Honestly, I was not aware of the magnitude of holiday cheer that Disney puts forth. I had never been to the Disneyland Resort and theme parks around the Christmas season. We finally got the chance to take the kids and it was quite the memorable experience. We visited both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, CA , there is so much to do and see, it’s breathtaking, literally!
The halls, windows, walls, attractions, restaurants, and rides are decked. Thoroughly. You’ll see decorated Christmas trees, holiday lights and garland streaming above, wreaths on every light pole, Disney characters in holiday attire, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and so much more. Two of my favorite attractions: The Sleeping Beauty Castle and “It’s A Small World” Holiday version. The freaking lights. Oh my word.
Watch a snippet of the Christmas Fantasy Parade, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are ice skating!
We ended our awesome Disney-filled evening with the “Believe… In Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. This beautifully created fireworks show is set over the snowy-white Sleeping Beauty Castle and combines awesome fireworks, pyrotechnics and festive music and ends with a surprise… snow in Southern California! The kids were too excited, and I was a little geeked myself to experience what a white Christmas just might be like.
In Disney’s California Adventure, you’ll also find a bunch of holiday spirit. The iconic entrance has been adorned with festive garland and once you step inside, you’re in Buena Vista St. There, you’ll see lots of holiday decor throughout, live music and performances, Christmas carolers, Santa, and my fav, a gigantic Christmas tree. This is a must see at night!
Also, Cars Land is receiving the good ol’ seasonal treatment for it’s first Christmas ever. It’s totally decked out! Also, don’t miss spirited attractions, such as A Bug’s Land, the World of Color Show, the Mad-T Party and the Phineas and Ferb live show, they’re all holiday ready!
Other seasonal happenings that are not to miss: The Secret of the Wings ice skating rink in Downtown Disney, Haunted Mansion Holiday, themed after the Nightmare Before Christmas, special holiday themed Disney treats and Disney’s Grand Californian Resort, which feels like a holiday cabin retreat! I would suggest at least 2-3 days there, we had multi-day park hopper tickets and still did not see everything. Experience the magic this holiday season at Disneyland. It will be all decked out for the Christmas season from now through January 6, 2013, you can’t miss it! Share a moment of holiday bliss with your family.
“The Holidays Just Got Merrier”
Disclosure: A huge thanks to Disney, they allowed my family to experience their facilities during the holidays. All opinions are my own, photos by mommyGAGA and Disney, where noted.