Disneyland Holidays at Night

Disneyland Holidays

visiting Disneyland during the Holidays has got to be one of the most magical places you can be. everything is decorated, glittering and shimmering with Christmas magic. the boys and i couldn’t get enough of it this holiday season. it has to be one of our favorite ways to celebrate Christmas…and even better this year was the opening of Season of the Force. luckily, we were able to visit a few times to experience all that the park has to offer during the Holidays.

i wanted to change it up, and instead of sharing photos taken in the daylight of our visit to Disneyland Holidays, i thought it would be fun to share the photos i took at the night. this is when Disneyland Resort is sparkling with twinkle lights and the chill in the air makes you feel like winter has fallen upon Orange County. the entire park is decorated, from the entrance to the rides, so you are going to want to see it all.

Disneyland Christmas Entrance at Night as you make your way down Main Street U.S.A. all the buildings are lined with Christmas lights and decorated to the nines for the holidays. i love the excitement that you feel as you walk down the street towards  Cinderella’s Castle. the music, the decorations, the store window displays….EVERYTHING is so magical this time of year.

Disneyland Christmas Main Street at NightDisneyland Main Street Market at Christmas TimeDisneyland Magic Shop at NightDisneyland Christmas Town Halland then there is Cinderella’s Castle!!!!  i love how it has been decorated for the season with frosty wreaths of glass balls, diamonds and Christmas swags. 
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my all-time favorite ride to visit during the Holiday’s at Disneyland is “it’s a small world” at night. it is one attraction you will not want to miss. thousands upon thousands of lights have transformed it into a spectacular vision of colorful lights. as you ride the boats through the ride, songs of jingle bells and “it’s a small world” fill the air. people young and old love to ride “it’s a small world” during the holidays.

it's a small world at Christmasit's a small world holidaysDisneyland it's a Small World at Christmas Timebesides “it’s a small world” and the Haunted Mansion that has been transformed into the “Nightmare Before Christmas”, there is also another ride that has been decorated for the Holidays….

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the Jungle Cruise has been transformed in the the “Jingle Cruise.” get ready to ride the waters of the Nile on a safari of holiday surprises.

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all the animals give you quite the Christmas jungle experience as you ride on the Jingle Cruise! after you make it off the boat, take a minute to enjoy Frontier Land decorated with lights.

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finally, there’s the giant Christmas Tree at the end of Main Street. here’s what it looks like as you make your way down Main Street U.S.A. to exit the park. it’s a beautiful site.

Disneyland Main Street at Christmas Timethis year there have been some new additions to the tree. you will notice blue decorations celebrating Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary. blue glass balls, blue sleighs, blue clocks and blue ribbons. crystals beads have also been added along with silver bird cages and sparkling glass snowflakes. it’s the perfect way to celebrate the 60th Anniversary at Christmas time. a spectacular tree for sure.

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we are always going to remember the magical evening we spent during the Holidays at Disneyland.

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Season of the Force at Disneyland Resort

Season of the Force at Disneyland ResortHolidays at Disneyland Resort are finally here!!! the boys and i are especially excited because this year there is something new happening. besides all the Holiday decorations, and the Christmas Parade, Disneyland has a brand new Star Wars holiday experience called Season of the Force. the boys and i were already able to check it out, and i am beyond excited to share our experience with you. hopefully you and your family can make it to Disneyland Resort this holidays season and experience it for yourselves. there’s always lots of magical fun at Disneyland…and Season of the Force is the icing on the cake.

Season of the Force at Tomorrowland

Season of the Force is taking place in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. as you walk in, you will first come to the Star Tours ride. Star Tours has been upgraded to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, with a glimpse into a new journey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which premieres Dec. 18th. he ride is the same except scenes from the new movie will be added to your experience.

Season of the Force Star ToursSeason of the Force at Disneylandnext up is The Star Trader Shop. before now, it had Star Wars merchandise along with lots of general Disney merchandise. but now is holds exclusively Star Wars merchandise….and lots of it.

New Star War Merchandise at Disneyland Tomorrowland Passport Store

from Star Wars toys, to collectables to boutique style clothing. its a Star Wars fans dreamland.

