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CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN RESORTS

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Planning' started by jimogi, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. jimogi

    jimogi Active Member

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    We are going to the MVMCP on 12th Nov but just wondering when does Disney put up the Christmas/Holiday decorations in the resorts? Keeping fingers crossed some will be up when we are there until 16th Nov.
     
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    alissafalco Premium Member

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    its usually around Nov. 1st or 2nd
     
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    coachwnh Well-Known Member

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    Many decorations will be up by then. they are awesome so be sure to find time to take it all in!
     
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  4. jimogi

    jimogi Active Member Original Poster

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    Cheers
    Cheers just told DW & she is grinning like a cheshire cat now:D:D or like so:D. Thanks so looking forward to seeing them as only ever been in Disney for Halloween & 4th July. We are dinning at many of the resorts so will make extra time to check them out.
     
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    wiigirl Well-Known Member

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    Yup, immediately after halloween.
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  6. Castle Dreamer

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    We checked in to the Wilderness Lodge on Nov. 13th last year. They put up the tree and decorations in the lobby overnight and when we woke up in the morning it was all decorated. It was very magical. :)
     
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    maryszhi Well-Known Member

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    it should be up :) its an amazing experience. make sure to pick up some ginger bread cookies in the grand floridian gingerbread house. they literally sell gingerbread cookies out of a gingerbread house structure!
     
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    Christmas time is our favorite time of year to go down, and we make it a point during our trip to go around to the resorts and see all the amazing work they put into decorating for the holiday.
     
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    journ116 Well-Known Member

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    Last year when we went, we attended MNSSHP on Nov. 1st (the last one) and we're leaving the very next morning. As we were waiting for the Magical Express bus, Christmas music was already being pumped thru the resort!

    I'm not sure when the resorts begin decorating, but MK starts the very next day after the last MNSSHP and is fully decorated a week later, just in time for the first MVMCP of the season (which we'll miss by one day this year!)!

    Enjoy your holiday!
     
  10. Christina Ladinski

    Christina Ladinski New Member

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    We are also going to MVMCP on the 12th and will also be there until the 16th! How funny :)
     
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    dreamfinder Well-Known Member

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    Resorts are a gradual process throughout November. Since MVMCP has a set start date, MK needs to be switched over very quickly after the last MNSSHP. DHS and AK will also switch over fairly quickly since they start the Osborne Lights and the Jingle Jungle Parade fairly early in November. Epcot can take a bit longer since they don't start any seasonal entertainment until the day after Thanksgiving. Most of the resorts can be done in a single night (except for the edible decorations, those are usually take a bit to assemble). So those will totally depend on luck. Your resort may be decorated before you arrive, it may change over magically one night while you are there, or it may not be done til after you leave.
     
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  12. luv

    luv Well-Known Member

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    They start putting Christmas stuff out and playing Christmas music in the hotels at the beginning of November.

    Disney begins celebrating Halloween in September and begins Christmas as soon as Halloween is over. They continue Christmas into January. 4+ months of celebrations for two holidays...and poor Thanksgiving is completely ignored. :(

    They've already begun getting the castle and DHS set up for Christmas.
     
  13. Buzz2001

    Buzz2001 Well-Known Member

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    Here is an old schedule from 2003 that someone posted on another forum. Should be somewhat similar to what happens this year.

    2003 Holiday Decorating Setup at Walt Disney World 2003

    The following is the schedule for Walt Disney World 2003 Christmas decorating:

    Oct. 30th - 10 pm
    World of Disney Downtown Disney

    Oct. 31st - 10 pm
    - Disney - MGM Studios Merchandise Shops

    Nov. 1st - 10 pm
    - Magic Kingdom Merchandise
    - Marketplace Interior
    - Santa Clause Trees

    Nov. 4th - 10 pm
    - Epcot Merchandise Shops
    - Disney Animal Kingdom Merchandise shops

    Nov. 5th - 10 pm
    - Epcot Merchandise Shops
    - Epcot Towers
    - Mousegears

    Nov. 6th - 10 pm
    - Disney Vacation Club Resorts

    Nov. 10th - 10 pm
    - Disney-MGM Studios Brown Derby

    Nov. 11th - 10 pm
    - Disney-MGM Studios 50's Prime Time Cafe
    - Disney-MGM Studios Hollywood and Vine

    Nov. 12th - 10 pm
    - Disney-MGM Studios New York Street
    - Disney-MGM Studios Mistletoe
    - Grand Floridian Tree set up
    - Grand Floridian Resort
    - Disney-MGM Studios New York Street Cable installation
    - Disney-MGM Studios Mistletoe

