25+ fun facts about the Holidays at Disneyland Resort

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The Disneyland Resort will be celebrating the Holiday season from November 13, 2015 to January 6, 2016. With three new nighttime spectaculars and three special seasonal attractions, it’s going to be a very festive time at the resort. Here’s a look at some of the facts and numbers required to transform the Happiest Place on Earth into a magical, winter wonderland.

At Disneyland Park:

  • “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade, performing for its 21st season, is one of the longest-running parades at the Disneyland Resort. This holiday tradition features 16 floats and a cast of more than 100 performers, including 15 elves, 12 toy soldiers, 6 snowflake skaters, 4 roller skiers, and 6 gingerbread cookies.
  • The façade of “it’s a small world” Holiday comes to life at night with more than 60,000 colorful LED Christmas lights and a lighting design with 6 brilliant colors. This year, nearly 300,000 miniature LED lights sparkle within the trees, hedges and topiaries outside the attraction.
  • Floating through the European scene of “it’s a small world” Holiday, guests will smell freshly cut pine as they pass a 20-foot Christmas tree inspired by “The Nutcracker.”
  • Inside Haunted Mansion Holiday, in the ballroom scene, 13 gingerbread zombies construct a teetering gingerbread house of cards that stands nearly 8 feet tall. This year’s gingerbread masterpiece called for more than 120 pounds of gingerbread, 50 gallons of frosting and 47 pounds of fondant.
  • More than 24 additional figures, including man-eating wreaths and frightfully fun toys, join the “spirited” festivities at Haunted Mansion Holiday.

At Disney California Adventure Park:

  • The 50-foot Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street is adorned with vintage ornaments reminiscent of the 1920s and ‘30s and nearly 3,000 multicolored LED lights.
  • The Three Caballeros – Donald Duck, Panchito from Mexico and José Carioca from Brazil – along with classic Disney characters and a cast of more than 50 performers dance and celebrate during the “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” at Paradise Gardens.
  • The “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” features 12-foot tall mojiganga puppets of Santa Claus and Sra. Claus.
  • “Olaf’s Snow Fest” features a 2,000-square-foot play area inside its Arendelle-inspired courtyard plus a slide made of snow where guests can zip down a slope nearly 40 feet long. Combined, the play area and slide contain nearly 40 tons of real snow.
  • The residents of Radiator Springs from the Disney-Pixar film “Cars” have decked out Cars Land with spare auto parts that reflect their personalities. At the Cozy Cone Motel, Sally’s traffic cone tree stands nearly 9 feet tall.

At the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort:

  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa takes on a new form when a team of 25 artists, bakers and engineers create a 7 ½-foot tall by 12-feet gingerbread house – a miniature version of the hotel, which will be on display in the lobby.
  • All 3 Disneyland Resort Hotels decorate their lobbies with festive displays during the holidays. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel features an underwater-themed Christmas tree complete with fish ornaments. At the Disneyland Hotel, guests may snap a photo in front of a model gingerbread house. A “grand” Christmas tree graces the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Under it, guests will find 52 wrapped presents waiting to be opened.

Around the Disneyland Resort:

  • More than 19,000 poinsettia plants and 2,600 feet of greenery decorate the Disneyland Resort for the holidays.
  • Throughout the resort, guests will find more than 100 live, miniature Christmas trees.
  • Guests taking a break from a day of shopping at the Downtown Disney District may skate around “Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink,” a 50-foot long by 90-foot wide rink with a 30-foot Christmas tree in the center.
  • The Downtown Disney Winter Village is made up of 8 charming winter chalets, each one offering an assortment of holiday treasures.

Will you be visiting Disneyland for the Holiday season? If so, what is your favorite thing to do?

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2 thoughts on “25+ fun facts about the Holidays at Disneyland Resort

  1. Amanda

    SO disappointed that they won’t be having the xmas fireworks this year! Don’t know what Disney is thinking by not keeping this tradition. The current show is heavy on lighting effects and mild on actual pyrotechnics so the “Believe” fireworks would have been a nice change.

  2. Jasmine McKenzie-Metke

    We go for my mom’s birthday, plus we’re nerds for Christmas. We’ll be there, along with my teenager, the week of the 13th of Dec. We love the joyous Christmas aesthetic. The Carolers in DCA were a delightful find last year.

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