There are over 20 hotels in Walt Disney World. And as you can imagine, every Disney hotel is adorned with holiday decorations. So which Disney hotels have the best vacation decorations? They’re all pretty awesome, but to help you have a festive Disney date by checking out the decorations, here are our top 5 best-decorated Disney hotels.
Helpful Tips for Visiting Disney Resort Vacation Decorations
Before we get into our top five list, let’s go over some of the basics of Walt Disney World hotel vacation decorations.
Every hotel, from Value hotels to Deluxe hotels, is decorated. Decorations at Disney hotels usually go up no later than Thanksgiving week. And every hotel has at least one main Christmas tree. The higher the category, the more decorations.
In each property, you will also find at least one store with unique Disney merchandise, perfect for holiday shopping at Walt Disney World. Quick service points also have a special holiday section on their menus and mobile ordering is available.
Finally, parking in Disney hotels is officially reserved for customers with confirmed hotel or catering reservations. Sometimes you can park with a confirmed mobile order. Alternatively, you can use Disney transportation from Disney Springs or the theme parks.
Ask any Disney fan what their favorite Disney resort is while on vacation and I’m sure their answer will be Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This beautiful wooded lodge is located near Magic Kingdom. It is inspired by the large lodges of the Pacific Northwest.
The nature-inspired details and decorations are full of warmth, creating a cozy atmosphere. There are decorations all over the lobby, which itself is breathtaking. The towering Christmas tree is stunning, as are the garlands draped over the railings on each level of the resort overlooking the lobby.
Snuggle up with your honey by the Grand Canyon-inspired fireplace or climb to the second floor to take in the views from the heights.
More vacation decorations can be found by taking a quick stroll to the resort’s second building, Boulder Ridge Villas. The short walk itself is charming, with the covered walkway draped in festive garlands.
Leave it to Grand Floridien to have the grandest decorations. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is known for its life-size Gingerbread House (pictured in the main image). This large gingerbread house is adorably decorated and has a bakery where you can buy delicious pastries.
Besides the iconic Gingerbread House, there is an imposing Christmas tree and other decorations around the lobby. Look closely at the ornaments – many are recreations of Victorian-era decorations.
I have to admit my bias – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is my favorite Disney resort, hands down. This one-of-a-kind resort is home to beautiful African animals as well as a huge collection of African art and artifacts.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge were designed by the same architect. So, they both have breathtaking lobbies. Jambo House is the main building of Animal Kingdom Lodge and has an amazing and warmly lit Christmas tree. There is sometimes a gingerbread or chocolate village, near the BOMA – Saveurs d’Afrique restaurant. There are also two fireplaces here, one inside and one outside. Either one is perfect for snuggling up with your sweetheart.
While you are here you can also walk or take a free van to Kidani village. This is the second building in the complex, built a few years after Jambo House.
Disney’s Boardwalk is a destination in its own right. Here you can explore five different resorts as well as several bars and restaurants in an enchanting neighborhood nestled between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
While the Disney’s Boardwalk hotel itself is lovely during the holidays, the neighbors across the water have a charm that’s hard to beat. Disney’s Beach Club and Disney’s Yacht Club Resorts are technically two different hotels, but they are connected by multiple walkways and share a pool, Walt Disney World’s most popular pool.
Disney’s Beach Club is decorated like the beach house of your dreams. It’s inviting any time of the year, but during the holidays it features whimsical sea-themed decorations. Plus, in the center of the lobby is a gingerbread carousel that has a different Disney theme. every year.
The Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel theme for 2021 is “The Little Mermaid”. Each horse is themed with a different character from the movie and the details are beautiful. While you admire the cherished details, you can snack on holiday pastries, treats, and drinks at the booth at the back of the lobby.
Next door is Disney’s Yacht Club, which is more sophisticated with polished dark wood and brass. The main attraction here is the Christmas Village, an impressive sprawling ski resort created in miniature. You’re going to want to take some time to go over all the details. Maybe play a friendly “Spy” game together.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a moderate-level hotel, but the best in its class. This resort caters to convention guests, so its restaurants and common areas are more refined than other moderate category hotels.
If you want to have a happy magical Disney date, make a reservation at Toledo. This rooftop restaurant is breathtaking. And the Spanish-inspired menu is adventurous and dazzling. Make sure to check Disney website for the fireworks program so you can book your reservation at a time when you can see the fireworks from this rooftop restaurant.
There are two common buildings at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: El Centro and Gran Destino Tower. Both have beautiful decorations inspired by Latin America. The decorations of the Gran Destino tower have metallic and jewel tones, adding a royal touch.
Premium: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground
If you want a special Disney date, venture to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. You can use transportation from any of the four Disney theme parks, although Magic Kingdom is the most fun thanks to boat transportation.
Once at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, you can board a bus that runs through the resort. The closer to Christmas you get, the more decorated the resort is, but not by Disney. Campsite customers often decorate their campsite for the holidays. The displays are always impressive.
Featured Image: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort