This past trip to Disneyland we were lucky enough to enjoy the Christmas decor in January. While I would NEVER reccomend that anyone go to Disneyland during the actual Christmas holidays, I can’t exult enough over how I think you should go when the Christmas decor is still up!
If you don’t know by now, I am a total Christmas freakazoid. It’s my favorite holiday. I have a massive tree that I take hours to decorate ever year. I collect Christmas moose.
So when you add Disney to Christmas?
My mind just blows up.
The very best part of Christmas at Disneyland is the Haunted Mansion. Oh my goodness. It combines my love of creepy things, Christmas AND Disney.
It was my very first time seeing the Haunted Mansion at Christmas.
I couldn’t stop taking pictures.
Waiting in line? No problem.
There are little Christmas delights for you to enjoy the entire time you line up.
The exterior of the mansion is just amazing.
Once you are inside, you can see how the ride is changed to the Nightmare Before Christmas theme and if you are like me and adore this movie you seriously HAVE TO SEE IT.
The “Ghost Host” , once you step into the octagonal room, introduces you with the verses:
“Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems, in a place that perhaps you’ve seen in your dreams. For the story that you are about to be told, began in the holiday worlds of old. I know you’re curious to see what’s inside, it’s what happens when two holidays collide.”
As luck would have it, as soon as we were off the ride and wandering around New Orleans Square, guess who was hanging around the back part?
The whole family was thrilled to see Jack Skellington out and about. During all of our trips there, we have never seen him! So make sure to hang around New Orleans square and check every once in a while to see if he’s there!! It seemed that he was hanging around the back around the shops, not coming out to the front at all.
Another ride that slightly changes is the Jungle Cruise, into the Jingle Cruise. It only has a few Christmas joked interwoven into the commentary, nothing like the Haunted Mansion overhaul!
The last ride that really goes all out at Christmas is It’s a Small World. The outside is lit up in an incredible light display. I was so glad that I brought along my wide angle lens this past trip.
It’s absolutely spectacular.
Not only that, the song changes to Jungle Bells and inside there are all sorts of holiday themes for different culture and I must admit, we rode on it three times this past trip.
I would like to point out that as a Canadian who enjoys blizzards, ice storms and more on a regular basis that a Christmas parade with green trees, warm sun and blue skies makes me feel incredibly Christmasy.
Oh man you guys. This is seriously my kind of Christmas.
Give me fake snow any day. Please.
The Christmas parade at Disneyland is incredible and my favorite one of all.
My favorite area in all the Disney Parks is New Orleans Square. I’ve always loved it and now that I’ve seen it during Christmas, I love it even more.
The decorations are sooo beautiful!
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle?
Decked out beyond measure.
The last time I have been in Disneyland for Christmas was actually Christmas, when I was 19. That is almost 20 years ago now and while it was busy then, Christmas at Disneyland now is what I would call insane. Go before or after, but I wouldn’t go during any time that school break is on. It’s crazy. Attendance numbers are the highest they are all year and they’ve even closed the gates for people entering on occasion since the park was full.
The next time we go for the Christmas decor, we will go when it all starts, in mid-November, before it gets crazy. It’s a quieter time to go but you still get to enjoy a lot of the Christmas fun! Just make sure to always check the schedule to see what’s going on.
Have you ever been to Disneyland at Christmas? What are your thoughts?