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My family was blessed to be able to spend 10 days at Walt Disney World in December 2013. We had never gone during the holiday season before, and there was just so much to see and do. It was truly spectacular. From Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom to Holidays Around the World and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, from the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios (which is sadly in its last year this year) to the Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom (which is now a thing of the past), from all the Christmastime entertainment throughout the parks to the beautifully decorated resorts . . . it was just beyond our wildest expectations! (Last November, my oldest daughter and I got to experience some of the Christmas magic once again, as we had a fun 21st birthday celebration for her at Walt Disney World!)
Having now experienced Walt Disney World at Christmastime, I decided to turn my thoughts westward and think of Disneyland! Of course, I’d welcome a visit to Disneyland any old time (since I’ve never been); but what a wonderful thing to dream about – a Christmas visit to Disneyland!
Since I have no clue what I might expect from a Disneyland Christmas, I turned to the Disneyland website and several of my Disneyland expert friends for some dreaming inspiration.
Here are my Disneyland Dreams . . .
Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
During the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, Sleeping Beauty Castle is covered with gleaming white snow and ice. While it’s impressive any time of year, the snow-capped turrets, sparkling icicles and shimmering lights make the castle an especially memorable photo opportunity when the holidays roll around.
Camille from Sparks of Magic sent me this stunning picture of the castle:
I love that it is so different from Cinderella Castle. It makes dreaming of one day seeing it so much more fun!
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
Different from its Walt Disney World counterpart, it appears that this parade takes place during the day. Not sure why, but that appeals to me.
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and more, don their most festive apparel for this sensational seasonal tradition.
A Flurry of Floats and Dancers
Ring in the season with prancing reindeer, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and so much merriment.
My family has experienced the Walt Disney World version of the Jingle Cruise; but what fun it would be to see the Disneyland version of this classic attraction.
Skippers give the Jungle Cruise a holiday makeover—with a boatload of new jokes sure to “sleigh” you.
Sailing with the Yuletide Since 1938
Jungle Cruise Skippers live and work in the jungles of Adventureland. Every year around the holiday season they begin to grow homesick and look forward to receiving care packages from home.
But the expected airplane cargo shipment with holiday items has been accidentally jettisoned over the jungle!
Deck the Squalls
The holiday spirit still lives on as the Skippers await the news of the missing cargo—using their ingenuity and items on hand, they’ve created their own decorations for the boathouse.
And as passengers assemble for the next cruise, Skippers keep holiday cheer high with a few new yuletide riddles.
Now, you’ll get the chance to join them on their cruise and help get to the bottom of what really happened to their missing cargo!
Doesn’t that sound like fun? My friend Didi Marie from DISTherapy shared a picture with me:
“it’s a small world” holiday
One of my favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom is “it’s a small world.” I dream of the day when I will get to see it in its original glory! I love the outside of the Disneyland counterpart. It would be so fun to see it decked out in all its holiday finery!
Wishes for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men come to life in the yuletide edition of this classic attraction.
A World of Holiday Warmth
Hear a medley of the iconic “it’s a small world” song and traditional holiday tunes as you take in the dazzling sight of thousands of lights that adorn the attraction’s façade and sail along a wintry, world-celebrating waterway. Regional decorations and festive wishes add additional holiday cheer!
Becca from Love Our Crazy Life shared this fun shot:
Haunted Mansion Holiday
I have never been a fan of haunted houses. But, the Disney haunted houses . . . they are a different story. I love the story behind the creation of the original Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. And I love that all the Disney Haunted Mansions are so different on the outside. I can’t wait to one day lay eyes on the one at Disneyland.
Jack Skellington gives the mansion a Christmas makeover that is sure to delight and fright even the foulest fiends.
Tim Burton’sThe Nightmare Before Christmas inspires the great transformation from haunted house to Halloween Town, brimming with jack-o-lanterns and wreaths, sinister toys and kooky characters from the hit animated film. Don’t miss the ginger-dread houses and blood-curdling pies as the Oogie Boogie Man and others scare up some extra festive fun. Season’s Screamings, everyone!
While I’m not a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, this sounds like a fun overlay to the original attraction.
Becca from Love Our Crazy Life shared this picture:
Jingle Jangle Jamboree
This looks like all kinds of Christmas fun!
Festive Frontierland Fun
Mosey on over to Big Thunder Ranch for holiday hoopla, hosted by Mrs. Claus, at the “West Pole.”
The Jingle Jangle Jamboree provides plenty of down-home delights, yuletide fun and country coziness for cowpokes of all ages.
Visit with Santa
- Find Santa in a place of honor—beside a sparkling tree, surrounded by homespun holiday trimmings.
- Young ‘uns, climb into Santa’s lap and whisper your wishes in his ear.
- Gather the family around the VIP of the season and pose for holiday photos.
Holiday Crafts and Mrs. Claus
- Spend time in the family craft area where kids can color holiday cards and send seasonal wishes to members of the military.
- Mrs. Claus is nearby and happy to pose for holiday photos and chat with you.
Mrs. Claus’s Tasty Treats
- Mrs. C brought some of her favorite treats from her home. Purchase delightful holiday goodies, such as cookie-making kits, specialty drinks and delicious sweet treats!
Meet Disney Characters
- Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale—dressed in their holiday best—are excited to sign autographs and pose for pictures with you, their new pardners!
- Stroll over to the Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo, make friends with the festively dressed “Goats of Christmas Present” and share some seasonal cheer with the 2 lambs near their sign that reads: BAAAA-Humbug!
And that’s not all!
I’ve only touched the tip of the Disney iceberg when it comes to Christmas fun at Disneyland. There are even more things to see and do in the parks, such as the special edition of World of Color, the Believe . . . in Holiday Magic fireworks show, and the holiday decor EVERYWHERE. And, if that’s not enough, there are more fun things to see and do at the Downtown Disney district. I love this picture from Julie at Saving Up for Disney (notice that place in the background – Earl of Sandwich – one of my favorite places to eat at MY DtD, now called Disney Springs!):
And Didi Marie from DISTherapy shared this picture of Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink:
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