Guests staying at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort between now and Christmas Eve can get tucked in by an elf or meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, thanks to the Epcot hotels’ expanded Holiday Happenings program.
Activities at this year’s Swan and Dolphin Holiday Happenings event include:
Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet ‘n Greets: Decked out in their Florida vacation attire, Santa, Mrs. Claus and Kandy Kane meet guests in Santa’s customized Tiki Hut on select nights. Featuring reindeer, palm trees and flamingos, this holiday photo opportunity available only on select nights through December 18.
A Florida Snow Fall and Tree Lighting Ceremony: With the help of some holiday magic, guests can experience a snow fall in the comfort of the Dolphin lobby. Throughout December, the lobby is transformed into a festive holiday scene featuring a 45-ft tall Christmas tree surrounded by a holiday train set. The scene is completed with regularly timed snow falls. This snow, however, requires no shoveling. On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus for the lighting of the Christmas tree starting at 6 p.m., followed by hot holiday beverages and crafts for kids at Santa’s Tiki Hut.
Newly Expanded Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins: On select nights from December 2 through 24, after Santa’s helpers have finished making presents, they will deliver milk, cookies, a plush toy and storybook to resort rooms, read a bedtime story and tuck children into bed, in full costume. This premium service ranges from $35 to $59 for one child and $20 to $35 for each additional child, with prices varying by date. A service charge of 20 percent is added, in addition to tax. Reservations are required and space is limited. To book, call 407-934-4206.
Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene: Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture weighs in at approximately 2,000 pounds. The sculpture, created by the resort’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (two-time world pastry champion), is showcased in the lobby of the Swan. It features chocolate Santa sitting in his chair, a 7-foot tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker, chocolate fireplace, chocolate Christmas tree and chocolate toy train. The scene will be displayed in the lobby of the resort throughout December and is 100 percent edible. However, any chocolate lovers thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet, should consider that it is 4 million calories. (By the way, the sculpture is not available for tasting.)
Magic Keys for Santa: Families staying on December 24 can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available at the concierge desk.
Dancing Lights Show: Every ten minutes throughout the evening, a dazzling musical light show transforms the outdoor causeway each evening into a holiday spectacle with dancing illuminated palm trees and favorite holiday tunes.
Holiday Entertainment: On select nights, guests can catch entertainment by carolers, choirs and musicians in the resort lobbies, on the causeway and in other public areas throughout the resort.
For more details about all the holiday excitement at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, including a full schedule of activities, visit santasfavoriteresort.com, then flash back to the 2011 edition of the Holiday Happenings event with this vintage episode of Attractions The Show: