Disneyland Resort Holidays
  • On Sep 14, 2022
    Amanda from new south wales Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi i have read Christmas eve and new years day are less busier during the Christmas week, However both dates fall in a weekend is this still correct? As i have read multiple times don't go on the weekend during the Christmas new years week

    Hi Amanda, and welcome to planDisney!

    The Holidays at the Disneyland Resort are genuinely the most wonderful time of the year and for many incredible reasons! The holiday decorations are gorgeous, the entertainment is truly out of this world, and of course, the specialty food is delicious.

    With that said, a few days before Christmas through New Year's Day are often some of the year's busiest days at the Disneyland Resort. Therefore, I recommend you plan accordingly if you intend to visit on Christmas Eve or New Year's Day.

    My first recommendation would be to “rope drop,” meaning you arrive at the theme park gates at least 30 minutes before the listed opening time. This is a great way to maximize shorter wait times, as the shortest lines are often the first few hours of the day. My next recommendation would be to purchase Genie+ so that you have access to Lightning Lanes. Lightning Lanes work similarly to the now sunsetted FastPass system, where you have the option to join a shorter queue for select attractions. My last recommendation would be to eat during off-peak hours and use Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering whenever possible.

    Enjoy the holiday festivities at the Happiest Place on Earth!

    Happy planning,
    Lola
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To all who come to planDisney, welcome! I'm Lola, a Disney-obsessed mom of one from sunny California. Having grown up just a short drive from Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland Resort quickly became my home-away-from-home. My favorite thing about Disneyland Resort is that it is the perfect playground for people of ALL ages. I am honored to help you, your family and your friends plan a magical experience at Disneyland Resort! Learn More About Lola

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