Holiday Hotel Hopping Around Disney’s Bay Lake

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Disney is the Most Magical Place on Earth, so I’m sure you can imagine how magical it can be during the Holidays!! One of our favorites tips to share is hotel hopping to see all the decorations, and indulge in special snacks and drinks. Hotel hopping around Disney’s Bay Lake is the best way to see several resorts in one day!

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!! Pulling out from the Transportation & Ticket Center, your first stop will be The Polynesian Resort. Entering on the upper level which overlooks the lobby and the large Christmas tree.

Polynesian Resort

Mom and daughter sitting on couch at Polynesian Resort during Holiday hotel hopping at Disney's Bay Lake

There’s a bar where you can get some fun drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Sit, relax, and enjoy looking around at all the decorations. 

Christmas tree at Polynesian Resort Walt Disney World during holiday hotel hopping

There are smaller trees all around the resort too. 

Photopass with Lilo and Stitch at Polynesian Resort in front of Christmas tree

Lilo & Stitch may be in the lobby for photos, so we took advantage of using our Photopass.

Walt Disney World Hotel Holiday Decorations outside of Grand Floridian during hotel hopping at Disney's Bay Lake

The Grand Floridian

Hop back on the monorail, and your next stop will be The Grand Floridian. As you walk off the monorail, there are lots of decorations outside the resort too, like these lighted deer. 

Walt Disney World Hotel Holiday Decorations at Grand Floridian overlooking the lobby

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. 

Special drink menu at Disney's Grand Floridian during the Holidays

Look for the special kiosk with exclusive holiday beverages.

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Here we toasted 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.

Window details on the Christmas gingerbread house is Disney's Grand Floridian

There are so many little details to make it special. Like characters above each of the windows. 

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Be sure to walk all the way around the gingerbread house. It has such a different look from every angle. 

Walt Disney World Hotel Holiday Decorations

And don’t miss the stats for the gingerbread house at each resort. That’s a lot of ingredients!! 

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More picture opportunities with a Disney photographer in front of the gingerbread house. 

Contemporary Resort

Cinderella gingerbread castle at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Next up on the monorail trail is The Contemporary Resort. 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. 

Anna and Elsa gingerbread castle at Disney's Contemporary Resort while Holiday hotel hopping

Several years prior, it was Frozen, with Anna and Elsa. 

Walt Disney World Hotel Holiday Decorations at The Contemporary Resort while hotel hopping

Complete with a sand (snow) castle. 

Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle  lit up at Christmas while hotel hopping

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 resort to resort. 

Who else loves Disney at Christmas? What is your favorite activity during the Holidays?

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Julie Gazdecki

Julie is owner and founder of How We Find Happy. As an optimist, the name is perfect as we share the ways we find happy living in Florida, visiting breweries, spending time with our adult children, and getting away on some couples trips. As previous residents of Michigan, we still spend lots of time each year visiting our family up there, along with new and favorite places. My hope is to encourage others to spend time exploring this beautiful world, and finding happy in unexpected places.

24 thoughts on “Holiday Hotel Hopping Around Disney’s Bay Lake

  • Terri

    We did this one time several years ago when we camped at Ft. Wilderness and I’ve been wanting to do it again! I want to go now so we can see all the Christmas decorations, too. Thanks for the tips!

  • I love everything Disney! I never knew the hotel looked as fun as the actual resort. Plus it is a great way to save some money too.

  • Sheila

    What a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit without visiting the parks! Disney sure does know how to decorate. Great suggestions for a fun adventure.

  • Shirley

    Now this is my kind of Disney vacation! My grandchildren are much too young to enjoy all Disney has to offer but I could definitely see myself hotel hopping. Thanks for the tip!

  • Phyllis

    Thank you for this info. I would not even think of it! Next time we go back We will definitely do this!

  • alison

    This is on my list for my next disney visit. I love it there, my husband not so much. fortunately, my father is a die hard and takes the whole family every two years!!

  • This is such a great idea, especially around Christmas. I love everything having to do with Christmas! I’ll have to remember this next time we’re there. Thanks! 🙂

  • T.M. Brown

    I love taking the time to go around The Magic Kingdom Loop to see the Christmas decorations!!! The Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is my favorite, of course. Great pics!

  • Jaimi

    Disney would be so magical during the holidays. It’s cool to know that there is heaps to do outside of the park too!

  • Pamela

    We try to go hotel hopping every few trips to Disney. It is a ton of fun!

  • Debra Baca

    This looks like so much fun! I always just want to spend all of our time at the Parks! lol!

  • Yvette

    Disney + Christmas = Happiness!!!

    My husband and I just did EPCOT 2 Saturdays ago….sooooo beautiful this time of year. Love to see all of the special holiday foods around the worlds.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    YES!!! We cannot wait to try some of the new foods this year!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    I totally get that when you don’t live here!! There is so much to do, you have to do what makes you most happy!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    It’s a great way to kind of take a break, but still be part of the magic.

  • Julie Gazdecki

    We never knew how magical it was during the Holidays until we moved here 10 years ago!! And the resorts offer so much, there is tons to do outside the parks!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Thank you!! The Grand Floridian gingerbread house is my favorite too!!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Yay!! We hope you have a great time!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    You said it. Disney decorations are top notch! This former Northerner does not even miss the snow at Christmas!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Disney does not miss one detail. They know how to do the Holidays right!!

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