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08-13-2006, 03:29 PM
Hello, everyone. :goodvibes I've started a couple of other threads but they don't seem to be getting a response, so I thought I'd start fresh.
My family and I took a vote and decided that we would rather go to DLR again than to have a traditional Christmas. I've always heard that Xmas Mickey style is amazing, but I'm very unfamiliar with the ins and outs of it, since I normally only go during early spring or late fall. I am hoping to just sort of open up a discussion on the topic, where anyone who has anything to say about DLR holiday will join in. I have a couple of specific questions (below), but am mostly looking for general info.
1. When does the crowd go from really slow to really busy in December?
2. What is the special event that is part of Christmas and do you purchase seperate tickets? If so, is the event worth it?
3. What are some of the things that are special about being in DLR at Xmas time?
Thanks everyone. I received so much help form this board before our April trip, I am looking forward to spending time here once again as I plan. :thumbsup2
08-13-2006, 03:44 PM
1. It goes to really busy when schools let out for winter break (the week between Christmas and New Years is absolute chaos, and the week before Christmas gets gradually busier). Last year, the whole month was crazy, but I think that had as much to do with the 50th as anything else.
2. No hard ticket events have been annouced as of right now (nor has anyone I know who works there hinted at anything). They will have the Christmas Parade and from what I've heard Santa's Reindeer Round-up should be returning.
3. The decorations, Christmas Carolers, special Christmas editions of some of the shows, characters in their winter-wear, DL's cider (it's yummy stuff).
08-13-2006, 03:49 PM
and from what I've heard Santa's Reindeer Round-up should be returning.
:banana: :rotfl: :woohoo: :cool1:
08-13-2006, 04:05 PM
from what I've heard Santa's Reindeer Round-up should be returning.
What exactly is this? LOL, I'm clueless. :rotfl:
08-13-2006, 04:18 PM
I just thought of 2 more questions:
Are the NBC decorations up at the Haunted Mansion all through December?
What is the weather in DLR usually like in December? Warm enough to ride the water rides?
Thanks again everyone.
08-13-2006, 05:23 PM
[QUOTE=mAlien13]What is the weather in DLR usually like in December? Warm enough to ride the water rides?
I went to Disneyland over Christmas break two years ago. I lucked out. Both of the days I attended it felt like it was summer. The crowds made it miserable, but I still enjoyed myself a little, but not nearly as much as I do in the summer time. The water rides were all open when I was there. I haven't known Disneyland to shut down water rides because of weather, but I could be wrong.
08-13-2006, 06:16 PM
We're going right before Christmas and on an earlier post I read that they lower the water level in water rides so folks don't get as wet as in warm months. I don't know if it's true but sounds logical to me. I figure we can run back to the hotel to change if we get drenched on Grizzly. I know the weather can change quite a bit so we're planning on "layering" like we did at Thanksgiving time a few years ago. Ca't wait to hear what DL and DCA have on for Christmas this year....
08-13-2006, 06:28 PM
Yes, the NBC decorations stay up all through the month, and into January.
The Reindeer Round-up is an area at Big Thunder Ranch where Santa and Mrs. Claus are available for pictures. They also have live music and other shows, real reindeer and cookie decorating. Disney characters like Pluto, Chip & Dale, and Clara Cluck were out playing with the kids (and the adults) and taking pictures and signing autographs.
December weather can vary.
08-13-2006, 07:56 PM
I would hope they are going to have a Christmas parade, that is the reson why I am going to be on there for Christmas :sunny:
08-13-2006, 09:45 PM
I was there over new years for my honeymoon...oh my goodness...five years ago now...and it was such a magical time! The lights and the "snow" from the fireworks were amazing. It was a bit chilly and wet while we were there, but since we are from washington state it wasn't a big deal to us. I do have some pictures of my hubby without his jacket on so it couldn't have been too chilly. I absolutely loved taking the train around the park after dark and just watching all the lights and the different entertainment happening. It is one of my best memories ever! I also loved the shopping!
P.S. I will be there this new years as well for my ds's first disney experience. He will be 19 months old!
