2013 Holiday Events at Disneyland Resorts
November 12, 2013 - January 6, 2014
Holidays are always a very special time at the Disneyland Resort with themed entertainment, sparkling decorations, delicious treats and holiday shopping.
Beginning November 12,2013, 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 Dec. 24, 2013.
Along with new celebration ‘Disney ¡Viva Navidad!’ and new ‘World of Color - Winter Dreams’, both premiering November 15, 2013, 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 2013 holiday draws near. Some information may be based on what is "expected" based on the experience of previous years.
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Holiday Season Begins Nov. 12 with Christmas Parade, Jingle Cruise, ‘Holiday Magic’ Fireworks and Snowfall in Disneyland Park
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. The cost of the candy canes are $12.99 each for 2013 season. Candy makers usually make three batches of 40 treats each or about 120 candies each day (although batch size is rumored to increase in 2013), 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, but several of the dates for 2013 listed below are Extra Magic Hour days. 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:
- Friday, November 29
- Tuesday, December 3 (EMH day, 8-9 a.m.)
- Friday, December 6
- Tuesday, December 10 (EMH day, 8-9 a.m.)
- Friday, December 13
- Tuesday, December 17
- Friday, December 20
- Sunday, December 22
- Tuesday, December 24
Note: For 2013, Candy Cane making days will alternate between Candy Palace on Main Street USA in Disneyland and Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure (see below for Disney California Adventure park dates).
Special Annual Passholder Candy Cane Offer: As part of Limited Time Magic, on Sunday, December 22, 2013, as a special treat for the holidays, Annual Passholders can enjoy this sweet, seasonal, one-day-only offer: one handmade candy cane per Annual Passholder, distributed at Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House. Distribution begins at 8 a.m. and will continue while supplies last. Annual Passholders do not need to register to receive a candy cane. All participating Annual Passholders must present their active Annual Passport to the event Cast Member at Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House (home to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln) to receive a candy cane—one candy cane per Passholder. Photo ID may be required. Supplies are limited to 300 candy canes.
Holiday Time at Disneyland Guided Tour
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:$68 per person + theme park admission (2012 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 2013 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, including some new ornaments for 2012. 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"
Skies above Disneyland Park
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. For 2013, Duffy the Bear has moved from the lead float and is now perched atop Santa’s Mail Room float, while Pluto now sits upon the Gingerbread Treats shop.
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.
New! Plus, new for 2013, the holiday parade will get new winter skiers (donning roller skis) who will 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.
New! Jungle Cruise Becomes Jingle Cruise for the Holidays
For 2013, a popular Adventureland attraction will receive its first-ever holiday makeover. Beginning November 12th, the Jungle Cruise will temporarily transform into “Jingle Cruise” for the holiday season! In a new seasonal storyline of the attraction, the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they’ve added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they’ve created themselves). The Skippers have also added a slew of new jokes to their tours that are the perfect way to get guests in the holiday spirit. Additionally, Jungle Cruise boats have been renamed with the holidays in mind, and if guests listen carefully, they may hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background. “All those baby elephants want is their two trunk teeth.”
New! Plus, as part of Limited Time Magic, you can celebrate the seasonal enhancement with a complimentary "Jingle Cruise" mini poster, available while supplies last by the Oasis Courtyard outside the exit of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park. This is your chance to hear the skippers slip a holiday joke into their already hilarious spiels—and take home a ferociously fun piece of the festivities too! 2013 Candlelight Processional Disney Parks Christmas Parade Taping New! Fantasyland "Frozen" Meet and Greet "it's a small world" Holiday New! Plus, evenings beginning November 12, 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 Jingle Jangle Jamboree and Santa Meet & Greet Note: 2013 will be the final holiday season that Billy Hill and the Hillbillies entertain at at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Their final day of performances at Disneyland park will be January 6, 2014. In the future, Big Ranch Thunder Jamboree will feature a variety of entertainment offerings during seasonal celebrations. The Dapper Dans Other Sweets and Treats
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According to notification to Club 33 members, Disneyland's 2013 Candlelight Processional will go back to only 2 nights this year after running 20 nights in 2012. 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 will sing 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 will be held December 7 and 8 in 2013. Showtimes both nights will be 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 is extremely limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are advised to show up at park opening and "camp out" for their spots at the first performance. The line for the second performance will form at the south end of Main St. after the choir passes at approximately 5:20 p.m. Standing-room viewing will be 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 will also be 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.
