After 4 years of anticipating its opening in May 2019, this was the first holiday season that the TWA Hotel has been open. We had a 2-night stay in mid-December, so we were able to see everything the hotel had to offer to ring in the holidays.
The best word to describe the hotel’s holiday decor is “understated.” There were some decorations, but not a whole bunch. But frankly, I totally get that. Joe and I got married at Walt Disney World, and we purposely downplayed the whole “Disney” thing. Our cake topper was a white chocolate Cinderella Castle. Our favors were metallic Christmas ornaments with small Mickey heads on them. We had Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse visit for the most expensive 20 minutes we ever spent in our lives. And that was about it. We figured we were already AT Disney and we didn’t want it to be overkill. So I totally “got it” when the TWA Hotel didn’t do too much; the hotel is already beautifully themed…if they do too much Christmas and Hanukkah, it’s just a theme within a theme and it just wouldn’t be right.
The 56′ x 44′ rink didn’t seem to be super popular, but that could have because of the weather – it was miserably overcast and sometimes drizzling or even rainy the whole time we were in NY. We never saw more than a couple of people skating.
Outside the hotel, they installed cascading red and white lights on a bunch of trees.
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