2014 Holiday Events at Disneyland Resorts
November 13, 2014 – January 5, 2015
Holidays are always a very special time at the Disneyland Resort with themed entertainment, sparkling decorations, delicious treats and holiday shopping.
Beginning November 13, 2014, the season will welcome the return of beloved Disneyland Park holiday traditions such as “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, “it’s a small world” Holiday and “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks followed by a holiday snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., New Orleans Square and “it’s a small world” mall. Of course, Santa Claus appears in the parade throughout the season and also will be greeting guests and listening to holiday wishes through December 24, 2014.
Returning this year are ‘Disney ¡Viva Navidad!’ (featuring Three Kings Day, January 4 – 6, 2015) and ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ at Disney California Park, both premiering November 13, 2014, Disney California Adventure park gets its own spectacular seasonal makeover with festive – and often whimsical – holiday décor in Cars Land, “a bug’s land,” Paradise Pier and Buena Vista Street.
Disneyland Resort hotels join in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining with themed menus. Expanded hours at both Disneyland Resort theme parks will extend the family fun and offer more time for guests to enjoy all there is to see and do at the Disneyland Resort.
Note: Each year information is “tweaked” as it becomes available and this page will continuously be updated with specific dates and details as the 2014 holiday draws near. Some information may be based on what is “expected” based on the experience of previous years.
Hand Made Candy Canes
This much anticipated treat will be offered on specific days at Candy Palace on Main Street U.S.A. during the holiday season. Visitors line up at Candy Palace in the mornings to receive wristbands with the date and batch time on it, which can then be redeemed when the candies are ready. You must be present in person to obtain a wristband. Each wristband will entitle the bearer to one candy cane, but guests must pick it up by 4:00 p.m. or the candy cane goes to someone in the standby line. Candy makers usually make three batches of 40 treats each or about 120 candies each day, and parkgoers often line at the Candy Kitchen window to watch the candy-making process. These are large candy canes, weighing in at 5.25 ounces. In the past, early admission days for both parks have been omitted so everyone would have the same opportunity to get the candy canes. Check Disney’s calendar for park opening times. Dates are subject to change and will be added as they become available. Guests can call the candy hotline at (714) 781-0112 to get updated, weekly schedules prior to your visit. Dates are subject to change and updates will be added as they become available:
Note: For 2013, Candy Cane making days were alternated between Candy Palace on Main Street USA in Disneyland and Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. This practice will likely continue in 2014.
Holiday Time at Disneyland Guided Tour
Holiday Time at Disneyland guided tour is offered daily from mid-November through early January. This tour offers guests an up-close look at Disneyland’s magical yuletide makeover, while highlighting holiday traditions from around the world. Guests receive priority access to two holiday themed attractions, usually “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday; reserved seating for “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade. The tour also includes a view of the holiday décor in Disney California Adventure, a keepsake remembrance and entertaining information about Disneyland holiday traditions. Reservations are available at Disneyland City Hall or by calling (714) 781-8687 up to 30 days in advance.
Tour Length: 3 hours (+ parade viewing)
Guest Price:$75 per person + theme park admission (2013 pricing)
Discounts: Premium & Deluxe Annual Pass Holders, and Disney Vacation Club members, AAA and Disney Visa Members receive a 20% discount
Additional updated info for 2014 will be added as it is announced.
Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
The Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle light show is divided into three “act” over the course of the evening. Each one begins at a “snow-capped” Sleeping Beauty Castle and travels the length of Main Street, U.S.A., finishing at the Town Square Christmas tree. Each act features a magical snowfall, and the final act concludes with “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks. When Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle show reaches its finale, more than 60,000 LED lights and 1,200 strobe lights combine to create the effect. Take a look at this serene, time-lapse video and see how Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle transforms from day into night.
Main Street U.S.A.: Christmas Tree, Carolers, Snow & Gingerbread!
Main Street U.S.A. is the overture and the encore for a visit to Disneyland Park. Its majestic 60 feet tall tree glimmers with nearly 4,800 energy-efficient LED lights and has over 2,000 ornaments. The Christmas tree is a popular guest photo location. Stroll the snowy avenue and pick up some handmade candy, freshly created by expert confectioners, and stop to listen to the Christmas carolers. Snow falls on Main Street U.S.A. during the holidays (and in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle) and where is that wonderful aroma of gingerbread coming from?
“Believe … In Holiday Magic”
The Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle presentation unfolds throughout the evening in three acts, each of them featuring a touch of winter snow on Main Street, U.S.A. The finale of the show includes the legendary “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, which takes guests on a journey of sights and sounds of the season and ends with a touching rendition of “White Christmas,” along with a climactic snowfall swirling down on Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world” Mall and New Orleans Square. For dates and time, please check the Calendar online or the Entertainment Times Guide at the Main Entrance, upon your arrival.