Tomorrowland Star Wars Merchandise

my boys’ favorite thing was the build your own lightsaber section – where you can build the lightsaber of your dreams. you choose the color, the feature and the blade. Build Your Own Light Saberyou can imagine how hard it was to get my boys to leave this area.Build Your Own Light Saber at Disneyland to the left of The Star Trader, you will come to Tomorrowland Theater where you can see “Path of the Jedi”, a short compilation of the Star Wars saga. plus they also show the trailer to the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. my husband especially loved this, and i really enjoyed seeing a round-up of all the Star Wars films since i haven’t seen all of them yet. big contrast from my husband and boys who have seen them all multiple times.

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next up was my personal favorite part of Season of the Force, Hyperspace Mountain. the beloved Space Mountain ride has been transformed into a Star Wars adventure.

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you get to take a space ship into outer space and be a part of the action. there are Star Wars in the sky and awesome Star Wars music throughout the ride. Space Mountain is like a whole new ride with and awesome sound track!HyperSpace Mountain Ride at Disneyland

after you ride Hyperspace Mountain, you need to head over to the Star Wars Launch Bay. it is located in the lower level of Carousel Theater which previously hosted the Carousel of Progress, America Sings, and most recently, Innoventions.

Disneyland Star Wars Launch Bay Storewalk on in….you are about to be amazed with some Star Wars awesomeness.
Entrance into the Launch Bay at Disneyland

 Star Wars Launch Bay, is full of Star Wars experiences – from character encounters, video games, authentic replicas of film props to Star Wars merchandise and more!

filling most of the space are many display cases with movie memorability, costumes and models. so much, we didn’t have time to check it all out.

Disneyland Launch Bay Experienceyou can sit and relax while watching films about Star Wars…
Disneyland Launch Bayor you can head over to the Star Wars Game Center, and play Disney Infinity to your hearts content. you can even play with the new Star Wars figures. Launch Bay Disney Infinitythe Star Wars Launch Bay Cargo area has lots of Star Wars merchandise for purchase, much of which is exclusive to Disneyland Resort. 
Disneyland Launch Bay Storeplus there is a great selection of boutique style items and room decor. can somebody please get me this cute purse for Christmas?Launch Bay Star Wars Merchandiseand there are lots of great items like this Star Wars sand box filled with kinetic sand and small Star Wars figurines.
Star Wars New Toysthe movie grade costumes really impressed the boys.Star Wars Costumes for Saleand a life-sized replica of Yoda watched my boys as the shopped for Star Wars souvenirs.Yoda at Disneyland then there are the character experiences. you can meet Darth Vader and Chewbacca, and even ask them questions are snap a quick picture.Disneyland Darth Vader Exerienceit was so much fun to see the boys interact with Darth Vader. as you can see, Vann had to hide for a minute.Meet Darth Vadar at Disneyland

the boys had so much fun in the Star Wars Launch Bay that is was hard to get them to leave. there is so much to see that we will definitely be back again and again this season.Star Wars Attractions at Disneyland

finally, when you visit Season of the Force at Disneyland, you are going to want to go on an empty stomach. probably the most exciting thing of all is the new Galactic Grill. located in the heart of Tomorrowland, the Galactic Grill hosts an exclusive menu that is sure to excite Star Wars lovers. from the Cheese 3-PO to the Chopper Salad, there is a Star Wars meal perfect for any Jedi.

Star Wars Food at Disneylandyou have never seen kids so excited to eat as mine were to try all of the Star Wars inspired food. it was a real treat. Jackson got the “First Order” specialty burger, complete with a dark bun.Disneyland Galaxy Grill Foodthere are lots of fun options…you got to check them out on this Galactic Grill menu.Galaxy Grill at Disneyland

the hubby and i got these awesome Dark Side/Light Side drinks. the hubby got The Light Side, which had popping bobas and a light-up Millennium Falcon, and i got The Dark Side which has a light-up Death Star. i guess you could say we each got our personalities LOL.

