At Disneyland Resort in California, the holidays bring seasonal magic to the Happiest Place on Earth from 9 November 2018 through to 6 January 2019. Throughout the holiday season, traditions are shared, memories are made and the spirit of the season shines even brighter throughout the resort. The festivities include favourite holiday experiences and entertainment, including Disney Festival of Holidays and the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular.
Guests plan their seasonal visits year after year to experience beloved holiday traditions and all the festive cheer at Disneyland Resort, from snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., to glistening decor, Disney-themed treats, holiday entertainment and the one-of-a-kind transformations that create “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday.
• Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle enchants from day to night with its shimmering icicles and twinkling lights. After dark, the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular and its magical snowfall finale create lasting holiday memories.
• Mickey, Minnie, Disney Princesses and Santa celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession with floats, music and marching “tin soldiers”.
• Guests will be amazed by the 18-metre-tall Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A., a picturesque sight where friends and family gather to take holiday photos each year. This year, the tree includes new lighting and decor, with 3,500 multicoloured lights, 1,500 Victorian-inspired ornaments and 100 faux candles up to 55 centimetres tall.
• Disneyland guests definitely will want to experience the popular seasonal transformations of these park attractions: “it’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday with dolls and toys representing children around the world enjoying the distinctive holiday traditions of their countries.
• Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday,* with Jack Skellington and his friends from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas causing a collision between Christmas and Halloween.
• Disney Festival of Holidays brings the spirit of the season to life through special entertainment, along with delicious food at the Festive Foods Marketplace, which features a mix of holiday dishes and beverages that bridge many diverse cultures and family traditions.
• The residents of Cars Land decorate for the holidays, too. Each address along Route 66 – Flo’s V8 Café, Fillmore’s Taste-In, Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires and more – gets a holiday makeover that reflects the personality of its Cars character resident. Plus, two attractions put the holiday cheer into overdrive, transforming into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.
• Guests can enjoy special holiday-themed activities with Santa Claus and his sleigh full of mischievous elves at Santa’s Holiday Visit at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail through until 24 December. From 25 December through to 6 January, guests may encounter Santa Goofy in this festive location.
• A dazzling, 15-metre Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street. The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s, are decorated with vintage-style ornaments.
• The Downtown Disney District shopping, dining and entertainment promenade and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort also join the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday-inspired eats and treats.
*Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.