• On Sep 25, 2018
    Kelly from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We have never been to a Disney park. I have a 10 year old girl. We are planning a trip to California for Christmas 2018. What do I need to know....everything!!!!

    Hello, Kelly!

    I’m so glad you’re planning your first trip to the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season. The Happiest Place on Earth will be extra merry and magical thanks to all the holiday-themed decor, attractions, food and entertainment! While holidays are a popular time to visit due to the seasonal offerings and many people being on vacation, you should still have plenty of chances to experience your must-do attractions thanks to Disney FASTPASS service, which saves your place in line while you explore the park. I suggest you also check out Disney MaxPass to add the convenience of making FASTPASS selections from your mobile device!

    At Disneyland Park, highlights include specially-themed attractions like Haunted Mansion Holiday and “it’s a small world” Holiday, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, and the “Believe...In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular. After the fireworks, “snow” falls in the skies above portions of the park and there’s nothing like gazing upon Sleeping Beauty Castle when it’s all gussied up with twinkling icicle lights and colorful garland!

    At Disney California Adventure Park, Disney Festival of Holidays brings music, dance and food inspired by many cultures! The Festive Foods Marketplace offers kiosks serving multicultural holiday fare that celebrates culinary traditions from around the world. Another must-do is Cars Land, where you can experience Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi's Joy to the Whirl, two Cars Land rides decked out for the holiday season.

    I hope this helps, Kelly, and that you have a perfectly pixie-dusted vacation!

    Wishing you magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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