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12 Stays of Christmas - Resort Inspiration for Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Universal Orlando and Disney Cruise Line

If you follow us on our social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram) you'll already know all about our 12 Stays of Christmas! In the 12 days following Christmas this year, we showcased 12 resorts and hotels that we can book for you. This resort inspiration covers Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Paris, Universal Orlando and Disney Cruise Line.

We know how content on social media is easily lost, so we decided to compile it into an article. This way when you're planning your next Fairytale Holiday, you'll have it to refer back to.

And if anything catches your eye... please get in touch to discuss it further!

Disney Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida

Our first stay is a fantastic and very colourful resort at Walt Disney World, Disney's Pop Century

Revisit the 20th century's iconic cultural moments, from yo-yos to rollerblades, at this nostalgic resort. From the trends and crazes of the 1950s to pop culture classics from the 1990s, this bright, fun-filled hotel pays tribute to the best of Western 20th century culture. A scaled-up football table, hippy-themed flower-power pool, and a giant Roger Rabbit are just a few sights you'll see!

But why should you stay here?

  • It’s one of two VALUE resorts on the Skyliner route, meaning not only do you have the buses to get to the parks, but you can travel through the sky to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.

  • If you have little ones, this is such a fun resort! Bright colours, a lovely pool and it feels incredibly family (and budget) friendly!

  • The new refurbished rooms and NICE. It feels very clean and modern with loads of storage for luggage (and shopping!)

Interested in a holiday quote tailored to your wishes? Leave your details with us. And in the mean time, you can listen to our podcast about Pop Century Resort!

Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel at Disneyland Paris

The second stay was showcasing the amazing Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel at Disneyland Paris

Take your stay to new heights at Disney Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel. Completely reimagined, this swish 4-star hotel exudes contemporary New York style and excellent service while taking the form of a modern art gallery that has assembled Earth's mightiest Marvel artwork. A true Manhattan and Marvel masterpiece! Savour inventive cuisine in the New York style atmosphere of the Manhattan Restaurant or the Parkside Diner and enjoy exclusive drinks at the New York City Bar.

And why do we feel this is a must-stay?

  • It's perfect for Marvel fans both old and young!

  • There are some great extras to enjoy during your stay here, exclusive to hotel guests such as an EXCLUSIVE meet and greet, a photo area, and a Marvel art class!

  • The rooms are luxurious, with big beds, loads of space, bathrobes, and slippers, and if you’re really lucky, a view of the parks.

One of the perks of booking a Disneyland Paris package with us is that you get your tickets included for each day you're there. Stay for 3 nights, and you'll get 4 days worth of tickets!

Want to know more, we have a great podcast about Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel. Get in touch for a quote.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando

On the third day, we head to Universal Orlando and shared Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

Enjoy vibrant, retro-style with rooms and suites brilliantly designed for fun and affordability. Relax with a splash, surrounded by amazing iconic architecture inspired by classic Florida beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s. Sample a variety of options in the incredible food court. Every day comes with fun for all ages with two massive pools, a winding river, a bowling alley and more.

If you're unfamiliar with the levels at Universal Orlando, here is our handy guide.

But why should you stay at this particular resort?

  • Huge spacious bedrooms are perfect for families, especially ones with older kids! You may even luck out with a view of Volcano Bay.

  • With two pools, one with it’s own lazy river and the other with a water slide, it’s a great place to chill out after a visit to the theme parks.

  • You get to take advantage of some great Universal Orlando benefits such as early park entry and a private walkway to Volcano Bay.

Universal Orlando Resort is getting more popular with guests from the UK, especially with the new theme park on the horizon! If you'd like to discuss a holiday to Universal Orlando, or even a split stay with Walt Disney World, leave your details for a quote.

Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World

Our fourth recommendation is again for Walt Disney World and it's Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Enter a safari paradise at this African-inspired hotel, set in lush savannah-style grounds at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Ride a waterslide into a 11,000 square foot pool and see over 30 species of wildlife, from flamingos to zebras.

And here are just a few of the reasons why you should stay here.

  • Some of the best resort dining on property with Boma, Sanaa, and Jiko.

  • Feel like you’re staying in Africa and open your curtains to find animals just outside your window, what a dream!

  • This is a fantastic family-friendly resort with two amazing pool areas, a kids' club and offers a range of room sizes to fit larger travel parties.