Holiday Decor for Mickey’s Toontown, New Orleans Square, Fantasy Faire
The centerpiece of the holiday décor in Mickey’s Toontown is an 18-foot cartoon-style Christmas tree in front of Toontown City Hall. The personal Christmas trees in the front yards of Mickey’s and Minnie’s houses also carry the “toon” theme. Over in New Orleans Square, you’ll find Mardi Gras-style holiday bunting and oversized ornaments! Look for the huge golden stars and moons in the trees near the French Market. An annual holiday ornament shop also opens for the holidays in New Orleans Square. Lastly, Fantasy Faire will celebrating its first holiday season this year with its own custom Christmas decorations!
“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade
“A Christmas Fantasy” parade has become a holiday tradition in Disneyland. Guests enjoy watching as Disney characters celebrate the magic of the season, wrapping gifts, baking holiday treats and preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus, who shouts a jolly greeting to spectators along the parade route. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse even take to the ice for some skating fun. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and other Disney Characters don their most festive apparel for this extravaganza that welcomes Santa Claus to Main Street, U.S.A.
The most popular areas to watch “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade are either on Main Street, U.S.A., or near “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland. Consider other locations that may have available space, such as near the Matterhorn or in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. Also consider watching the parade from an elevated location, like the Main Street Train Station – you can get fantastic views of the parade from a unique vantage point. Plus, you’ll almost be at eye level with Santa Claus during his big finale! And remember, if you need to cross the parade route to get to another destination, just ask one of the cast members carrying an orange baton where to find the nearest crossing, and they will point you in the right direction.
Being a holiday tradition doesn’t mean new features isn’t added. For 2013, the holiday parade had winter skiers (donning roller skis) who glide around a frost-covered pine tree, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from “The Princess and the Frog” join the Candlelight Costume Ball, and a corps of Finale Dancers in gorgeous Dickens-era costumes lead the way for Santa and his reindeer.
2014 Candlelight Processional
The 2014 Candlelight Processional information have not been released for the Disneyland Resorts at this time. We will list the information when it becomes available. In the past, hundreds of choir members (comprised of both Cast Members and community choirs), carrying lit candles, will proceed down a darkened Main Street, USA to fill the Main Street Train Station. The group sang classical hymns accompanied by an orchestra, featured guitarist, soloists, bell choir, and fanfare trumpeters. In-between hymns, the Christmas story will be told by a celebrity narrator. Candlelight Processional was held on December 7 and 8 in 2013. Showtimes both nights were at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. with Blair Underwood as narrator the first night and Kurt Russell as narrator the second. Viewing for “uninvited” guests were extremely limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests were advised to show up at park opening and “camp out” for their spots at the first performance. The line for the second performance formed at the south end of Main St. after the choir passes at approximately 5:20 p.m. Standing-room viewing were available for both performances near City Hall, the Opera House, behind the seating area in Town Square and on the east side of Main St. after the 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Fantasy” parade passes. There were also a special area for guests with disabilities outside of the Opera House. Look for attractions, merchandise locations and food service schedule changes and closures in the Main Street USA area throughout the day during both performances of the Candlelight Processional. Also, traffic in the area will be directed or one-way only. Additionally, the backstage area west of Main Street may be opened to siphon off excessive crowds in the area.
Disney Parks Christmas Parade Taping
The taping of the Disneyland segment for the annual ABC televised parade “should” take place at Disneyland park on November 9 with November 10 scheduled in case of rain, although Disney never actually confirms this information. Floats from “A Christmas Fantasy” parade and “Mickey’s Soundsational” parade, as well as giant inflatable balloons, are usually included in the procession down Main Street. In or around the parade taping date, various celebrity musical acts usually performed on a stage in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and possibly at the Grand Californian Hotel. Park guests with admission are welcome to view the taping segments and should arrive as early as possible. This is an actual television production, so expect songs to be sung multiple times and repeated filming of individual floats; also the park can be quite crowded on Main Street causing difficulty getting to attractions. Expect the cancellation or schedule changes to the afternoon parades and other Main Street entertainment during the weekend taping.
The 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade featured Nick Cannon as the host and live performances by Mary J. Blige, Jordin Sparks, Demi Lovato and Dove Cameron – star of Disney Channel’s hit show, “Liv and Maddie”. The cast of the Disney Channel Original Movie, Teen Beach Movie, reunite for a special medley as well. The parade was seen on ABC Christmas morning at 10 a.m.- noon in the Eastern time zone, and 9-11 a.m. in the Central, Mountain, Pacific time zones or join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneyParade. The show also aired in Canada on CBC Network, and around the globe on the American Forces Network. We will list the new Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade information when it becomes available.
