Christmas Time at Disneyland

For my birthday this last September, husband gifted me with a day at Disneyland during Christmas time! I can't tell you how excited I was --I ♥ Disney and I ♥ Christmas (my co-workers can vouch that I start humming Christmas tunes, very off key, in July), so putting the two together makes my head near explode with happiness. And it's another item to cross off my bucket list!

We went the very first weekend of December, which is right before the mad rush. I have heard and read over and over again that December and January are the busiest times of the year for Disney. Worse than summer. I think that because Christmas break for the kiddies hadn't begun yet, combined with the overcast weather, it was the perfect time! There were hardly any lines in the morning and we managed to hit our favorite rides by 10:30 AM. It was AWESOME.

Mickey Mouse, Christmas Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

electricity wind mill power, california
Giant windmills, about the only thing to see on the road between Phoenix and LA.

If we ever drive back out to Disneyland again, I think we'll avoid that route so we don't go nuts. Even if the detour adds an extra hour to the route.

atrium, pond, koi, lion, Embassy Suites, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
We stayed at the Embassy Suites again!

"Embassy
Inside of our hotel room.

Embassy Suites, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
We stayed in a corner suite which had an excellent view of the fireworks at Disneyland.

Embassy Suites, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Bathroom, Embassy Suites, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

chicken, steamed vegetables, rice pilaf, Serengeti Grill, Embassy Suites, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Our 1st night in CA, we ordered from room service. The chicken was so spicy I couldn’t handle it!

chicken tortilla soup, Serengetic Grill, Embassy Suites, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Soup of the Day: Chicken Tortilla Soup

The next morning....

Christmas time decor, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
All decked out in Christmas decor!!!!!

Ornament wreath, Christmastime decor, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
There were Christmas wreaths on every lamp post.

Christmas tree decor, Christmastime, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Oh Chritmas tree,oh Christmas tree...

Chrismas time decor, Main Street, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Main Street completely decorated!

Chrismas time decor, Main Street, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Isn't this amazing??!

Christmas time, Main Street, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Chrismas time decor, Main Street, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Adventureland sign, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Our first park, Adventure Land! This is our favorite part of Disneyland!

We tried to get into the Pirates ride but that wasn't ready so we opted for the next best thing since Indiana Jones was under construction:

Jack Skellington statue on a pumpkin in front of the Haunted Mansion, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
The Haunted Mansion!

Hearse carriage, Haunted Mansion, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
The Hearse in Christmas and Halloween decor!

Haunted Mansion, Christmas, Halloween, Nightmare Before Christmas decor, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Husband: Stop taking so many pictures! He's watching you!

Nightmare Before Christmas, Haunted Mansion, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Inside the Haunted Mansion, decorated with Jack Skellington.

I like the original Haunted Mansion better. They change it up during Halloween time and vamp it as The Nightmare Before Christmas. This stays up until they take down Christmas decor.

Jungle Cruise, zebra, lions, Adventure Land, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
On the Jungle Cruise: they were... er, guarding over the er, sleeping zebra.

Thunder Mountain, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
After Adventure Land, we rant to Frontier Land for Big Thunder Mountain. NO LINES AT ALL.

Thunder Mountain bridge, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
This reminds me of Sedona.

Sleeping Beauty Castle, Christmas decor, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Sleeping Beauty's Castle decked out in Christmas decor!

We figured out later in the day why the rest of the park had very little lines... everyone was at the new Cars Land area!

Cars Land, Cadillac monument, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
Totally reminds me of Arizona.

Route 66 tree, Cars Land, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
Route 66 tree

Cars Land Christmas decor, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure

Route 66 store, Cars Land, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
Deja Vu. It's like we're in Oatman, AZ all over again.

Churros, orange cones, Cars Land, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
"I'd like 20 extremely unhealthy but extremely tasty churros please. Thanks."

Since we had hit up our favorite rides by late morning, we went to Mickey's Toon Town for nostalgia's sake.

TNT, Toon Town, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Cue maniacal laughter.

heavy balls, Toon Town, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Too heavy.

