The holiday season at Disneyland kicks off today and unforgettable entertainment, special attractions, festive decor, and holiday dining and shopping awaits you on your next visit. While you’re at the park you’ll be able to celebrate your favorite holiday traditions and make new memories as the park combines holiday merriment with Disney’s own blend of magic to create wondrous experiences.
Here are more than 15 fun facts about the holidays at Disneyland:
- At the Disneyland Resort you’ll find nearly 10,000 poinsettia and the same amount of cyclamen plants used in holiday decorations and horticulture
- Each of the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort have their own festive lobby displays. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel features an underwater-themed Christmas Tree complete with fish ornaments. The midcentury Disneyland Hotel gets a retro-holiday makeover with silver trees and bright colors.
- In the lobby at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, guests will marvel at the 7-foot-tall gingerbread house. It took 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 250 pounds of fondant, one pound of “pixie dust” and a 25-member team to construct this impressive confection.
At Disney California Adventure:
- The popular Disney Festival of Holidays is a celebration of diverse cultural festivities, inspired by Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day.
- 12 Festive Foods Marketplace locations serve food and beverage inspired by the holidays.
- Cars Land is adorned with special holiday décor throughout Radiator Springs, with decorations that reflect the unique personalities of the “Cars” characters who live there. Two attractions put the magic in overdrive as they transform for the holidays. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters becomes Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree becomes Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.
- Each attraction has their own reditions of classic holiday tunes.
- The songs on Mater’s Jingle Jamboree: “Christmas In Radiator Springs,” “Mater’s Jingle Jamboree,” “Radiator Rockin’ Holiday,” “The Gifts of the Mater” and “Tractors, Tractors, Tractors.”
- On Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl: “We Wish You Season’s Speedings,” “Joy To The Whirl,” “Jolly Joyous Santa Car,” “Carol Of The Horns” and “Jingle Bells.”
- The Disneyland Christmas tree stands 60-feet tall on Main Street, U.S.A. and has become a favorite spot for guests to snap their holiday photos. This year, the Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A. includes new lighting and décor, featuring 1,500 Victorian-inspired ornaments and 100 oversized faux candles.
- Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle is illuminated each night with more than 126,000 twinkling LED lights, sparkling “icicles” and shimmering snow-capped turrets.
- “it’s a small world” Holiday and the surrounding plaza are illuminated with more than 400,000 twinkling lights. The popular attraction transforms for the holidays, celebrating children around the world and the holiday traditions of their countries.
- Mickey’s Toontown gives the holidays a wacky twist with its own distinctive “toon” trees and decorations to show off the characters’ personalities.
- Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a madcap celebration as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. The transformation of this popular attraction is inspired by the classic film, “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
- This year marks the 18th anniversary of the gingerbread house in the Haunted Mansion ballroom, with this year’s design featuring a five-foot-tall gingerbread spider, prying the edible mansion off its foundation.
Finally, more than 150 new holiday themed items are available for shoppers at Disneyland’s many stores. Don’t miss the new ‘ugly sweater’-themed apparel and headwear.
Will you be visiting Disneyland to enjoy some holiday fun at the most Magical Place on Earth?