Disneyland Resort Mickey and Minnie Holidays parade; Christmas tree; Christmas apparel
  • May 21, 2024
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    I'm planning a trip to Disneyland CA for December, I'm thorn between the dates, would it be better to do 19-21 or 23-25? Not sure if the parks are open for Christmas dates.

    Welcome to planDisney!

    It sounds like you’re well ahead with your planning, getting all your Donald Ducks in a row before your Jolly Holiday to The Happiest Place On Earth this year. I’m glad to help!

    The Disneyland Resort welcomes guests 365 days a year. So, if you’re dreaming of a Mickey-filled Christmas, this is the place to be! As a member of the Magic Key program myself, I often use the block out days to gauge how busy the parks will be. A quick glance at the Magic Key Calendar shows that all keys are blocked out from December 21 to January 3, and the most restrictive key, the Imagine Key, is blocked out for the entire month of December. This suggests that either of the weeks you mentioned might have smaller crowds than usual.

    While I can’t guarantee crowd sizes, I can share a personal experience: last winter, I met up with my pal, Panelist Elaine P., for Christmas Eve brunch at Storyteller’s Cafe. Before our meetup, she had a smooth morning visiting several attractions in both parks. So, it's very possible that the parks might be less crowded during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.

    I hope this points you in the right direction! If you have any questions about what to do, see, eat, or ride during your upcoming visit, feel free to reach out again. I'm here to help you have the best time possible! 

    You've got a friend in me,

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Meet the Panelist: Danielle, California

I'm Danielle, happy wife and mom of two of tiny tots. Raised just around the riverbend from the Disneyland Resort, I love finding ways to experience all the magic that The Happiest Place On Earth has to offer! From finding the yummiest snacks, to taking practically perfect photos and adding magic to a romantic night out, let me share A Whole New World of tips to keep your Mouseketeers happy and cozy in the parks and hotels. If you're feeling overwhelmed planning your dream trip, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Danielle

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