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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Starts November 13!

posted on November 10th, 2009 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

I can’t believe it! We’ve been talking about Disney gift ideas for the holidays here on the blog, and I’ve been seeing holiday decorations popping up all over the Parks. The holiday season is definitely upon us, and I guess I’d better get in the spirit. It all starts Friday, November 13 at the Disneyland Resort!

There’s something for everyone, but here are my top 10 holiday experiences in the Parks.

    10. Watching the reindeer play in their corral and visiting Santa Claus at “Santa’s Reindeer Round-up” in Big Thunder Ranch.

    9. Walking through the Parks and looking at all of the decorations, including the 300,000 lights on “it’s a small world” holiday, the icicles on Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, the giant Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A. and the oversized ornaments in “a bug’s land.”

    8. Exploring the shops in both parks and finding the perfect Disney ornament to give to friends.

    7. Sitting on a bench, eating a big gingerbread cookie from the Blue Ribbon Bakery and watching families celebrate at the parks.

    6. Finding the ideal location to take a holiday photo with my mom (The giant Christmas tree on Main Street is always a winner, and we’ve found some fun spots in “Santa’s Reindeer Round-up,” too).

    5. Listening to the carolers on Main Street, U.S.A.

    4. Watching “A Christmas Fantasy” parade and imagining that I’m graceful enough to dance like those performers.

    3. Sailing through “it’s a small world” holiday with a little kid. I love the experience even more when I can also experience it through a child’s eyes.

    2. Experiencing Haunted Mansion Holiday featuring Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

    1. Drinking hot cocoa while watching “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, listening to a touching rendition of “White Christmas,” and waiting for the nightly snowfall to cascade around me.

I know that for some of us it seems too early to be thinking about the holidays, so maybe this video will help get you in the spirit. Please tell me what you love most about the Holidays at Disney Parks.

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Marina on November 10th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

i can’t wait to go this year for the Christmas Celebrations! It’s truly magical!


barbara from NY on November 10th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I love christmas in Disneyland and Disney World! i am going to disney world this year! No one does Christmas like Disney. Thanks for bringing the spirit of the season to so many and making the holidays so special


Carla Rae from TX on November 10th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

This is so beautiful. I am going to visit in December… This isn’t my first trip to Disney…it is one of many but I have never been over the xmas holidays. I am sooo excited! Looking forward to all the fun and beautiful moments to share with my soulmate and our three year old daughter.


Shannon on November 10th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

There are so many things I love about Walt Disney World during the holidays, but I think my favorite parts are the lighting of Cinderella’s castle, and the holiday music on Main Street, USA. There is no better time to go to the Disney Parks than in the holiday season!


Courtney on November 10th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Watching the Spooktacular Halloween fireworks show from our Disneyland Hotel balcony. Sheer joy. Plus–the room’s tele broadcasted the fireworks show music and voiceover while we watched! It was sheer heaven


Brittney on November 10th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

I REALLY love the Christmas decorations in New Orleans Square. I’m blow away every time I see them. but NOTHING beat the Christmas fireworks. They are so beautiful and moving. And I LOVE when it snows on Main Street! So magical.


Jermaine on November 10th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I just love the sights and smells of the Disneyland when I go. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, and what better way to enjoy it than going to the park and seeing all the decorations. It is even better when it’s on a chilly day as well.


Casie from CA on November 10th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year, especially at Disneyland. Seeing all the faces of the kids when they see the castle and the tree light up or seeing “snow” on Main Street. My own personal favorite memory is when I had the opportunity to be a part of Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional. Truly magical.


Anntoniett on November 10th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

I can’t wait to go this weekend and next weekend with my family. I love Disney. And I’m looking forward to the Cast member holiday party.


Jennifer on November 10th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Disney + Christmas = ::does the happy dance:: WOO HOO! CHRISTMAS AT DISNEYLAND!!!!!!!! ::gets crazy happy eyes::


Robert on November 10th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Going to Disneyland this weekend to start off the Holidays with a bang. Celebrating my Daughters sweet 16th birthday on Saturday, will be great to see the lights and decorations. And the best thing? The fireworks, I will get a chance to see the fireworks in my children s eyes as they light up the sky. What a wonderful place to go during the holidays. I love Disneyland, its my home away from home. See you there!


Katharine on November 10th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I am taking my 2 1/2 year old Godson this Friday thru Sunday. It will be his thrid visit, but first for the Holidays! He keeps asking me when we are going to Mickey’s house. I am so lucky to be sharing one of my favorite places with him and watching him experience Disneyland for the holidays for the first time! Thank you to all who help make our visits there amazing every year.


Melissa on November 10th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Why aren’t you mentioning the Holidaytime at Disneyland tour?


Karen from BC on November 10th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Fireworks over the castle during Christmas *always* make me teary!


Jessica on November 10th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I absolutely love the fireworks and snow on main street. It’s the most magical event ever! My husband and I went to disneyland on our wedding day and got some amazing pictures taken in our wedding attire. The castle was decorated beautifully and made for an amazing background.


