We just returned from a wonderful weekend at the Disneyland Park and what a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season it was!
The Disneyland Resort welcomes back all the guest favorites for the holidays this year for “Holidays at Disneyland”, which started November 14th and runs through January 8th, 2012. I can honestly say that our senses were in no way prepared for how glorious and top notch the holiday decor was at Disneyland.
From the “A Christmas Fantasy” parade to the special holiday version of “It’s a Small World” and the 60-foot-tall Disneyland Christmas tree, the trip was one of our best. Seeing the official Disneyland Christmas tree lit up with more than 62,000 energy-efficient LED lights is something you really need to be there to appreciate.
“A Christmas Fantasy” parade has become a holiday tradition in Disneyland Park and I can completely see why. My mom thoroughly enjoys the holidays, all of the decorations, and quite simply…all of its beauty. I looked back many times to find her with a peaceful smile on her face just taking it all in. Watching the Disney characters celebrate the magic of the season, wrap gifts, and ice skate together was a blast for the children!
We had lunch with the princesses at Ariel’s Grotto on Friday and then made our way to the park’s newest attraction, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Princess A was so excited to experience this new attraction, but seeing it decorated for the holidays made it even more special.
An absolute favorite for the entire family, including my mother, was to watch the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show. I mean, seriously, does anyone do fireworks better than Disney? But, their ability to transport you through the sights and sounds of the season is amazing.
I had not shared anything about the show with Princess A and Mr. C prior to so it was incredibly sweet to see their innocent faces as they felt the snow fall (Yes, real slow!) on their faces on Main Street, U.S.A. with a beautiful rendition of “White Christmas” playing.
As I said, “Holidays at Disneyland” began November 14th and continues through January 8th. If you have any time to take a long weekend or add a trip in during the December break from school, I would highly recommend making a trip to Disneyland a priority. The themed entertainment, gorgeous holiday decorations and tasty treats will fill you with that warm fuzzy feeling that holidays are made of.
And in case you were looking to make it even more special, guests may book guided holiday tours that provide entry into “It’s a Small World” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday, reserved seating for the Disneyland “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a keepsake remembrance and entertaining information about the history behind Disneyland holiday traditions. For information and reservations guests may visit Disneyland City Hall or call (714) 781-4565. (Hmmm…can anyone say, “AMAZING corporate holiday party?!)
Disclosure: Disneyland paid for some of our travel expenses so we could see “Holidays at Disneyland” in action. All thoughts and opinions are my own as they always are.