Blog contribution by Meredith Michler, Travel Advisor – The Mouse Detectives

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of the Millennium Falcon had danced in their heads. Their father went to the car to gather some goodies, and while outside caught Santa’s Little Helpers in Walt Disney World hoodies. 

Imagine this: a trip to Walt Disney World during the Christmas holidays. Booking your stay at your favorite resort, only to find out that it is the week before Thanksgiving and the resort is not yet decorated for Christmas. On our most recent trip, we booked our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, primarily because I love this resort during the holidays. Much to my dismay, we walked into the lobby and I gasped: Where were all of the Christmas decorations? On the last night of our trip, my husband took a walk downstairs and sent me a text “There are two 18 wheelers in the parking lot. I see a tree.” 

Once my husband was back with the kids, I filled by mug with coffee, sat by the fire in the lobby, and watched in awe as the Cast Members decorated the Lodge for the holidays. Needless-to-say I did not watch the entire decorating process, but when my children walked down to the lobby the next morning, our resort was decorated for Christmas! 

I can visit Walt Disney World year-round. I love each season for its own reasons. Halloween and fall will always be dear to my heart, but it can still be so hot in Florida at that time of year.  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an absolute blast, plus who doesn’t love trick-or-treating down Main Street? During the Christmas holidays, I personally love watching Elsa light up Cinderella Castle in “A Frozen Holiday Wish”. If you are undecided, a great time to visit is Halloween week. Cast Members work diligently into the wee hours of the morning at the Magic Kingdom taking down Halloween decorations so that when guests arrive Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo it’s Christmas! Depending on your length of stay, you will be able to celebrate two holidays in one trip! The first Christmas Party usually takes place around November 8th every year, and the Festival of the Holidays in Epcot begins after Thanksgiving. If you time your trip right, you can catch both Food and Wine Festival and the Festival of the Holidays at Epcot! IMG_20191120_085701


Thank you so much to Meredith for contributing this fun blog post and beautiful photos! Contact her for complimentary Disney vacation planning services at !

Christmas at Animal Kingdom Lodge

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