Nothing says Christmas like Disney! Check out the Disneyland Holidays Tips for the Disney World Lover, as I go to Disneyland for the first time during the holiday season. This post is sponsored by Disney. All magical opinions are my own. #TheLastJediEvent
Disneyland Holidays Tips for the Disney World Lover
Wait a minute. So you’re telling me that they decorate the inside of the Disneyland rides?
This was me trying to wrap my brain around the fact that Disneyland changes the physical rides during the holiday season. It felt taboo. But yet here I was, my first Disneyland Holidays visit and I was about to step into a world of Disney as I had never experienced before. So as a Disney World lover (slightly obsessed fanatical), I’m sharing my top Disneyland Holidays Tips – just for you. What rides do I recommend you go on (at least once), what decor is a must-see and did I become a Disneyland Holidays convert?
Disneyland Holidays Video
First thing’s first. You gotta see the video! I captured some of the best highlights from Disneyland Holidays all on this quick and fun film to set this post in the holiday spirit tone.
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
Admittedly, I’m still a little biased towards our lovely Cinderella’s Castle back home. But when those lights are twinkling and your eyes are getting misty over a festive Disneyland Castle, that’s when you know that they’ve got you. It’s definitely not the holidays without a picture right here.
It’s a Small World
Now I have been on It’s a Small World, the Disneyland edition before during my first Disneyland visit. And trust me when I say I was in shock the first time I went on this ride. The additions of the Disney character dolls in the ride (I’m still begging for this to happen at Disney World) were such a nice touch as well as a ride that feels like it’s twice as long.
But add in Christmas magic and the whole feel of the ride changes. Elaborate decorations, weaving in Christmas songs in between the usual tune (Say WHAT?!), and rows of Christmas lights lining the pathway to the “Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed,” it’s the holiday feel good ride of the season.
Sandy Claws, The Boogeyman and a floating Madame Leota ornament head – I would say this ride is pretty memorable. Disneyland goes all out for Christmas with big changes to the beloved Haunted Mansion Ride. The animatronics were fantastical as the usual characters were replaced with Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie, Zero, Sally and more. Each scene had new sights to take in as The Nightmare Before Christmas ride takeover begins at the entrance, continues into the stretching room and right onto the ride. Impressed – definitely.
I want a Cars Land in Florida. Some of my favorite Disneyland Holidays decorations were definitely in Cars Land. Wandering down the roads of Radiator Springs, taking rare photos with some of my favorite Disney Cars characters….and I didn’t even ride any rides!
Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
Ok, so maybe this isn’t the “holiday ride” you were expecting on this list. But seriously how can you resist going on Star Tours when at Disneyland? Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit more than riding Star Tours the same month that Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out. It’s like a serious early Christmas present, right?
And with the new updates, Star Tours – The Adventure Continues now has the only sneak peek of what awaits us in the new movie. Ice foxes, the new land Crait, and a serious battle of all-new AT-M6 walkers and some really cool low-riding Resistance ships (Or land speeders? I’m not entirely sure since no name has been revealed yet). I love getting a feel of how the new movie will be when we get to finally watch it. It’s not the holidays without Star Wars!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters December 15th, 2017. I’m thinking a little Star Tours ride is in order for the holiday season, am I right?
Get excited with another look at The Last Jedi trailer (because I know you’ve watched 20 times already).
I’m a sap when it comes to the holidays at Disney. And now even more so that I’ve been to both Disneyland and Disney World during the most wonderful time of the year. And while I admit that I will always be that Disney World fanatic, Disneyland now holds a special place in my heart during this season.
And Disney World, can we upgrade our It’s a Small World ride? Just saying.
What are your best Disneyland Holidays Tips? What’s your favorite part of the holidays at Disney?
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Amy D says
I have never been to Disneyland, but live near Disney World. I had no idea that Disneyland changes the physical rides during the holiday season. I would love to go to Disneyland someday and see the differences.