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 will feature 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 can be 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 will air in Canada on CBC Network, and around the globe on the American Forces Network. Visit, disney.com/christmasparade for more info on the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Info is available on our Walt Disney World holiday page for the Walt Disney World portion of the parade.
This November, the enchanting story and characters from Frozen will be brought to magical life with a new experience at Disneyland park. Olaf is preparing a special, snow-capped spot in Fantasyland, where you can spend time visiting with the enchanting sisters from Frozen – the fearless and optimistic Anna, and Elsa, who has the power to control snow and ice. You can find Disneyland's news meet and greet in the location of the former Tangled meet and greet (between Pinocchio's Daring Journey and the Village Haus restaurant). Don't miss the animatronic Olaf as he entertains the crowds from the roof of a snow-covered house. Frozen arrives in theaters in 3D November 27
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!
September 13 through early January 2014 (tentative dates)
Haunted Mansion attraction in New Orleans Square
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.
Beginning November 15, 2013, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will meet with Disneyland guests at Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. You’ll be able to enjoy some of Mrs. Claus’s tasty treats and meet Santa at his place of honor alongside a sparkling Christmas tree, surrounded by homespun holiday trimmings. In recent years, Santa moved from his previous location inside the Big Thunder Ranch cabin to an outdoor location, but guests were still able to go inside the decorated cabin. There will also be Disney characters in their holiday finest, family games and crafts, holiday music and other seasonal entertainment. At the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, you’ll be able to try your hand at Reindeer Games like "Wreath Around the Antlers" or "Pass the Presents." Crafts include coloring a Reindeer mask or making a holiday card to send to the troops. When Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies take to the stage, expect holiday tunes with a humorous twist and maybe even a singalong. Don't be surprise if a couple of Country Bears join in. Holiday treats carts at Jingle Jangle Jamboree include the following:
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."
• 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.
• 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.
• At Candy Palace and Pooh Corner look for seasonal pumpkin fudge and holiday caramel apples.
• 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.
• Set your taste buds aglow with one of two different flavors as Plaza Inn rolls out its famous November (11/12 - 12/1/13) and December (12/2 - 1/6/14) 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.
• At Gibson Girl on Main Street, you can get a Peppermint Stick ice cream cone in a crushed candy cane waffle cone, yum!
• Mint Julep Bar is featuring gingerbread beignets and holiday drinks.
• Popcorn carts around the parks have special Mickey Santa popcorn buckets.
• 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.
• 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
• 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 are available at Jolly Holiday Bakery from 11/27 - 12/5 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.
2013 Candlelight Processional
Disney Parks Christmas Parade Taping
New! Fantasyland "Frozen" Meet and Greet
"it's a small world" Holiday
New! Plus, evenings beginning November 12, 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
Jingle Jangle Jamboree and Santa Meet & Greet
Note: 2013 will be the final holiday season that Billy Hill and the Hillbillies entertain at at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Their final day of performances at Disneyland park will be January 6, 2014. In the future, Big Ranch Thunder Jamboree will feature a variety of entertainment offerings during seasonal celebrations.
The Dapper Dans
Other Sweets and Treats
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. The cost of the candy canes is $12.99 each for 2013. 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:
- Saturday, November 30
- Monday, December 2 (EMH day, 8-9 a.m.)
- Saturday, December 7
- Monday, December 9 (EMH day, 8-9 a.m.)
- Saturday, December 14
- Monday, December 16
- Saturday, December 21
- Monday, December 23
- Wednesday, December 25
Note: For 2013, Candy Cane making days will alternate between Candy Palace on Main Street USA in Disneyland and Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure (see above for Disneyland park dates).
New! ¡Viva Navidad!
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!. Dance lesson take place at 11 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:05 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:10 p.m. and 5:55 p.m. The Viva Navidad Street Party takes place daily at 12:25 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:20 p.m. Character greetings will take place in the gazebo.
Plus, as part of Limited Time Magic, you can stop by Paradise Gardens to enjoy some savory treats, including Champurrudo and Pineapple Sweet Tamales—each prepared by Disneyland Resort chefs during exciting culinary demonstrations! It's a perfect opportunity to wish those around you a festive occasion, and also purchase specially themed merchandise, like tees, pins, ornaments and more. Don't miss this chance to celebrate the season in style!
