Tag Archives: Disneyland Resort

Top 5 Tips for a Rainy Day at Disneyland Resort in California

Top 5 Tips for a Rainy Day at Disneyland Resort in California

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Rainy Day at Disneyland
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

While the sun is often shining upon the Disneyland Resort, there is a rainy day now and then. If you think damp weather puts a damper on a day at Disneyland, think again! Here are five tips for enjoying a rainy day at Disneyland Resort.

Pack that Poncho…
…or grab one when you get here! Many Disneyland Resort merchandise locations offer ponchos and umbrellas. If you don’t see them on the shelves, just ask a cast member.

Rainy Day at Disneyland
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Take it Inside
Whether you’re learning to draw at the Disney Animation Building in Disney California Adventurepark or exploring a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland park, there are many indoor attractions that will keep the fun going while keeping you dry. Check out the list of indoor attractions on Disneyland.com.

One More Time!
Rainy days can mean more opportunities to ride your favorite attractions!

Unique Photo Opportunities
Rainy days are the perfect time to catch a unique photo of icons like Sleeping Beauty Castle, framed by dramatic clouds or even reflected in a puddle. For inspiration, check out these rainy day reflection photos from former Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer.

Rainy Day at Disneyland
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Catch a Show
The climate is always nice when you’re enjoying an amazing show inside a comfortable theater. Cozy up for “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” or settle in for the classic Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln!

What are your best tips for enjoying a day at Disneyland Resort? Tell us in the comments!

Top 10 Reasons to Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Disneyland Resort Hotel

Disneyland Resort vacation goes way beyond the theme parks. A stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel is as much a part of the experience as a ride on Space Mountain! Between Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, theDisneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, there are many options for staying in the magic. But why choose a Disneyland Resort hotel for your vacation? Here are the top ten reasons to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel!

1. More time to play: All Disneyland Resort hotel guests enjoy admission to select attractions, stores, entertainment and dining locations in Disneyland or Disney California Adventure parks for one full hour before the parks open to the general public on select days!

2. A warm welcome: Everyone knows that a stay in a Disneyland Resort hotel begins with a warm “Welcome!” from the cast members at the front desk. At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, more than 50 of these cast members have learned to say “welcome” in 10 different languages to make all guests feel at home.

3. Surf’s Up!

Disneyland Resort Hotel

Did you know that the PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is the only dining location at the Disneyland Resort where you can enjoy a meal with Mickey Mouse? The Surf’s Up! Mickey and Friends Breakfast is an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast experience, and seeing Mickey Mouse himself dressed in his beachy best is a perfect way to start surfing your way through a fantastic day at the Disneyland Resort.

4. Closer to the magic

Disneyland Resort Hotel

Staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel puts you just steps away from all there is to do at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks and the Downtown Disney District. Plus, you’re surrounded by all the special Disney details that make the Disneyland Resort such a magical place to be – you never have to leave the Happiest Place on Earth until it’s time to go home!

5. Get shipwrecked at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Disneyland Resort Hotel


Thirsty travelers over 21 years of age can order a Shipwreck on the Rocks or Krakatoa Punch at this tropical oasis at the Disneyland Hotel. But be careful, because the tiki gods might just create a fearsome lightning storm (complete with thunder and a sinking ship in a bottle) or cause a volcano eruption.

6. Kids have a getaway of their own

Disneyland Resort Hotel

Pinocchio’s Workshop offers supervised play and themed activities each evening for children (ages 5 – 12) of hotel guests, providing parents an opportunity to have their own adventures. This fun-filled child activity center is located at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa but is open to guests staying at any of the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

7. A ‘Signature’ experience

Disneyland Resort Hotel

While every guest room at a Disneyland Resort hotel includes special Disney touches, the six themed Signature Suites at the Disneyland Hotel fully immerse guests in the magic of Disneyland. From the replica of Davy Jones’ Dead Man’s Chest in the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite to a twinkling Tinker Bell turning on the lights of theSleeping Beauty Castle model in the Fairy Tale Suite, it would take much longer than one night to see all the details in these extraordinary suites.

8. Something special for fitness fanatics

While a walk in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks is a great way to stay in shape during a vacation, a power walk before a park opens to the public is a special treat. The early-morning Get Up and Go Power Walk through Disney California Adventure Park and Fitness Fusion class at the outdoor fireplace at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are open to guests at all three hotels.

