Thinking about heading to Disneyland for a holiday treat for the family? I’ve got a great preview for you right here. Keep scrolling for lots of photos, videos and details. Our family was invited to a fun holiday event for parenting bloggers at Disneyland and California Adventure recently, and we had a blast! (The nice folks at Disneyland even invited our our son, Matt, bring a buddy, Max, since Matt doesn’t have siblings. When you’re 13, it’s always more fun with a friend.)
Disneyland will be celebrating the holidays through January 3, so you have a whole month to check out all the festivities.
And remember my contest to win a day at Disneyland as a guest of Parent Talk Today? Here I am with our winner, Sarah Auerswald, and her family…
My family loves Disneyland any time of the year, but at the holidays it really is something special. Check out this video for a sneak peek:
We also saw the new show, “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee!” It’s a terrific show that even Randy, my husband, thought was worth the time spent away from the rides! (Randy is a tough sell on shows like this, but he loved it.) The parade through New Orleans Square on the way to the Showboat is a nice touch, too. Those costumes, seen up close, are amazing. (BTW, I didn’t have great luck with my video camera here, so I’m grateful to the person who posted this video on YouTube, from the first day of the show, and made it available for public sharing.)
We had an opportunity to “test drive” Disney’s new Mobile Magic phone app while we were there. It’s an app that helps you navigate the park, kind of like a personal tour guide. It’s available on select Verizon Wireless phones and it offers:
· Updated attraction wait times and FASTPASS return times for the park you are in.
· Locations of your favorite attractions, characters and restaurants, with GPS-enabled maps
· Restaurants for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks
· Tips on what’s happening in the parks
· Trivia games to play against other parks guests
Mobile Magic is available for download and purchase for $9.99 for a 180-day subscription. We had fun playing with it. (It’s great for when you’re waiting in line and you need a diversion.) And the whole family thought the best feature was the ability to check ride wait times in real time. Cool! (OK, and I liked being able to use it to find the nearest restroom when I got temporarily turned around in California Adventure, too.)
Did I mention the HUGE Christmas tree on Main Street? Talk about getting in a holiday mood! Santa was visiting with the kids over at California Adventure, too.
But the BEST part of the day was seeing the holiday fireworks display over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (totally decked out in gorgeous lighting), followed by “snow” falling and beautiful holiday music. You got to see a bit of the fireworks display in the video above, but check out this photo, too. This is true Disney magic at work. I saw parents wiping away a few happy tears as they watched the snow through the eyes of their children, who were mesmerized.
With everything you have to do this holiday season, make sure you make time to check out this wonderful transformation of Disneyland and California Adventure. We won’t soon forget our day there.