The famed, prosperous Victorian Era (1837- 1901) coincides with the rule of Queen Victoria in Britain. Elaborately decorated Christmas fir trees, Christmas cards, gingerbread decorations, ropes and ropes of evergreen garland, the Christmas turkey, toys in the stockings… Did you know that these beloved Holiday traditions began with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the early 19th century? The Prince brought his German traditions to Windsor Castle, and the Queen (whose mother was also German) popularized these family-centric customs. If you have strolled through Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa during the Holiday season, you are witnessing a recreation of a Victorian Christmas.
Music became a focal point of entertainment, with the advent of “caroling” and parlor singing. It was commonplace for families of means to have a piano in their homes. Be sure not to miss the lobby pianist!
Mmmmmm, can you smell it??
If you’ve read Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, you know that the highlight of these romantic traditions was the family feast. Victoria & Albert’s recaptures this Victorian classic, and Queen Victoria’s Room is an absolute flashback to the royal banquet. Round out the Victorian experience with the classic tradition of British afternoon tea served on, what else, Royal Albert china in the Garden View Tea Lounge.
Charm, romance and Victorian tradition are alive and well in the 21st Century at Walt Disney World this and every Christmas!
You too can play king & queen on the lobby throne.