The Special Magic of Disneyland at Thanksgiving

View from California Screamin at Disneyland California Adventure - Photo Credit Curtis Cooper ‏@cwcooper810

View from California Screamin at Disneyland California Adventure – Photo Credit Curtis Cooper ‏@cwcooper810

Disneyland is a dream destination at any point in the year, but it’s truly extraordinary at Thanksgiving. Walt Disney’s mystical world stands out in unexpected ways during the holiday season, and Thanksgiving Day is the opening act. It’s the perfect time to enjoy your Disney adventure because it pairs holiday festivities with family time in a delightful storybook setting.

Turn off the Oven and Turn on The Laughter

If sweating over a hot stove isn’t your idea of a fun holiday, Disneyland is the place to be. Take off the apron, lace up your walking shoes and prepare to eat your way through the park. Plenty of Disney restaurants serve traditional Thanksgiving meals. You’ll find all your favorites from the impressive feast and dessert buffet at the Disneyland Hotel to the roasted turkey and trimmings at the Carnation Café.

Mickey Waffle at Carnation Cafe - Photo Credit Kysa ‏@kysaaah

Mickey Waffle at Carnation Cafe – Photo Credit Kysa ‏@kysaaah

If you’re not a traditionalist, head to Café Orleans for crepes filled with turkey and butternut squash, or munch on holiday-themed tamales at Rancho del Zocalo. You can even feast on giant turkey legs, turducken, turkey tortilla soup and turkey pizza. To satisfy your sweet tooth, order Stage Door Café’s maple-bacon funnel cake, sip on a pumpkin spice latte at Jolly Holiday Bakery or have some pumpkin cheesecake at Harbour Galley.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year

At Disneyland, Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the Christmas season, so you get to enjoy two holidays in one visit. The entire resort will be decked out in gorgeous autumn hues, but there will also be twinkling Christmas lights, glistening tinsel and artificial snowflakes. On Main Street, you’ll even find a 60-foot tree dripping with hundreds of ornaments.

Photo Credit minniemouse Laura Bowman ‏@LauraBowman06

Photo Credit minniemouse Laura Bowman ‏@LauraBowman06

The Christmas Fantasy Parade will really put you in the holiday spirit. This dynamic, musical procession of Disney characters, toy soldiers, giant gingerbread people and the man in red travels right down Main Street. The parade features exciting themed floats, including a music box and Santa’s mailroom. At night, gather around Sleeping Beauty castle for the holiday fireworks display complete with special effects, Christmas tunes and a snow-filled finale.

Pass the Time Doing, Not Waiting

One of the best perks of visiting the Disneyland Resort during Thanksgiving is the smaller crowd. You won’t be rubbing elbows with strangers during your holiday, and you can check out all your favorite rides and attractions without waiting for hours in line. Can you imagine getting right on It’s a Small World or Space Mountain? You can even take your little ones to meet their idols, and you won’t have to squander precious hours to do so.

Photo Credit ☆k a r i ‏@94heslaurent

Photo Credit ☆k a r i ‏@94heslaurent

Photo Credit Samantha Wilson ‏@girlnprls2011

Photo Credit Samantha Wilson ‏@girlnprls2011

If the famous mouse and his wacky gang are already part of your family, you cannot go wrong with a holiday trip to Disneyland. All the excitement of this magical realm is amplified during Thanksgiving. You and your loved ones will already be giddy with anticipation of the upcoming season, and you can release all that energy in the most entertaining ways.



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