I’m so EXCITED to be heading to Disney World TOMORROW (for Christmas and New Years) but before I leave, I wanted to share a few pictures from my trip to Disneyland last week (two Disney trips within two weeks of each other?! Crazy, I know, but Disney is my LIFE!) Although I’ve been to the Disney Parks more times than I can count on my fingers and toes (in 2015 alone I’ve visited Disney seven times, so far), this was my first time experiencing Disneyland during the holidays! I’ve got to say, it DID NOT disappoint! It was truly magical. I’ve said this before but NOTHING compares to Disney during the holidays! For this post, I’ve decided to highlight my favorite things about each of the eight lands—Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland. Up First, Main Street, U.S.A.!
I LOVED all the Christmas decorations up and down Main Street. I especially loved how well they blended in with the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration decor. While the decorations were lovely, my favorite thing about Main Street during the holidays was getting to watch the AMAZING ‘A Christmas Fantasy Parade.’ Here are some of my favorite photos from the parade:
Oh Chip ‘n Dale, I love you so!
And of course, no Christmas parade is complete without a visit from Santa Claus (I spy a Yoda plushie!)
This was the only ‘Christmassy’ picture I took of Frontierland and I actually didn’t get any good photos of Adventureland (whoops.)
I absolutely LOVED all the holiday decorations throughout Toontown! Although Toontown is probably the land I spend the least amount of time in during regular Disneyland visits, during the holidays I found myself captivated by it!
I love visiting Chip ‘n Dale’s treehouse and catching up with my two favorite chipmunks.
In promotion of Star Wars:The Force Awakens, Tomorrowland transformed into the Season of the Force and while it wasn’t Christmassy, it was still AWESOME (because who doesn’t love Star Wars?) Season of the Force is a series of special events and experiences celebrating the Star Wars saga.
At Star Wars Launch Bay you can check out replica movie props (like that awesome Yoda), play fun games, screen exclusive videos and encounter Star Wars heroes and villains! During Season of the Force Space Mountain becomes Hyperspace Mountain, as Star Wars invades the classic high-speed coaster. And let me tell you, IT WAS AWESOME! I’m so bummed that Disney World’s Tomorrowland didn’t get the Hyperspace Mountain upgrade during their version of Season of the Force.
I’ve always loved New Orleans Square (since it houses two of my favorite rides: Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion) but it’s extra gorgeous during the holidays! It’s like a mix between Mardi Gras and Christmas.
One of my favorite things about New Orleans Squares (besides the adorable decorations) during the holidays is Haunted Mansion Holiday! I fell in love with this ride back when I visited Disneyland during Halloween so it was so fun getting a chance to ride it again before it transforms back into the original Haunted Mansion come January.
Critter Country was basically EMPTY during the entire duration of my Disneyland trip. I think it was because it was WAY to COLD to ride Splash Mountain (seriously, it was 40 degrees some days! To all of you who think Cali doesn’t get cold, you’re WRONG!) Splash Mountain barley had a wait time of over 10 minutes on most days. I guess since people weren’t in the area to ride Splash Mountain, they overlooked The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (which also barley had a wait time of over 10 minutes on most days) but that worked out great for me because I got to ride it over and over!
Last but not least is Fantasyland which is home to one of the main reasons I wanted to visit Disneyland during the holidays: It’s A Small World Holiday!Can we just talk about how PERFECT It’s a Small World Holiday is at night?!! It’s GORGEOUS! Getting to see (and ride) It’s a Small World Holiday was worth the entire trip itself. I had such a BLAST visiting Disneyland during the holidays and I can’t wait to do it again next year! (And I can’t wait to visit Disney World TOMORROW!)
Part 4: Magic Kingdom