by Carmel L. Mooney
Our family has visited Disneyland and California Adventure every Christmas for over two decades and this year stands out as, by far, the most magical and memorable, for numerous magical reasons.
Disney has created for guests, a total immersion experience, into a wintery wonderland of sights, smells, sounds, and tastes. A truly sensual and sensory-pleasing experience awaits those who are searching for the real magic this holiday season.
From the moment you walk down Main Street and smell the peppermint from the candy canes being made in the Penny Arcade, to the moment you stand awestruck gazing at the enormous decorated tree that greets you near the entrance, your senses will be awakened to the magic of the most wonderful time of the year.
No matter where you stop to watch A Christmas Fantasy Parade, your clan will be mesmerized by the sheer beauty and magnitude of this version of a tradition. Characters dance, sing, wrap gifts, bake treats, and even skate on real ice, throughout this extravaganza of color, music, and costume.
Part of what sparks such embedded memories of the holidays for most of us are the scents and aromas and It’s a Small World knows how to make memories. If over 250,000 lights don’t enchant you, then the aromas of peppermint and pine surely will.
Throughout both parks, fabulous decorations, music, carolers, and shows integrate the magic and splendor of the holidays on a magnificent scale but in Disney’s California Adventure Park, the nighttime water show spectacular has gone all out to add a jolly seasonal addition to the exquisite extravaganza of water and effects.
You will have to plan your evenings at both parks around the inclusion of the fireworks and light show over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland. The “Believe In Holiday Magic” fireworks are an incomparable spectacle of music, light, and fireworks, choreographed in perfection and magnitude surpassing all previous years and it concludes with a magical snowfall down Main Street.
You’ll find holiday icons and beauty throughout the entire resort this year as well as special holiday food and beverage offerings in both parks that simply cannot be missed for the complete magical holiday immersion experience.
Disneyland has gone all out. The magic is bigger, better, and grander than ever. Discover the magic at the Merriest Place on Earth.
Carmel L. Mooney is the author and the editor of Road Trips for Couples.