Disneyland Holiday Tips to Help You Enjoy the Christmas Season
The Holidays at the Disneyland resort are extra magical. There is something special in the air and in the festive details all around the resort. Here are some Disneyland holiday tips for how to enjoy the Christmas season when you visit Disneyland this year.
Bring a Sweater or Jacket
Even though the winters are mild in Southern California, the desert climate means that after nightfall the temperature drops dramatically. It's not going to snow (at least not for real), but you will be happier if you pack an extra layer or two, just to stay comfortable. It also helps to get into the holiday spirit when you wear warmer clothes. Bring a backpack that you can carry water snacks and other essentials in and carry your additional clothing inside. Otherwise, you can store personal items in the locker room near the test wall midway down Main Street USA.
Buy Park Hopper Upgrades
Even if you stay for two days at the Disneyland resort, or purchase multi-day tickets so you can experience each park, it's a good idea to take the Park Hopper upgrade so you can go back and forth between the two. It's much easier to hop from park to park at the Disneyland resort than it is at Walt Disney World. The gates are less than a minute away from each other. There is so much going on at both parks, that if you hop on the first day of your visit, you can see in both parks, what attractions and entertainment you would like to return to. If you stick to one park per day, you almost need a third day, to pick up on anything you missed on your first go-round.
Visit the Grand Californian
Whether or not you stay at one of the Disneyland resort hotels, you should take time during your schedule to pop into the lobby at the Grand Californian. This vast space features cozy seating, splendid holiday decor, a Christmas tree, and an enormous fireplace. This is a particularly inviting place when you need a break from the crowds and some hot chocolate. You can even enjoy a holiday buffet at the Storyteller Cafe, or a special character brunch with Mickey Mouse.
Take the Downtown Disney Monorail
If you are doing some holiday shopping in Downtown Disney, enjoying drinks, or touring hotels and want to experience the holiday magic of Disneyland at night, hop on the monorail at Disney Springs. It's an express path to Tomorrowland and it positions you for a short Walk to It's a Small World Holiday or the Train Station. The Disneyland Railroad will take you past the historic Grand Canyon and Primeval World dioramas and reveal a lit-up Town Square at the end of the tunnel. Enjoy the charm and warmth of Main Street USA, or stay on track for New Orleans Square and the Haunted Mansion Holiday.
Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort Tour
If you want to gain some inside scoops and visit all the magic of the holidays at Disneyland. The 2.5 hours guided tour includes reserved viewing for A Christmas Fantasy Parade. The audio-enhanced tour is refreshed every year so returning guests can experience something new, including updated collectible souvenirs.
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