Paradise Gardens Grill ¡Viva Navidad! MenuEntrees
Torta Al Pastor - $10.99
Fresh made Telera Bread with Marinated Pork, Chorizo Beans, Lettuce, Avocado and Crema. Served with Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Sopes De Barbacoa - $10.99
Sopes with Barbacoa, Chorizo Beans, Cabbage, Cotija Cheese and Crema. Served with Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Street Style Tacos - $10.99
Three Barbacoa Soft Corn Tacos, Garnished with Cilantro and Onion. Served with Achiote Rice, Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Mahi Vera Cruzano - $12.99
Sustanable Fish with Sals Veracruz. Served with Achiote Rice, Nopales, Jicama Salad and Tortillas
Chicken Mole - $12.99
Roasted Chicken Topped with Chocolate infused Smoked Chile Sauce. Served with Achiote Rice, Nopales, Jicama Salad and a side of Tortillas
Kids' Cheese Quesadilla (ages 3-9) - $6.49
A Whole-Wheat Tortilla with Melted Cheese. Served with Carrots, Sliced Apples and Choice or Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani Water
Bunuelos with Cajeta $4.29
Two Golden Fried Four Tortillas Dusted with Cinnamon Sugar. Served with a side of Cajeta
Sweet Tamales - $4.29
A Pail of Traditionally made Sweet Tamales with Pineapple and Golden Raisins
Champurroado - $2.79
Traditional Christmas Time Maxican Hot Chocolate made with Chocolate, Mild and Cornmeal
Viva Navidad Fountain Beverages
Inca Kola - $3.19 & $3.49
Lemon flavored soft drink from Peru
Manzana Lift - $3.19 & $3.49
Apple flavored soft drink from Chile
Pacifico (bottled) - $6.50
Negra Modelo (bottled) - $6.50
Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta ¡Viva Navidad! Menu
Homemade Pozole - $8.29
Mild Chile and Pork Stew with Hominy and Oregano
Shrimp Cocktail - $8.29
Traditionally made with Tomato Juice, Clam Juice, Cucumbers, Chili Sauce, and Avocado
A new holiday favorite found throughout Mexico and the United States. In some circles it’s known as the “impossible cake” for its unique and “impossible” combination of classic Mexican Flan atop chocolate cake.
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.
New! World of Color "Winter Dreams"
“World of Color − Winter Dreams,” an all-new holiday version of the popular “World of Color” after-dark spectacular, will debut at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, November 15, 2013. 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. Plus, a section of the show will feature reproductions of seasons greeting cards created by Annual Passholders. Click here for details and requirements. 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
Note: Disney has added a third performance for many nights during the holidays. Be sure to check the entertainment guide for times during you visit.
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.
Plus, from November 18–24, Disney California Adventure park guests with a valid “World of Color” FASTPASS who wear their “Glow With The Show” ears can enjoy a special viewing area for performances of “World of Color – Winter Dreams.” This special viewing area has a limited capacity and is part of Disney's Limited Time Magic. Annual Passholders can attend exclusive showings of the new “World of Color: Winter Dreams” at California Adventure on select nights in November and December. Show times are at 9:00 p.m. on November 15, 16, 17, 22 and December 6 and at 7:00 p.m. show time on November 18, 19, 20, 21 and December 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2013. Registration must be completed in person, by each participating Passholder, at the Grizzly River Run Disney FASTPASS Service machines on the day of the event only. Event participants may also receive a special holiday ornament, while supplies last.
Fun Wheel Challenge: Also new this holiday season, guests will be able to play a new interactive color-matching game as they wait for World of Color "Winter Dreams" to begin. Beginning November 16, 2013, guests can use a special restricted-use public wi-fi, their mobile browsers, and the park's Fun Wheel to play a giant game of SIMON. Players will tap the color sequence displayed on the Fun Wheel attraction at Paradise Pier into their phones. Guests are basically playing against each other. The player that enters the sequence in the fastest time will have the opportunity to control the colors that will appear on the Fun Wheel in the next game. No downloads or apps are necessary to play. Guests can connect by joining the "PierGames" Wi-Fi network from their mobile devices, and opening their phones' mobile browser. Games will start approximately 45 minutes prior to the start of World of Color "Winter Dreams". And don’t forget your “Glow With the Show” Ears! The game has been designed to incorporate those as well.
Honor Choir for World of Color – Winter Dreams Audition Notice: MFL is also hearing that Disney has commissioned composer Eric Whitacre to write a new piece musical piece called "Glow," which will be used as part of their World of Color show this holiday season. Whitacre has posted on his Facebook page that a choir, made up of auditioned singers in a 'virtual style', will be projected onto water during the show. Those interested in auditioning can go to worldofcolorhonorchoir.com for all the audition instructions and materials. Just learn your part, record your audition video, and submit it. Approximately 500 submissions will be selected and join together to form an Honor Choir for World of Color – Winter Dreams. Whitacre has also posted a link to a portion of Glow.
