Welcome to December! Thankfully it’s not too cold here in Florida, but during this time of year, it’s hard to get in the Holiday spirit. Thankfully Disney puts on some events to help get you feeling festive. In previous years we have checked out the Mickey’s Very Mery Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, and last year we saw the holiday projection show down Sunset Boulevard on the Tower of Terror. But the one thing we have started to make a tradition is the Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs.
This is something completely free to do, and you can also try to visit Santa if you don’t mind waiting on average around 200 minutes (a virtual queue is available). For us, though we usually just pick a nice place to have dinner around 6pm, then just as it gets dark we head over to start the trail.
The main entrance for the trail is over in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs near the Earl of Sandwich or Once Upon a Toy store. There is a podium set up where you can put your name down for a time to visit with Santa, or you can just head right in and check out the trees.
The trail consists of 23 themed Christmas Trees. Usually, they are based around specific Disney movies. Above is the Sleeping Beauty tree with lots of fun ornaments like the fairy godmother hats, some balls of yarn and of course the princess herself Aurora.
This next one was our personal favorite this year. It was themed around the Princess and the Frog animated movie. It had some Mardi Gras masks on it and was topped with some Jazz instruments.
The Little Mermaid tree had King Triton’s Trident up at the top and was decorated with lots of seashells, starfish and what we guessed were large pearls.
One of my favorite animated movies is Aladdin and I always look forward to this tree. It’s located on top of a carpet that looks very much like the magic carpet from the movie. Jafar’s cobra staff is peeking out about halfway up the tree, and of course, there is the magic lamp right at the top.
With Frozen 2 just released this past week, we knew this was definitely going to be out this year. There are plenty of carrots on the tree for Olaf’s nose and I’m sure in case Sven the Reindeer is looking for a snack. The tree has a snow-frosted look to some of the needs which were a nice detail.
I was a bit conflicted with this tree. I love the Haunted Mansion attraction and have gone on it more times than I can count. But this tree seemed a bit out of place. I know it’s very popular among Disney fans but the large Bride torso in the middle of the tree was a bit off-putting.
Cinderella’s tree was very elegant. the decorations not too overdone, but I enjoyed seeing the pumpkins, fancy ornaments and of course a clock to keep track of when midnight arrives.
I saved this one for last as I thought it was pretty unique. Having a lightsaber as the topper to the tree was a nice touch. There were little Jawa ornaments and a Porg or two in there.
Did I mention Disney makes it snow in this area? Well, sort of anyway. Periodically you can hear the machines start-up and the snow start to blow into the air and fall all around. The kids definitely love it but make sure they don’t try to catch any of the flakes on their tongues as it’s actually a type of soap bubble so it won’t taste very good.
After we finished up the Christmas tree trail we headed back towards the parking garages but made a small stop in the Pin Traders store. Our daughters are always on the lookout for new pins to trade. While they were trading with cast members I headed over to the Medallion machine that was moved here (previously it was at the Art of Disney store).
It appears from a distance to be unchanged, but something caught my eye and I went in for a closer look.
The price was still the same $5 for one coin or 3 for $10. Sure enough one of the coins had been replaced. There used to be a Mickey’s 90th Birthday celebration coin. But now that 2019 was coming to a close I guess it was time to move out those dated coins.
Above is a close up of the medallion on the left and on the right is the artwork from the machine button. The one and only Mickey Mouse. With some new medallions in my pocket and the kids with some new pins, it was about time to head home.
There were plenty of great Christmas trees but wow does the trail get busy. I’ve heard if you go earlier in the day it’s not as bad, but seeing the trees lit up at night is just how we prefer to see them. It’s hard to get pictures of your family in front of their favorite tree but just be patient as the crowds will eventually give you a split second or two to snap your picture. Our mantra of the Holiday season…just be patient and keep on collecting!