Living so close to the Disneyland and California Adventure we are a little spoilt. We’ve been Disneyland Resort Parks pass holders on and off for the better part of a decade and last year we traveled to Disney World as well. Friends and family ask us for advice when they come to visit the parks near our Southern California home and I almost feel sorry for them. We have opinions. So many opinions!
People sometimes ask us if we are sick of going to the parks as often as we do. It’s like asking a kid if he/she is sick of Christmas.
Although our family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, every year we do celebrate the season at the Disneyland Parks. For us, visiting the parks, watching the seasonal fireworks and parades, and riding the transformed rides is a winter tradition unto itself. No holiday season would be complete without a visit! This year is extra special with the addition of Cars Land in the newly imagineered California Adventure Park. We’re not sure what to check out first over there.
Newness is a challenge because, of course we have our own way of “doing” the parks. You know how it goes… you visit a place often enough and you develop routines and rituals. Our family has its own special agenda when we visit Disney, both during the holidays and year round.
We don’t call these “must do” items quirks. We call these traditions.
Click through to see whether your family has some of the same traditions as ours!
The Disneyland parks site has a list of all the amazing things you can do at Disneyland during the holidays. Many of these parades, attractions and ride transformations are only there for a brief time — you won’t want to miss them. We’ve embraced many of these special holiday happenings as our own family traditions, but we’ve included some twists, courtesy of my children. That’s part of the magic of Disney. There’s something for everyone and a chance to make your family’s experiences uniquely your own, just like a family recipe for fruitcake, including some nuts!
Here are some of the things that our family feels we must do every year during the holidays.
Watch the fireworks, then catch gingerbread scented snow in in the plaza by Small World
Warm up with hot cocoa and beignet/fritters in New Orleans Square
Ride the Rapids in California Adventure in the rain, cold and/or dark, when there is no line, right before heading home in a warm toasty car
Look for the Menorah over the Jeweler’s shop
Identify the areas where scents are piped in, and identify the scents (hint.. Small World is one of them)
This is just for starters. Check out the slide show (photographic evidence!) for more of our Disney Park Family traditions and then leave a comment to share your family traditions. We can’t be the only nuts out there who have to do Disney “their way”.
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