We spent a wonderful weekend at Disneyland kicking off the holiday season. My mom, who happened to be visiting from Wisconsin, was able to join us as well.
The result? A family trip filled with memories and laughter that got us in the perfect Christmas spirit.
And just what does a Disneyland Holiday look like?
Like a 60 foot tree that has 280,000 pine-tip branches molded from actual tree branches. It is decorated with more than 2,000 ornaments, including the three-foot star on top, and nearly 4,800 energy-efficient LED lights. When the Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle show reaches its finale crescendo, more than 60,000 LED lights and 1,200 strobe lights are added to the effect.
Did you know that the first Disneyland holiday celebration was in 1955, when Walt Disney placed a Christmas tree in the Hub at the north end of Main Street, U.S.A., near Sleeping Beauty Castle? For many years now, the tree has been located in Town Square near the Main Street Disneyland Railroad Station.
The “Holidays at Disneyland” looks like magic…everywhere you go. Decorating experts at the Disneyland Resort have to get started early in order to trim nearly 700 trees for the season, on display in Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, the resort’s three hotels and the Downtown Disney District.
The “Holidays at Disneyland” looks like Mickey and Minnie dressed for the occasion!
The “Holidays at Disneyland” looks like 50,000 Christmas lights on the façade of “It’s a Small World” Holiday, and an additional 200,000 mini-lights in the trees, hedges and topiaries surrounding the attraction.
The “Holidays at Disneyland” looks like children and adults watching the “A Christmas Fantasy Parade” with wonder and excitement.
A fun fact? Each performance of “A Christmas Fantasy” features 105 performers, 18 float drivers and 12 musicians costumed as toy soldiers from the Disney movie “Babes in Toyland.” With daily parade performances, it takes approximately 200 performers to stage the parade during the holiday season.
But perhaps the most wondrous way the “Holidays at Disneyland” looks is through Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle light show. The light show is divided into three “acts” over the course of the evening and was…
Each one begins at the Castle and travels the length of Main Street, U.S.A., finishing at the Town Square Christmas tree. Each act features a magical snowfall, and the final act concludes with “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks.
Disclosure: The holiday season at Disneyland Resort gets underway Monday, Nov. 14, and will continue daily through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. We received some compensation for travel arrangement so we could experience and review the Holidays at Disneyland. All opinions are my own.