In our opinion, a great deluxe resort at Walt Disney World that caters to animal (and food!) lovers of all ages! If you love Animal Kingdom, you have to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge! But if you need to hear more reasons why this could be the resort for you, just fill in our form or check out our room and resort tour.

Hotel Cheyenne in Disneyland Paris

Stay five takes us back to Disneyland Paris, and the wonderfully themed Disney's Hotel Cheyenne!

YEE-HA COW BOY! Put your boots on, hang on to your hat and get on your horse! Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne awaits you for an old-time Wild West escape with the unique atmosphere a frontier town. The hotel is about 20 minutes walk from the Disney Parks and Disney Village or a few minutes with the free shuttle. Stop by the 'Chuck Wagon Café' to try the all-you-can-eat lunch or dinner buffet in a Western setting. Hang up your cowboy hat at the 'Red Garter Saloon' for a refreshing drink to the tune of Country and Western music.

If you have a little Toy Story fan, this is a resort you'll want to check out!

  • A budget-friendly hotel for families, and it's so well-themed and fun! You can even meet characters in the lobby every day!

  • Spacious and newly renovated rooms and only a short walk from the parks.

  • During the summer you can enjoy pony rides as well as other hotel entertainment.

At Fairytale Holidays we have some great offers for stays at Hotel Cheyenne, leave your details to hear more about them.

Disney's Coronado Springs at Walt Disney World

Our sixth resort inspiration is Disney's Coronado Springs, a moderate resort in Walt Disney World.

Get a taste of old Mexico at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Close to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, enjoy the Mayan-themed pool with a waterslide and pyramid, a choice of outdoor sports and a huge playground.
  • Some fantastic restaurants and bars, that are great for chilling out in after a long day at the park.

  • Boasts the largest jacuzzi on property, definitely great if you want to soak your legs after all those steps!

  • Newly renovated rooms, loads of space and storage, and very modern. Popular with families due to the spacious design and the dual sinks making it easy to get ready for the day.

Coronado Springs is a resort that has something for every travel party, old and young. Loads to keep the kids amused, great places to eat and drink, and a very relaxing environment if you like to take your Disney trips at a slower pace!

Get in touch if you'd like to hear about how this resort could work for you.

Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Orlando

Our seventh resort inspiration is Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Orlando.

Relax in surroundings inspired by the beauty, romance and charm of the picturesque seaside village of Portofino, Italy. Wonderfully appointed rooms and suites welcome families home each day. Tempting outdoor cafes and shops dot the piazza around a serene harbour. Three enticing pools offer every level of relaxation. Incredible restaurants tempt every palate with flavourful culinary tours of Italy.

Here are just a few reasons why you should look at staying at this resort

  • Huge spacious bedrooms are perfect for families, especially ones with older kids! Yes, even the basic rooms.

  • With three pools, one boasting cabanas for rental. There are water slides to keep the kids happy, plus two jacuzzi’s to relax in after a long day!

  • You get to take advantage of some great Universal Orlando benefits such as Universal Express Unlimited per person and early entry to the theme parks!

Want to hear more about this amazing deluxe resort in Orlando? Get in touch with us. Remember, we can book a split stay with the Walt Disney World resort of your choice so you can experience all Orlando has to offer.

Disney Cruise Line

Not a resort per se, more like five (soon to be six) resorts at sea taking you to fantastic places around the world.. from the Caribbean to Europe, Alaska, and even Australia! Set sail at the heart of magic with Disney Cruise Line!

But why should book a Disney Cruise?

  • A Disney Cruise offers you all the things you love about the parks such as characters, shows, food and Mickey-shaped snacks, and parcels them up in a fun holiday just a few steps from your cabin. Perfect for those wanting a slower pace than all the steps you do on a theme park holiday.

  • It’s a holiday like no other offering experiences you won’t find on land such as unique entertainment, restaurants and if you sail in the Caribbean, you’ll have the chance to visit Disney’s own private island, Castaway Cay, and from 2024, Disney’s private peninsula, Lighthouse Point.

  • You get to visit places around the world while still enjoying a Disney Holiday. And the excursions are out of this world!

A Disney Cruise Line holiday is one that every Disney fan should try, even just once. Although I can pretty much guarantee you’ll be a convert! Leave your details for more information!