Heavy balls, Toon Town, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
I got this...

Tower of Terror, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
Our favorite ride at California Adventure: The Tower of Terror! Oooooooh! Ahhhhhh! So terrified!

Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse statue, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
3 brilliant minds in this picture. Plus me...

After shopping and lunch, we hunkered down in the rain to watch the Christmas parade:

High school marching band, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Wood soldiers, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Parade of the wooden soldiers.

Donald and Daisy Duck, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Donald and Daisy Duck

Donald and Daisy Duck, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Ugly Sweater Parade? Love it!

Mickey and Minnie snowmen, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Mickey and Minnie!

Minnie Mouse, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Recipe for Gingerbread Treats, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Gingerbread man, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Goofy, gingerbread house, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Max, Goofy's son, on top of Gingerbread house, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Goofy baking GIngerbread, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

prince and princess, little mermaid arial, prince eric, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
The Princess Brigade: Ariel and Prince Eric

Prince Charming, Cinderella, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
How Charming!

Princess Charming, Cinderella, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Princess Charming and Cinderelly, Cinderelly!

Snow White, Prince, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Snow White and the OTHER Prince Charming

Beauty and the Beast, Christmas parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Belle
Beauty and her beast

Chip and Dale, bag of nuts and acorns, Christmastime Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Chip and Dale, bag of nuts and acorns, Christmastime Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Christmastime Parade, Wood, Toy Story, rocking horse, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Gepetto, Christmastime Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Gepetto, Toy machine, Christmastime Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Gepetto's toy brigade

7 Seven Dwarfs, Christmastime parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Doc dwarf, Christmastime Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Bashful Dwarf, Christmastime Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
So Bashful!

Reindeer, Christmastime Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Santa Claus, Christmastime Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Santa Claus, Christmastime Parade, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
HO HO HO!!

Lighted Christmas, time, tree, decor, California Adventure, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
We have become old farts and needed an hour break at our hotel from running around. We headed back to Disney in the evening.

Stanley's Oasis, Cars Land ride, Radiator Springs Racers, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
We braved the 2 hour line for the new Cars Land main attraction, Radiator Springs Racers.

Cars water statue, Cars Land ride, Radiator Springs Racers, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
At least there were interesting things to see in the long line!

Classic, old gas tank, Cars Land ride, Radiator Springs Racers, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
Classic tanks, which we still see at the ghost towns we visit in Arizona.

Cactus, Cars Land ride, Radiator Springs Racers, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
It's like we're in Arizona all over again!

Cars Land ride, Radiator Springs Racers, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
Finally near the front of the line!

Cars Land ride, Radiator Springs Racers, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure
The ride was very well done.

Cars Land ride, Radiator Springs Racers, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure

Cars Land ride, Radiator Springs Racers, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure

Cars Land ride, Radiator Springs Racers, Mater, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, Adventure

Christmastime, wooden soldiers, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Yes, yes, even though there was much protesting from the husband, we did ride It’s a Small World!

Christmastime, It's a Small World, tower, clock, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
The inside and outside of It’s a Small World is decked out in Christmas decor.

Dear Santa reading letters naught nice list silhouette shadow It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Santa reading the naughty or nice list.

Joyeuses Fetes reindeer Christmas decor, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Christmas decor, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Completely surrounded by Christmas!

Christmas Naughty or Nice List, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Pinocchio, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
I like how they inserted the Disney characters into the ride.

Abu monkey, Aladdin, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Abu from Aladdin

Lion King Timon and Pumba, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
The Lion King's Timon and Pumba

Ariel, the Little Mermaid in a clam, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
The Little Mermaid, I'm not sure which country she falls under...

Lilo and Stitch surfing, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Lilo and Stitch

Dory, Dorie, Finding Nemo, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Dorie and Nemo

Jessie, Jesse, Toy Story, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Jesse from Toy Story

Happy Holidays snowman, It's a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Splash Mountain, near empty log, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
And with that I leave you with a photo of my husband having a blast while I am horrified for my life. This ride goes much faster with only 2 people in it!

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