The Holidays at Disneyland Resort run from November 10, 2023, through January 7, 2024 this year. This is the merriest time of year with plenty of magical offerings to be enjoyed throughout the parks, Downtown Disney District, and the Disneyland Resort hotels. The Disneyland Resort has shared some fun facts about Holidays at the Disneyland Resort as the season kicks off. Check them out below!
By-the-numbers and festive facts
- From Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, guests at Downtown Disney District can bask in a nightly “snowfall” moment that decorates the sky with holiday spirit. Located between Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes.
- Guests entering Disney California Adventure Park will see a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree with vintage-style ornaments, keeping with the theme of Buena Vista Street – which is inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s.
- The delicious and diverse menu for this year’s Disney Festival of Holidays features more than 60 food and beverage offerings. Highlights include barbacoa tamal de res from Grandma’s Recipes, togarashi karaage chicken slider from Winter Sliderland and toffee cold brew latte from Favorite Things.
- At the entrance of Cars Land in Disney California Adventure, the whimsical “Snowcar” greets guests on the road to Radiator Springs. Plus, the local residents spared no parts in decking the streets and local establishments for the “haul”-idays.
- Mickey Mouse and friends are rockin’ around the 60-foot-tall Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland Park, which is embellished with nearly 1,800 Victorian-inspired ornaments and 100 oversized faux candles.
- Originally debuted in 1995, “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade is the longest-running holiday parade in Disneyland Resort history. It features seven units comprised of 16 floats, including two stand-alone Christmas trees and a “Humdinger” wind-up toy car.
- Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle is illuminated each evening with more than 25,000 twinkling LED lights on sparkling “icicles” and shimmering snow-capped turrets.
- The Plaza Point holiday shop on the corner of Main Street, U.S.A., envelops guests in the warmth of the holidays year-round. The shop’s story focuses on proprietress Miss Evelyn Toro, a world traveler who enjoys collecting unique pieces of holiday décor to display in her store.
- This year, Downtown Disney District features 15 seasonal foods and beverages, such as the maple-bacon glazed beignets from Beignets Expressed, traditional holiday pozole from Tortilla Jo’s and peppermint hot chocolate churro from California Churro.
- Disney’s support of the Marine Toys for Tots program began over 75 years ago when Walt Disney and his animators designed the original Toys for Tots logo that is still used. Today, the Disneyland Resort is proud to continue supporting the tradition of delivering holiday joy. Guests and cast members are invited to join the Disney Ultimate Toy Drive supporting Toys for Tots by donating a new, unwrapped toy at collection bins located at World of Disney, Star Wars Trading Post and retail shops inside the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. On Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., U.S. Marines will be in Downtown Disney District to accept donations on behalf of Toys for Tots.
- An annual highlight at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the gingerbread replica of the hotel in the lobby. Inspired by pastries, this year’s creation is nine feet tall, 12 feet wide and made from 690 pounds of gingerbread, 690 pounds of powdered sugar, 290 pounds of fondant and one pound of “pixie dust.” Plus, it features 25 hidden Mickeys.
- More than 25,000 poinsettia, cyclamen and flowering plants are placed and planted around the resort, adding color, theming and seasonal magic.
What do you think of these fun facts? Which one is your favorite? Did you know any or all of them before? What is your favorite thing to experience during the holidays at Disneyland Resort. Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!