TheMouseForLess Tip: Download this Disney Parade Bingo game from Spoonful.com for your family to play while watching the Disney Parks Christmas Parade. You can use pennies as bingo markers!
“it’s a small world” Holiday
Festive international decorations, including 300,000 dazzling lights, turn this area into a winter wonderland, while holiday customs from around the world are celebrated inside the attraction. You’ll delight in all of the seasonal decorations and the dolls will be in their nations’ holiday attire. ‘Jingle Bells’ is performed in many languages. Among the holiday special effects inside the attraction: pine tree and peppermint scents in the European scenes; 75 gallons of bubble juice to make bubbles throughout the season in the South Seas scene. Nearly 150 giant candles decorate the Christmas Tree in the European scene. A sparkling snowman dressed in a gold top hat, golden scarf and hundreds of twinkling lights stands atop a 10-foot-wide snowflake in the attraction’s finale scene. A frosty snowflake mobile twirls over his head, and his “Happy Holidays” sign is sculpted out of ice that changes color. Outside the attraction, wreaths decorate the poles around the small world mall – each wreath unique and inspired by parts of the attraction!
Plus, evenings beginning November 13, 2014, the smiling clock at the front of “it’s a small world” Holiday will mark every quarter hour in a surprising new way. Using advanced 3D projection technology, the facade of the entire attraction will be transformed into an enormous, clockwork mechanism. The gears and springs pull back to reveal a world of holiday wonders hidden behind the clock, from an incredible toy factory to a scrumptious gingerbread house that builds itself!
Haunted Mansion Holiday
From September 12, 2014 through early January 2015 (tentative dates) Haunted Mansion attraction in New Orleans Square is transformed to Haunted Mansion Holiday. Jack Skellington and friends from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas give this classic attraction a festive makeover as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide in a madcap celebration. The Haunted Mansion Holiday exterior is decorated with more than 100 jack-o’-lanterns and the eerie glow of more than 400 flickering candles. Don’t miss the ginger-bread house in the Mansion’s Great Hall – each year Disney Imaginears offer up a unique creation. The graveyard in the Haunted Mansion Holiday finale is covered with 7,500 square feet of snow. Trees in the graveyard are decked out with 1,000 tiny orange lights. If you make it through, reward yourself with Jack’s Chocolate Mud Coffin dessert! To see what’s new for this year’s Haunted Mansion Holiday, visit our Disneyland Halloween Time page.
The Dapper Dans
This popular Main Street, U.S.A., quartet, add holiday songs to their repertoire, with holiday chimes as accompaniment. Favorites range from the traditional “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to “Frosty the Snowman,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “Christmas in Killarney.”
Other Sweets and Treats
• Holidays Demitasse Dessert – each year a special dessert is served in a souvenir Mickey Santa demitasse at select locations throughout the resort. This year’s offering is a chocolate cake with chocolate mint filling, topped with mint-flavored white chocolate mousse and chocolate decorations. It can be purchased at Disneyland park at Jolly Holiday Bakery, Carnation Cafe, Plaza Inn, Rancho del Zocalo, Blue Bayou, Cafe Orleans and Big Thunder Ranch BBQ.
• Holiday Beignet – Only available at Café Orleans, the Holiday Beignet, is now a seasonal classic. These Mickey-shaped gingerbread French pastries are covered in cinnamon sugar and served with eggnog. Pumpkin Beignets are also available earlier in the season. Also available are peppermint hot dark chocolate mocha or pumpkin pie hot cocoa.
• Seasonal Pumpkin Fudge and Holiday Caramel Apples – At Candy Palace and Pooh Corner look for seasonal pumpkin fudge and holiday caramel apples.
• Snowman Shortbread, Slowflake Crispies and Special Cupcakes – Throughout Disneyland park on the lookout for Snowman Shortbread, Slowflake Crispies and special cupcakes – all created in the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery. Plus, special souvenir holiday hot mugs, cold cups and popcorn buckets are available with purchase.
• Yule Logs – Set your taste buds aglow with one of two different flavors as Plaza Inn rolls out its famous November and December Yule Logs. November’s offering features rolled spice cake filled with pumpkin mousse, lingonberry marmalade and cream cheese, frosted with chocolate ganache. For December there’s chocolate cake rolled with coffee butter cream filling and chocolate crunch candies, frosted with chocolate ganache.