9. See more with a tour: The Happiest Hotel on Earth tour at the Disneyland Hotel teaches guests about the history and heritage of the hotel, while the Art of the Craft tour at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa shows the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement on the hotel. These tours are complimentary and available on select days to all guests, including those not staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, though reservations are encouraged.

10. Time for a bedtime story: Everyone loves a good story — and there’s nothing quite like having your own personal storyteller at bedtime. Guests cuddle up with blankets and gather in the rocking chairs around the stone fireplace in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to hear Tales from the Hearth. It’s a great way for the whole family to wind down after a day at the parks. But if you miss it, no fear: just turn to the designated channel on your TV at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels to hear Disney’s Princess Story Time. What better way to have sweet dreams?

Which one is your favorite Disneyland Resort Hotel?

Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park to Open July 18, 2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

You will now be able to team up with some of your favorite Avengers at Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure park beginning July 18, 2020! Avengers Campus is comprised of several heroic locations—each hosted by a different Super Hero or their ally—to share their unique powers, technology and knowledge with recruits.

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

The Avengers campus at Disney California Adventure Park is set up by the Avengers to recruit the next generation of Super Heroes. 

Sling webs with Spider-Man

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Avengers Campus is home to the Worldwide Engineering Brigade – also known as “WEB” – which will house the new Spider-Man experience, the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature this iconic Super Hero. This new family-friendly attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, invites guests to put their web-slinging skills to the test.

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

During an open house at WEB, the aspiring inventors are excited to invite you for a test drive of their latest invention: the “Web Slinger” vehicle, which allows you to sling webs just like Spider-Man! The attraction gives you a taste of what it’s like to have actual super powers as you help Spider-Man collect Spider-Bots that have run amok.

The innovative technology adapted specifically for this attraction includes a seamless blend of 3D and new interface, which allows guests to go on a mission and experience what it’s like to have super powers and sling webs alongside Spider-Man.

Photo: Disney

“Suit up” with the latest gear, including Spider-Bots from WEB

The WEB Suppliers store is where you will find the latest WEB inventions, including interactive Spider-Bots much like the ones you will see in the new attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. Each Spider-Bot has a remote control, and all eight articulated legs move forward and backward. Best of all, you can tap into your inner WEB inventor by customizing your Spider-Bot with tactical upgrades to harness the powers and styles of favorite Super Heroes, including Black Panther, Iron Man and Black Widow, as well as Ant-Man and The Wasp. 

Other must-have items at WEB Suppliers include a specially-designed backpack to carry Spider-Bots when they are not in action, Spider-Man light goggles, a take-home spider web kit and Funko Pop! vinyl figurines of Spider-Man and Iron Man.

Nearby, the Campus Supply Pod is the place to power up with official Avengers Campus gear, including performance fleece hoodies and tees, headwear, drinkware and other Super Hero supplies.

Photo: Disney

Enjoy tiny treats and big bites

When it’s time to take a break from the heroics, three new dining spots at Avengers Campus will offer dishes that are rich in both flavor and storytelling.

Pym Test Kitchen is a food innovation science lab where the food and drinks tell a story. Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp use “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about anything, Pym Technologies applies this innovative science to the creation of shareable bites, inventive-sized entrees and sweet treats. You will be able to taste-test such items as the Impossible™ plant-based large and micro meatballs with pasta, or the “Pym-ini,” a panini served by the slice or as a long, multi-portion sandwich. 

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Adjacent to the Pym Test Kitchen, an oversized beer can overhead signals that grown-up beverage tastings are available at Pym Tasting Lab. Adults can order a craft beer, ranging from a blood orange hefeweizen to an amber lager or try one of the Pym Research Staff’s Pym Particle-infused cocktail experiments.

Next, the Avengers have invited the crew of their favorite “shawarma joint” in New York, the Shawarma Palace, to open a second location at the Campus. Enjoy favorite shawarma-inspired snacks at this food cart, which is decked out with memorabilia since the Shawarma Palace owners are huge Avenger fans. Lastly, Taneleer Tivan did not limit his collection to lovable misfits; he is also curating a weird and wonderful menu of intergalactic eats at the Terran Treats food cart near Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! 

Team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy

Speaking of, we will continue to celebrate Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the fan-favorite attraction that opened in 2017, as one of the anchor attractions of Avengers Campus. This rockin’ adventure blasts you straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As you help Rocket bust his pals out of the Collector’s Fortress, you will experience raucous mayhem, music inspired by the soundtracks from the movies and thrilling free-fall drop sequences!

