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Disneyland Resort Hotels offer Holiday Magic of their own

Grand Californian Gingerbread House

We all know that the winter holiday season is a magical time to visit Disneyland. It’s also one of the most enchanting times of the year to visit or stay at one of Disney’s three on-property hotels. We love to take a day and check out the various holiday decorations, including the special lobby Christmas trees, listen to holiday music, or enjoy some of the special food and drink served up in the spirit of the season.

Here are just a few of the many of the merry and bright ways you can immerse yourself in the magic of the season at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort:

Festive Decor: Every year the holiday services team creates a winter wonderland to explore at all three Disneyland resort hotels.

  • The Craftsman-inspired décor at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa extends to the holiday decorations, from garland woven with natural materials to the towering Christmas tree lit with Arts and Crafts motif lanterns.
  • The midcentury Disneyland Hotel gives a wintry nod to “it’s a small world” Holiday with white, light blue and golden lobby décor inspired by the classic Disneyland attraction.
  • The nautical theming at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel features blue, green and silver holiday décor, along with shells and starfish garland draped on an underwater themed tree, to create a beachy holiday setting.

Grand Gingerbread House and Holiday Treats: A highlight at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the giant gingerbread replica of the hotel, a popular stop in the lobby. Standing 7 feet tall and 12 feet wide, the structure is created from more than 600 pounds of gingerbread, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 250 pounds of fondant and 1 pound of pixie dust ­– plus 25 hidden Mickeys. Nearby, guests may purchase sweet treats such as Santa Mickey shortbread cookies from the lobby’s holiday cart.

A Grand Gingerbread House Experience: This is a special offering for guests of all three hotels to work with the resort’s talented pastry chefs who crafted the Grand Californian’s iconic gingerbread house on display. This hands-on workshop offers holiday fun for the whole family, complete with hot cocoa and cookies to enjoy, plus a miniature gingerbread house to take home. The class takes place in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on select dates in December. For workshop details, pricing information and to register for this experience, hotel guests may call Guest Services or visit the Guest Services Desk.

“A Very Merry Holiday Tea”: The elegant Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel will feature this special afternoon tea on select days from noon to 3 p.m., Nov. 8 through Dec. 31. The menu includes scones, tea sandwiches, desserts and more. Reservations are recommended and can be made in the Disneyland app,, or by calling (714) 781-DINE.

Santa Claus and Carolers: Santa will visit each Disneyland Resort hotel from Nov. 22 through Dec. 24. Hotel guests are encouraged to meet, greet and take a seat with St. Nick. Guests also will be delighted to hear the joyful sounds of vocal performers and carolers strolling the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Dec.15-25, and hand bell carolers perform at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Nov. 23, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020.

In-Room Holiday Celebration: Families can deck the halls of their Disneyland Resort hotel room with a little magic from Mickey Mouse. The experience begins as guests discover a holiday character banner on the hotel room door, followed by a room full of Disney holiday surprises. Luminaries light the way to create a warm glow throughout the room, leading the family to discover a collection of gifts for all. To arrange this surprise in advance, hotel guests may call Disney Floral & Gifts at (714) 781-4438 or visit for prices and details.

Extra Magic Hour: With easy, convenient access to both parks, guests staying at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort can make the most of their visit with Extra Magic Hour admission with their valid theme park ticket. Extra Magic Hour offers park admission to a designated theme park one hour earlier than the general public. Extra Magic Hour is only available for guests who stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. Separate theme park admission is required.

Vacation Values: It’s a season of savings with up to 25% off select rooms at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort on select Sunday through Thursday evenings through Dec.19, 2019. Guests can save up to 20% on standard rooms and 25% on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; up to 15% on standard rooms and 20% on premium rooms at Disneyland Hotel, and up to 10% on premium rooms at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. (Some restrictions apply.)

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