• Peppermint Stick Ice Cream – At Gibson Girl on Main Street, you can get a Peppermint Stick ice cream cone in a crushed candy cane waffle cone, yum!
• Gingerbread Beignets and Holiday Drinks – Mint Julep Bar is featuring gingerbread beignets and holiday drinks.
• Mickey Santa Popcorn Buckets – Popcorn carts around the parks have special Mickey Santa popcorn buckets.
• Gingerbread Man Cookies And Other Holiday Treats – Jolly Holiday Bakery offer traditional gingerbread man cookies, red and green Mickey head sugar cookies, a special holiday brownie, a holiday cupcake, caramel apple muffin with streusel, as wells as pumpkin spice latte, peppermint mocha, hot spiced caramel apple cider, eggnog latte and traditional eggnog.
• Holiday Drinks, Coffees and Bakery Items – Disneyland’s Market House features Starbucks holiday drinks, coffees and bakery items. Look for gingerbread, eggnog or pumpkin spice lattes; caramel brulee frappuccino, peppermint mocha, peppermint brownie cake pops, cranberry bliss bars.
• Holiday Menu – Village Haus counter service is serving up a special holiday Grilled Chicken Sandwich, while roasted turkey pizza topped with Craisins, mozzarella, Parmesan, fresh sage and white sauce are available at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port.
• Hanukkah Cupcakes – These Cupcakes are available at Jolly Holiday Bakery that come with coconut macaroon baked inside and topped with blue and white-tinted white chocolate mousse, edible candy “pearls” and a chocolate Hanukkah disc.
Disney California Adventure Park
New Celebration ‘Disney ¡Viva Navidad!’ and ‘World of Color – Winter Dreams’ Premiere Nov. 15 at Disney California Adventure Park
Hand Made Candy Canes
This much anticipated treat can be found on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure’ Trolley Treats on select days during the holiday season. Visitors line up in the morning at Trolley Treats to receive wristbands with the date and batch time on it, which can be redeemed when the candies are ready. You must be present in person to obtain a wristband. Each wristband will entitle the bearer to one candy cane, but guests must pick it up by 4:00 or the candy cane goes to someone in the standby line. Candy makers usually make three batches of 40 treats each or about 120 candies each day. These are large candy canes, weighing in at 5.25 ounces. In the past, early admission days for both parks have been omitted so everyone would have the same opportunity to get the candy canes, but several of the dates for 2013 listed below are Extra Magic Hour days. Check Disney’s calendar for park opening times. Guests can call the candy hotline at (714) 781-0112 to get updated, weekly schedules prior to your visit. Dates are subject to change and updates will be added as they become available.
From November 15 through January 6, 2014, Disney ¡Viva Navidad! will bring the Paradise Gardens area of the park to life with vibrant colors, live Latino music, jubilant dancing and dance lessons, character appearances, delicious food and fun activities for the whole family such as crafts and face painting for children. Several times each day, the high-energy “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” takes over Paradise Gardens, led by the “Three Caballeros” – Donald Duck and his life-long amigos Panchito Pistoles from Mexico and Jose Carioca from Brazil. The infectious mix of Mariachi and Samba musicians, folklórico and carnaval dancers, 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets and those ambassadors of holiday cheer, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, will really get the crowd going, as Santa and Mrs. Claus join in to cheer and celebrate ¡Viva Navidad!.
Disney Celebrates Three Kings Day
The grand finale of “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” will be the special celebration of Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes Magos) January 3 through 6, 2014 in Paradise Garden. The Día de los Reyes Magos celebration will feature “scenic displays depicting holiday rituals,” as well as craft projects for kids and special food offerings.
World of Color “Winter Dreams”
“World of Color − Winter Dreams,” the popular holiday version of the popular “World of Color” after-dark spectacular, will return at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, November 14, 2014. Hosted by Olaf the snowman, from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature Frozen, the “World of Color − Winter Dreams” show combines new animation with classic winter scenes from such beloved Disney films as “Bambi,” “Fantasia” and “Toy Story.” The show will include new special effects and present some new methods for utilizing the massive “stage” of water, color and light on which “World of Color” is presented. Guests will follow Olaf through dreamlike segments that include:
- Snow – a breathtaking ride through winter
- Glow – a festive exploration of light
- Enchantment – a Toy Story version of The Nutcracker
- Spirit – a joyous sing-a-long
- Merry & Bright – a fantasmic finale that features holiday light
Using the latest interactive technology, special iridescent ear hats will let you “Glow with the Show.” The ears change to complement and harmonize with what’s happening around you, allowing you to become a part of the magic of World of Color. “Glow With the Show” Mouse Ears can be purchased for $25 (tax included) at locations throughout the park, including Los Feliz Five & Dime, Off the Page, Seaside Souvenirs and many merchandise carts. Learn how to get preferred or reserved viewing for the World of Color show.