Photo: Disney

Encounter a formidable villain in a land full of heroes

Last but certainly not least, throughout Avengers Campus, Super Heroes will come to life in ways that are more exciting than ever. You may have heroic encounters with Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, the Dora Milaje, Thor and even villains like Loki. We’re excited to also share that Ant-Man and The Wasp will be making their first appearances in the park, and Iron Man himself will be debuting his new armor in Avengers Campus: the Mark 80.

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

You may even have the chance to witness Spider-Man swinging into action high above Avengers Campus with gravity-defying, acrobatic feats never seen before in a Disney theme park. 

At a nearby ancient sanctum, Doctor Strange will train recruits in the mystic arts by bringing this ancient sanctum to life with powerful spells. At night, the area glows even more vividly with majestic colors and lights, pulsating with mystic energy.

Finally, every hero needs a formidable villain to fight… the villainous Taskmaster, who will have a role in the upcoming film “Black Widow,” will be seen for the first time at a Disney park at Avengers Campus. Taskmaster’s abilities include photographic reflexes. Taskmaster can replicate Super Hero moves, making this new villain a balanced foe for the Campus heroes.

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

As Super Heroes continue to assemble at the campus, one of its iconic buildings will be the Avengers Headquarters where you should be on the lookout for Avengers in action.

Join the conversation online @Disneyland #AvengersCampus 

Do you have any Marvel Avengers fans in your family? When is your next Disneyland vacation?

Enjoy the 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival with Sips, Savories and Signature Events

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

It’s almost the tastiest time of year for foodies as the 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to the Disneyland Resort! From Feb. 28 to April 21, you can enjoy the California-inspired festival with a classic Disney twist. Experience specialty eats and sips, culinary experiences and entertainment that will satisfy any palate.

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

This year, the Festival Marketplace will welcome back some of your favorite marketplaces, such as Avocado Time and Cluck-A-Doodle-Moo. The best way to enjoy all of the marketplaces is to purchase the popular Sip and Savor Pass, which includes eight opportunities to try all of your favorite and new palate discoveries! Over at Sonoma Terrace, you can enjoy a new limited-time expanded wine and beer menu under the relaxing shade. The festival continues at the Paradise Gardens Bandstand and Palisades Stage with live music.

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Make sure to experience “Jammin’ Chefs,” where your favorite Disney characters join in on some cooking themed musical fun. 

Over at the Hollywood Backlot Stage, you can learn how to add some sizzle into your kitchen as Disney and celebrity chefs share their secrets and tips to preparing their favorite dishes during cooking demonstrations. On select days, you can even join Chef Daniella Malfitano for a special demonstration dedicated to family-friendly cooking.   

If the kids want to take control in the kitchen, they can with Chef Goofy at Jr. Chef. On select days, Kids can create their own treats with the supervision of Chef Goofy at the Hollywood Backlot Stage. Additionally, make sure to stop by the craft stations throughout the festival! 

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

The excitement continues with new signature events that take the culinary storytelling experience to new temperatures. Reservations fill quickly, so make sure to claim your spot today! Take a look at this years experiences below:

NEW! Disney Culinary Adventure Tour – On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the festival, you have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the many kitchens in Disney California Adventure Park. Learn from guest chefs as they prepare menus and see how the festival comes to life! 

Winemaker Reception– Indulge your senses with exquisite food and wine pairings as a professional winemaker explains the grandeur of your experience at Carthay Circle Restaurant.  

  • Enjoy the tasting of Skywalker Vineyards on Mar. 20 
  • Enjoy the tasting of Fess Parker Winery on Mar. 27 
  • Enjoy the tasting of Silverado Vineyard on Apr. 10 

Winemaker Dinner – Embark on an unforgettable 5-course meal and wine pairing at Steakhouse 55 while learning from your very own vintner on March 18. 

Wine, Beer & Spirits Seminars – On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the festival, you can visit Sonoma Terrace to partake in wine, beer and spirits seminars. You’ll learn from winemakers, brewmasters and distillers as you quench your thirst and learn what goes into making your favorite sips. 

Enjoy all that the 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival has to offer this year. From California-inspired tastes and sips to the indulgent Winemaker Dinner, there is something for everybody!

Are you heading to the Disneyland Resort this spring? We’re so excited for all of the delicious adventures awaiting us!

