Celebrate the holidays with Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland (Jami Seymore | KSNV)

Looking to celebrate the "most wonderful time of the year" at the "happiest place on Earth?" Disneyland has you covered.

Transformed for the Christmas season, Disneyland, located just a few hours from the desert of Las Vegas, has plenty of experiences to get you in the holiday spirit.

As a News 3 digital exclusive, we hit the Southern California theme park (and it's adjoining park, California Adventure) just in time for the holidays to check out what's new and what's to come! The magical holiday transformation is running from Nov. 10 through Jan. 7, so there's still time to check it out!


If you're a regular Disneyland visitor during the summer peak season, the wintertime transformation will leave you awed! For a towering Christmas tree adorned with lights to a festive Main Street, the holiday spirit was alive in Disneyland.

One of the most popular features that had many stopping in their tracks was the Christmas Fantasy Parade. Many favorite Disney characters joined Santa Claus on Main Street to dance and sing to holiday tunes.

If you're a foodie, this is the time of the year to hit the parks! From Candy Cane Beignets at the Mint Julep Bar to the "Festive Foods Marketplace" in California Adventure, there's plenty of treats to enjoy.


The Haunted Mansion is a favorite ride at Disneyland, while the Nightmare Before Christmas is a favorite film around the holidays. Disneyland decided to combine the two! The popular ride is transformed for the Halloween and Christmas seasons into the Nightmare Before Christmas, including favorite characters like Jack and Sally, fun tunes throughout the ride and wait in line, and a special appearance by "Sandy Claws."


The nightly Disneyland fireworks show is transformed during Christmas with a stirring musical score and a wonderful sprinkling of gingerbread-scented snow.

Unfortunately, while we were in town, the show was canceled due to the high winds fueling the wildfires in Southern California (we visited a few days into the Thomas Fire).


At the beginning of 2017, Disney fans said goodbye to the popular California Adventure ride, 'The Twilight Zone' Tower of Terror. Don't worry -- the fun drop tower ride is still there!

The park transformed the ride into Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!, which opened in May of this year. A new addition since our last visit, the new ride prevented plenty of tunes to sing along to as riders and "Rocket Raccoon" help free the remaining characters (like favorites Star-Lord and Gamora) from the popular Marvel film series from display in the Collector's fortress.


Get ready to say goodbye to Paradise Pier at California Adventure. That area of the park will soon be transforming into Pixar Pier, with neighborhoods, based on Disney-Pixar favorites The Incredibles, Toy Story, and Inside Out, with a fourth neighborhood focused on other Pixar films and characters. On Jan. 8, the California Screamin' coaster will close and later reopen as the Incredicoaster, inspired by The Incredibles. The pier is expected to be finished during summer 2018.


Disney-Pixar's newest film, Coco, also got a little feature in California Adventure! The new family favorite hit theaters in late November and already had some merchandise and decor for fans to check out.

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