Year round Disneyland is known as the Happiest Place on Earth, and the holiday festivities at the end of the year really warrant a change in name to The Merriest Place on Earth. With Disneyland, California Adventures, and Downtown Disney dressed up for the festivities, you can spend a week exploring and seeing everything. This year Disneyland was extra festive, since they are still celebrating their 60th anniversary. The holiday season is usually the busiest time for Disneyland, and the crowds can be a bit overwhelming at times, so make sure you get there early enough to avoid long wait times.
We had the extra stress of going right before the release of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. Tomorrowland was transformed into more of a Star Wars Land, music from the movies played from all the speakers in that area, banners featuring character silhouettes hung from the old monorail track, and stormtroopers roamed the area surveying the park goers and posing for pictures.
Star Tours got a new upgrade with characters and planets from the new movie, even Space Mountain was changed to Hyperspace Mountain, and now features battle scenes throughout the ride (very similar to Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, the Halloween version of the ride). The downstairs of Innoventions was turned into a sort of Star Wars museum, with Darth Vader and Chewbacca added to the vast list of characters you can meet and take pictures with.
As a massive Star Wars fan myself, I loved the changes, it made me very happy to see how different everything is, and I got to do a good amount of fangirling. The only downside was the massive increase in wait times, there wasn’t a single line shorter than 30 minutes, with the more popular attractions sitting at about an hour wait.
Overall, the festivities at the park go well beyond a new holiday parade and ice skating in Downtown Disney. Whether its your first time going, or you’re an annual passholder who goes as often as possible (like me) Disney at the holidays is something that must be on your list!