For events taking place in Disney California Adventure park, valid theme park admission is required. Additional fees and advanced reservations for seminars, demonstrations and events may be required, and space at the events is limited. Full payment is due at time of booking, and there are no cancellations, exchanges or refunds. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol and to participate in some events; valid photo ID required. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

Enjoy the Ultimate Date Night at Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts Nite

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

The Happiest Place on Earth transforms into the most romantic for Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts Nite at Disneyland park. Love will definitely be in the air during this special, after-park hours event, which includes unique entertainment, special food, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, collectible merchandise and more.

While the event on February 13 is already sold out, there are still tickets available for you to take your special someone on February 12! Sweethearts Nite takes place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Disneyland park. Here’s what we have planned for the ultimate Disney date night:

Magical entertainment

Hop aboard the Mark Twain for a moonlight cruise. If you’re looking to get in the groove, boogie down at a love song-themed dance party. For a nostalgic treat, Golden Horseshoe will be transformed into “Tempus Fugit Celebration,” paying tribute to Walt and Lillian Disney’s 30th anniversary party held just four days before Disneyland Park opened in 1955 (presented by D23: The official Disney Fan Club).

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Character encounters

Enjoy encounters with darling Disney couples, including Princess Tiana and Naveen, Hercules and Megara, and of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Royal Princess Ball 

Waltz beside the world’s best-loved Disney couples at a glitzy royal ball, featuring Aurora and Prince Phillip, Jasmine and Aladdin, Cinderella and Prince Charming and others!

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Limited-time food

Savor a scrumptious menu of sweet and savory shareables. Yummy nibbles and sips to look forward to include the Pucker Up Churro at the Tomorrowland cart and Sweet Cherry-Nova Milkshake at Galactic Grill. At Plaza Inn, the Sweethearts Dining Package will feature a three-course prix fixe meal of Spaghetti and Meatballs plate, Caesar Salad, Herbed Breadsticks, Cannoli and Beverage. Reservations are recommended and will be available to book on Disneyland.com starting Feb. 7.

Fireworks extravaganza

Swoon over a pyrotechnical spectacle, lighting up the night sky and hearts!

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Photo opportunities

Step into immersive photo backdrops featuring sweet scenes from iconic Disney films, including “Lady and the Tramp,” “Tangled,” “WALL-E,” and others! You’ll also receive unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the event.

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Merchandise

Commemorate the occasion with special event merchandise, including a lightweight Sweethearts Nite hoodie and two-piece limited-edition sweetheart pin set – designed to share!

If you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart, head to Emporium for beautiful fine jewelry at the Crislu trunk show where you will meet the designer, Amireh Parstabar and receive a free gift with purchase.

After-hour access to attractions

Ride popular attractions in Disneyland park with less time waiting in line! You’ll also have mix-in access to the park starting at 6 p.m.

Visit Disneyland.com for tickets and more information on this love affair. Parking fees are not included in the ticket price. 

When is your next Disneyland vacation? Will you attend a Disneyland After Dark event?

*The number of tickets available are limited and valid only for the specific event date and hours. Parking fees are not included in the ticket price.  Tickets can be purchased online, at Disney Desk locations in participating Good Neighbor Hotels, or by calling (714) 781-4636 until the day before the event, or at any Disneyland® Resort Ticket Booth.  Limit eight (8) tickets per person, and no discounts apply. Tickets not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Tickets are non-transferable, non-refundable and may not be resold. Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive; please check special event costume guidelines at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/faq/parks/dress/ for restrictions.  Offer and event elements are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year 2020 at Disney California Adventure Park

From the Disney Parks Blog:

It’s time to ring in the Lunar New Year 2020 at Disney California Adventure park! Starting January 17, you can usher in the new year with this vibrant, multicultural celebration which pays tribute to Chinese Vietnamese, and Korean cultures. Throughout the festival, you’ll find an array of unique holiday entertainment including Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession and Mickey and Minnie dressed in colorful costumes as well as commemorative merchandise and innovative menus celebrating delicious Asian cuisine. 

In addition to the menus below, you can also grab a Sip and Savor Pass! This souvenir credential features six pull-off tabs that can each be traded for one food item or one non-alcoholic beverage at any of the Marketplaces listed below. It can be purchased at various locations throughout the park, including the Sip and Savor Cart, Seaside Souvenirs, Kingswell, Elias & Co., and Festival Marketplaces. 

This comprehensive list offers a sneak peek at all of the delicious food and beverages awaiting you during Lunar New Year 2020 at Disney California Adventure Park! And don’t forget, mobile ordering is available for Paradise Garden Grill and Lucky Fortune Cookery, so if you fancy anything from their menu, use the Disneyland App to order ahead, skip the line, and get straight to snacking! 

