Guest Post brought to you by: Susie Chadwick, Family Travel Writer for Photo Jeepers
Susie likes hiking, theme parks, the beach, and exploring Southern California. She has four kids, and wherever she goes, they follow, making travel a family affair. They have been dragged them from coast to coast, all over Asia and into Europe, with stops at every Disney park along the way.
Disneyland at Christmas is magical. The Happiest Place on Earth transforms during the holidays.There are so many exciting things to see, eat and do in Disneyland. We share tips to help your family navigate the holiday crowds in order to more fully enjoy the entertainment and rides at Disneyland.
Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney are decked out in holiday decorations. Each land has themed decorations that appeal to all ages.
Disneyland’s holiday parade is musical entertainment for all ages. Favorite characters like Mickey and Friends, Disney Princesses, Pooh and Friends, and Santa himself are part of the parade, as well as holiday characters like reindeer and gingerbread men.
Tip: A good parade viewing spot is along the It’s A Small World mall. If you go to the first parade viewing, you can stay in your spot to watch the It’s A Small World lights turn on shortly after the parade. Remember to pack a blanket to save seats and sit on.
The “Believe…In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular features dazzling fireworks, stirring music and a delightful sprinkling of snow. You can find good seats on Main Street, to the right of the Partners statue.
Tip: Make sure you can see the castle walls so you don’t miss the projections!
World of Color: Season of Light:
A special version of World of Color is shown at night during the holiday season at California Adventure. The show features clips from Disney and Pixar classics, telling a story of love and light with music, lights and a water display.
Everyone loves to meet and greet the characters in holiday outfits. Goofy wears a Christmas Sweater and Mickey a Santa suit!
It’s a Small World Holiday will have you singing Jingle Bells instead of its usual tune from mid-November until mid-January. Jack Skellington takes over the Haunted Mansion in a wonderful all-out holiday overlay from mid-October until January. This less-scary version of the Haunted Mansion is a must-ride.
The holiday foods at Disneyland are wonderful. Enjoy beautifully decorated caramel apples, cake pops, krispy treats and cookies available in the treat shops (Pooh’s Corner, Candy Palace, and Trolley Treats). The Festive Foods Marketplace at Disney Festival of Holidays in Disney California Adventure offers holiday foods from all over the world. The Mickey-Shaped Beignets, available at the Mint Julep Bar in Disneyland, come in seasonal flavors during the holidays.
Avoid the Crowds:
The holidays are the most crowded time of year at Disneyland. From the week of Thanksgiving through New Year’s, attendance is up and lines are long. The best time to go during this period is early December, and weekdays in particular.
Getting to the park before it opens is absolutely the best way to make the most of your time. Even on the most crowded days, Disneyland will have shorter lines during the first few hours of the day. Be at the gate, with your tickets, 30-45 minutes before scheduled opening for the best impact.
We know your family will have an unforgettable experience at Disneyland with all of the holiday cheer.
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