Curtis on November 10th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I asked my wife to marry me during the snowfall and fireworks on Main Street a few years ago and now we try and go on the same date, Dec 20th, every year.


Alanna from WA on November 10th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

We too are going to Disneyland in December; this will be our second trip there this year:) The last time I was in Disneyland for Christmas was 30 years ago…can’t wait to see all the beautiful decorations !


Mary on November 10th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

This is Mary from Santa Barbara, CA
We were at Disneyland last December 2008 and it was soooo beautiful and the firework show was amazing!!!! We are thinking about going back to Disneyland this holiday too..


Chris on November 10th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I will be there Friday and Saturday and I am so excited. The annual pass is worth it just for the holiday times.


Karla from CA on November 10th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

After more than a dozen visits to Disneyland I’ve never been able to experience the holidays there. This year for my 30th birthday in December my family and I will be celebrating in Disneyland! I can’t imagine a better way to spend the day.


Douglas from MD on November 10th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Too much fun! We love Disney’s Christmas celebrations. I think Walt Disney World’s Christmas festivities start today. Any chance we’ll get to see a similar video about Walt Disney World? Sometime soon I hope we can visit Disneyland for the Christmastime events!


Richard on November 10th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Everything you said, plus we love sitting in the Grand Lobby and listening to the piano playing Christmas music and waiting for Santa to make his appearance. We also love taking our Holiday photo in the little spot next to Pirates of the Caribbean. My kids love decorating a cookie at Santa’s Reindeer Roundup. So much more… We can’t wait for our annual trip in 2 weeks!!!!


Christina from CA on November 11th, 2009 at 12:35 am

I used to dislike the Holiday season until four years ago when I went to Disneyland with my Fiance in November. Being at the park with someone I love dearly changed my mind about the Holidays. I have never seen a real snowfall, but the one after the fireworks show brought tears to my eyes, and just spending it with him made my night. Now we go every year in November, and I still cry after the fireworks.


Nina on November 11th, 2009 at 2:23 am

Going to Disneyland on Mon the 16th to celebrate my husband’s b’day. This will be his first time to experience Disneyland decked out for the holidays. Can’t wait to enjoy the magic!!


Terri on November 11th, 2009 at 7:42 am

We spent Christmas at Disneyland last year! Wish we lived in Cali so that it could be an annual event! There’s nothing like it! :0)


Malc from CA on November 11th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

My wife Janelle and I are taking our 2 (almost 3)-year old daughter there first week of December! Although I’m actually attending a conference nearby, they’ll enjoy the parks and I’ll catch up with them before/during/after my event. And we are looking forward to getting our first ever Disney Annual Passes! 21 days to go! Yesss!


Joann from NM on November 11th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays! My hubby and I are taking our children and my sister to Disneyland this up coming week. We will be there to celebrate my birthday on November 18, we have already started our countdown and are so excited! One of our favorite things to do in Disneyland during the holiday season is to see the castle decorated it is so pretty, if only I could decorate my house like that!


Jonathan on November 11th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I guess I should plan on spending my holidays at Disneyland from now on. They don’t seem to be cutting amazing touches like Lights of Winter or charging for holiday offerings like WDW does for the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.


Jonathan on November 11th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Again. Thanks for this. I wish I was having a trip to Disneyland coming up in 2 weeks rather than Walt Disney World with everything that’s been cut and changed at WDW.


Maryjean from FL on November 12th, 2009 at 9:55 am

I’ve been lucky enough to see how wonderful Disneyland is for the holidays (Halloween and Christmas). Although I live 30 miles from Disney World, with the recent changes there which are not for the better, I will be making Disneyland my holiday destination next year.


Joseph on November 12th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

If you’ve never been to Disney during the holiday season, I STRONGLY recommend a visit! The decor and atmosphere is truly magical. No matter where you’re staying; on-property or off, allow some time to visit a few of Disney’s on-site accommodations. Each place has its own decoration theme and style. Believe me, it’s worth your time.


Kristi from CA on November 12th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

What’s not to enjoy? The light show on small world is so fun! I love all the lights.


Andrew on November 14th, 2009 at 2:58 pm



Ricky from UP on November 20th, 2009 at 5:54 am

wow! What a things what a celebration, i have totally see this video and become this place fan and keep a desire in my inner soul that i will sure visit this place once.
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krista on November 20th, 2009 at 11:56 am

next mouth i am going to disney land for christmas break with my dad and me


Christine from CA on November 20th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I can’t wait to see the Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks. It’s my favorite part of Disneyland during this season. It honestly isn’t Christmas until I see those fireworks! :)


Sylvia on December 2nd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

I can’t wait for our trip this year! We haven’t been there in a while, we are going for my birthday Dec. 31!! I have never been there for my birthday. I love Disneyland during the holidays BEAUTIFUL!!!!