Okay…so when my wife and I chose going to WDW for our 25th anniversary, we specifically chose December so that we could experience Christmas Disney-style…something we’d never done before.
Well…it appears our trip will not be QUITE what we had hoped for. With fireworks parties out of the mix, for example (and most likely fireworks entirely, unless Disney pulls out some magic real soon), we still want to make the most of the Christmas experience.
Of course, it is too soon to know for sure what it will look like. So there is a bit of conjecture in this.
But, one thing we wanted to do was resort hop to see the decorating at the resorts. Provided we can do that, the question really becomes to which resorts are likely to have decorations worth seeing?
We REALLY wanted to see Animal Kingdom Lodge (not just for the Christmas decor), but it looks as though the chances of the main building being home are slim to none right now. Kidani Village is the only part open, and Jambo House, which has the main lodge building, isn’t going to open it seems.
Does the smaller building for Kidani Village generally have Christmas decor worth seeing? And even if not, is there enough beauty in the Kidani building to worth a trek?
It appears Grand Floridian will be open, so that’s a definite. We’ll likely monorail around from the Contemporary to see GF and Poly.
Next comes Wilderness Lodge. Technically, there is no opening date for that…but Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek are open now. Does this mean the main lodge building is open, and would we then be able to assume it will be decked out for Christmas?
We know we could figure out how to get to Old Key West, although as I understand it, they don’t do a whole lot for Christmas? What about Saratoga Springs?
Beach Club/Yacht Club isn’t an issue, since we are just a walk away from it staying at the Boardwalk.
(Again, I am assuming Disney plans to pull out the Christmas decor where they can!)
Hopefully the Christmas Tree trail will be done at Disney Springs, and the parks themselves will have some decorations about.
The biggest unknown/hope is revolving around the Christmas party. In many ways, I think Disney could pull off the Christmas party in a modified form. (Since we’ve never been, ANY form would be fun for us.) I keep hoping for there to be rumors suggesting one thing or the other, but nothing so far. The best I’ve found is the conjecture that Disney only released park hours for November through the 7th because they wanted to hold off as long as possible to make a final decision…suggesting they WANT to have the parties, but need more time to fully decide. What reasons? Maybe just looking at numbers, fear of cancellations, etc? Then again…it seems like HAVING the parties would give reason for people to come who might otherwise consider cancelling. So, crossing our fingers that we will be able to get to experience a Christmas party.
The other long-shot hope is that Disney does, in fact, figure out how to bring back some fireworks before year’s end. I had briefly help out hope that “Project Nugget” was indication this might happen…but it looks now more like Project Nugget just being preparation for the fireworks they plan to do for the 50th anniversary celebration.
Anything else related to Christmas that I’m not thinking of you’ve experienced at Disney which may (or may not) happen?