Merry Christmas (in July!!)
As we start counting down the days to Christmas, I thought I'd take a quick moment and share some places at Walt Disney World where you can get a little piece of the Christmas season, even as you sweat it out during those hot July days.
Just about every park at Walt Disney World has its own Christmas shop. In the Magic Kingdom, the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe located in Liberty Square -- in Epcot, Die Weihnachts Ecke store is located in the Germany pavilion, selling different styles of German glass ornaments (naturally). At Hollywood Studios there's a small shop called It's a Wonderful Shop located in the back corner near Muppets 3D and Mamma Melrose's restaurant. There isn't a year-round dedicated Christmas (or other winter holiday) shop in Animal Kingdom.
Of course, there's also the 365 Days of Christmas shop in Downtown Disney, which is simply huge. See if you can find all 12 Days of Christmas. Trust me, you'll know what I'm talking about when you step into the store.
Aside from shopping, there are several other ways to get a Christmas fix in July. It's always Christmas in the final scene of the Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland and then there's the final scene of Soarin' where we fly over Disneyland at Christmastime (you can see the Christmas parade going down Main Street). At Hollywood Studios, a rather heat-resistant snowman stands guard just outside the It's a Wonderful Shop store.
Perhaps my most favorite Christmas in July spot is the Winter Summerland miniature golf course near Blizzard Beach. Here you can enjoy two fun 18-hole courses (one dedicated to Santa during winter, the other themed to Santa's off-season in summer). There are all sorts of gags and jokes for kids and adults. Oh, and watch our for some spraying water. You never know when you might get wet.
No matter when you visit Walt Disney World, there's always the spirit of Christmas in the air -- because Walt Disney World is all about magic and happiness and giving.
It may seem early, but Merry Christmas!