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Longevity Noodle Co.

  • Chicken Meatballs and Lo Mein Noodles with Cabbage Salad and Apple-Ginger Sauce
  • Vegetable Egg Roll and Chilled Sesame Garlic Noodles with Cilantro-Cashew Sauce and Toasted Peanuts
  • Black Sesame Mochi Donut
  • Vietnamese Cold Brew with Coconut Milk
  • Tsingtao (bottled alcoholic beverage)
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Lucky 8 Lantern

  • Shrimp Fried Rice with Garlic Bacon Edamame
  • Smoked Beef Bulgogi Shortrib on Rice Cake
  • Manadarin Orange and Green Tea Tart 
  • Peach Sojito (alcoholic beverage)
  • Hitachino Nest Beer (bottled alcoholic beverage)
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Prosperity Bao & Buns

  • Char Siu Pork Bao – Chinese BBQ Pork with Pickled Red Onions and Jalapeño
  • Mickey Chinese Hot Dog Bun
  • Lychee-Grapefruit Gin Spritzer (alcoholic beverage)
  • Kloud Original Gravity Lager (canned alcoholic beverage)
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Red Dragon Spice Traders

  • Firecracker Three Cup Chicken Wings
  • Shrimp & Ginger Dumplings with Soy Reduction and Sriracha Mayo
  • Purple Yam Macaron with Crème Fraîche
  • Honey-Lime Green Tea
  • Honey-Lime Green Tea with Bourbon (alcoholic beverage)
  • Bottle Logic Hanamacahi (draft alcoholic beverage)
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Paradise Garden Grill (Mobile Order Available)

  • Korean Grilled Chicken
  • Plant-Based Orange Tempeh
  • Pork Belly Bahn Mi
  • Whole Deep-Fried Tilapia with Chili Lime Vinaigrette and Steamed Rice
  • Mango Mousse
  • Almond Milk Iced Tea
  • Orange Blossom Cocktail (alcoholic beverage)
  • Tiger Beer 
  • Kloud Beer 
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Lucky Fortune Cookery (Mobile Order Available)

  • Bao Bun with Seasonal Fruit

Outdoor Vending Carts

  • Almond Cookies
  • Bulgogi Chicken

Lamplight Lounge 

  • Pork Belly Egg Rolls – Fried crispy egg rolls stuffed with tender pork belly and served with spicy mango glaze, pickled carrots, leaf lettuce, fresh cucumber, and pork rinds

Lunar New Year 2020 runs Jan. 17 through Feb. 9 at Disney California Adventure park. Be sure to stop by and try all of this yummy food! For more information, visit the Disneyland Resort website

Are you celebrating Lunar New Year 2020 at Disneyland Resort?

Top 10 Activities for Kids at 2019 Holidays at Disneyland Resort

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Photo: Disney

The holiday season has arrived at the Disneyland Resort. To help you plan, here are some “winter-ful” holiday experiences and treats for kids at 2019 Holidays at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.

Photo: Disney

Disneyland Park

1. Celebrate Peace on Earth and board “it’s a small world” Holiday together

Your little ones will be in awe as they experience this classic attraction’s transformation into a festive yuletide winter wonderland with delight at every turn. New this year, you and your little ones will experience three immersive scents, including cherry blossom in Asia, holiday cinnamon in South America and coconut in the South Seas.

2. Take a gander at the festively funny garland around Mickey’s Toontown

Mickey will be home for the holidays and all are welcome to his wacky wonderland town complete with “toon” trees and decorations that celebrate Mickey and his pals’ seasonal styles. While you’re in town, take a tour of Mickey’s house and Minnie’s house for a greeting of a lifetime! 

3. Indulge in sweet holiday treats with your little sweeties

Children will enjoy the smells and tastes of the holidays with delicious holiday sweet treats! Take them to taste treats like the Mickey gingerbread man, Sugar Cookie Churro and Mickey & Minnie Crispy Treats at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

4. Bond together as a family and experience “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade

This classic parade has returned for the holiday season with magical floats and joyous characters. Enjoy seeing your children light up like a Christmas tree when they see the reindeer prance and the toy soldiers dance! Dazzling floats include Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” Woody and Buzz from “Toy Story,” the Disney Princesses and more!

