If you’re lucky enough to be planning a visit to Disneyland during the holiday season, you are in for a wonderful treat. While Southern California almost never has a white Christmas, you will get the same festive spirit if you visit the Happiest Place On Earth during the holiday season- all without freezing temperatures. The Christmas and New Years holidays are celebrated for almost 60 days at Disneyland, starting in mid-November and extending until almost a full week into the New Year. It is undoubtedly the most beautiful time of the year to visit, but also one of the busiest. Check out our tips to make sure you have the best holiday visit to Disneyland as possible!
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1. Plan Your Visit Wisely
The two best times to visit Disneyland during the holidays are the week before Thanksgiving and the first two weeks of December. Southern California schools let out for winter break during the 3rd week of December, so if you try and go after that time, you will be contending with annual pass holders in addition to the onslaught of holiday visitors. Also take note that weekdays are far less busier than weekends, although you will have less time at the park because of reduced operating hours.
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2. Don’t Be Afraid of Visiting On A Rainy Day
If you live close to Disneyland and can choose which days you’d like to visit on a whim, try and go on a rainy day. It’s common knowledge that Southern Californian’s can’t drive in the rain, but they hate being outside at theme parks on rainy days even more (I can say this because I live here and I’m one of those people!). You will be amazed at how many rides you can walk on, as opposed to having to wait in long lines because of the reduced crowds on a rainy day. Just bring your poncho!
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3. Be Sure To Hit Up The Holiday Overlay Rides
What’s an overlay? It’s special decor that transforms an existing ride into a seasonal attraction, and the two must-sees at Disneyland are the Haunted Mansion and It’s A Small World. The Haunted Mansion is decked out in Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and is still family friendly enough that little ones can ride. The ride for this line can get long, so grab a FastPass first thing, or just make it your first stop at the park. It’s A Small World never looks more beautiful than it does during the Holidays. While the entire interior of the attraction is adorned in Christmas garb, the outside is what draws people to this ride in masses with it’s 250,000 lights. Of course the lines are longest in the evening, but if you can stand the wait, you won’t regret it.