    Nov. 13th - 10 pm
    - Disney-MGM Studios New York Street
    - Grand Floridian Tree Decorating
    - Wilderness Lodge
    - Wilderness Lodge Tree set up

    Nov. 14th - 10 pm
    - Disney-MGM Studios New York Street
    - Wilderness Lodge Annex
    - Vero Beach Resort

    Nov. 15th - 10 pm
    - Disney Institute Spa
    - All Star Movie Resort

    Nov. 17th - 10 pm
    - Disney's Animal Kingdom Interior and exterior
    - Disney-MGM Studios
    - Disney's Animal Kingdom Tree of Life

    Nov. 18th - 10 pm
    - Epcot Interior/exterior
    - Magic Kingdom Interior/Exterior
    - Disney's Animal Kingdom Interior and exterior
    - Disney-MGM Studios Hollywood and Vine cables
    - Disney-MGM Studios Tree installation
    - All Star Sports & Music Resorts

    Nov. 19th - 10 pm
    - Epcot Interior/exterior
    - Magic Kingdom Interior/Exterior
    - Disney's Animal Kingdom Interior and exterior
    - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Interior and exterior
    - Disney University

    Nov. 20th - 10 pm
    - Epcot Interior/exterior
    - Magic Kingdom Interior/Exterior
    - Downtown Disney Marketplace exterior
    - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Interior and exterior
    - Downtown Disney West Side
    - Downtown Disney Disney Quest
    - Habro Tree
    - Dock Stage Tree.

    Nov. 21st - 10 pm
    - Epcot Interior/exterior
    - Magic Kingdom Interior/Exterior
    - Port Orleans Riverside/ French Quarter Resort
    - Disney's Animal Kingdom Dinoland
    - Epcot Candlelight Trees

    Nov. 22nd - 10 pm
    - Epcot interior/exterior
    - Disney's Animal Kingdom Restaurantossarus
    - Camp Minnie / Mickey
    - Epcot Tree
    - Epcot American Adventure tree

    Nov. 24th - 2 to 4 am
    - Disney Cruise Line Terminal
    - Disney Cruise Line Wonder

    Nov. 25th - 10 pm
    - Fort Wilderness Exterior
    - Disney Cruise Line Wonder
    - Coronado Springs Resort
    - Magic Kingdom Tree
    - Disney-MGM Studios Hollywood and Vine cables

    Nov. 26th - 10 pm
    - Fort Wilderness Exterior
    - Disney Cruise Line Wonder
    - Fort Wilderness Interior

    Nov. 27th - 10 pm
    - Fort Wilderness Exterior
    - Disney Cruise Line Wonder
    - Caribbean Beach Resort
    - Wide World of Sports

    Nov. 28th - 10 pm
    - Disney Cruise Line Wonder

    Nov. 29th - 10 pm
    - Old Key West Resort

    Dec. 1-6th - 10 pm
    - Disney Cruise Line Magic.
     
  14. HouCuseChickie

    HouCuseChickie Well-Known Member

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    I've heard the resorts greatly vary. I remember following this religiously back in 2010...while we were going in December and knew we'd see everything...the decorations going up was my big sign that our trip was right around the corner. I remember several posts saying that the hotels with the big trees (i.e. Wilderness Lodge, GF, AKL) had their overnight transformation to Christmas mode around November 17th.
     
  15. jimogi

    jimogi Active Member Original Poster

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    I've heard MK is extra magical when the holiday decorations are up. Really looking forward to seeing them:). Thanks for all the info.
     
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    Don't forget to go see all the Fort Wilderness campers' decorations they put up. Talk about Griswalds!
     
  17. mouse_luv

    mouse_luv Well-Known Member

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    I thought the first X-mas party was around the 9th? So I would think things would be decorated by then.
     
  18. luv

    luv Well-Known Member

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    I love walking the Fort at Christmastime. It is one of my favorite Christmas activities.

    Those people are in the spirit!!
     
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    We will be at MVMCP on the 12th also and leaving on the 16th!!! So excited I can hardly wait!
     
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    We stayed at AKL last year from 11/15 to 11/18. The Christmas decorations were already up at all of the parks. The tree in the AKL went up literally over night while we were there. It was magical! We went to bed late one night and then early the next morning, POOF, it was there! Since Thanksgiving is early this year the resorts should get dolled up during your stay. Make a point to got to HS to see the Osbourne Family lights. They are amazing!
     

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