Let’s be honest – no one does the holiday season better than Walt Disney World resorts. If you read my last blog, HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS IN WDW!, or have visited the resort during the holiday season you have a pretty good understanding of just how well they celebrate this season. However, there is one event specifically that holds a special place in my heart – The Holidays at Disney Springs.
If you know me, you know that my fiance proposed at Disney Springs right after the Christmas Tree Trail and in front of the focal point tree. (If you want to read more about it, check out: OUR DISNEY WORLD ENGAGEMENT STORY). It is truly my favorite place to celebrate on property, and on top of the nostalgic reason there are plenty of reasons why. Let’s dive in to all that Disney Springs has to offer during the holiday season!
Christmas Tree Trail
The best part of the Holidays at Disney Springs offering is the Christmas Tree Trail. While walking through “snowfall”, guests will enjoy 27 decorated Christmas Trees, each themed to their favorite Disney movies and attractions. Some of my favorites this year include trees themed to The Haunted Mansion, Beauty and the Beast, and even a Pluto tree!
While walking along the trail, there are plenty of photo ops as well as encounters with toy soldiers along the way. There may even be a few carolers and other entertainment along the way!
What’s a holiday celebration without the chance to meet Santa Claus? Guests can head over to the Christmas Tree Trail cottage and sign in for an encounter with Mr. Claus himself. PhotoPass+ is available for guests who want the meet-and-greet documented, or you can use your own camera or cell phone if you do not have Memory Maker.
What is best about this opportunity is that you don’t have to wait in line, which we all know is how you will spend at least half of your time on WDW property. Instead, guests check in at the podium with one of Santa’s helpers and provide a phone number. While waiting, guests can shop or grab a snack and will be notified via text message when to return for their meet-and-greet with Santa.
Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt
A fun and engaging adventure for children of all ages to embark on, guests will follow Stitch along a mischievous quest of Christmas shopping. Using a Holiday Gift Hunt booklet [that can be picked up at various locations around Disney Springs), guests will go on a 12-stop scavenger hunt to find each place Stitch has run off to in order to get a new gift. Guests will mark off each stop with a sticker, and once the hunt is finished, the completed booklet can be redeemed for a special treat!
From the moment you enter Disney Springs, be prepared to be surrounded by gorgeous and larger-than-life holiday trees and decorations. There are plenty of photo-op spots scattered around the Springs as well, leaving so much to see and admire!
Shopping and Special Treats
It’s no secret that Disney Springs is a destination spot for shopping, which makes it a great place to knock some gifts off of your holiday shopping list. Along the way, stop at eateries such as Goofy’s Candy Shop, Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, and Amorette’s Patisserie for special holiday-themed sweets and treats.
Well, there you have it! Everything there is to do and see uniquely themed to the holiday season at Disney Springs. The Christmas Tree Trail is worth heading to Disney Springs in and of itself in my opinion, but there is still so much more to experience.
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