Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! Details Released for Disney’s Polynesian Villas a & Bungalows: Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows will be a mix of Deluxe Studios and over-the-water Bungalows – the first of their kind on any Disney property. The 20 Bungalows will sleep up to eight Disney Vacation Club Members and Guests each in a home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific. With a full kitchen, two bedrooms and even a plunge pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon and the view of the fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park, the Bungalows are sure to quickly become a DVC Member and Guest favorite.
In addition to the Bungalows, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are scheduled to feature the largest Deluxe Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The 360 Deluxe Studios will sleep up to five guests each and have the ability to connect to another Deluxe Studio, which is a first for Disney Vacation Club. Similar to Disney Cruise Line ships and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the rooms will each have a bathroom separated into two areas, one with a shower and sink and the other with a sink and tub/shower. Plus, they also will have kitchenettes and enhanced storage space for convenience and comfort. Finally, like all Disney Vacation Club resorts, all rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are available for rent by Guests when not in use by Disney Vacation Club Members!
New! Towels Available at Disney’s Art of Animation and Disney’s Port Orleans-Riverside Resort Pools: Beginning Friday, Dec. 19, pools towels will be available for Guests to use at all three pools at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Pool towels will be also available for Guests to use at all of the pools at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside.
New! Note’able Games Reopens at All Star Music as a Non-redemption Arcade: Note’able Games arcade at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort reopens Tuesday, Dec. 16, as a non- redemption arcade. Guests will no longer be able to win tickets to redeem for prizes at Note’able Games. Game Point Arcade at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort and Reel Fun Arcade at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort will remain as redemption arcades until February 2015. At that time, they both will be converted to non-redemption arcades.
New! Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Holiday Offerings: Several Holiday food and beverage offerings are now available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is serving its winter scone and winter specialty cupcake for purchase at The Mara. The winter scone consists of white chocolate, cranberry and pistachio. The winter specialty cupcake will be a coconut cream cupcake, which is a vanilla cupcake with coconut cream filling, topped with white and blue swirled buttercream frosting and a glittering snowflake on top. The scone will be sold for $2.79, and the seasonal cupcake will be sold for $5.39. This offer will be available in The Mara Dec. 7-31. In support of Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund, our Food & Beverage team also will be providing a gingerbread cookie-decorating activity. All proceeds will go to the conservation fund. Guests will be able to learn about the importance of African cultural attire, as they decorate extra-large gingerbread people with a beautiful African gown or garment for a suggested donation of $5. This activity will be available to Guests Dec. 14-31, from 4-9 p.m. in the lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House.
Alongside the gingerbread-decorating activity, is a table full of scrumptious holiday treat offerings for Guests to choose from. The following items will be available for purchase at the treat table Dec. 14-
31, from 4-9 p.m. in the lobby, as well as a select few at The Mara:
- Peppermint bark
- Chocolate and pistachio crackle cookies
- Gingerbread cookie animals
- Butternut crunch bark
- Coconut cream cupcake
- House-made chocolate hazelnut spread in a take-home jar, along with the recipe for the famous Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge banana bread
- African hot chocolate – a specialty hot chocolate made from scratch by the Bakery team. It’s made using a Ghanaian milk chocolate and dark Tanzanian chocolate and served with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles on top.
New! Disney’s Port Orleans Candy Canes: On Monday, Dec. 22, Cast Members will be handing out candy canes to resort Guests in Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter lobbies from 9-9:30 a.m. Other holiday events and happenings will also occur. Guests should check with the front desk for a schedule.
New! Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Holiday Events: Character meet and greets and group entertainment will be available at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort from Dec. 20-24. Santa will visit the resort on Dec. 24 from 5-9 p.m., and Guests and can enjoy lobby refreshments on Dec. 24 and 25 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
New! Disney’s Old Key West Resort Holiday Events: Experience character meet and greets, guest group entertainment and strolling musicians at Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa from Dec. 21-24. Santa will visit the resorts on Dec. 25 from 5-9 p.m., and Guests and can enjoy lobby refreshments on Dec. 24 and 25 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Update! Disney’s Polynesian Resort Holiday Events: Now through Dec. 25, Guests will enjoy several holiday offerings at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Holiday characters, community choir groups and Santa Claus will be visiting the Great Ceremonial House on select dates throughout December. Community choir groups will begin arriving on Dec. 14 to spread holiday cheer throughout the Guest lobby. The groups will perform on Dec. 14, 16, 18, 20 and 22, at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the resort lobby.
Update! Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Holiday Events: Now through Dec. 25, Guests can enjoy a variety of holiday enhancements at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Community choir groups will be caroling our favorite holiday tunes in the lobby and characters will make festive appearances on select evenings. And on Christmas Eve, Guests can visit Santa Claus in the lobby just in time to share with him their final wish list items. Guests can also enjoy roasted chestnuts on the patio just outside the main entrance of the resort’s lobby from noon – 6 p.m. Gasparilla Island Grill is serving up a seasonal holiday turkey sandwich, piled high with traditional fixings like stuffing and cranberry.
Reminder! Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Holiday Events: Visit Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in December for special holiday performances! Each performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Disney’s Yacht Club Resorts lobby and will continue in Disney’s Beach Club Resorts lobby at 7:30 p.m:
- Dec. 19 – TBD
- Dec. 21 – Sweet Adelines O-Town Sound Chorus
- Dec. 23 – Osceola High School Dynasty
Closures and Refurbishments
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