Theme Park Christmas Trees: Which Park Wins?

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Which theme park offers more magic in Orlando this Christmas?

Many guests to Central Florida’s two major theme parks this season are in agreement. The 2020 holiday displays at Universal Orlando rival that of Disney. In some cases, Universal even beats Disney for the best of 2020. Lots of fans are talking about the extravagant theme park Christmas trees this year. Here’s how the two parks compare.

How does the Universal Holiday Tree Hunt compare to Disney’s Christmas Tree Stroll?

Universal has many extravagantly themed Christmas Trees this year worthy of a visit. Such as the Harry Potter, Grinch, and Hello Kitty Trees. Universal’s tree decorators were hard at work this year. The trees are in locations that make sense and add to the experience of the holidays at the park. You can easily purchase many ornaments from the trees to decorate your own themed tree at home if you like.

Disney Changes it’s Tree Trail to Tree Stroll

Disney’s Christmas tree exhibit is staged differently this year due to the pandemic. Formerly a tree trail, it is now a stroll. So, there is no designated area to enjoy the trees as in years past. There used to be a Christmas themed area where you could walk under falling manmade snow and meander down a path lined with holiday trees. Not so this year. They are spread throughout Disney Springs to facilitate better social distancing.

The problem is that the trees themselves apart from each other don’t feel quite as magical. They each contain a showcase ornament in a locked lantern. The rest of the tree’s ornament’s are of less interest, though themed to a specific character or movie. They are large and festive, but each alone leaves the Disney Christmas Tree Stroll a little lackluster.

What was magical about the experience of the Tree Trail was a single destination that combined falling snow, a hot chocolate booth, special treats, and trees with overhead string lights and other holiday set features. The trees this year, standing alone througout Disney Springs in random spots make the Tree Trail less of an event and they seem to just be a part of the background decorations.

When compared to Disney’s Tree Trail in Disney Springs, Universal’s Holiday Tree Hunt comes out the winner for 2020.

But what about snacks and other holiday food and experiences at the parks? Read on to see what AllAboutEars.Com has to say about who wins Christmas this year.

Disney Celebrates National Gingerbread Day

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Image Credit Disney Parks Blog

In honor of National Gingerbread Day, Food and Beverage Content Relations Manager, Karen McClintock, shared this recipe for Disney’s Gingerbread-Cream Cheese Muffins today on the Disney Parks Blog:

“Let’s face it, the scent and taste of freshly baked gingerbread screams HOLIDAY, and this spiced gingerbread muffin with cream cheese filling is the perfect bundle of holiday goodness!”

Time to add some ground ginger and a jar of molasses to your shopping list and your kitchen will be smelling magical in under an hour.

Or, you can find these gingerbread muffins in Animal Kingdom at two Quick Service locations. The first spot being the Isle of Java, next to the Flame Tree Grill, which sits just before the bridge to DinoLand. There’s an abundance of outdoor seating nearby on the terrace to take a seat and enjoy your holiday treat.

The second location is Harambe Fruit Market, located directly in front of Kilimanjaro Safaris. Book a fast pass for the Safari and snack on the muffins while you wait, or enjoy them seated on one of the umbrella tables next to Harambe if you can grab a spot. 

These seasonal Gingerbread-Cream Cheese Muffins are available in Animal Kingdom from December 1st through January 2nd or in your own kitchen any time you wish!