Perfect for the family, as we’ve all grown up with Disney, and with one of the most memorable firework displays around, we can’t think of a more idyllic place to spend Christmas and/or the New Year! So, take a look at what special attractions the various Disneyland resorts around the world have going on for the holidays, book your favourite, and then tell you family they’re spending Christmas at Disneyland!
Hong Kong Disneyland
Only have the patience to queue to see one Santa this year? Then make it Santa Goofy at Hong Kong Disneyland (you can find him on Main Street, U.S.A., located at “City Hall”, right after main entrance). Other special Christmas-only events to catch are “Let it Snow!”, a sing-song performance featuring your favourite Disney characters, complete with snowflakes, on daily at 5:45 pm on Main Street by the giant Christmas tree, and the “‘A Holiday Wish-Come True’ Tree Lighting Ceremony”, on daily at 6:15 pm.
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
Don’t want the magic to dissapear when you leave the theme park? Then stay at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel! From the hotel’s Art-Deco design that emulates Old Hollywood to the hotel restaurant headed by everyone’s favourite
mouse masterchef, Mickey Mouse himself, there’s so much to love about this family-friendly themed resort hotel. Standard rooms accommodate up to 4 – the ideal size for a small family. Aside from the water-themed attractions in the Grizzly Gulch zone, there’s nowhere to splash around in the theme park. Find solace in the hotel pool, shaped like a grand piano, complete with a 28-metre-long waterslide.
Till December 25 Tokyo Disneyland is transformed into a winter wonderland with special Christmas-themed attractions and events such as the “Disney Christmas Stories” parade that takes place twice daily by the Cinderella Castle, where Disney charcaters bring to life Christmas stories, and the nightly lighting of the park’s main Christmas tree located on the Mediterranean Harbour. For the Disney merchandise collector there are Christmas-edition Disney character plushies and other merch for you to take home.
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
At Tokyo Disneyland Hotel guests can stay in either a classic, Mickey Mouse standard room, or in one of the 4 types of themed room, based on Disney’s most loveable characters; Tinker Bell, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, or Cinderella. Standard, double rooms, accomodate up to 4 guests (2 adults + 2 children). Cribs should be requested in advance. Guests of Tokyo Disneyland Hotel get to enter the theme park 15 minutes before the park officially opens. Standard and Concierge Rooms as well as Suites. Things to love about Tokyo Disneyland Hotel are; the bellhop’s red and gold uniform, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique beauty salon where little girls from 3-12 can be transforemed into their favourite Disney Princess, and the Misty Mountains Pool; themed after Disney’s Peter Pan.
Disney Ambassador Hotel
Character rooms inlcude; Donald Duck, Chip ‘n Dale, Stitch, Mickey, Minnie. There’s also a Fantasia Suite, themed ater Disney’s thrid animated feature film Fantasia. Note that restaurants are different at each of Tokyo Disneyland’s hotels. Disney Ambassador has “Chef Mickey” where diners get to meet Mickey in a traditional chef’s uniform. While a little further off than Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, the complimentary Disney Resort Cruser shuttles guests to the theme park. For couples as much in love as Minne and Mickey wanting to tie the knot, a visit to the hotel’s Bridal Salon is in store.
Disneyland Paris – Europe’s most frequented theme park, has a winter programme that tops any other theme park when it comes to fun for the whole family. Sing all the hit songs from the 2013 Disney film Frozen, along with all your favourite characters, in the Frozen Sing-Along (till March 26, 2017). Sound like it’ll potentially be a tearjerking experience? Just wait till the magical firework display (pictured above), set to the music from Frozen, come on and you’re guaranteed to need a handkerchief. All-year park highlights include Armageddon: les Effets spéciaux– a simulation of the sci-fi film Armageddon, dining at French restaurant Auberge de Cendrillon – French for “Cinderella’s Inn”. Coming up in the New Year is a special, limited time attraction celebrating another sci-fi classic; Star Wars. From January 14 till March 26, 2017, Star Wars buffs will delight in the range of attractions, from a Jedi Training Academy to nighttime shows with special effects and fireworks.
Disney’s Sequoia Lodge
Dream of escaping to your very own Colorado mountain cabin? Someday… In the meantime there’s the equally as atmospheric Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, decorated to resemble a lodge in the heart of the woods. When you think woodland which Disney characters come to mind? Pictures of the lovable fawn, Bambi, and his friends adorn the walls. We love that Disney can complement basically any theme – the variety of different hotel themes listed here is proof of this. And for dining, guests will enjoy meat right off the spit at Hunter’s Grill and warm cups of cocoa (with or without a splash of something stronger) round the fireplace. Isn’t a log cabin most appropriately imagined amidst the snow? Unlike in the real great outdoors, where lakes would be frozen over, at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge you can go swimming in winter at the hotel’s indoor swimming pool.
Disney’s Hotel New York
You guessed it, everything grand about New York is highlighted in this hotel. A flashback to New York’s golden age, the hotel, from the facade down to the detail of the rooms, is designed in true Art Deco style. Enjoy being catapulted into the Jazz Age as you pick up on reference after reference to the Roaring Twenties when you visit the many on theme facilities including the New York City Bar and Parkside Diner. Kids (expect budding architects) who won’t be as excited as their parents about Art Deco (incidentally originating in France and not New York) will be happy about the Video Game Room and ice skating rink across the hotel at… none other than… Rockefeller Plaza.
The one, the only, the original. Opened in 1955 by Walt Disney himself, this once in a lifetime must, for amusement park geeks and non-geeks alike, has eight themed lands the most themed lands – the most of any Disneyland (Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai have 7, and Paris has 5). For Christmas, till January 8, 2017, Disneyland transforms into a giant light illumination spectacle from 9 pm. Alongside the rides, you can play “spot the Hidden Mickeys” as, all over the park, there are hidden representations of the unmistakable Mickey head silhouette. Unique to Disneyland Park is New Orleans Square – modeled after 19th-century New Orleans, the ironwork balconies hang overhead as you wander the pedestrian streets leading up to the Pirates of the Caribbean show. Synonymous with Mardi Gras and Voodoo, it’s only fitting that the park’s Haunted Mansion is placed in New Orleans square.
While other Disney hotels have Chef Mickey, Disneyland Hotel has Goofy’s Kitchen – Gawrsh! Reserve a table for a Christmas dinner your kids will remember forever! Themed suites include the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite and the Mickey Mouse Penthouse and sleeps up to 6 adults. While not themed, standard rooms are almost as spacious and sleep up to 5. Stay in a standard room and spend your savings on enjoying Disneyland to the fullest. There’s also a lot to be enjoyed in the very walls of the hotel itself. The hotel arranges Disney movie nights on the Magic Kingdom Lawn, where guests can lie in a beach chair under the stars and watch their favourite childhood films surrounded by other Disney enthusiasts. For something more upbeat, there’s the Enchanted Tiki Bar where guests will find a nightly stream of live music and cocktails.
Disney’s Grand Californian
Are pools the main draw for you when it comes to hotels? If so then, with waterside that’s wrapped around the stump of a giant redwood, the themed outdoor pool at Disney’s Grand Californian was designed for you. We haven’t mentioned spas yet, though luckily for the spa lovers among you, the luxury hotel has a full-service spa and salon. We’re already eyeing the 3 hour 50 minute Balinese Massage treatment. Can you imagine how relaxing it’d be after a full day of theme park rides?