Santa and His Helpers
Santa Claus and his Helpers can be found at Elias & Co., a sprawling shop that evokes the grandeur of classic department stores. Just like the stores of yore, Santa will be at his special seat so that children can share their secret wishes with him. And Santa’s elves pass out candy canes to children as they leave! If you’re picturing “A Christmas Story” you would be very close to this scene.
Buena Vista Street Decorated for the Holidays
Buena Vista Street will be decked out in vintage-style ornaments and decor, with Disney California Adventure’s 50-foot-tall Christmas tree going up in Carthay Circle. All of the tree’s decorations are large-scale replicas of actual decorations that would’ve been on a Los Angeles Christmas tree in the 1930s. The oversized Red Car Trolley ornament features Mickey and Minnie, and a smaller version of the ornament is available for purchase in the park. Under the tree will be custom-made 1/16th-size train chugging along with sound and lights, and all sorts of vintage toys for display, from a tin robot to a blimp and other hidden surprises from the 1930’s time period. Even Mickey and his friends will sport a retro holiday look. And don’t forget to pick up a Holiday edition of the “Buena Vista Bugle” or stop by Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge and sip a “Poinsettia,” a cool glass of Cointreau, cranberry juice and Champagne garnished with a twist or orange zest.
The Buena Vista Street Holiday Entertainment and Tree Lighting
The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers will perform as they wander up and down the street in a ring-along, sing-along encouraging guests to join in by singing familiar carols and ringing in the season. The bell ringers will also participate in the nightly tree lighting with special guests, Goofy and Pluto. Even the Citizens of Buena Vista Street, the improvisational performers at the Park, will share in the holiday cheer with guests, treating them as if they were residents of the town. Molly the Messenger will have forms for children to fill out to send their letter to Santa. And, don’t miss the Red Car Newsboys, who woo guests with familiar Christmas tunes.
Cars Land Decorated for the Holidays and Santa Mater
In Cars Land, each address along Route 66 – Flo’s V-8 Café, Fillmore’s Taste-In, the Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires – will feature wacky holiday decorations reflecting the personality of the “Cars” character who lives there. Mater has a nine-foot-tall tree made of tires with an arching sparkplug on top. The Cozy Cone Motel’s tree is made of orange traffic cones and powered by a battery. Luigi and Guido added holiday flair to the red, white and green color scheme of their shop—the colors of the Italian flag. Sarge sports a six-foot-tall, red, white and blue tree with a military star on top and a large patriotic display. Fillmore’s tree is adorn with peace signs and a car angel at the top. And Flo’s shiny tree has a music theme! Around almost every corner of Cars Land, you’ll discover new imaginative decorations and surprises — even the 20-foot-tall tree at the courthouse has a hubcap for every ornament. The courthouse statue of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs, is adorned with a Santa hat and a big bag of rims, wheels, accessories and other goodies for all the good residents of Cars Land. Air filter garland with snowflakes constructed of wrenches is strung up over Route 66. Be sure to stop in Cozy Cones Motel, where Sally has a gingerbread replica of the Motel in the lobby area.
Cars Land Holiday Characters
Be on the lookout for Cars Land’s version of a snowman, Snowy the Snow Car at the entrance to Cars Land. You won’t want to miss a photo op with this endearing, seven-foot automotive holiday friend. And of course, a holiday visit to Cars Land is not complete without saying hello to Santa Mater outside the Cozy Cone Motel where he waits to meet with guests!
Flik’s Oversized Ornaments
Experience the holidays through a bug’s eyes. “a bug’s land” transforms as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm. See what it’s like to be knee-high to a grasshopper as you observe wondrous, oversized ornaments. And don’t miss Flik in his Santa outfit.
Holiday Decorations at Paradise Pier
The holiday scene along the Paradise Bay boardwalk includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and lampposts decked out with seasonal wreaths. Plus, the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel on Paradise Pier will are specially programmed for the holidays.
Mad T Party
New wintertime fun should rock the night as the Mad T Party prepares to add a pinch of splendiferous spirit to each evening’s celebratiousness. Expect a holiday overlay for the nighttime dance party, with the addition of decorations and new arrangements of popular holiday hits from the Mad T Party band. Dancers with an icy, cool look deliver new dance sets. There’s even more merry muchness, too, as the White Rabbit DJ checks his song list not once but twice to re-mix seasonal favorites. Don’t be surprised if, just as things start to really heat up, a surprise snowfall doesn’t cool things off for a bit before the fun begins again! Plus, through January 5th, you can purchase 3 special holiday drinks: the Holly Berry, a strawberry wine-based liqueur; the Hatter’s Holiday Cocktail, eggnog with rum, brandy and blended whiskey with a red or green glow cube; and the Zombie Frost, a frosty blue concoction of rum and fruit juices.
