Christmas is coming!!! I absolutely love the holiday season. There’s something so special about this time of year, and it’s such a magical time to spend with loved ones. One of my favorite holiday traditions is visiting Disneyland with my whole family! We’ve been going for as long as I can remember around Thanksgiving time, and it’s seriously the best.
Because we’ve been so many times, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that might help you out on your next Disney holiday adventure. I’ll probably write a lot of posts like this (because one post would be waaaaaay too long), so these are only a few of the best pieces of advice I have for you:
1. Use the MaxPass — it’s seriously worth it
Disney MaxPass is possibly the best thing to ever happen to Disneyland (okay that might be a little extreme but hear me out). With the Disneyland app and MaxPass, you can scan your park hoppers or annual passes (we had all seven of ours on one phone), get FASTPASSES from anywhere inside the two parks (Disneyland and California Adventure), and you get unlimited Photopass downloads. Oh, and it’s only $10 extra per ticket, per day (or a one time $75 fee for annual passes). I promise it’s worth every penny, especially during the holidays when every ride has a super long wait time.
2. Stay until midnight
It seems like everyone and their dog are at Disneyland in November and December, which means the parks are usually open a little later than normal. When we went the week of Thanksgiving, it was open until midnight every night. We were definitely tired at the end of the day, but the park practically clears out after the fireworks show at 9:30. You get two hours of empty lines, awesome photo opportunities, and a lifetime of memories. So no matter how tired you are and how bad your feet hurt, just hold out until the end of the day. You’ll walk on every ride and it’ll be so worth it!
3. Watch the seasonal shows
World of Color Season of Light, Believe … in Holiday Magic fireworks show, and the Christmas Fantasy parade are all absolutely incredible, and you definitely won’t want to miss them. They’ll put you right in the holiday spirit, and you can’t see them any other time of the year! If you want an awesome view of World of Color, go stand in the wet zone. You might get a little mist, but you’ll have an unobstructed view of the most spectacular water show in the world. If you want a life-changing view of the fireworks, hop on the Storybook ride right before the show starts. The tour guides have to stop the boats when the fireworks start, and you’ll see the show right in between the castle and It’s a Small World. I definitely cried, and it was so magical.
These are just a few of my favorite Disneyland tips, and I’ll be posting more soon. If you go on a Disney trip and use any of these tips, I would love to know! And I’m always open to hearing your favorite tips too, so let me in on all your Disney secrets in the comments!