World of Color "Winter Dreams" Preview for Annual Passholders: Passholders can take in the new World of Color "Winter Dreams" during the following select performances:
- November 15, 16, 17, 22, and December 6: 9:00 p.m. show time
- November 18, 19, 20, 21 and December 2, 3, 4, and 5: 7:00 p.m. show time
Registration for this event must be completed in person, by each participating Passholder, at the Grizzly River Run Disney FASTPASS Service machines on the day of the event only. Registration and distribution of Disney FASTPASS tickets for each Passholder show will be based on availability. Event participants may also receive a special holiday ornament, while supplies last. Space at this event is limited and not guaranteed.
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.
“Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party: Holiday Edition”
Phineas and Ferb's daily dance party at Paradise Pier with its "A-Little-Too-Young-To-Drive-O-Matic" fun truck will get a holiday overlay for 2013. For the Holiday Edition, Phineas and Ferb deck their Mobile Party Mobile with snowflakes and lights, and DJ Stevie Lemmons switches out a few tunes for some seasonally themed pieces.
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.
New gingerbread displays should debut at Disney California Adventure Park for 2103. The following displays were available for the 2012 season:
• At Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, guests found Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Gingerbread Cottage, a nod to the classic animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which premiered at the original Carthay Theatre in Los Angeles in 1937.
• At Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land, Mater was made en-“tire”-ly of gingerbread, proudly parked in the restaurant's lobby of atop a specially seasoned white wall tire.
• At Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café on Buena Vista Street, a gingerbread house reminiscent of Walt Disney’s first home when he arrived in Hollywood in 1923 was available for viewing.
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
• 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.
• Popcorn carts around the parks have special Mickey Santa popcorn buckets.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
• At Clarabelle's Ice Cream, you can get a Peppermint Stick ice cream cone in a crushed candy cane waffle cone, yum!
• At Trolley Treats look for seasonal pumpkin fudge and holiday caramel apples.
• 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.
• 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, for $10 per half-pound. Plus, purchase a pound or more of "Pick & Mix" and get a 10% discount.
• Get seasonal craft beers or a Poinsettia cocktail (Cointreau, cranberry juice and champagne) at Carthay Circle Restaurant.
• Hanukkah cupcakes are available at Pacific Wharf Cafe from November 27 through December 5 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.
TheMouseForLess Tip: Annual Passholders can pick up a special framed giclee ornament featuring Mickey Mouse holiday artwork by Disney Design Group Artist Randy Noble at Embarcadero Gifts in Disney California Adventure park. The limited edition 500 passholder ornament will be $26.95, plus tax and will be available until December 6, 2013.
Downtown Disney District
New! Winter Village and Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink
November 14, 2013 through January 11, 2014
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.
Skating Rink Prices (1-1/2 hour sessions)
- $17 – General Admission (includes tax, skate rental and helmets)
- $10 – Active Military (includes tax, skate rental and helmets)
- $3 – Skate Rental
- $12 – Toddler Admission (includes tax) with Skate Rental (sizes 8T through 13T) Double-bladed skates are available for young skaters.
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:
- November 29: Black Friday featuring Downtown Disney Unwrapped-a presentation of fun gift ideas
- December 5 and 19: Anaheim Ballet performing scenes from “The Nutcracker”
- December 5 and December 16-25: Carolers
Annual Tuba Christmas Concert
Hundreds of tuba players will gather at Downtown Disney for the annual Tuba Christmas concert on December 21, 2013. 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.
Toys for Tots Toy Drive
Downtown Disney will host a Toys for Tots toy drive at most Downtown Disney Stores from December 1 – December 14, 2013. To show your giving spirit donate a new unwrapped toy (minimum $10 value) to the Toys for Tots drive at any of these toy drop-Off locations: AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theatres, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Earl of Sandwich, ESPN Zone, Fossil, House of Blues, Jamba Juice, La Brea Bakery, LittleMissMatched, Quiksilver, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, Ridemakerz, Sanuk, Something Silver, Wetzel's Pretzels, and World of Disney. Drop-off boxes will also be available inside the lobbies of all 3 Disneyland Resort Hotels.
On Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, Anaheim Firefighters and Disney VoluntEARS will be on hand to collect toys at the Downtown Disney Main Stage (near AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theatres and Rainforest Cafe).
"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 on December 14 or December 21 at noon. 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 $48.00 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 $12.00 per seat Spots fill up fast so purchase your tickets now!
