The Holidays Begin Here at the Disneyland Resort

Category: Travel

It’s that time of year again. Time for holiday merriment and festivities, fun and family, and there’s no better place to get in the spirit than at the Disneyland Resort. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are decked out for the season, and there is even snow on Main Street USA. Yes, there is snow falling every day – even in Anaheim!

“It’s a Small World” has been redone for the season as “It’s a Small World Holiday”. The decorations inside and out will put every rider into the spirit of love and togetherness as the children of the world celebrate the season.  The holiday magic on the façade of the attraction includes over 50,000 lights, making this building a glowing and colorful expression of happiness around the world.

Two night shows are definitely worth watching. “World of Color – Season of Light” in California Adventure combines many classic characters along with great holiday music and a laser show. The lights and the projections on the water show make this a family experience everyone will enjoy. Make sure to head to the Paradise Bay lagoon in the evening for this memorable show of sights and sounds.

Over in Disneyland the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular is a must-see. No one does fireworks like the folks at the Disney resorts, and this one is definitely remarkable, not to mention the addition of snow.

During the day check out “Mickey’s Happy Holidays” in California Adventure. Mickey is joined by many of his Disney and Pixar friends as they dance and enjoy holiday music on the streets of the park. There are two locations to catch this festive and jolly show: Carthay Circle and Paradise Gardens Park.

And with the Festival of Holidays Sip ‘N Savor Pass, guests can try many new and delicious treats created especially for the season. There are eight click-off tabs on each pass to exchange for goodies throughout California Adventure. And, as usual, the chefs at the park have created treats for vegetarians too. Try the Shepherd’s Upside-down Pie for a tasty treat of vegetables, mashed potatoes, and a meat alternative. It is really delicious. (I had 2!) It is a difficult decision selecting what to eat. There are too many tasty treats. And of course, there are plenty of desserts to try as well as several small entrees.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is a focal point of the Disneyland resort, and this time of year it is decked out for the holidays. This is a beautiful sight for all guests to see. It is the epitome of Disney holiday enchantment.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or even Festivus, there’s something here to enjoy with the entire family.

Through January 6, 2020, the holiday fun is kicked into high gear at the Disneyland Resort.

About the Author

Francine Brokaw has been covering all aspects of the entertainment industry for over 25 years. She also writes about products and travel. She has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as Internet websites. She has written her own book, Beyond the Red Carpet The World of Entertainment Journalists, from Sourced Media Books, is the entertainment correspondent for Good Day Orange County, and has her own TV show, Beyond the Red Carpet, on Village Television in Orange County. Follow her on Twitter.

(most photos courtesy of Disneyland Resort and Joshua Sudock/Disneyland)