Disney Favorites Through the Alphabet – “H” (continued)

In my last post, I gave you just a quick overview of the holiday offerings that my family has experienced at Walt Disney World.  We had so much fun during that trip that we were happy when it worked out that we could go to Disneyland the next year for the holidays.  There is nothing more magical than a Disney park during the holiday season with icicle lights on the castle and decorations everywhere.

So, without further ado, we will head to Disneyland for a brief overview of the holidays there. We will start with It’s a Small World, which is one of the attractions that gets a holiday overlay and becomes…

During the fireworks and some of the clock chimes, holiday images are projected on the It’s a Small World building facade…

similar to the “The Memories, the Magic, and You!” that is currently being shown in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. After the fireworks, “snow” falls in the area in front of It’s a Small World (in Disneyland) just like it does on Main Street. Because of the projections and the snow, my family prefers to watch the fireworks from the raised area near It’s a Small World.

Big Thunder Ranch is converted to Santa’s Reindeer Roundup, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  A few reindeer (and sometimes a Pluto reindeer) make this a great place to spend some down time with your kids.

All the residents of Mickey’s Toontown take great care to decorate the entire town.  Goofy’s house is above with some of his Christmas decorations.  Minnie Mouse stays true to her feminine side with decorations in pink.

Because Disneyland does not have a hard ticketed Christmas party, the parade (A Christmas Fantasy) is shown to all guests with proper park admission through the holiday season. Disneyland’s holiday season this year is November 14, 2011 – January 8, 2012. {Note: Please make sure to verify times and dates for all events mentioned in this post, as schedules can and do change.} During our holiday trip in 2010, my family splurged on the “Holiday Time at Disneyland” tour. Well, I thought it was a splurge until after it was completed. This tour was comprised of a tour of the holiday decorations in Disneyland plus a ride on the Haunted Mansion Holiday and It’s a Small World Holiday. We got to ride the attractions without waiting in the rather lengthy lines. Our tour also included a gingerbread cookie, hot chocolate in a holiday mug, a collectible pin, and reserved VIP seating (in chairs) for A Christmas Fantasy Parade. So, we didn’t have to sit on the cold curb, nor did we have to stake out our spot long in advance. This was definitely worth it to us!

This is just a brief overview of the holiday offerings at Disneyland and is not a complete list of everything that is available.

So, let me be one of the first to wish you a…

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