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and don’t forget to get dessert. there are some yummy options…i highly recommend Darth By Chocolate!

Disneyland Galaxy Grill Dessert
and besides the Star Wars food items you can get at the Galactic Grill, the food carts around Tomorrowland also have some fun food items to indulge your Star Wars Sweet tooth.

from the cute bb-8 driod drink sipper…

BB-8 Souvenier Cupsto Chewbacca popcorn tubs….Star War Chewbacca Souvenier
to this Han Solo Carbonite Bucket!

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there is so much fun going on when it comes to the Star Wars food at Disneyland Resort.

Star Wars Popcorn Buckets
we had the best time checking out the new Season of the Force at Disneyland Resort. the boys have told me over and over since our visit that they had the best time. it feels so good to be able to share this special experience with them.

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Season of the Force opens November 16, 2015 and will continue throughout the holidays. it’s always fun when new adventures open at the park and we are super excited to visit again and again.

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{photo credit: Disneyland Resort}

Disclosure: We were invited guests of Disneyland Resort. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Disneyland Halloween Food and Treats

Disneyland Halloween Treats

you know how much i love Halloween Time at Disneyland, and one of the reasons is the fabulous Halloween food found at Disneyland Resort. Disney does Halloween food and treats like no one else. so creative and fun and not to mention yummy, every time i visit the park during Halloween Time i have to get one….but there are so many to choose from.

first of all, check out these amazing Halloween themed caramel apples, crispy treats and marshmallow pops. these are just a few of the Halloween designs Disneyland offers. i just love them all.

Disneyland Halloween Candy Applesbut my personal fave is found at the French Market, so that i could pick up this sweet and spooky dessert featuring Sally from Nightmare before Christmas. the Oreo mousse and Oreo cookie crumbs are the main reason i love it so, and i was lucky to get a few bites, as my boys also loved it.
Jack Skellington Chocolate Tomb and if you are looking for some more Nightmare Before Christmas fun, get a Halloween drink filled with these ghostly light-up Jack Skellington glow cubesJack Skellington Ice Cubesduring the week of Halloween, Disneyland will offer some special menu items that are to die for! you can get the ooey, gooey, cheesy, Munster Chicken Sausage Sandwich at Carnation Cafe. it is covered in muenster cheese, onions, red bell peppers, and mushrooms and all the yumminess that comes along with it.

Disneyland Muenster Chicken Sausage Sandwich how about this Zinfandel Spaghetti with roasted golden beets, pine nuts and golden raisins. you can find it at Storytellers Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. the pasta gets its “seasonal” color from wine and it’s only available the week of Halloween. so fun!

Disneyland Zinfandel Spaghettiand vampires will stay away with this delicious slice of Anti-Vampire Garlic Chicken Flatbread pizza. its cheesy goodness is from Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. this Halloween pizza delight is topped with roasted garlic sauce, chicken, smoked gouda, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and a tomato harissa sauce drizzle.

Disneyland Halloween FoodPumpkin Seed Brittle? oh yes!!!!

Disneyland Pumpkin Seed Brittle
another one one of my favorite treats of the Halloween bunch were these Pumpkin Twists…it’s flaky, pumpkiny and cinnamony, covered in sugar crystals. stop by Maurice’s Treats for these fantastic Pumpkin Twists.

Disneyland Pumpkin Twistsif you like pumpkin and cheesecake, then be sure to try one of the yummy pumpkin cheesecakes. you can pick one up at the Jolly Holiday Bakery or at one of the sit down restaurants inside Disneyland.Disneyland Pumpkin Cheesecake

throughout the Disneyland Resort, you will find so many fun souvenir Popcorn Buckets. i love these because you can keep the containers after the popcorn is finished.
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Disneyland Halloween Popcorn

Jack Skellington Souvenier Popcorn

or how about this Malificent Souvenir cup!

Maificent Souvenier Cup

over at Disney California Adventure,  you can get pumpkin-shaped sourdough bread. the pumpkin shape is perfect for a Halloween dinner and a warm cup of soup. be sure to pick one up on your way home.