5. Behold the awe-inspiring “Believe…In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular

Gaze at gorgeous Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle as it sparkles before you during this nighttime pyrotechnical spectacle – perfect for all ages! Your little ones will be amazed by the shimmering lights above and the “snow” that falls after the celebration!

Photo: Disney

Disney California Adventure Park

1. Dance along to the beat during “Mickey’s Happy Holidays” character celebration

Come cheer, the party’s here! As part of Disney Festival of Holidays, kids will love seeing their favorite characters from Disney and Pixar dance down the street to holiday rhythms beat by the Holiday Toy Drummers. 

2. Taste delicious food and enjoy kid-friendly crafts during Disney Festival of Holidays

Walk along and stop at the various Festival Foods Marketplace locations to experience belly-loving bites sure to please any little one. Some offerings include the holiday stuffing mac & cheese and hot cocoa marshmallow macaron. In between bites, take some time to make multicultural crafts — which are complimentary for kids!

3. Have yourselves a “haul-y” jolly season while exploring Cars Land

The residents of Radiator Springs have transformed the town with holiday décor for all to see! Two attractions have embraced the holiday spirit: Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. Your little ones will love singing along to “car-tunes,” such as “We Wish You Season’s Speedings” and “Carol of the Horns.” 

4. Visit with Santa at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Make your list and check it twice before heading to see Santa’s Holiday Visit at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Make sure to utilize Disney PhotoPass to capture memories of this holly jolly encounter.

5. Enjoy the nighttime spectacular “World of Color – Season of Light

Spread holiday magic by taking your little ones to experience this evening spectacular. Watch in awe as water, light, story and song are transformed into pure holiday magic.

We hope these experiences with your little ones will add to your family’s holiday traditions. What is your favorite holiday experiences for kids at 2019 Holidays at Disneyland Resort?

Four Unique Themes Planned for Early 2020 Disneyland After Dark Events

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Photo: Disney

Disneyland After Dark—the specially themed, after-hours park experience featuring unique entertainment, special food, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, collectible merchandise and more—kicks off 2020 with four distinct events at the Disneyland Resort! Four unique themes are planned for the early 2020 Disneyland After Dark events.

These separately ticketed evening events grant you special access to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park after closing. Select attractions will also remain open exclusively for event guests, usually with shorter wait times! In addition, you’ll receive unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the party to capture all of your Disneyland After Dark memories.

Here are the details:

Photo: Disney

80s Nite

Jan. 29, Disneyland Park

Stroll down memory lane during this throwback bash packed with totally tubular fun! Dust off those leg warmers, shoulder pads and other vintage looks for 80s Nite to enjoy:

  • “Flashback To Videopolis!” takeover of the Fantasyland Theatre with a live VJ, music videos and dancers boogieing to the decade’s hottest hits. 
  • “Awesome After Dark – Fireworks To The Max!” fireworks show, high-energy musical entertainment and more.
  • “Throwback”-style encounters with Disney friends of yesteryear.
  • Immersive photo opportunities with a nostalgic twist.
  • Decade-inspired décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m.

Sweethearts’ Nite

Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, Disneyland Park

The Happiest Place on Earth will once again transform into the most romantic—with an extra pinch of pixie dust! If you missed last year’s Sweethearts’ Nite, now is your chance to experience the ultimate date night in style with: 

  • Love song-themed dance parties throughout the park, as well as a glitzy royal ball.
  • Encounters with darling Disney couples, including Cinderella and Prince Charming, Aladdin and Jasmine, and of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
  • Romantic photo opportunities featuring sweet scenes from iconic Disney films.
  • Lovely décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m.

PIXAR Nite

Mar. 5, Disney California Adventure Park 

Spend an exciting night celebrating some of the world’s best-loved stories and characters from Pixar Animation Studios! Proudly wear your Pixar-best and check out all that Pixar Nite has to offer, including: 

  • Interactive dance parties themed to favorite Pixar stories, including the retro-cool Incredibles family and scare-tastic gang from Monsters, Inc.
  • Encounters with crowd-pleasing Pixar pals, including Russel and Carl from “Up” and Joy and Sadness from “Inside Out.”
  • Playfully fun photo opportunities. 
  • Whimsical décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disney California Adventure park starting at 5 p.m.

