Any visit to Epcot at Christmas must include a tour of the three nearby deluxe Walt Disney World resort hotels. The Boardwalk Inn, Beach Club, and Yacht Club are gorgeously-decorated resorts that are just steps outside of Epcot’s International Gateway. Here’s how you can easily visit all three resorts at Christmas without taking much precious touring time away from a busy park day.
From Epcot, visiting these resorts would be just an hour-long break on a crowded Epcot afternoon. Just step outside the park using the International Gateway between the United Kingdom and France and either walk or take a FriendShip boat to the first hotel. The resorts could easily be visited from Hollywood Studios as well with both walking and boating options, though both will be longer. A park-hopper ticket wouldn’t even be needed as long as you return to the same park after touring the resorts.
For me, I easily included these resort visits on a day when I spent the morning at Hollywood Studios, hopped to Epcot in the afternoon to eat food at the Festival of the Holidays, and then returned to Hollywood Studios for evening festivities.
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While walking from Hollywood Studios to Epcot, I stopped in the Boardwalk Inn. The walk from the Hollywood Studios exit to the Boardwalk Inn’s grassy lawn took about 20 minutes. After admiring the tree in the lawn, I took the steps up to the front entrance and entered the lobby.
The gingerbread display is an adorable recreation of the Boardwalk buildings – Boardwalk Bakery, Trattoria al Forno, Flying Fish… – complete with Minnie and Mickey working in the Boardwalk Bakery. They’ve whipped up the tiniest cookies and gingerbread house in there. Oh so cute!
Wanting to rest my feet a bit, I lounged on a comfy chair in solitude outside beneath the portico, gazing onto the lawn before continuing my walk to Epcot. The entire diversion took only 20 minutes.
After gorging on festival food, it was time to head back to Hollywood Studios with detours through two more resorts along the way. First up was the Beach Club and the gingerbread display here ended up being my favorite of any resort. The gingerbread carousel and its four horses are so detailed and the carousel actually spins! Seriously cute!
Yacht Club Resort
Right next door is the Yacht Club resort. There is no gingerbread here but a lovely tree covered in boats, of course, and a Christmas village train set. Shoppers are busy in the town village, Mickey and Minnie ice skate on a frozen pond, and Santa is preparing for the big night at the North Pole. I loved looking at all the little details in this village including all the little hidden Mickeys.
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Without a boat available and not wanting to wait for one, I walked back to Hollywood Studios and was passing through a park entrance again just 20 minutes later.
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Which of the Epcot area resorts has your favorite Christmas display?