TheMouseForLess Tip: On certain days before the holidays from November 29 through December 21, 2013, 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, which sells for $12.95, 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 are updated with 2013 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, 2013 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
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
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! New Year's Eve at Downtown Disney
on New Year’s Eve, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will host 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 is $99 (plus tax and gratuity), $20 for kids 10 and under (includes light-up souvenir cup). A full cash bar will be available. Reservations are required with a credit card guarantee. A $25 per-person fee will apply for no-shows. Call 714-776-5200 to book.
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 for $25 per pair.
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, 2014.
TheMouseForLess Tip: Special New Years cupcakes will be available at Jolly Holiday Bakery and Pacific Wharf Cafe on December 31 and January 1, 2014. 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 2014 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.
New! Holiday Makeovers
As the weather turns cooler at Disney Parks, guests can look for special holiday makeovers at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. From a new package that celebrates the upcoming release of Disney’s Frozen with a choice of the Anna or Elsa "looks" to the Holiday Minnie Package, special seasonal offerings will be available at at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland inside Disneyland park (note that separate Theme Park admission is required) until January 3, 2014. Visit our Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique page for more info on these special packages.
Holiday Gift Cards with Pins
Disney continues the tradition of packaging Disney pins with Disney Gift Cards that began a few years ago. These cards come in four different designs which when combined make one complete scene featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy preparing for the holidays. The Disney Gift Cards can be used for practically all-things Disney and each contains a limited release pin. Cards are offered for $75.00 each. When purchased, you get a gift card worth $75.00 and a complimentary ornament pin. Look for them at Emporium and Disney Showcase at Disneyland park; Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park; and World of Disney at Downtown Disney District.
Online Merrier Card Maker
Disney's online holiday card maker for creating ecards has return this year. Send holiday greetings from the Disneyland Resort to your friends and family. Select from either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure scenes. Personalize your card by uploading a photo. Classic Disney characters will help you out.
Holiday Gift Cards with Extra Magic
This holiday season there are new Disney Gift Card designs, which, with the help of a smart phone, allow guests to add a little magic to create more holiday fun. The design available at Disneyland Resort, features Mickey and Pluto standing in front of a festive Sleeping Beauty Castle complete with garland, lights and a wreath. Enjoy the sounds of some joyful music and watch as the sky behind Sleeping Beauty Castle fill with fireworks. A transparent sky allows guests with a smart phone to see fireworks appear behind Sleeping Beauty Castle. To add "Magic" to your Disney Gift Card: Find the special holiday Disney Gift Card at locations throughout Disneyland Resort and scan the QR code or visit AddSomeMagic.com. You may then
1. Play video (make sure volume is turned on)
2. Rotate phone to Landscape
3. And place your Disney Gift Card in upper left hand part of the screen for some extra "magic".
The Disney Gift Card can be used to purchase your favorite Disney merchandise and entertainment to bring the magic of Disney to life. Give them to friends and family and allow them to shop, dine, stay and play at Disney destinations nationwide. The gift card may be loaded with as little as $5.
Personalized Christmas Ornaments and Other Items
Guests visiting the Disneyland Resort through January 4, 2014, can add a personal touch to holiday ornaments purchased at China Closet in Disneyland park and Julius Katz & Sons in Disney California Adventure park. Choose from a selection of holiday ornaments, such as a Mickey Mouse head-shaped ornament, and for a nominal fee a Disney artist will handwrite your name or the date on it, in your choice of color. Plus, for a little extra holiday magic, ask the artist about special designs that can be added as accents to your personalization ornament. Embroidered personalization is also available on hats, stockings, apparel, fleece blankets and more at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. For a great Consider having your family’s name embroidered for a nominal fee on our new Snowy Car fleece blanket, which can be found at Radiator Springs Curios in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.
New! "Cars" Greeting Cards
Fans of Disney and “Cars,” can pickup set of 12 cards in Cars Land merchandise stores. The greeting cards feature four different designs: Tow Mater, Lightning McQueen, Sally and Ramone! Each card includes a cleverly themed holiday message such as Happy New Gear, Dashing Through the Snow, Fueltide Cheer and Feliz Navidad.
Holiday Merchandising Events
- December 1: Stop by WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to check out Miss Mindy’s frosty holiday custom Vinylmation collection.
- December 6-8 and December 20 – 22: Meet Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick from 12 – 10 p.m., each day at World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District and celebrate the release of her new holiday collection.
For more information about the holidays at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com/holidays.