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Disney parks are gorgeous during the holidays, but don’t forget the resorts: They’re filled with holiday magic, each decorated with its own theme.  Do you have a personal favorite? I love the kitschy tree at Art of Animation.

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Here’s a closeup of the fun details.

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You’ll find a similar take on mid-century American modern at The Contemporary Resort , where Mary Blair’s mosaic artwork in the Concourse and It’s a Small World meet in a yearly gingerbread display. This year’s theme is “Frozen.”

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You can also buy “Frozen” treats.

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Boardwalk Resort is one of my favorite at Christmas.  This gorgeous staircase isn’t even in the main lobby, but they decked it out anyway.

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And then there’s this year’s gingerbread display.

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And cute Boardwalk-themed ornaments.

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Beach Club has its own gingerbread carousel display as well. It smells incredible!

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Not surprisingly, the most over the top Christmas decorations are at Disney’s flagship resort, the Grand Floridian, with its massive lobby. Here’s what the second floor looks like, right as you get off the monorail. A pretty impressive welcome!

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And the view from above.

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And then one up close.

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All the Grand’s trees are decorated with beautiful Victorian-style ornaments.

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Even the shops look extra festive.

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You’ll see gorgeous garlands on the upper levels.

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Of course, the real star of the Grand Floridian’s display is the life-sized gingerbread house.

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And a closer view from another angle.


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Here’s a close up of the edible decorations.

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If you’re visiting Disney World during the holidays, why not devote a non-park day to resort hopping?  You can tour your favorites, have lunch, and shop. It’s a relaxing way to beat the crowds and see a part of Disney you might normally miss.