Disneyland Resort Cast Share the Joy with ‘A Christmas Fantasy’ Parade Preview

Megan Tate

by , Internal Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

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.

Kim Smith snacks on a gingerbread cookie while wearing gingerbread attire

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.”

A group of cast members await the parade on Main Street, U.S.A.

“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!”

A cast member hands out holiday lollipops on Main Street, U.S.A.

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.

Cast standing and enjoying the snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

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.


  • Really loved this article… fun to get a glimpse into the parade we saw with our children so many years…. Makes me miss Disney!! The writer captured the spirit of the cast members and the Christmas spirit… wish I was there right now… perhaps for the New year!!!

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