Villains Nite

Apr. 30, Disney California Adventure Park 

Unleash your inner villain at a deliciously sinister soiree bursting with Disney’s most mischievous misfits! Villains Nite will summon you to come dressed in garb inspired by Disney Villains and experience:

  • Villains Cabaret with a cast of outlaws singing and dancing their way through a riff-raff-lovin’ revue.
  • Spellbinding DJ-hosted dance parties and sing-alongs throughout the park. 
  • Encounters with some of Disney’s famously nefarious fiends or their henchmen!  
  • Photo opportunities themed to popular villain lairs and thrones. 
  • Dastardly décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disney California Adventure park starting at 6 p.m.

Visit Disneyland.com for more details and pricing for these early 2020 Disneyland After Dark events. Parking fees are not included in the ticket price. A limited quantity of tickets for each event will be available beginning next week:

  • Dec. 3: Tickets on sale for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders
  • Dec. 4: Tickets on sale for general public

Which early 2020 Disneyland After Dark events do you want to attend? Book your visit today!

*The number of tickets available are limited and valid only for the specific event date and hours. Parking fees are not included in the ticket price.  Tickets can be purchased online, at Disney Desk locations in participating Good Neighbor Hotels, or by calling (714) 781-4636 until the day before the event, or at any Disneyland® Resort Ticket Booth.  Limit eight (8) tickets per person, and no discounts apply. Tickets not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Tickets are non-transferable, non-refundable and may not be resold. Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive; please check special event costume guidelines at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/faq/parks/dress/ for restrictions.  Offer and event elements are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy the 2019 Holidays at the Hotels of Disneyland Resort

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy the 2019 Holidays at the Hotels of Disneyland Resort

Photo: Disney

The holidays are one of the most enchanting times of the year to visit the Disneyland Resort and stay at one of three on-property hotels! Here are 10 merry and bright ways you can immerse yourself in the magic of the season of the 2019 holidays at the hotels of Disneyland Resort:

Photo: Disney

1. Festive Decor: The Craftsman-inspired design at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa extends to the towering tree lit with Arts and Crafts motif lanterns. The midcentury Disneyland Hotel gives a wintry nod to “it’s a small world” Holiday in its lobby décor. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel has shells and starfish garland draped on an underwater themed tree for a beachy holiday setting.

Photo: Disney

2. Grand Gingerbread House and Holiday Treats: In the lobby at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a giant gingerbread replica of the hotel. Standing 7-feet tall and 12-feet wide, it is made from 600 pounds of gingerbread, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 250 pounds of fondant, 1 pound of “pixie dust” and 25 hidden Mickeys! Nearby, purchase sweet treats from the lobby holiday cart.

Photo: Disney

3. A Grand Gingerbread House Experience: At this hands-on workshop, you can work with the resort’s pastry chefs to make a miniature gingerbread house, wear a souvenir apron and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. The class is open to the public and takes place at Storytellers Café on select dates Nov. 30 – Dec. 22, 2019. For workshop details, please call (714) 781-DINE or visit Disneyland.com.

4. Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures, Holiday Style: Share special moments with several Disney Princesses while enjoying a three-course brunch at Napa Rose. A dozen new Winter Holiday menu items include orange scones, a Tangled Ham and Cranberry Cheese Sandwich, Mini Chicken and Mickey Pumpkin Spice Waffles, Ariel’s Under the Sea Peppermint Shells and Frozen Gingerbread Cake Pops. The morning includes activities, story time, a private portrait location and premium keepsakes. The breakfast is offered year-round, 8 a.m. to Noon, Thursdays through Mondays.* The Winter Holiday menu is offered Nov. 29, 2019 – Jan. 6, 2020.

Photo: Disney

5. A Very Merry Holiday Tea: Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel offers an elegant afternoon tea on select days from noon to 3 p.m., now through Dec. 31. Savor scones, tea sandwiches, desserts and more. Throughout the year, make plans to attend other themed afternoon tea events, including Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, summer and Halloween. Reservations are recommended.

6. Santa Claus and Carolers: Santa is visiting each Disneyland Resort hotel Nov. 28 through Dec. 24. Meet, greet and take a seat with St. Nick! Then, enjoy the joyful sounds of the Holiday Harmony carolers strolling the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Dec.15-25, and The Handbell Carolers perform at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Nov. 23, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020.

Photo: Disney

7. In-Room Holiday Celebration: Families can deck the halls of their Disneyland Resort hotel room with a little magic from Mickey Mouse. The experience begins as guests discover a holiday banner on the hotel room door, then luminaries give a warm glow throughout the room, leading the family to discover a collection of gifts for all. To arrange this surprise, call Disney Floral & Gifts at (714) 781-4438 or visit www.disneyfloralandgifts.com for details.

