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Attention to Detail: Disney Vacation Club Resort Holiday Trees

There’s no place like “home” for the holidays, and Disney Vacation Club “Home” Resorts have decked their halls in festively fitting fashion, trimming trees with ornaments uniquely themed to each resort. See if you can guess the resort based on the photos and the following clues…

Owl ornament in the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

An eagle and a raven watch over this owl.

The resort’s lobby includes a nod to the Grand Canyon.

This resort features one check-in lobby but two Disney Vacation Club Resorts.

One of the resorts that shares this lobby changed its name in 2017.

A grizzly symbol of love is among the details of this resort’s waterfront accommodations.

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You’ll find this owl ornament among the many inspired by woodland creatures in the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. (Among the lobby’s most striking features are towering totem poles topped by an eagle and raven. Stonework in the lobby’s fireplace represent layers of the Grand Canyon. The lobby serves both Boulder Ridge Villas and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Prior to 2017, Boulder Ridge Villas was known simply as The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Framed replicas of the bear-shaped love totem given to Kenai in the animated film “Brother Bear” are among the details in the décor of Cascade Cabins, part of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.)

Santa Claus merman ornament on the Christmas tree in the lobby of Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

This merry merman hangs on a Christmas tree that sits beside a train.

This resort changed its name in 1996.

This resort’s bar is named with a nod to smuggling.

Dinner at this resort begins with a look at the family album.

This resort is home to a coastal castle.

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You’ll find this Santa Claus merman ornament among the many mermaids and mermen on the Christmas tree in the lobby of Disney’s Old Key West Resort. (The Christmas tree sits beside a scale model of cars from the Florida East Coast Railway. Prior to 1996, Disney’s Old Key West Resort was known simply as Disney Vacation Club Resort, as this was the first Disney Vacation Club property. The Gurgling Suitcase bar references Cuban rum illegally brought to Key West in tourists’ suitcases. The entrance to Olivia’s Café features a gallery of framed Member photos known as the Disney Vacation Club Family Album. The resort’s pool features a waterslide through an oversized sand castle.)

Ornament on the towering tree in the Jambo House lobby at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

You’ll find this ornament of musical merriment in a resort with two lobbies.

This resort is divided between a pair of buildings with non-English names, one that means “welcome” and one that means “necklace.”

Among this resort’s popular restaurants is one named with a word meaning “art.”

Guest rooms at this resort are adorned with uniquely carved shields.

While all Members who call Disney Vacation Club Resorts “home” know how to have a good time, this resort’s residents are particularly wild.

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You’ll find this ornament among the many inspired by African musical instruments on the towering tree in the Jambo House lobby at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. (The resort is divided between Jambo House, named with the Swahili word for “welcome,” and Kidani Village, named with the Swahili word for “necklace.” Sanaa, the name of the savanna-side restaurant in Kidani Village, is Swahili for “art.” Uniquely carved African shields adorn guest room doors. And as for those “wild” residents? The resort’s savannas are, of course, teeming with African wildlife.)

Ornament on the trees in the lobby of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.

Where can you find this jolly jockey?

One of the world’s favorite salty snacks was invented in the town that inspired this resort.

Some of this resort’s accommodations have a second story but not a first.

While all Disney Vacation Club Resorts are classy, this resort includes buildings that formerly housed actual classrooms.

More than 30 restaurants are located within walking distance of this resort.

This is the largest of all Disney Vacation Club Resorts.

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You’ll find this ornament among the many inspired by horse racing on the trees in the lobby of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. (Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The resort’s Treehouse Villas feature single-level accommodations perched a story above the forest floor. Some of the resort’s buildings were part of the former Disney Institute campus. The resort features a walking bridge to Disney Springs and its many dining destinations.)

For a deeper dive into Disney holiday traditions, look for Disney Editions’ new coffee table book “Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter” wherever books are sold.

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