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Planning on traveling to the Happiest Place on Earth for the holidays? Book your SuperShuttle in advance to make your arrival to Disneyland that much easier! If you are going to be there this season, you are in for a treat! The beautiful decorations, nice weather and delicious Disney food will get you in the holiday spirit.
Being at Disneyland any time of year is magical, but go during the holidays and expect even more magic! Disneyland usually starts putting up their decorations around November 13th and they keep them up until January 6th. So you can enjoy the holiday magic for a few months. There is so much happening at Disneyland and California Adventure and trust us, you don’t want to miss this amazing time of year. Here are the top ten things to expect at Disneyland and California Adventure during the holiday season.
1. Holiday parade- This seasonal tradition will bring joy to all who attend. The sensational parade will take place in Disneyland Park. A variety of floats will be displayed with magical Christmas decorations and characters to go along. Some of the feature floats include Anna, Elsa and Olaf Frozen Float, Letter to Santa Float with Mickey, Minnie, and Chip n’ Dale, also a Candlelight ball featuring the Disney Princesses! Make sure to find your seats early on Main Street U.S.A. to get the best view of the parade.
2. Food- Disneyland and California Adventure add new foods around the parks to get everyone into the holiday spirit! If you are looking for a delicious festive treat, you will find it at almost any corner. With the classic churros and fruity dole whip, you won’t run out of options here. Head on over to California Adventure’s Pizza Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and try a slice of the Pumpkin Cheesecake. Travel down to New Orleans Square and try the Candy Cane Beignets at not only the Mint Julep Bar but also Café Orleans. And who could turn down a Carmel Apple Muffin? Enjoy this treat at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café, The Coffee House and Main Street Cappuccino Cart. All of which are located in Disneyland. Other holiday scrumptious treats include ice cream sundaes, tamales and enchiladas and mint chocolate whoopie pies! To learn more about these treats click here.
3. Special Effects On Rides- There are several rides at Disneyland that change for the holiday season. Jack the Skeleton has taken over the Haunted Mansion! His scary Christmas decorations and ghoulish friends have invaded the mansion and turned it into a spooky Christmas. If you have seen the film The Nightmare Before Christmas, you will understand the concept behind the ride. If you haven’t seen the movie, riders will still enjoy the new twist on having a “jolly” Christmas. The Jingle Cruise, also known as The Jungle Cruise, has transformed into a winter wonderland! Christmas Decorations have been dropped from an airplane and the Jingle Cruise animals are in the full Christmas spirit! The last ride that has a Christmas touch is the famous “It’s a Small World.” The entire outside of the ride is decorated in beautiful and colorful lights! The whole structure is covered with thousands of lights and the clock face has a Santa hat as well. The famous ride has been around since 1966 and is still a hit today.
4. Tree- On the 60 foot tall Christmas tree there are about 2,365 ornaments on it which make for the perfect photo opportunity for the family. The tree is front and center on Main Street, U.S.A., so you can’t miss it! Check out more fun tree facts here.
5. Main street USA decorations- There are 79,000 ornaments all throughout Main Street! The Disney Christmas decorations are prevalent on Main Street and are a site to see during this holiday season.
6. Hotels- If you are staying at a hotel near Disneyland, then you will be in for a treat! When you book your airfare to Disneyland, make sure to also book your SuperShuttle or ExecuCar ride to ensure you make it to your hotel safe and sound. When you book your ride, you are able to relax and focus on the fun times you and your family will have at Disneyland! If you stay at the Disneyland resort, be ready, because as soon as you step out of your SuperShuttle a room full of decorations awaits your stay.
7. Downtown Disney- Enjoy the Downtown Disney Winter Village where you are able to shop, ice skate and see all of the festive decorations. Downtown Disney offers a variety of shops that appeal to both adults and children. Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink is a fun way to stay entertained. The ice rink circles a decorated Christmas tree and friendly music all around. Prices vary on age, click here to see pricing. You can explore Downtown Disney free of charge and can have free parking up to four hours long. See details here.
8. California Adventure Events- What is better than one theme park? Two Parks. Disney offers what they call a “hopper” pass that you are able to use. Which means you are able to enter both parks in the same day, with a different price of course. California Adventure does have its own holiday events going on. From the famous World of Color show to Cars Land decorations, you will be in for excitement. For more information on the California Adventure events, click here.
9. Castle Events- At the end of your day enjoy a fantastic fireworks presentation in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland! Enjoy the music and characters as they glide across the castle. Sing along to the classic Disney songs and enjoy the show from Main Street U.S.A. There is a special surprise at the end of the show for all of the guests to really feel the holiday spirit! We won’t spoil that for you though. This show is the perfect way to end your fun day at Disneyland.
10. Be safe and have fun- To ensure a safe ride to your Disney vacation hotel from the airport, book with the reliable service of SuperShuttle. On a shared ride, you will be able to meet other Disney enthused travelers and save money. Make sure to book your round trip and focus on what is important on your trip.