08-13-2006, 09:58 PM
Weather in December can be anywhere from highs in the low 50s to highs in the 80s, but it's usually high-60s/low-70s. Nighttime lows are usually mid-40s/low-50s. It CAN rain in December, but we don't usually get several days in a row of rain - usually only a few hours, and then it moves through. If you do happen to be there on a rainy day, though, you really luck out, because most of the locals hate rain, and stay away. :-)
The Christmas parade at Disneyland is very cute and fun.
08-14-2006, 11:32 AM
Thank you Thank You Thank you!!! Reading all the info here has us really jazzed about going in December!! :cool1:
To tell you the truth, I would ride the water rides even if it was 50 degrees...it's my disney family that get squeamish if it's cold...lol
We are still debating on whether to go the week of 12/17 to 12/22 or 12/10 to 12/15. Anyone have pro's or con's for either?
08-14-2006, 04:35 PM
The first 2 weeks of December are usually (I say usually because last year threw conventional wisdom about crowd patterns out the window) less crowded than the rest of the month.
08-14-2006, 04:57 PM
Are there typically extended hours & evening entertainment the week before Christmas?
08-14-2006, 05:14 PM
Okay--this thread is making me cry. We surprised our kids with a trip to DL last Christmas--we were there something like the 17th-22nd. Crowds were manageable when we first arrived, but pretty thick by the time we left. We swam at the DLH pool (lovely resort and great pool!)--definitely warm enough. We did wear ponchos for Kali--we got drenched!
The snow on Main Street after the fireworks--heavenly. The Christmas decorations on it's a small world--well, the only way I can stomach that ride now! They were great! And I loved HM with NBC decorations--although kids didn't (they have never seen the movie.)
It was a truly special time of the year--I highly recommend anyone who can--go to Disneyland at least once during Christmas.
I really want to go back there now after reading this thread. Hmm--how can I pull that off? :goodvibes
08-14-2006, 06:08 PM
I'll back up everyone's assertions that the decorations are incredible. The tree at the beginning of Main St. is huge, it snows after the parade, and everything is gorgeous. If you can go on New Year's Eve, it is the most amazing party ever. We don't drink, so we love being in a big crowd with others who are not drinking but are ringing in the New Year. They usually do have extended hours the weeks before and after Christmas, but you can probably get more done in the week of the 10th-15 because of the reduced crowds.
08-14-2006, 07:13 PM
Haven't read everything yet, so here's my .02:
1. When does the crowd go from really slow to really busy in December? When school vacations let out- usually around the 22nd or so it picks up big time.
2. What is the special event that is part of Christmas and do you purchase seperate tickets? If so, is the event worth it? There isn't a special event for Christmas at DL or DCA.
3. What are some of the things that are special about being in DLR at Xmas time? For me, just the amazing atmosphere- the giant Christmas tree, decorations, carolers, etc.. I love Christmas AND Disney, so it's perfect for me. Also, the Santas in DL and DCA are the only ones my kids will sit with :) They look like Santa for REAL!! (not some lame mall Santa)
08-14-2006, 07:43 PM
Getting more and more excited every minute. The only concern I have is that if we go the within the first couple of weeks in December will all this awesome stuff everyone is talking about be available? Does the xmas parade run everyday in Dec or only on weekends? How about the fireworks/snow on Main St? That sounds way too cool to miss.
08-15-2006, 11:50 PM
I can't swear to it, but I think it all starts Thanksgiving weekend. So all of December is festive and lovely.
08-15-2006, 11:51 PM
Oops, I forgot to add, I think they might not have NBC at the HM this year. That is what a CM told my daughter and me last Feb. Again, I can't guarantee that.
08-18-2006, 10:15 PM
I think the decorations alone are worth the visit!! Not to mention the snow, (which is is so beautiful, that it give me goose-bumps),the music and carols, and fireworks. We went to WDW last year for the first time and chose Christmas because I wanted to see the decorations, but I honestly thought DL's were better. (Ok, WDW fans you can flame me. Yes I saw every park and every resort's decorations, including the life size Gingerbread house. Which was amazing I might add!) Anyways, maybe it's because DL is more intimate?? I don't know. It's just my thinking. Anyways, I love it at DL during Christmas, and want to go again this year, but I'm still trying to get in a visit before the 50 year fireworks end. I'm hoping to get there yet!!! Have a wonderful holiday.
