What could be more exciting and festive than celebrating the holiday season at Disneyland? While many think of Disney as a summer vacation getaway, visiting the park from mid-November through mid-January provides the opportunity to experience everything the park has to offer plus many holiday bonuses. Your family can enjoy entertainment, expansive decorations and lights, and special holiday versions of attractions and rides during this one-of-a-kind holiday tradition. This season Disneyland is better than ever as more areas of the park are fully celebrating the holiday season. Here are some of the special events and attractions that will be created to make your families holiday season one to remember.
Most of the holiday season entertainment, events and attractions begin during mid-November and this is when Santa Clause arrives to greet guests. The season officially begins on November 13, 2014 at which time your family can experience the magic of Christmas and feel the holiday spirit throughout the park.
• Candy Cane Making – See how candy canes are made by the experts at the Candy Palace on Main Street and enjoy this unique treat for yourself. Visitors begin lining up at the Candy Palace as soon as the park opens to get a wrist band stamped with the time to return and the batch number their samples will come from. If you didn’t get a wrist ban don’t despair. You can join the standby line and possibly still get a candy cane as those not picked up by 4:00pm will be given to one of these lucky visitors. You can watch the candy being made at the window throughout the day. Typically only three batches of 40 candies each are made in a given day so if you want to taste one of these delicious confections you need to get in line as early as possible. Read more http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2010/12/candy_canes_disneyland.php
• Holiday Time at Disneyland Guided Tour – This three-hour tour will give your family a chance to see the holiday makeover from a behind-the-scenes view. You will also get the advantage of no-line-waiting for ‘It’s a Small World Holiday’ and ‘Haunted Mansion Holiday’ rides as well as priority seating for a Christmas Fantasy Parade. Take a sneak peak at holiday decorations at California Great Adventures, learn little known fun-facts about the holiday traditions at Disneyland and take home a keepsake souvenir. Reservations can be made at Disneyland City Hall. Read more http://disneytravelbabble.com/blog/2012/12/21/review-holiday-time-at-disneyland-tour/
• Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle – Enjoy any one of three acts over the evening starting at Sleeping Beauty Castle. These magnificent light shows will take you down Main Street to end at the Christmas tree at Town Square. Each show takes place under a beautiful snow fall and culminates in the famous holiday firework show.
• A Christmas Fantasy Parade – This parade rivals Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in popularity, so come early to get a prime viewing location. The parade includes favorites and new floats and characters each year. Enjoy watching Mickey and Minnie having fun on the ice, and a collection of other Disney characters as they wrap presents and excitedly await the arrival of Santa who also appears in the parade. The favorite areas from which to watch the parade are Main Street and It’s a Small World though views are just as good from less popular areas such as near the Matterhorn or Town Square. Elevated views are available from the Train Station which provides a great opportunity to watch the parade unfold and puts you at eye level for many of the floats participants.
• It’s a Small World Holiday – Have fun seeing holiday customs from around the world inside this specially decorated version of one of the most popular rides in the park. Hear the song ‘Jingle Bells’ sung in multiple languages throughout the ride and see the colorful variety of costumes worn by people in different countries. Breathe deeply to enjoy the smells of peppermint and pine as you travel through the European settings and delight in the glittering snowman lit by a golden top hat, scarf and close to 1000 lights atop a giant snow flake as you reach the end of the ride. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the small world mall created by a multitude of unique wreaths representing different countries and over 300,000 lights which create a spectacular display.
• Haunted Mansion Holiday – Starting in Mid-September and running through the holiday season, the Haunted Mansion is transformed into a Halloween – Christmas setting. An eerie atmosphere greets you in line as the outside of the ride is decorated with over 100 jack-o-lanterns and 400 candles. Brought to life by the characters from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare before Christmas,” this favorite holiday attraction includes a giant gingerbread house in the Great Hall, a snow-covered graveyard with trees lit by more than 1,000 orange, twinkling lights.
• Downtown Disney – Experience the unique sight of a snow-topped village rarely seen in California at the transformed downtown district. Have fun exploring the quaint cottages or shopping in one of the many shops specially decorated for the holiday season. Enjoy the sight of the 30-foot Christmas tree or take the family ice skating at Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink.
• Special Holiday Food and Drinks – When your family gets hungry, enjoy some of the unique options offered only during the holiday season. Gingerbread and pumpkin beignets are served with egg nog in New Orleans Square. Stop by Gibson Girl on Main Street for some Peppermint Stick ice cream. Pumpkin fudge and caramel apples can be found at Pooh Corner and the Candy Palace. Many holiday options are available at the Jolly Holiday Bakery including the Hanukkah cupcakes baked with a macaroon inside and covered in white chocolate mousse with candy pearls and a chocolate Hanukkah treat on top. Don’t leave without trying the special dessert created each year served in a take-home Mickey Santa souvenir dessert glass.
Make your visit perfect by staying at the family-friendly Anaheim Inn Express Maingate Hotel. Only a quick two minute trip to and from the park, the Anaheim Inn will boast special holiday decorations to delight the whole family.