I love Walt Disney World during the holidays. It’s my favorite time of year. While there is magic around every corner, each park (and Disney Springs) has something that truly tugs at my heart. I thought it would be fun to share these with you over the next few days.
My favorite offering at Disney Springs is the Christmas Tree Trail. I have watched this grow over the past couple of years. It’s gone from a bit of an oddity to a must-see part of the holidays.
The idea for the Christmas Tree Trail is simple. It’s a series of trees, and each has a Disney related theme. The trees cover decades, with offerings from Dumbo to Frozen and more. Not all of the trees are movie related. There is a four parks tree, a Mickey & Minnie tree, and even a rather creepy tree based on the Haunted Mansion.
Anyone who knows me will not be surprised that my favorite tree is the Star Wars tree. Some of the decorations are jawas, stormtroopers, and porgs, and instead of a star on the top there is a lightsaber. (It’s a green saber, so it’s from the light side of the Force.) My only complaint about the Star Wars tree is that it’s hard to get a picture of the whole thing because the lightsaber goes so high! That’s not really a complaint, I’m not that shallow, although I have yet to get the whole tree in the picture.
One of the nice things about the Christmas Tree Trail is that you can go at your own pace. If you’re in a hurry you don’t have to stay long, but if you love details you might want to stay a while. Snoap falls along the pathway, but it doesn’t snoap very hard. You can also see Santa at the end.
There is no charge to visit the Christmas Tree Trail, and parking at Disney Springs is free. That is another thing that I love about it. Disney could charge for it, and people probably would pay. They also could just not do it. Instead, they give guests a fun way to get into the holiday spirit, without charging anyone a dime.