Disneyland. The holidays. Two joyful things, when APART, I LOVE! And live for. The joy… the smiles!
But put them together and I get a little scared! Disneyland DURING the holidays, now that sound daunting. And I’ve heard the horror stories and the joyful stories. But there is a small part of me that is apprehensive. Just a small part….
I have never been to Disneyland for the Christmas or Holiday celebrations. But I’ve always wanted to go. And it looks like this year, I get my wish. I’ve seen the pictures and read the articles. I think I’m ready. I hope I’m ready. I already have my plane ticket.
Yes, Disney during the holidays is supposed to be the busiest and is supposed to be super crowded! I know that. But I’m going and I am super excited! There are dressed up rides, new food, new parades, new shows, and new adventures that I need to see, to touch, and to experience.
I know Disney sometimes raises their prices during this busy time, but GetAwayToday.com still has the deals of the year! Seriously, I can’t find better ticket prices. Make sure you use the coupon code mmom10 at check to save $10! Check out Mousekemom’s post on ticket prices: The BEST Prices Around For Disneyland And California Adventure Tickets.
5 Things to Be Aware Of Before Doing Disneyland at Christmas:
- The crowds. A notorious fact that cannot be ignored or casually glossed over. They are predicted to be huge. So, be aware. It is a large group of HUMANS…so expect kids to throw fits, people to get snappy, and to have your own case of the ‘grumpies’. It happens. Plow through it!
- Lines will be llllloooooonnnnngggggg. And Fast Passes will most likely run out. But don’t give up hope. Find the single rider lines. **things to do in line** Make sure to study this list of line time passers.
- Make reservations NOW! Do NOT wait! Seriously, splurge for a sit down meal, enjoy the time. Enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy the food. Standing in yet ANOTHER lllllooooonnnnngggg line for a hamburger or whatever is not something that I look forward to. But knowing that my reservations are made and ready for me to enjoy…well, that is a better use of my time, my money, and my need for experiences!
- Don’t leave the park. Just don’t. I would recommend not even leave to park hop. The crowds will be so big that the parks will reach capacity. And if you leave, there is a possibility that you will not get back in that day. Yes, it does happen. If you have to, rent a locker for jackets, warmer clothes, or other supplies. Don’t walk back to your hotel. It may sound harsh, but if you miss half a day because you left Disneyland but can’t get back into either park, you’ll be sorry.
- Have a plan of attack for which ever park you go into first. You can find maps of the parks on the Disney.com website. Know where the Fast Pass kiosks are. Know which rides don’t have Fast Passes. Be aware that some rides will fill up quick and be ready for that. Be smart. Be kind. Watch which way the masses are going and go the other way.
NO MATTER WHAT, DON’T LOSE THE JOY THAT IS DISNEYLAND AND CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE! Just take a deep breath and go with it. Part of Disney during the holidays is just the atmosphere. Soak it up, and enjoy it!
5 Things to Definitely DO When Doing Disneyland at Christmas:
- The Haunted Mansion. This ride has a Holiday Make-Over. It is a beautiful combination of Halloween and Christmas…yes, that’s the Nightmare Before Christmas. Welcome Jack Skellington and, rumor has it, Sally will be there as well.
- Tower of Terror ‘Late Check Out’. Complete darkness. No noise. Just the Tower of Terror. As it begins its remodel for Guardians of The Galaxy ride, they have altered it just a bit. Yes, the outside is different, but the inside is the same. That’s the word on the street. It is supposed to be completely new and open in January 2017. See more information in ‘A MARVELous Change? Hollywood Tower of Terror to Become Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT.’
- Small World gets Christmas-ized! Can you imagine the different cultures represented there all in their Christmas or their Holiday splendor. Oh, for this I am REALLY excited!
- Jungle….er, I mean The JINGLE Cruise. Yep, this ride is supposed to get a little zanier! I cannot wait to see what they have in store for this ride!
- Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle with all its glitter and jewels. This original walk-through attraction gets really spruced up for the Holidays. I’ve seen pictures; but can’t wait to see it for myself.
5 Things to Seriously Consider When Doing Disneyland at Christmas:
- I mentioned these before. And I’ll say it again….really, get reservations if you can afford the splurge. I think that NOT waiting in line for food is a better use of my time. And sitting and resting in a chair that is set aside for me; NOT fighting the crowds for a place to sit is well worth it! Also, if you get the dinner packages that go along with The World of Color or the Paint the Night, you won’t have to fight the crowds for show/parade seating.
- Stay to the end of everything. Just hang out. Enjoy the Holiday lights and the atmosphere of Disneyland Resort during this time. Soak it up. I know it is a long day, especially if you were there for rope drop that morning.
- Fireworks and parades promise to be Holiday-ized as well. Make sure to stake your claim on a spot, as they will fill up quickly. People will start saving spots up to 4 hours before the actual event. Or splurge, again, for the reserved seating spots. There is ‘A Christmas Fantasy Parade’, a special World of Color presentation, and more!
- Dressing with the Holiday Spirit to take pictures with the characters in their holiday garb. To dress a little special is always fun, especially in Disney! Just take a Santa hat, or a special scarf, then take Holiday pics with the characters.
- Checking out the Paradise Garden in California Adventure Park. Amazing things are happening there during this joyful time. There is a giant celebration of the Latino culture that happens here. Disney! Viva Navidad! Shows, food, everything. Special characters will be in attendance, there will be amazing decor, and LIVE music! I’ve heard rumor that there are dance lessons too… can you say salsa or cha cha? Please don’t tell my husband…he’ll refuse to get on the plane.