Top insider tips for getting the most out of Disney World during the holidays

DISNEY SPRINGS Disney Springs may not be a theme park, but the retail and restaurant complex has a number of holiday-themed activities.

The Void at Disney Springs offers virtual reality adventures ranging from Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, where you move through a special mission as a Storm Trooper, to their newest experience released just in time for the holidays, Ralph Breaks VR, based on the film “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Disney Springs insider tip: Santa’s Chalet is the best place to get that Santa pic. Why here? Because you don’t have to wait in line. Put your name into a queue and you’ll get a text message when it’s your turn. While you are waiting for that text, head to Splitsville Luxury Lanes for some bowling in a beautiful facility.

While lots of restaurants offer holiday-themed specials, we love the deals here. At Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, guests who dine in their “ugly” Disney Christmas sweater get get a free slice of Hummingbird Cake with holiday sprinkles and at Mario & Enzo’s Ristorante, families who attend their Sunday brunch in Christmas pajamas get a complimentary photo to take home.

To save money while feeding your family, check out the family-style plates at Wine Bar George (they feed 2-4 people) or hit a happy hour at Terralina Crafted Italian Restaurant or Paddlefish — both offer gorgeous water views and unbeatable food and drink specials.

Disney Springs insider tip: Don’t miss the Christmas Tree Trail, a walking path lined with 27 themed trees that represent classic films like “Toy Story” and “The Jungle Book.” Along the way, try peppermint cotton candy and Mickey Mouse gingerbread cookies.

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