Twinkling lights, a winter chill, the midnight hour, a snowcapped Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and 4,000 cast members set the scene for the perfect kickoff to the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort during a late night Disney Cast Life preview of the beloved “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade.
Cast lined Main Street, U.S.A. after Disneyland park hours filled with holiday cheer, decked head to toe in their holiday gear for this special rehearsal performance. Candymaker Kim Smith (above) was among them, ready to see her favorite part of the parade — the dancing gingerbread men. “I just love everything Disney,” said Kim. “Getting to see the parade first is really exciting.”
“I love these cast-exclusive opportunities,” said Attractions Host Jillian Barnes (pictured above with her friends), who was eager to cheer on the parade. “I get to spend time with my fellow cast members and spread the Christmas joy!”
Before the parade stepped off, cast enjoyed holiday treats, exclusive shopping opportunities, fun time with friends and had a chance to learn more about the Business Employee Resource Groups offered at the Disneyland Resort.
Before the night ended, cast enjoyed the first “snowfall” of the season as the lights on Main Street, U.S.A. dimmed and Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle sparkled in the distance.