Holidays At Disneyland 2010

This weekend, my friend Ryan came to visit to experience the magic of the holidays at Disneyland with us. This is the first time this season that we had gone to experience the holidays at the Disneyland Resort (which is not bad considering that the season kicked off just the day before).

I absolutely love the holidays at Disneyland. There was a poll recently that asked which we thought was better, Halloween Time or the Holidays. I was really struggling with it, but, now, I think I can say with great confidence that, while I do LOVE Halloween Time, the Holidays win hands down. You walk into Disneyland and you really feel that its Christmas morning. I defy anybody to experience all the park has to offer at this time of year and not feel the spirit of good will (even with the crowds!).

I think my favorite part of the Holidays at Disneyland is the lighting of Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle. I like to watch it any chance I get. In fact, I remember last year having a conversation at the Market House on Main Street when, suddenly, the announcement for the lighting ceremony came over the loud speaker. I literally ran out into the streets just to be a part of it. To me, this lighting of Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle is the definition of what has come to be known as "Disney Magic." It's what differentiates Disney parks from other theme parks. Sometimes, I think the best part of the whole thing is watching the reactions from other guests. Here we all are...strangers who've been pushing and shoving each other all day long...for one moment, coming together and watching, in awe, as snow falls in Anaheim. At times, you almost want to reach out and hug each other.

The only thing that I wish is that there was more Holiday goodness over at Disney California Adventure. Its probably because there is so much construction going on there right now that they don't want to put much up, but, the Holiday cheer just seems so sparse there...even where there's not a lot of construction going on. For example, the Boardwalk side of Paradise Pier could use a little tinsel and glitter. Hopefully, when the park complete's its major construction, we'll see more Holiday magic around that park.

Here are some of my favorite photos that I took over the weekend. To view all the photos I took, you can visit my Flickr page and see my photo sets for November 13, 2010 and November 14, 2010.

The Holidays Hit The Main Street Train Station

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle

It's A Small World Holiday

It's A Small World Holiday

The Holidays Hit Mickey's Toontown

Meeting Santa at Santa's Reindeer Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch

Santa's Reindeer Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch

Pretty lighting hits Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle

L'Ornement Magique in the Court of Angels in New Orleans Square

The Holidays Hit Main Street USA

The Holidays Hit Paradise Pier

A Christmas Fantasy Parade on Main Street USA

A Christmas Fantasy Parade on Main Street USA

A Christmas Fantasy Parade on Main Street USA

A Christmas Fantasy Parade on Main Street USA

The Holidays Hit Flik's Fun Fair

The Holidays Hit The Golden Gate Bridge at Disney California Adventure

The Holidays hit Central Plaza

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle Lighting in front of the Castle

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle Lighting from Main Street

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle Lighting from Main Street

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Believe...In Holiday Magic Fireworks Spectacular

Sleeping Beauty Rabbit looking at the lights...

It's A Small World Holiday At Night!

It's A Small World Holiday At Night!

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  1. My top 3 photos:
    The rabbit staring at the lights (that's just gorgeous)
    The owl in front of the castle (wintery owl is mega cute)
    the reindeer! I wish there were reindeer at DLP, I'd nag Sam to go 'till well, he decides to go haha :)

    I prefer Halloween to Christmas at DLP because I'm more of a Halloween person to start with and they do more of an efford for Halloween than for Christmas. At least that's how it feels to me. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy the Christmas season there, I'm generally the first to run off to Santa Goofy and Santa :D

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  2. LOL about running off to Santa Goofy and Santa!

    I love Halloween at Disneyland, too. It's very close, but, there's something about entering Disneyland during the holidays that is just SO special. Its hard to describe it.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the photos...I think the rabbit is also one of my favorites. My friend was taking some pictures of the Castle and I was looking at it and thought I'd see if I could get the shot. :)

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