This week kicks off the Disneyland Christmas season. During this week's podcast we discuss the special Christmas additions in Disneyland including: Haunted Mansion, “It's a Small World,” World of Color Winter Dreams, and Jingle Cruise.
Of course, we also discuss the awesome Christmas treats that can be found in the parks. Some of our favorites are the gingerbread cookies and beignets. Also, have you ever attempted to get the Disneyland candy canes? We'll give you the full scoop how.
All information below is based off of the podcast audio. Take a listen below for the full experience.
Listen to the Episode Below:
What you'll hear this week:
- How to get the Disneyland Christmas candy canes before they sell out
- Where to find the best Santa Claus at Disneyland
- The ride that could be good or could be bad this year–we just don't know yet
- Which Disneyland gingerbread treat is our favorite
- Best spots for World of Color viewing
- Details on new Fantasmic! viewing FP and dining packages
- What restaurant is our favorite for lunch and dessert
- The story behind the Jingle Cruise
- What we like so much about “it's a Small World Holiday”
- And so much more…
This Week's Disneyland Secret:
This week's secret is presented by our new eBook Disneyland Secrets: Grand Tour of Disneyland's Hidden Details.
This week's secret covers the Disneyland Christmas tree on Main Street. Since the opening of Disneyland in 1955, a real tree from Mount Shasta was used in the parks. But after 2008, Disneyland began to use a faux tree they reuse every year.
The new tree itself is 65 feet tall, but you only see 60 feet of the tree, because 5 feet of the tree sits underground supporting the base. The new tree has more than 1,200 branches with more than 280,000 faux pine needles with around 2000 ornaments the size of your head plus 75,000 lights. On top of that, the cords to light up the tree weigh more than 5,000 pounds.
The tree is assembled backstage at the end of the October as the crews prepare the area for the tree. The day after the Disney Parks Christmas Parade TV Special finishes shooting, the 12 ton tree is moved into place with the help of 15 cast members and two cranes. The other decorative touches found in the resort are the more than 1.5 miles of garland. Also on Main Street you'll see more than 810 bows on Main Street which require 1.4 miles of ribbon to create. Wow! My hands would get tired after tying all of those knots.
Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:
- Our Guide to Disneyland Christmas– All off the information you will need on Christmas at Disneyland. Check this article out.
- DLR Prep School– This is Casey's website featuring blog posts about planning your Disneyland vacation.
- Disneyland Secrets Facebook page– Our newest Facebook page that features new Disneyland Secrets each week.
- Ready to book your Disneyland vacation? Check out our recommended Disneyland vacation planner.
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