INFO: Counting Down the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort



Three new nighttime spectaculars, three special seasonal attractions and an abundance of festive fun make Holidays a season to be dazzled at the Disneyland Resort. From Nov. 13, 2015 through Jan. 6, 2016, there are countless reasons to celebrate the resort’s merriest time of the year. Here’s a look at some of the numbers required to transform the Happiest Place on Earth into a magical, winter wonderland.


At Disneyland Park:

  • “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade, performing for its 21st season, is one of the longest-running parades at the Disneyland Resort. This holiday tradition features 16 floats and a cast of more than 100 performers, including 15 elves, 12 toy soldiers, 6 snowflake skaters, 4 roller skiers, 6 gingerbread cookies and 8
  • The façade of “it’s a small world” Holiday comes to life at night with more than 60,000 colorful LED Christmas lights and a lighting design with 6 brilliant colors. This year, nearly 300,000 miniature LED lights sparkle within the trees, hedges and topiaries outside the attraction.
  • Floating through the European scene of “it’s a small world” Holiday, guests will smell freshly cut pine as they pass a 20-foot Christmas tree inspired by “The Nutcracker.”
  • Inside Haunted Mansion Holiday, in the ballroom scene, 13 gingerbread zombies construct a teetering gingerbread house of cards that stands nearly 8 feet tall. This year’s gingerbread masterpiece called for more than 120 pounds of gingerbread, 50 gallons of frosting and 47 pounds of fondant.
  • More than 24 additional figures, including man-eating wreaths and frightfully fun toys, join the “spirited” festivities at Haunted Mansion Holiday.


At Disney California Adventure Park:

  • The 50-foot Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street is adorned with vintage ornaments reminiscent of the 1920s and ‘30s and nearly 3,000 multicolored LED lights.
  • The Three Caballeros – Donald Duck, Panchito from Mexico and José Carioca from Brazil – along with classic Disney characters and a cast of more than 50 performers dance and celebrate during the “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” at Paradise Gardens.
  • The “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” features 12-foot tall mojiganga puppets of Santa Claus and Sra. Claus.
  • “Olaf’s Snow Fest” features a 2,000-square-foot play area inside its Arendelle-inspired courtyard plus a slide made of snow where guests can zip down a slope nearly 40 feet long. Combined, the play area and slide contain nearly 40 tons of real snow.
  • The residents of Radiator Springs from the Disney-Pixar film “Cars” have decked out Cars Land with spare auto parts that reflect their personalities. At the Cozy Cone Motel, Sally’s traffic cone tree stands nearly 9 feet tall.

At the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort:

  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa takes on a new form when a team of 25 artists, bakers and engineers create a 7 ½-foot tall by 12-feet gingerbread house – a miniature version of the hotel, which will be on display in the lobby.
  • All 3 Disneyland Resort Hotels decorate their lobbies with festive displays during the holidays. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel features an underwater-themed Christmas tree complete with fish ornaments. At the Disneyland Hotel, guests may snap a photo in front of a model gingerbread house. A “grand” Christmas tree graces the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Under it, guests will find 52 wrapped presents waiting to be opened.

Around the Disneyland Resort:

  • More than 19,000 poinsettia plants and 2,600 feet of greenery decorate the Disneyland Resort for the holidays.
  • Throughout the resort, guests will find more than 100 live, miniature Christmas trees.
  • Guests taking a break from a day of shopping at the Downtown Disney District may skate around “Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink,” a 50-foot long by 90-foot wide rink with a 30-foot Christmas tree in the center.
  • The Downtown Disney Winter Village is made up of 8 charming winter chalets, each one offering an assortment of holiday treasures.