This year is like no other. But, Disney is doing it’s best to keep some holiday traditions in place. One of my favorite traditions that Disney added in 2015 was the Christmas Tree Trail in Disney Springs. You do not need a park ticket to enter, so it’s a great activity for everyone.
In the past, the Christmas Tree Trail was near the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. All the trees were lined close together making a small trail. There were a few vendors, Santa, and snow! But, due to Covid-19 and physical distancing, the trail is now spread all over Disney Springs. The name was also changed from Trail to Stroll, since you will be doing a bit more walking.
The Christmas Tree Stroll features 12 different trees this year. They are spread over the whole area, so plan to do some walking if you want to see them all. Before you start, make sure you grab a map. You can pick up the maps at designated stores. The maps show you where the trees are located, you need to place the correct sticker on the spot. Once you have found all the trees, return to the redemption locations for you 2020 Christmas Tree Stroll button!
While there are still beautifully decorated trees, there are some things missing. Santa for one. The big guy does not have his chalet in Disney Springs this year. If you are lucky, you may catch him and Mrs. Claus soaking up some Florida sun while cruising around in a boat. We have gotten Santa pictures every year, so this is a little sad that it won’t be happening this year.
With the trees more spread out it is easier to get pictures without other people in them. Before, all the trees were so close together and people were packed in, it was difficult to get good pictures. The trees are also decorated on all sides. Because most of the trees are in existing flower beds, you can see all sides of the trees.
The Christmas Tree Stroll and parking is still free to enjoy. The map is also free! If you turn the map over, there are discounts to various stores and restaurants at Disney Springs. There is no waiting in line for your turn to see the trees. You get to enjoy them at your pace, when you want.
While strolling around looking at the trees, you will notice a few other familiar sights. There are still random decorations throughout the area. Entertainment and snow are still around, just in different places this year. And, keep an eye out for giant toy solders or ice skaters-they like to come out at night!
Overall, I was very happy with this year’s Christmas Tree Stroll. I enjoyed the more open feel to it. It makes the whole place seem more festive, not just one little area.