Sweets and Treats
• Holidays Demitasse Dessert – each year a special dessert is served in a souvenir Mickey Santa demitasse at select locations throughout the resort. This year’s offering is a chocolate cake with chocolate mint filling, topped with mint-flavored white chocolate mousse and chocolate decorations. It can be purchased at Pacific Wharf Cafe.
• Holiday Icon Sourdough Bread – Pick up a loaf of Boudin’s famous San Francisco sourdough bread at either Pacific Wharf Café Mortimer’s Market, Boardwalk Pizza, or Boudin’s Bread Cart – they’re adorably shaped like candy canes, Christmas trees and snowmen. Cost is about $5.25-$6.99 (plus tax) and the loaves are available through early January.
• Mickey Santa Popcorn Buckets – Popcorn carts around the parks have special Mickey Santa popcorn buckets.
• Lightning McQueen Holiday Souvenir Popcorn Bucket – At Cars Land, a Lightning McQueen holiday souvenir popcorn bucket with popcorn is available with the kids meal at Flo’s V8 Cafe or at Cozy Cones and most park popcorn wagons.
• Holiday Cookies and Bakery Treats – Pacific Wharf Cafe offers traditional gingerbread man cookies, red and green Mickey head sugar cookies, a special holiday brownie, a holiday cupcake, caramel apple muffin with streusel, as wells as pumpkin spice latte, peppermint mocha, hot spiced caramel apple cider, eggnog latte and traditional eggnog.
• Holiday Drinks and Bakery Treats – Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe features Starbucks holiday drinks, coffees and bakery items. Look for gingerbread, eggnog or pumpkin spice lattes; caramel brulee frappuccino, peppermint mocha, peppermint brownie cake pops, cranberry bliss bars.
• Yule Log and Other Holiday Menu – Set your taste buds aglow Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta rolls out its December (12/2 – 1/6/14) Yule Log featuring chocolate cake rolled with coffee butter cream filling and chocolate crunch candies, frosted with chocolate ganache.
• Peppermint Stick Ice Cream – At Clarabelle’s Ice Cream, you can get a Peppermint Stick ice cream cone in a crushed candy cane waffle cone, yum!
• Holiday Sweets and Treats – At Trolley Treats look for seasonal pumpkin fudge and holiday caramel apples.
• Holiday Cocktail – A special holiday eggnog cocktail dubbed “Hatter’s Holiday Cocktail” comes with eggnog, rum, a brandy garnished, glow cube and a cinnamon stick and is available at the Mad T-Party.
• Seasonal Chocolates – At Ghirardelli ice cream shop, guests can fill a bag with individually wrapped squares of classic and seasonal Ghirardelli chocolates, such as Peppermint Bark and Pumpkin Spice. Plus, purchase a pound or more of “Pick & Mix” and get a 10% discount.
• Seasonal Craft Beers and Cocktail – Get seasonal craft beers or a Poinsettia cocktail (Cointreau, cranberry juice and champagne) at Carthay Circle Restaurant.
• Hanukkah Cupcakes – Hanukkah cupcakes are available at Pacific Wharf Cafe that come with coconut macaroon baked inside and topped with blue and white-tinted white chocolate mousse and edible candy “pearls” and a chocolate Hanukkah disc.
Downtown Disney District
Winter Village and Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink
From November 14, 2014 through January 11, 2015 you can skate at Downtown Disney! Located between AMC 12 Theatres and the ESPN Zone in the midst of a holiday village, guests will find Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink, inspired by Disney’s upcoming animated movie, “Frozen.” It’s the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit as you glide along to holiday tunes. Operating hours are 3 – 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 3 – 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Skates are available for rent, and helmets are provided and required for safety.
At Winter Village, guests can visit six quaint holiday cottages, browse for gifts in the “shopping chalets and admire a 30-foot Christmas tree, the centerpiece of Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink. From live music to dance performances, there will be festive activities for the whole family. Plus, forest of “snow”-covered pine trees, twinkling holiday lights and cheerful garlands create an enchanting holiday atmosphere—ideal for winter-themed photos.
