Celebrating the Holidays at Disneyland in Anaheim, California

Lex sez:

It has been several years since the last time we went to Disneyland, and even longer since we went during the holiday season.  But I was invited by my very kind cousin to join in a birthday celebration and we were only too happy to accept!  We entered the park close to noon, but we still got to enjoy so much.

The first thing you notice when you come in is all the beautiful Christmas decorations.  There is a huge Christmas tree at the beginning of Main Street that looks like it’s about 50 feet high!  Walking down Main Street, you can see the Sleeping Beauty Castle also decked out with snow and holiday ornaments.

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While all the rides we went on were tons of fun (Hyperspace Mountain being my favorite!) there were two I particularly enjoyed for their holiday makeovers.

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One was It’s a Small World Holiday.  They really did a remarkable job of redecorating the outside and inside of the ride to fit the holiday spirit.  But more than that, they managed to integrate the song that plays throughout the ride so that it synthesized perfectly to the tune of Jingle Bells.  No matter what your mood might be going in, you can’t help but exit with a smile on your face!

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The other ride with a holiday spin was the Haunted Mansion Holiday.  For both the exterior and interior of the ride, the mansion has been redecorated to show the artwork and characters of the movie Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.  It was really great to see how it incorporated that along with so many characters from the original ride.  There were not only new sights and sounds, but new smells – at one point you could smell gingerbread on the ride!

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Disneyland was open until midnight and we almost stayed that long, leaving at 11:40.  It was a wonderful experience and we were very happy to share it with family.  Now we share it with everyone!

Neek sez:

Lex, Sar (Neek’s sister) and I were invited to visit Disneyland with Lex’s relatives in Anaheim, California.  We had such an amazing time.  This was the first that we had ever experienced the holiday shows and decorations at Disneyland.

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They sure make this place the “Happiest Place on Earth” during this time!

Lex especially enjoyed visiting the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland and I enjoyed riding “It’s a Small World Holiday”.  Sar really liked how the Haunted Mansion had transformed into “The Nightmare Before Christmas” attraction.

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The Sleeping Beauty Castle was already beautiful during the daytime but wow, at night it was spectacular!  The crowds were big and noisy but being with family was such a special time and we enjoyed it thoroughly.

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