disneyland, the happiest place on earth just got a wee bit merrier – & i LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
now through january 6th, 2014 you can experience the holidays in a practically-perfect winter wonderland setting… & let me tell you, there is definitely a special magic in the air.
decorations galore, tasty holiday-inspired treats (the holiday gingerbread beignets at the cafe orleans are to-die-for), “a christmas fantasy” parade with mickey & minnie actually skating on a moving pond, brightly lit & seasonally dressed lamp posts, christmas trees (including the giant spectacular tree that towers over everything & everyone on main st).
literally thousands of sparkling lights, santa & his reindeer – live & in person, “believe… in holiday magic” firework show & the always-anticipated snowfall, holiday transformations of both “it’s a small world,” “haunted mansion holiday,” “jungle cruise” & so much more.
a beautiful christmas tree takes center stage near carthay circle on buena vista street, inside disney california adventure. the nighttime “mad t party” will be featuring alice and the mad hattar’s own brand of “off-kilter holiday spirit” in hollywood land. giant christmas lights & oversized ornaments can be found inside “a bug’s land.”
the nightly “world of color – winter dreams” show welcomes special holiday host olaf, the snowman (from the movie froze) & includes winter scenes from loved classic movies, new music and special effects. & even the the “phineas and ferb’rs rockin’ rollin’ dance party,” & paradise gardens have been given a holiday makeover – you can’t miss “disney ¡viva navidad!”
but my absolute favorite? the lights & holiday decor found in cars land.
each & every “address” along route 66 in cars land (flo’s V-8 café, fillmore’s, cozy cone motel, luigi’s casa della tires and more) features holiday décor that reflects the personality of the “cars” character who lives there.
i for one am love all the lights, sounds & of course, the snow. my kids are already excited about actually meeting santa & getting to pet his reindeer, at the reindeer roundup. & have i mentioned all the tasty treats? handmade candy canes, spiced apple cider, shortbread snowman & zesty tamales… my, oh my! but most of all – i love seeing my kids faces light up as they take it all in.
this is definitely the most wonderful time of the year at the “happiest place on earth.”
disclaimer: i was invited to disney holidays as a member of the “press.” all opinions are my own & i’ve loved (& attended) disneyland during the holiday season for years & years.