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The Perfect Christmas Resort Hopping Route at Walt Disney World

The Perfect Christmas Resort Hopping Route at Walt Disney World

For a budget friendly way to enjoy the holidays I recommend hotel hopping at the major Walt Disney World resorts. It’s something I tried for the first time a few years ago with OutdoorsyDiva and it’s FREE!

Christmas at Fort Wilderness Lodge Resort 2013

Christmas at Fort Wilderness Lodge Resort


Recommended Holiday Resort Route at Walt Disney World

  1. Start at Disney Springs. You can park your car there for free and roam around to check out their holiday décor and seasonal treats. The Disney Springs buses usually start running at 8:30 am.
  2. Hop on the bus and go to Animal Kingdom Lodge where you will get lost in the magical Christmas displays of the African-inspired resort.
  3. Take the bus over to Fort Wilderness Camp Grounds for yesterland-inspired adornments.
  4. Take the boat and cruise over to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. My absolute favorite holiday resort on this route.
  5. Hop on the boat again and ride from Wilderness Lodge to the Magic Kingdom gate area and board the monorail to go to the Contemporary Resort.
  6. When leaving Contemporary Resort, board the monorail once again and head over to the Polynesian Resort.
  7. Continue your journey to the Grand Floridian Resort, which will be the next monorail stop.
  8. End your holiday adventure at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn by taking the monorail from the Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom transportation center, then a bus to the BoardWalk Inn.
  9. The BoardWalk Inn is a perfect way to end the night and you can also see the fireworks from both Epcot and Hollywood Studios while sitting outside.
  10. Once you’re done you can take the bus back to your car at Disney Springs and maybe catch a special holiday show  while you’re there. 🙂

Christmas Vacation Disney

If you have park tickets or if you are a Disney Passholder, then add:

  • A visit to Main Street U.S.A in the Magic Kingdom
  • A tour around Epcot World Showcase
  • A nightcap at Hollywood Studios


REMEMBER  In order to complete this perfect holiday hotel hopping schedule, you'll need to start first thing in the morning.


Christmas Resort Hopping at Walt Disney World

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I hope this helps. Let me know what your favorite holiday route is at Walt Disney World.

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!






I’m a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related. I was born and raised in Florida, which attributes to my Theme Park passion. Every since I was a child I had a natural affinity to the parks here that has now spilled over into adulthood. Instead of rushing over to the thrill rides, like I used to, you may find me in the Italy Pavilion at EPCOT enjoying a nice glass of wine and a delightful book!

5 Comments so far

Laura SchindlerPosted on  11:24 am - Dec 24, 2013

What a fun way to get into the spirit of the season!

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