Disneyland Pumpkin Shaped Sourdough Bread

you can get all of these Halloween foods and treats AND MORE during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resorts. but hurry, because they will only be available until November 2nd. what are you faves?

 

Halloween Time at Disneyland 2014

Halloween Time Disneyland

it’s officially Halloween Time at Disneyland…which is my absolute favorite times of the year to celebrate at the Disneyland Resort. and last Friday, which just happened to be Friday the 12th, i took my husband and boys to the park to check out at the Halloween decorations. they sure didn’t disappoint…everything was so festive for Halloween.

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everything about Dinseyland during Halloween Time is magical. Main Street is lined with smiling Jack-o-Lanterns and fall decor.

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Halloween Time Dapper Dans

this year, Big Thunder Ranch has been decked out in pumpkins. you may remember my post about the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, and this year they have done it up for The Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Round Up! it’s really really fun!

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Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and the rest walk around a visit you in their Halloween best. and country time music fills the air.

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kids can decorate Halloween masks for no additional charge or get made into a Pirate at The Pirate League which is located now in Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Round-up instead of by Pirates of the Caribbean ride as year.

Halloween Crafts at Dinseylandeven the goats at the Big Thunder Petting Zoo are ready for Halloween Time…their scarves are so festive. and i have to mention that this is really the cleanest petting zoo you will ever visit.

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and if you want to meet a Disney Villian…be sure to make a visit to the Conjure a Villain tent.

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inside, magical things happen as you cast a spell and call out for a Villian. the music plays, smoke fills the room and a flash of lights….

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BOOM! and then, Cruealla Devil appeared for us…and boy was she in a really bad mood!

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after we visited The Haunted Mansion…we had to say hi to Jack Skellington. the smell of gingerbread is still dancing in my head. i must head back before the end of the year to enjoy this holiday tradition.

Halloween Time Haunted Mansion

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before heading home, we indulged in a Halloween treat. the Candy Corn Cotton Candy was too cute not to try. doesn’t Disneyland think of the greatest ideas!
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some of our other favorite Halloween attractions during Halloween Time is Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. even my littlest rode it this year.  and the my absolute favorite is the Screaming Fireworks show which can only be seen at Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

and the treats!!!!  ahhh….there is just too much to share in one post, and i still have six weeks to share more of Halloween Time at Disneyland!

Disneyland Halloween Candy Apples Happy Halloween!

The New Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland

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we finally broke down and bought Disneyland pass again, we really missed going the past few months. we also wanted to try out the newly remodeled Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, that has been closed for quite sometime. it is one of my favorite rides at Disneyland, so i was really excited to see what improvements has been made….plus, none of my kids have ever riden it before.

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it was also exciting that my littlest is now tall enough to ride this roller coaster. being 40″ tall changes everything at Disneyland, the height that allows kids to get on more of the thrilling rides. the bigger boys love going on the “bigger” rides, so i am very very happy about this. here we are waiting to board our train. (don’t my boys look handsome in their shirts from The Children’s Place)

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then to take a quick selfie before we take off.  IT’S THEIR FRIST TIME TO RIDE!!!!

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then off we went, up down and all around….

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we even took another selfie (weirdos) as the train dropped down the mountain. the kids were loving it so much, i just had to capture their smiles and laughter.

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and now the ride has some awesome special effects, like robotics, explosions, and sound effects. it was pretty cool.

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the new Big Thunder Mountain Railroad rides smoother than ever…Disneyland did a great job of keeping the nostalgic of the old Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride and updating the track to make the ride not as rickety and jerky. it looks fresh and clean and the special effects added some modern flair to this beloved roller coaster.

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as we headed back to the loading area, the kids were already asking to go again.

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i am so thrilled that there is now another great family ride open at Disneyland that the whole family enjoys. and it better than ever…woo who.

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facts about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
• geared for kids, teens and adults (great family ride)
• kids under 7 must be accompanied by  adult over 14 years of age.
• must be 40″ tall to ride
• it has small drops, and is semi-fast. there are areas of darkness during the ride.
• you can get a FASTPASS to bypass part of the line
• it’s a fun ride!

now go ride it!