PS. One thing that did impress me at WDW was the Candlelight Processional. It was beautiful. I've heard rumors that they do it at DL also, but never see any promos for it. It certainly is not a big deal here compared to WDW, that's for sure. :tinker:
08-19-2006, 12:36 PM
We went to Disneyland last year, the week after Thanksgiving. It was a magical, wonderful experience. It was very busy, but we got to see the 50th anniversary fireworks and the snow on mainstreet was completely worth fighting the crowds. The weather was quite tolerable. We brought hats and mittens, but only the baby needed them.
We loved it so much that we are going to go back again this year, but we are going December 2 thru December 9th, which I am hoping will be less busy since kids should be back in school.
Our DD was 18 months last year and she thought it was fabulous. In fact, she is still running around saying "I love Disneyland". I'm sure she'll love Disneyland even more this year.
08-19-2006, 06:41 PM
I will be at DL for Christmas for the 5th time this year. Obviously I LOVE IT! :cool1: It is truly magical. The decorations are amazing and almost ruins it when you go back and they are gone - it seems so plain ~ :goodvibes
Hopefully you will have a number of days so you don't feel rushed. Please be sure and take time to stop and look at the details in the decorations. Make it a game with your kids to find decorations that reflect a specific character or movie. If you have digital cameras challenge your kids to find as many characters in the decorations and take pictures of them. Be sure to go look at the decor in Toon Town - very cute!
Another "scavenger hunt" with the camera idea would be for your son to see how many pictures of Christmas trees he can take.
Pictures with Santa at DL is fun if there before Christmas. Wear specail Christmas decorated clothes (you know those things we have in the back of the closet that we pull out after Thanksgiving.) Don't forget about Santa Goofy in Toon Town.
Rides - go early and do the rides that are a must and then get FastPasses for later in the day. Then after you do the rides have fun and enjoy yourself.
Another fun thing to do is have your kids see how many different places the people around then are from while you are standing in line. Keep a little spiral notebook in your fannypack to write down their first name and where they are from and maybe even take a pic on the digital camera and write in the notebook what ride you met them on for later reference.
Don't forget to take pictures when you are eating. Sounds silly but people always regret not remembering what they had when people ask.
Hope this gives you some ideas and build on them as they make you think of other things. Be sure to write it down in a special place. It is way to easy to forget all these fun things when things get crazy hectic just before leaving.
08-19-2006, 07:05 PM
We're going from the 17th-21 and I'm really looking foward to it. My fiance keeps talking about the HM and the NBC decorations so I have to see them! I have always wanted to experience Disney at holiday time and I don't care how many people are there with me :teeth: I'm so excited!
08-19-2006, 10:58 PM
Hi this is my daughter's opinion of Christmas at Disneyland:
I love disneylannd especially during xmas :cool1: Disneyland is magical already but even better during xmas!!! :love: the rides r AMAZING!!!!!! :thumbsup2
08-20-2006, 03:48 PM
Everything....the whole thing is awesome!!!
Pooh's Purple Pal
08-21-2006, 10:56 AM
We go for Christmas almost every year because everything is somehow more magical during the holidays! The crowds are unbelievable so we stay more days than we normally would (to allow for a nice relaxed pace), take tours to get PS for parades and shows, and make sure to have PS reservations for any restaurant meals we will be having. I can't wait to go "home for the holidays"! :banana:
08-21-2006, 11:38 AM
One thing that did impress me at WDW was the Candlelight Processional. It was beautiful. I've heard rumors that they do it at DL also, but never see any promos for it. It certainly is not a big deal here compared to WDW, that's for sure. :tinker:
The Candlelight Processional is usually the first weekend in December at Disneyland, very cool!!
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