Other Downtown Disney Holiday Activities
Other activities in the Downtown Disney District scheduled for various dates and times during the holiday season include:
- Black Friday featuring Downtown Disney Unwrapped-a presentation of fun gift ideas
- Anaheim Ballet performing scenes from “The Nutcracker”
Annual Tuba Christmas Concert
Hundreds of tuba players will gather at Downtown Disney for the annual Tuba Christmas concert on December 20, 2014. Over 450 tuba players are expected to perform at 1:00 p.m. at the free concert outside ESPN Zone. In addition to playing tradition Christmas music, the tuba players decorate their instruments and wear bright festive clothing.
Holiday Gingerbread House Building Workshop”
Start a new holiday tradition by attending the “Holiday Gingerbread House Building Workshop” at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. For 2014 there will be four days available for the Holiday Gingerbread House Building Workshop. They will be held on Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14 as well as Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The two hour sessions begins with participants decorating their own chef hat, followed by a demonstration on how to assemble the gingerbread houses. Participants will decorate their houses and be able to take them home. Be on the lookout for a “surprise” visit from Santa. Cost is $48 per Gingerbread Kit, plus tax & online service charges, and includes gingerbread house and candy, 1 chef’s hat, 2 jingle bells, unlimited sodas, and 2 seats. Additional seats may be purchased for $12 per seats. Tickets for these workshop will be available online starting November 10, 2014.
TheMouseForLess Tip: On certain days before the holidays, enjoy a special gift-giving showcase at Downtown Disney that includes product presentations, flash offers and exciting happenings at the Westside Stage—each highlighting select Downtown Disney shops and merchandise locations. To get the latest offers at select Downtown Disney District locations, you can follow @DisneylandDTD on Twitter.
TheMouseForLess Tip: Stop by Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney for a special holiday peppermint caramel apple. This mammoth apple, is 1400 calories and can feed several people. The apple is layered with caramel, peppermint chocolate, red & green M&M’s, white chocolate drizzle and sparklies. And don’t forget to stop by Jamba Juice for a lowfat holiday Eggnog Jubilee.
Celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve with dinner at a Disneyland Resort Restaurant!
* These pages will be updated with 2014 info as it becomes available.
TheMouseForLess Tip: During the holidays, many Disneyland quick-service restaurants issue dining receipts with a coupon for 20% off merchandise at select shops during hours before noon. While coupons have an expiration date, they do not have to be used the same day they are issued.
Disneyland Resorts Hotels
Disneyland Resort hotels join in the holiday merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining. More information for both the Disneyland hotels will be added as it becomes available.
Carolers at Disneyland Resort Hotels
Carolers in traditional Victorian holiday garb make regular appearances throughout the season at each of the three Disneyland Resort hotels: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
Santa Meet & Greets at Disneyland Resort Hotels
From after Thanksgiving through December 24, guests can usually pose daily for paid photos with Santa at select times in the lobbies of Disneyland Resort’s three hotels.
Resort Hotel Christmas Trees & Gingerbread Displays
Each of Disneyland Resorts three hotels will have a huge Christmas tree as the centerpiece in the lobbies. Don’t miss the tree at Disneyland Hotel which is decorated with space-age ornaments and smells like marshmallows! Located in the lobby of Storytellers Cafe is a giant gingerbread house display. Be sure not to miss it; it’s the only one at the Disneyland Resort hotels.
Pinocchio’s Workshop at the Grand Californian Hotel
Guests can enjoy a snow globe ornament workshop for $20 per person and take home your snow globe. Sessions are available through December 24, 2014 at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sign up at any of the concierge desks at the 3 Disney hotels. You do not have to be a resort guest to participate. Space is limited!
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel is all decked out for the holidays in retro plastic Santa decorations and lounge renditions of favorite Christmas songs playing in the background. If you stop by, be sure to try one of their special holiday drinks, such as “Mele Kaliki Mocha,” “Red Nosed Zebra,” and “Gorilla Nog” in a souvenir mug.
TheMouseForLess Tip: Holidays Demitasse Dessert – each year a special dessert is served in a souvenir Mickey Santa demitasse at select locations throughout the resort. This year’s offering is a chocolate cake with chocolate mint filling, topped with mint-flavored white chocolate mousse and chocolate decorations. It can be purchased at the PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and Storyteller’s Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.
New Years Eve at Disneyland Resort
The holidays are one of the busiest times at Disneyland Resort and crowds can and do swell to their maximum. Guests are encouraged to choose a park to celebrate at, arrive early and remain at the same park throughout the day. Once a park begins to near capacity, it is not uncommon for Disney management to enact crowd-control restrictions that prohibit park entry. Be prepared for long lines to view shows and ride attractions as well as extremely heavy crowds at restaurants and restrooms. Collect your Fastpasses as early in the day as possible. If you need a locker get one as soon as you arrive as these go quickly.
