O’ Christmas Tree! O’ Christmas Tree!
How Lovely are your branches!
Last week I told you where I find my favorite Christmas ornaments in Walt Disney World. Today I’m going to tell you which are my favorite ten Christmas Trees in the parks and why!
Number Ten: The Living with the Land Tree
This isn’t a big tree, it’s not overly decorated, but it’s also still alive. This tree can be found growing in Livin’ with the Land all year round. That along puts it on my list of best Christmas Trees in the park.
Number Nine: The Pickle Tree
This tree sits in the German Pavilion all year round but its general quirkiness makes it a shoo-in for this list. Pickle ornaments are supposed to bring good luck, so when you go to see the tree maybe you can get yourself a pickle as well.
This is the last of the year-round tree’s that made it on my list, but this tree is one of my favorites. We watch the family on the Carousel of Progress as they travel through the eras and the seasons of progress until they come to Christmas day. The tree may not be the fanciest in the park, or the biggest. But it’s a part of park tradition and that alone makes it special. Add to that the very clever hidden Mickey and you have a permanent favorite of mine. Merry Christmas Uncle Orville and the rest of the Family of Progress!
[ezcol_1half]The rest of the trees on my list only come out during the Christmas season at WDW. This tree is especially rare as it can only bee seen during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, (or every afternoon the week before Christmas for those who can get there) It’s exclusivity is the reason it’s only ranked at number Eight. However Mickey and Minnie’s tree is pretty fantastic if only for the reason that it’s a fully decorated mobile Christmas tree.
I happen to love the gigantic trees that Disney puts up in their parks. And my number six tree towers over the gates at Hollywood Studios. The enormous golden star ornaments are brilliant and the base of the tree is wrapped in giant ‘film’ perfecting the Hollywood theme. And bonus: you don’t have to have park admission to enjoy this giant tree.
Number Five: The Animal Kingdom Tree
Lions and Hippos and Elephants (Oh My!) decorate the branches of the tree in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. I like the unique look of this tree. It’s just as grand as the other trees around Walt Disney World, and yet it fits right in with the aesthetics of the Animal Kingdom. Plus you have to admire the uniqueness of a tree decked with Hippos. This is another tree that sits outside the gates of the park, meaning, once again, that you don’t actually have to have a park ticket to enjoy it!
Number Four: The Floating Light Trees
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is one of the best parts of Christmas at Walt Disney World. Which is why I’m saving it for later in the season. However there is one part of the Spectacle that fits this list. My favorite trees numbers in at four. They are the floating light trees suspended in mid air during the nightly event. I don’t know why it’s there, but it makes me laugh every time I see it (which just may be it’s purpose after all)[/ezcol_1half_end]
Number Three: The Magic Kingdom Tree
This is the first Christmas Tree I saw live in the parks and that alone makes it special in my book. However I’ve chosen this tree as Number three because while it is able to hold its own with an iced castle and the rest of the Magic Kingdom trappings, its not quite as spectacular at these final two.
The Peace on Earth Tree stands right on Showcase Plaza where the World Showcase meets future world. The tree is topped with an Angel holding a globe with the words ‘peace on earth’ inscribed on it. The ornaments all represent the countries from around the World Showcase and if you stand in Showcase Plaza while the Holiday edition of Illuminations is playing you can see the tree backlit by the fireworks.
The Grand Floridian seems to be a centerpiece at the Christmas Season. It has the most elaborate Gingerbread house, and in my opinion the most beautifully decorated Christmas tree in Walt Disney World. While I love the whimsical and the quirky there is something to be said for an old fashioned Victorian Christmas tree and this one is the best I’ve ever seen.
Well there you have it, my ten favorite trees in Walt Disney World. If you have a favorite that didn’t make it on the list feel free to share it with the rest of us and have a very Merry Christmas everyone!