Disney's Sequoia Lodge at Disneyland Paris

Resort inspiration number nine is Disney Sequoia Lodge at Disneyland Paris.

Relax in this cosy mountain retreat that has the authentic feel of peaceful nights spent around a flickering fireplace. Here, the parks are only a 15 minute walk away, quicker by free shuttle. After a hard day of "hunting" you can tuck into some hearty meals at the "Hunter's Grill". Rooms themed with Bambi and friends.

And here are a few reasons why you should stay here...

  • It’s a short walk to the gates of the park and staying here allows you to take advantage of Extra Magic Time, getting you into the parks that little bit earlier.

  • It’s very cozy, the perfect Christmas destination. It also has two pools, inside and out.

  • The Golden Forest Lounge gives you that little extra touch of Disney magic during your stay with extra treats and breakfast included.

This is a popular place among the Fairytale Holidays team, especially when we're visiting at Christmas. The gorgeous decor makes you feel like you’re in a lodge in the mountains, rather than steps away from a Disney theme park! Drop us a message for Disneyland Paris offers!

Port Orleans Riverside Resort at Walt Disney World

Our tenth resort recommendation is for Walt Disney World and it's Port Orleans: Riverside.

Enjoy old-fashioned Southern hospitality in this cosy resort, inspired by the rural beauty of the Louisiana Bayou. This is the place to be for good old Southern hospitality and the pleasures of the great outdoors. Ranging along the banks of the Sassagoula River, you'll find plenty of welcoming places to swim, fish, get active or just relax and enjoy the easygoing pace of life on the bayou. Close to Disney Springs.

This is an incredibly popular resort, especially for adult-only Disney holidays. And here is why!

  • A wonderful laid-back resort, perfect for families but with a more grown-up vibe appealing to couples and adults.

  • Offers both a sit-down restaurant and a food court, as well as a poolside bar.

  • It’s a short walk to Port Orleans French Quarter where you can get your hand on Mickey Shaped Beignets. There is also a boat service to Disney Springs.

With its newly furnished rooms, Port Orlean’s Riverside is one of our favourite Moderate resorts at Walt Disney World. A must-stay if you’re looking for a resort to relax in after your busy day! Leave us your details if you'd like more information about a stay here.

Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

A hotel needs no introduction if you're familiar with Disneyland Paris, the Disneyland Hotel.

Welcome to the newly reimagined Disneyland Hotel, the ultimate 5-star destination where everyone can celebrate magical stories and write their own. Enjoy a regal setting inspired by Disney stories in an immersive and interactive experience!

Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should stay here.

  • This hotel (when it reopens at the end of January 2024) is going to be one of the most magical hotels in any Disney property. With exclusive experiences for guests at this hotel, you’re not going to want to miss out.

  • It’s right outside Disneyland Park and you have your own dedicated entrance to get in. And staying at any Disneyland Paris hotel means you can take advantage of extra magic time.

  • The rooms are all refurbished, there is an onsite spa and a swimming pool as well as the only makeover experience in the whole of Disneyland Paris.

This hotel is a dream come true and the members of the team here at Fairytale Holidays are DESPERATE to snag a reservation! If you’d like one too, get in touch today!

Disney Yacht Club at Walt Disney World

Our last stay recommendation is for the Yacht Club at Walt Disney World resort in Florida.

Refined and relaxed – this nautical hotel gives you a taste of the New England yacht club life. This elegant nautical getaway shares many facilities with its twin, Disney's Beach Club Resort. Kids will adore Stormalong Bay, a 3-acre water wonderland with life-size shipwreck and gently sloping beach. A short walk to Epcot & boat service to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

This is a truly spectacular resort, perfect for a special trip to Walt Disney World as it offers so much!

  • Boasting possibly the best resort pool on the whole of Walt Disney World property, Stormalong Bay has an amazing slide, it’s own lazy river and two jacuzzis.

  • You know you’re at a deluxe with the beautiful nautical themed rooms, private balconies and if you’re lucky, a view of the EPCOT fireworks.

  • The dining options are fantastic, and as it’s right next door to Beach Club, you can use their dining too. Be sure to check out Beaches and Cream for the most amazing ice cream sundaes!

If you’re looking for a more upscale Disney resort for your Florida holiday, we cannot recommend this one enough. It sits on beautiful grounds and has access to Beach Club, Boardwalk as well as EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. Leave your details for a quote.


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