Disney Resort Hopping

Saturday December 8th 2018

It was a warm mostly cloudy day, but it was dry. The rain is forecast for Sunday. I decided to check out some of the Christmas decorations at some of the Disney resort hotels and campground.

After a big lunch to forestall the need to eat on Disney property I drove to Disney Springs. With my car parked on the top floor of the Orange parking garage, I took the boat to the Port Orleans Riverside hotel. From there I took the bus to the Magic Kingdom to catch the resort monorail. I stopped at the Contemporary Hotel, the Polynesian Hotel and the Grand Floridian. When I got back to the Magic Kingdom I took the launch to the Fort Wilderness Campground. The residents of the campground are the masters of decorating. Many of the campers have gone over the top with their decorating. I took the bus back to Disney Springs from Fort Wilderness.

I’ve done similar resort hopping sessions in previous years. It is a little more complicated now. The monorail is inside the security perimeter. To board the monorail you need to have your bags searched and go through a metal detector. Since I didn’t have a bag it wasn’t too bad, but I still had to wait in moderately long lines. The biggest complication is the lack of space for the screening areas at the hotels. The monorail stations were not designed for the crowd management needed at the security screening locations.

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

Christmas Tree in the lobby.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

One of many similar plain white light trees at the Contemporary.
Seasonal colors in the flower bed around Sorcerer Mickey topiary
Cinderella’s castle in gingerbread.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

The flower colors are more seasonal around the lobby icon.
Lobby Christmas tree.  (Picture is out of focus.) 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Grand tree at the Grand Floridian.
Gingerbread house is bigger than I’ve seen in previous years.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground

Disney decorated tree at the Settlement in Fort Wilderness.

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