Holidays at Disneyland Resort are magical and are happening right now! It’s the perfect time to plan a family fun day at Disneyland and California Adventure! This past weekend my family got to check out all of the amazing holiday experiences that both parks have to offer. We love to visit Disneyland during this magical time of year. Disneyland is always a good time but with their extra special details and amazing decorations, the holidays are truly my favorite. Both parks have their own exciting festivities making it a great idea to grab a park hopper ticket and check them both out! Holidays at California Adventure
The decorated Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street is a site to see! It’s huge! It’s a great spot to grab a photo with a Disney character or just enjoy some people watching! Don’t miss the tree lighting, every day, at 4:55 pm through December 30th.
The Festival of Holidays is a cool addition to the park this year! It’s a celebration of holiday festivities from around the world and includes food and drinks, craft-making and entertainment. All throughout the park you can find kiosks (14 of them!) featuring anything you could possibly think of to celebrate the season.Some stands have gift ideas. This kiosk was my favorite and was full of aromatherapy items. There were also areas where kids could decorate holiday cookies or color in themed coloring sheets. There was truly something for everyone in the family. The festivities also include several entertainment options. These Holiday Toy Drummers play at various times throughout the weekends. They are FANTASTIC! They are full of energy and make you want to dance! You can also see the Stilt Circus, Mariachi Divas and several dance groups. Make sure to pick up a schedule of events from various displays around the park. And don’t miss Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival! She’s a new addition at the park and your kids will love her song-filled celebration! When the show is over, meet Princess Elena of Avalor in Paradise Garden and grab her autograph and a photo.
The Festival of Holidays also includes the Festive Foods Marketplace which was one of my favorite things. From tasty treats to adult beverages, you could make a day out of snacking your way through California Adventure. Local, seasonal and International beer tasting flights, glasses of prosecco and warm holiday spiced wines are just a few of the fun beverages to be found. Tamales, Roasted Turkey Sliders, Sticky Toffee Pudding and more seasonal favorites are also available. And no holiday visit is complete without a meeting with Santa! Just head to the Ahwahnee Camp Circle near the entrance of the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Be sure to add your name to the nice list to find out what your elf name is!
California Adventure goes all out with the holiday decorations in Carsland and there are several fun photo opportunities to help you create memories from your trip to the park. It’s one of our favorite parts of the holidays!This photo does not do the World of Color – Season of Light, justice. This nightly show turns water, music and storytelling in to a holiday event. It’s truly captivating and something not to be missed! Fast Passes are available (in Paradise Park) and will allow you access to reserved viewing sections. There is nothing like this show! The walls of mist act as giant projection screens and are an amazing way to share the season’s messages of love and togetherness through our favorite Disney characters and animation. Holidays at Disneyland
Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle is all decked out in her holiday best! In the day, you can marvel at the garlands and wreaths and snow capped turrets. When the lights go down, the castle is truly magical. The shimmering lights look like glistening snow and create a site to behold. One of my favorite parts of the holidays at Disneyland resort is the special makeovers several of the rides get. Jungle Cruise becomes Jingle Cruise and all through out the ride you can find touches of holiday decorations and updated stories from the boat captains. At every turn, you’ll find the animals getting in to mischief with holiday decorations. It’s really fun and the kids love it!
Two other Disneyland favorites also get the holiday treatment. It’s a Small World shares multi-cultural sentiments of the season through out the ride as well as a huge sparkly snowman. During the day, the classic facade is mainly unchanged except for a playful Santa hat placed on the smiling face. But after night fall, the building comes alive with TONS of colorful lights at night! It’s so fun!
The Haunted Mansion gets a merry makeover and festive touches celebrating with Jack Skellington. There are seasonal surprises, throughout, featuring your favorite Nightmare Before Christmas characters. And don’t miss the ginger-dread house!
The parades have always been one of my favorite parts of Disneyland but the “A Christmas Fantasy” parade is exceptional. Dancing reindeer and gingerbread cookies bring the holiday spirit along with some of your favorite Disney characters on themed floats. And what is a holiday parade without a visit from Santa! Santa and his toy filled sleigh is the perfect ending to a joyful holiday tradition. The castle is the perfect place to watch the “Believe…in Holiday Magic” Disneyland fireworks. Seasonal songs play as the fireworks explode high in the air. And the most magical part is at the conclusion as snow begins to fall on main street! It is truly the most magical way to end your day at the parks.
Holiday at Disneyland resort is a special time. Don’t forget to take advantage of Disney’s PhotoPass® Service to professionally capture those magical memories. You can link, purchase or share your photos online or from any mobile device using the Disneyland mobile app.
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This isn’t our first time celebrating the holidays at Disneyland Resort!
*My family was invited as part of the media and received complimentary admission to the parks.