• On Sep 13, 2018
    Candy from NV Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm planning to surprise my kids with a trip the week of Christmas and I was wondering are the park hours still 9-9pm or do they change them up for the holiday?

    Howdy, Candy! Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Wow! A surprise trip to the Happiest Place on Earth for Christmas sounds unbelievably magical! While official hours for December won’t be posted for a few months, I would plan on extended hours during the week of Christmas since this is a pretty popular time to visit. In general, the parks will open around 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. and close anywhere from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. So you’ll definitely have plenty of time to soak in all the holiday fun during your visit. 

    Some of the exciting things you can look forward to are A Christmas Fantasy Parade marching down Main Street, U.S.A. daily, the “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks at night, and a few seasonal overlays on popular attractions. Over in Disney California Adventure Park will be the Disney Festival of Holidays which features food and performances from a variety of different cultures. In the past, this was also where you could meet Santa Claus in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail area. Definitely keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for announcements about holiday offerings in the parks this year. 

    Please don’t hesitate to visit us again with any other questions. Happy planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Linda, Colorado

Hi there! I'm Linda from Colorado. The Disneyland Resort has always held a special place in my heart and now I enjoy Disney Parks vacations with my own family at least once a year. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderfully silly daughter together. I love sharing my Disney Parks knowledge with anyone and everyone and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Disneyland Resort adventure! Learn More About Linda

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