Considering a trip to Disneyland this holiday season? The merry and bright season has already begun at The Happiest Place on Earth…and it’s only a 7 1/2 hour car drive away from Tucson!
Holiday decor, shows, and theming arrived in early November and will stay until January 8.
You can expect all of the classic attractions, entertainment, and characters that you love – PLUS additional shows and experiences that are available only during the holidays.
You’ll be mesmerized at the classic beauty of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle – adorned in gleaming snow, twinkling lights, and merry wreaths. Stay up late to experience the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, which includes a magical snowfall finale. Nobody does fireworks like Disney.
Your family will also be a-glowing after watching the “A Christmas Fantasy” parade – a daily procession with incredible floats, spirited music, and lots of familiar faces. The parade typically runs twice daily.
Princess Elena, the first Disney Princess inspired by Latin American cultures, is also making her Disneyland Resort debut as part of the Festival of Holidays. You can catch her mini parade and musical showcase at California Adventure.
Also in California Adventure – ¡Viva Navidad! is a colorful street party with floats that will capture your attention. Tap your feet along with mariachi dancers and drummers. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and the gang arrive in style for lots of Disney-inspired fun.
After dark, don’t miss the “World of Color – Season of Light,” a spectacular nighttime water show where 1,200 powerful fountains shoot water as high as 200 feet. Fast passes are available.
Of course, you can also take photos with Jolly old St. Nick and his merry elves at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for Santa’s Holiday Visit.
Both theme parks are dazzling with twinkling lights, giant Christmas trees, snowflakes, wreaths, garlands, and Christmas decor.
Not to mention…
- “It’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday for the 20th time, celebrating children around the world and the distinctive holiday traditions of their nations.
- 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.
- Jungle Cruise is transformed into Jingle Cruise, as the jungle skippers gather jettisoned holiday gifts and decorations to brighten the rugged landscapes surrounding their riverboats.
BEFORE YOU GO
- The trip from Tucson to Anaheim by car is approximately 7 1/2 hours. If you choose to fly, the flight is a meager 1 1/2 hours (at most).
- Two-day tickets are approximately $195 per person (ages 10+) or $183 per person (ages 3-9). Children under age three are free. If you opt to add more days, your ticket price goes down incrementally. For example, if you buy 5-day tickets, each day will come out to $59/person.
- There are three on-property hotels to choose from: Disney’s Grand Californian (average nightly rate $413), Disneyland Hotel (average nightly rate $360), and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel (average nightly rate $269).
- Off-property hotels that are across the street include: Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites ($170-$200), Anaheim Fairfield Inn by Marriott ($180-$210), Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn ($170), Best Western Plus Park Place Inn ($199), and Tropicana Inn & Suites ($179).
- Hotels that are less than half a mile away (still walkable!) include Anaheim Marriott Hotel ($130-$160), Candy Cane Inn ($160-$200), Doubletree Suites by Hilton ($130), Howard Johnson Hotel ($189), and Sheraton Park Anaheim Resort ($150-$170).
- To avoid crowds, consider booking your trip on weekdays (M-F). Also – get to the parks at least fifteen minutes before they open. Lines are shortest at the very start of each day.
- Pack snacks, water bottles, sunscreen, hats, a sweatshirt, and a smile.
- Have a magical time!
* Hotel prices are estimates. Please check their respective websites to book your room.