Photo: Disney

8. Holiday Animation Cel Class: Experience what it might have been like to be a Disney Ink & Paint artist! Paint Santa Mickey or Minnie and learn about the history of the Disney hand-drawn animation cel process. This complimentary, one-hour class at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is for overnight guests of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort and is recommended for ages 6 and older. Supplies are provided; space is limited and registration is required.

9. Extra Magic Hour: With easy, convenient access to both parks, guests staying at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort can make the most of their visit with Extra Magic Hour admission with their valid theme park ticket. Extra Magic Hour offers park admission to a designated theme park one hour earlier than the general public. Separate theme park admission is required.**

10. Seasons of Savings: Save up to 25% off select stays during the 2019 holidays at the Hotels of Disneyland Resort most Sunday through Thursday nights now through December 19, 2019. Book now through December 5.*** Or, give the gift of a spring getaway! Save up to 25% off select rooms at a Disneyland Resort Hotel for stays from January 5, 2020 to April 6, 2020, when booked by March 14, 2020.****

*The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures event includes five hours of valet parking at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made, upon availability, up to 60 days in advance. For more details, please visit Disneyland.com or call (714) 781-DINE. Character appearances and offerings are subject to change.

**Extra Magic Hour is valid for registered Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests for admission to select attractions at designated theme park before the park opens to the general public. Check Disneyland.com for schedule of when each park offers Extra Magic Hour. Each registered hotel Guest (ages 3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card. Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and attractions, offerings and services may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions.

***Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights now through 12/19/19.  Book through 12/5/19; travel must be completed by 12/20/19. Premium room types included in offer are Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Artisan, Paradise, Junior and Family suites.  Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and occupancy restrictions apply per room.  Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate theme park admission required to enjoy the parks.

****Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights from 1/5/20 through 4/16/20.  Book from 11/12/19 through 3/14/20; travel must be completed by 4/17/20. Premium room types included in offer are Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and only Paradise, Artisan, Junior and Family suites.  Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and occupancy restrictions apply per room.  Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate theme park admission required to enjoy the parks.

Four Disneyland Attractions with Holiday Overlays You Won’t Want to Miss

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Photo: Disney

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort brings magical entertainment, sparkling décor, festive foods, specialty merchandise and of course, seasonal attractions! From now through Jan. 6, 2020, enjoy Disney magic with friends and family on attractions themed especially for the holidays. There are four Disneyland attractions with holiday overlays that you won’t want to miss this season!

Over in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, the residents are racing to celebrate the season. Two attractions rely on holiday magic to celebrate the haul-idays:

  • Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl – Luigi and his extended family of roadsters are celebrating the season in style. Take a seat and take a merry spin as the cars cruise to festive tunes, including “We Wish You Season’s Speedings,” “Joy To The Whirl,” “Jolly Joyous Santa Car,” “Carol Of The Horns” and “Jingle Bells.”
  • Mater’s Jingle Jamboree – This haul-iday tractor spins through a festively decorated junkyard. Mater croons classic holiday tunes, including “Christmas In Radiator Springs,” “Mater’s Jingle Jamboree,” “Radiator Rockin’ Holiday,” “The Gifts of the Mater” and “Tractors, Tractors, Tractors.”

In Disneyland park, two popular attractions also transform just for the season:

  • “it’s a small world” Holiday – The beloved attraction takes you around the world and back as dolls and toys representing children enjoy the distinctive holiday traditions of their countries. In the evenings, the attraction’s facade twinkles with 50,000-plus colorful lights, music and video projections. 
    • AP Bonus: Annual Passholders can enjoy an extra hour at “it’s a small world” Holiday after park closing on Nov. 18-22 (Nov. 18-21 starting at 10 p.m. and Nov. 22 starting at midnight), as well as a special photo opportunity. Blockout dates apply. 
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – ‘Twas “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and all through the Haunted Mansion, Jack Skellington and his friends are causing a collision between Christmas and Halloween. Enjoy the frightfully festive décor and familiar characters from the classic film, including Sally, Zero and Oogie Boogie.
    • AP Bonus: Annual Passholders can enjoy an extra hour at Haunted Mansion Holiday after park closing on Dec. 9-11 (Dec. 9 and 11 starting at midnight and Dec. 10 starting at 11 p.m.). Blockout dates apply. 

What are your favorite Disneyland attractions with holiday overlays?