Place On Earth Just Got Merrier
By: Jules E. Beuck
By: Jules E. Beuck
For most of the year Disneyland
Resort is known as the “Happiest place on Earth,” but from
November 14th through early January it becomes the
“Merriest place on Earth.” Holiday ornaments are hung over
both parks and changes are made on some rides to celebrate
For example, at the Haunted Mansion
Holiday a madcap celebration is taking place as the
traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. The
ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington, from the film
“Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” has come to
Haunted Mansion and transformed it with his skewed vision
of the holidays.
“It’s a Small World” transforms
into a worldwide celebration of the season, boasting more
than three hundred thousand glittering lights on its
facade. The usual theme song for the ride is interspersed
with "Jingle Bells" or "Deck The Halls." There is a
silhouette of Santa going over his naughty and nice list
and a New Year’s fireworks presentation in the Asia area.
Jungle Cruise has a whole new set
of holiday puns. For example when approaching the area
with piranhas, the boat captain says they have their own
holiday called “Piranhaca, the festival of the bites” (a
take off of Chanukah, the festival of the lights).
The Christmas Fantasy Parade shows
all the characters baking or otherwise getting ready for
Christmas and ends with a visit from the Jolly Old Elf
himself as he rides along in his sleigh.
of the Jolly Old Elf, Santa Claus has returned to greet
Disneyland guests at “Jingle Jangle Jamboree” in Big
Thunder Ranch, Frontierland.
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle sports
snow during the day but at night it displays a magnificent
array of holiday lights that stretches all the way to town
square. Also, at night is the marvelous “Believe In
Holiday Magic” fireworks show.
In town square is a 60-foot
Christmas tree that is impressive enough during the day
but really dazzles at night.
At Disney’s California Adventure,
the "World of Color" show has changed to “Winter Dreams,"
where Olaf, the snowman from the latest Disney animated
film, “Frozen," hosts a program that has scenes from
classic Disney movies interspersed with animation created
for the show displayed on shooting waters. There are also
specially created mouse ears for park patrons that light
up and change colors in coordination with the show.
A Bug’s Land has been transformed,
as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas lights
and oversized ornaments throughout their realm.
As we said, this will be going
on until early January. For information on new attractions
at Disneyland Resort and other information visit