It’s not quite Halloween yet, which begs the question–have you begun decorating your Christmas tree yet?
If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably not at that point in your holiday traditions checklist. But Disney Springs started its tree-trimming tradition nearly two weeks ago when construction began for the 2018 Christmas Tree Trail.
This year marks the third annual Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs, and we are thrilled that with every passing year, new glorious Disney-themed Christmas trees are added to the trail’s repertoire. The 2017 trail showcased 25 decadently decorated evergreens, and this year, we’ll enjoy a whopping 27 extravagantly ornamented trees.
The Christmas Tree Trail is a fee-free family fun find, and it’s perfect for every member of your traveling party! Perhaps the jolliest part of the experience is that Guests are invited to enjoy the trail at their leisure. There are no time restrictions, no long lines and no reason to rush. Enter the trail near the play fountain just outside the Once Upon a Toy boutique in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs, and prepare yourself for the merriest stroll you’ll take this holiday season.
As in previous years, the trail will feature themed trees with ornaments, tree toppers, garlands and other festive decorations that come together to tell the stories of beloved Disney characters in a way only Disney can.
Each tree stands in a space all to itself, just in front of a large marker that gives the name of the Disney character or feature film the tree has been decorated to celebrate–and what a celebration it is! As with anything Disney does, the decorations are perfectly over-the-top in detail, color and size.
Sleeping Beauty’s tree features Briar Rose (in the blue dress and the pink dress–thank you!), colored balls of yarn in green, blue and red/pink to symbolize the Three Good Fairies–Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, as well as the Fairies’ hats and even a large wooden spinning wheel.
The Alice in Wonderland-themed tree tells the story of Alice and her journey down the rabbit hole and throughout Wonderland. The Mad Hatter’s trademark green 10/6 hat tops the tree, and the White Rabbit’s oversized pocket watch serves as a centerpiece ornament on the tree. Playing cards are scattered around the tree to symbolize the Queen of Hearts and her servants. Even the Cheshire Cat’s toothy smile decorates the tree.
Triton’s trident tops The Little Mermaid tree, as do treasure boxes of jewelry, a dinglehopper, seashells, blue and teal Christmas balls and round white ornaments that give the illusion of bubbles under the water. Mulan’s tree is covered in Chinese art-inspired ornaments, as well as fans and other symbols of Mulan’s heritage.
Pinocchio’s tree is topped with his trademark yellow cap with the red feather, as well as star-shaped ornaments that will have you humming “When You Wish Upon a Star” as you walk toward the next tree.
The Princess and the Frog-themed tree features the colors of Mardi Gras, as well as Mardi Gras bead garland, brass jazz instruments and lots of flowers in beautiful hues of purple. We think even Tiana would approve!
And of course, no Christmas celebration at Disney World would be complete without a Christmas tree dedicated to the Main Mouse, his girl, and his beloved pet, and the Christmas Tree Trail does not disappoint.
Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail also features a Muppets-themed tree, a Snow White-themed tree, a Pocahontas-themed tree, among many others. If you’ve never enjoyed this spectacular experience, make 2018 the year you begin a new family tradition. The Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs is a festively creative way to celebrate the season and your favorite Disney characters. Which one is your favorite and which Disney film or character would you like to see added to the trail?
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