Holidays at Disneyland Resort

12182836_10153621650557488_2337594304375097155_oDisneyland Resort will start its holiday celebration on November 13, and it looks amazing! There are plenty of holiday activities to find at both parks, and the only way to make these parks more magical is to see them dressed up for the holidays.

This is a special year for visiting Disneyland as they continue with their 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration. The Paint the Night Parade and Disneyland Forever Fireworks will continue nightly. Believe…in Holiday Magic will not be presented at Disneyland Park this year. Over at Disney California Adventure, World of Color – Celebrate! will be presented along with World of Color – Winter Dreams. On most nights the latter will be the first World of Color showing, and the former will be the second showing, but be sure to check park schedules as you make your plans.

There’s also plenty of other holiday activities to see at Disney California Adventure. Santa Claus will be greeting guests on Buena Vista Street. The daily Viva Navidad! celebration will host live music, dancing, crafts, face-painting, and more. You can also stop by to meet Olaf and play in the snow at Olaf’s Snow Fest on Stage 17. Be sure to check out special holiday decorations on Buena Vista Street and in Cars Land, and each evening you can enjoy a musical tree-lighting ceremony outside Elias & Co. on Buena Vista Street.

Over at Disneyland Park, each day you can see A Christmas Fantasy Parade. This parade takes the place of Mickey’s Soundsational, which will return in January. Several attractions are also specially decorated for the holidays – check out the Jingle Cruise and ‘it’s a small world’ holiday. The latter is a definite must-see at night. Over at Haunted Mansion Holiday, Jack Skellington has taken over Christmas and decorated the mansion accordingly. You can also meet Santa Claus over in Pooh’s Thotful Spot in Critter Country.

Disneyland’s holiday fun will run until January 6, 2016. Due to all the festivities and the continuing Diamond Celebration entertainment, this will likely be a busy time, so give yourself enough time to tour the parks, arrive early for shows and parades, and make good use of Disneyland’s FastPass service.

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Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful family. Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong – but she also realized how good planning can make such a difference for having a fun, relaxing vacation! Elizabeth became her family’s go-to resource for Disney planning. Now she is dedicating her planning skills to helping other families create vacation memories as a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations. She will plan your trip as if it were her own. Her blog,, has tons of advice on how to plan your next Disney trip, including trip planning instructions, sample itineraries, dining tips, and more. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter for more planning tips and theme park news. Contact Elizabeth at

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