Disneyland New Year’s Eve Schedule
Following are information from 2013 to give our readers an idea of what to expect this year. We will update this page with 2014 information as soon as it is released.
Park hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Early Admission hours: for multi-day ticket holders & resort hotel guests
Christmas Fantasy Parade: 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Wintertime Enchantment Holiday Lighting: 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
“Believe…In Holiday Magic Fireworks: 8:30 p.m.
Fantasmic: 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks: 12 midnight
Hats and Horn distribution
Location: Jingle Jangle Jamboree beginning at 6:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Countdown Central
Location: Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
Don’t miss this exciting party, complete with a fab host, rockin’ DJ and periodic appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
New Year’s Eve “Fantasy In the Sky” Fireworks Show
Location: Skies above Disneyland Park
Time: 12:00 midnight
At the moment the New Year begins, look to the skies to see them light up in a Disneyland signature fireworks spectacular.
Rockin’ the Rivers of America
Location: Rivers of America
Count down to the New Year at this rock ‘n’ roll show with live music, videos and special effects. Be part of the entertainment with your Glow with the Show Mickey Ear Hats.
“it’s a small world” Promenade Dance Party
Location: “it’s a small world” mall.
At this fabulous Fantasyland party, Disney Characters join a spectacular DJ spinning popular music
Tomorrowland Terrace Dance Party
Location: Tomorrowland Terrace
Disney’s California Adventure New Year’s Eve Schedule
Following are information from 2013 to give our readers an idea of what to expect this year. We will update this page with 2014 information as soon as it is released.
Park hours: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Early Admission hours: No early admission hours this day for this park.
World of Color: 9:00 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 12:05 a.m.
Hats and Horn distribution
Locations: Parade gate across from Silly Symphony Swings and Parade gate next to Tower of Terror beginning at 6:00 p.m.
World of Color Countdown to Midnight
Location: Paradise Park
Time: 12:00 midnight
Watch Paradise Bay spring to life with a spectacular countdown to 2014 with fountains and fireworks followed by a special showing of World of Color. Requires special Fastpass, which will be available at the regular distribution area on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at park opening.
Mad T Party
Location: Hollywood Land
Time: 12:00 midnight
Step through the Rabbit Hole and enter this off-kilter Holiday T Party that features a dazzling display of pyrotechnics at the stroke of midnight!
Location: Cars Land
Hit the open road with high-octane brand of country music.
New Year’s Eve at Downtown Disney
on New Year’s Eve, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen have hosted the N’Awlins Masquerade bash, including a three-course dinner plus party hats, feathered masks and beads, and a Champagne toast. There will be live music and strolling jazz musicians, a complimentary photo booth and a balloon artist (kids are welcome). Cost for 2013 was $99 (plus tax and gratuity), $20 for kids 10 and under (includes light-up souvenir cup). A full cash bar will be available. Cost and availability for 2014 have not been announced yet. Reservations are required with a credit card guarantee.
For even information about dining at Disneyland Resort on New Year’s Eve, visit our Disneyland NYE Menus page.
TheMouseForLess Tip: Disney’s “Glow with the Show” interactive Mouse ears light up on their own at midnight, as part of the Disneyland Resort’s holiday celebration, in four spots: the mall near “It’s a Small World” and near Rivers of America in Disneyland, as well as at the Mad T Party and the “World of Color” in Disney California Adventure. The special ears are available at select merchandise locations.
TheMouseForLess Tip: Guests should use the regular Disneyland Resort Parking lots on New Years Eve. We recommend the Toy Story lot or Pumba lot. Beginning at 5 p.m., Downtown Disney will start charging a flat fee to park. Refunds will be given to those with validation from applicable Downtown Disney locations.
TheMouseForLess Tip: The special holiday bread loaves created by the Boudin bakery have been expanded to include a New Year’s Eve clock design. You can find these loaves at the Pacific Wharf Cafe, DCA bread cart, Mortimer’s Market and Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta on December 31 and January 1, 2015.
TheMouseForLess Tip: Special New Years cupcakes will be available at Jolly Holiday Bakery and Pacific Wharf Cafe on December 31 and January 1, 2015. The dark chocolate treats come filled with Nutella and topped with Belgian white chocolate frosting, edible silver glitter, a chocolate Mickey Mouse and bow tie, and a chocolate truffle ball. From the New Year’s Cupcake to the Napa Rose New Year’s Eve Bash, the Disneyland Resort will ring in 2015 with something fun for everyone! For more info on available New Year’s Eve dining at Disneyland Resort, visit our New Years Eve Offerings page.