I took a bus trip with Goodtime Getaways in Vero Beach, Florida to visit Orlando’s Disney hotels for a holiday decorations tour. The hotel lobbies were dressed in their best Christmas attire. The cost was $71 per person, which included transportation to the hotels and to Celebration, Florida for their holiday festivities. Lunch at the Rain Forest Cafe at Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, was included. It was quite a fun holiday decorations tour that really kicked-off the season.
Disney’s Gorgeous Grand Floridian
We began our Goodtime Getaways holiday decorations tour at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. We were given an hour to explore their stunning array of holiday decor. It rained so we did not get to explore much outside of the resort; however, the inside was abuzz with Victorian charm. The Grand Floridian Resort features a life-sized gingerbread house that consisted of 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, 700 pounds of chocolate, and more! I had just watched the preparation of the gingerbread house on a TV show the night before my visit. Children dressed as Disney Princesses waited in line at the Garden View Tea Room for their elegant afternoon tea party. Everything was beautiful!
Disney’s Rustic Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge was decorated in a rustic theme, with red & black bows, nature themed ornaments, and animal antlers. There are a total of nine giant Christmas trees. The tree in the lobby was my favorite. Wilderness Lodge had a cozy vibe and beautiful fireplaces; but still, I preferred the Victorian elegance of Grand Floridian. An hour was a bit too much considering the small smaller size of the Wilderness Lodge’s common areas. During our wait, my friend, Dorothy, and I grabbed a chicken salad snack and drink while we waited.
Lunch Outing at the Rainforest Cafe
Lunch was quite a debacle since Disney Springs was undergoing major construction. Because we were not a Disney bus, Goodtimes Getaways were not permitted to use the Disney bus loops. Keep it mind it poured the rain, so we literally traipsed a mile to get to the Rainforest Cafe at lunchtime. Once at the restaurant, the Rainforest Cafe staff did a great job serving our large group from a selection of five choices. The food and service were commendable. Many of the bus tour participants were upset with Goodtime Getaways over the stress of the fiasco, but we continued the tour.
The Brilliant BoardWalk Inn
The third hotel was at the turn-of-the-century Atlantic City themed BoardWalk Inn. I had not been to this hotel before. The BoardWalk Inn was beautifully decorated with bold primary colored decorations and the fireplace in the lobby held ornate garlands. A hotel lobby kiosk sold cupcake style goodies in none other than a gingerbread cone. They also featured other gingerbread items for sale. I took home a $20 gingerbread house kit for my daughter, which required your own icing. The pre-assembled house sold for $40. I enjoyed the ambiance and decor of the BoardWalk Hotel a lot.
Skipping Christmas in Celebration
Due to our delay at the Rain Forest Cafe, the group voted on whether or not to go to either another hotel or the town of Celebration, Florida. Though the majority voted for to see Celebration, when we arrived, Goodtime Getaways decided not to go after all. It was barely drizzling; definitely not a reason to cancel this big portion of our tour. I was disappointed that almost half our trip was cancelled, though the parts we did had been enjoyable. It was worth noting that Goodtimes Getaways did nothing to reimburse us for our missed portion of the trip.
Disney was packed at this time of year. It seemed many other people had the same idea and enjoyed the Orlando hotels holiday decorations along with us. I hope to do a modified tour like this happens again next year. I would also like to visit the Orlando hotels outside of the Disney chain.
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