
    Wilderness Lodge, Hands Down!
  14. disnaholic

    disnaholic <font color=red>Hey HUSBAND, hands off my tag!!!</

    Jun 21, 2002
    AKL and WL hands down. We visited the Poly to see the decorations there, and we were not impressed. It also felt like the Brady Bunch might walk through the lobby at any minute! I do not want to upset the Poly fans, JMHO:D
  15. pewing

    pewing 2Prince/1PrincessMom

    Nov 18, 2001
    ...for AKL :D We used the picture of our family in front of the tree...for our cards last year.

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