Christmas is magical. Disneyland is magical. So, naturally, Christmas plus Disneyland is extra special. I’m a closet Disney nerd who’s made many a trip to Disney World as a child…and as a teenager and adult. But I had never been to Disneyland. When my Wisconsin Badgers played in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, I traveled to Los Angeles and made a special side trip just to see the first Disney theme park.
Visiting Disneyland after Christmas — and after New Years — and on a rainy day — during the week — turned out to be an excellent combination of circumstances that made for insanely short lines (we’re talking 10 minutes or less) which means we were able to hit up both California Adventure and Disneyland in one day. And we still got to see all of the holiday decorations and parade. We hit all the highlights easily, but the rainy morning definitely gave us a big head start. Plus we were childless and wearing running shoes. Disney buffs will get a kick out of the seasonal decorations and those looking to get in and get out will find Disneyland more tolerable.
Holiday highlights included a blinding display of lights outside of It’s A Small World, a special Nightmare Before Christmas version of The Haunted Mansion ride, and an extra-beautiful Sleeping Beauty Castle with icicle lights and a winter glow. New Orleans Square and a giant Christmas tree on Main Street were decked out in full holiday regalia as well. But even with the off-season weekday and bad weather, we still never managed to get a ride on Peter Pan’s Flight — the line was ridiculously long all day and night. It makes sense — dreamers strolling through the streets of Disneyland are really just in search of Never Never Land, right?