Many times we’ve had visitors in Florida which have wanted to experience the magic of Disney, but aren’t interested in actually doing a park day. Our number one suggestion is hotel hopping around Bay Lake. What exactly is hotel hopping around Bay Lake you ask?? You jump aboard the monorail, and visit each of the three resorts around the lake.
Jumping aboard the monorail for a trip around Bay Lake is fun all year round. But during the Holidays, it’s an even more magical experience!! So when our oldest came home from college for Christmas, we knew hotel hopping was the perfect thing to do, since she no longer has her annual pass.
Pulling out from the Transportation & Ticket Center, our first stop was The Polynesian Resort. You enter on the upper level which overlooks the lobby and the large Christmas tree.
There’s a bar where you can get some fun drinks, and alcoholic beverages. We sat, relaxed, and enjoyed looking around at all the decorations.
There are smaller trees all around the resort too.
Lilo & Stitch were in the lobby for photos, so we took advantage.
We hopped back on the monorail, and our next stop was The Grand Floridian. As we walked off the monorail, there were lots of decorations outside the resort too, like these lighted deer.
Like The Polynesian, you walk in on an upper level, above the lobby, so you are over looking the beautiful Christmas tree and gingerbread house.
A special kiosk with exclusive holiday beverages was on the left when we walked in.
We tried the hot chocolate, and I had the one with Stoli. YUM!
The Grand Floridian is my favorite resort to visit at Christmas. Not only do I love all the victorian decorations, but I love the gingerbread house.
There are so many little details to make is special. Like characters above each of the windows.
Be sure to walk all the way around the gingerbread house. It has such a different look from every angle.
And don’t forget to check out the stats for the gingerbread house at each resort. That’s a lot of ingredients!!
There was a photo pass photographer on site to take pictures in front of the gingerbread house.
We took lots of pictures at The Grand Floridian. When we were finally done, we got back on the monorail, and headed to The Contemporary.
I didn’t get as many pictures at The Contemporary, but I did get one of the new gingerbread house. It was Cinderella and her prince.
Several years prior, it was Frozen, with Anna and Elsa.
Complete with a sand (snow) castle.
One last perk about taking the monorail to hotel hop, is when you do it in the evening, you just may catch Cinderella’s castle all lit up as you travel from hotel to hotel.
Who else loves Disney at Christmas? What is your favorite Holiday activity during the Holidays?