Disneyland Special Events, Activities & Tours

LAST UPDATE: 11/16/16

Wondering what Disneyland special events may be happening during your visit to Disneyland Resort? Listed below are the major events and festivals taking place during the year.

On this page you will also find any deals and discounts available on special activities (spa treatments, movies and more) at Disneyland Resort, as well as how to save money on theme park tours.

This is an UNOFFICIAL listing of Disneyland special events, tours and activities, and while we make our best effort to keep it updated, complete and accurate, Disney changes things constantly. Be sure to call ahead before making any major plans based on the information below!

For recurring events (e.g., Mickey’s Halloween Party, Candlelight Processional) we update new information as it becomes available, but we do not remove the previous year’s information until the new year’s information becomes available. We do this so that you can get a general idea of what has been offered in the past, and the range of dates when it was offered.

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration began May 22, 2015 and ran through September 5, 2016.

During the Diamond Celebration, Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure were each decorated with their own diamond medallion featuring the letter “D.” The entire resort sparkled with Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue.

Season of the Force – A Star Wars Experience

These Star Wars themed experiences feature opportunities to meet some of your favorite Star Wars characters, experience an exciting twist on a favorite attraction and more at Disneyland.

Season of the Force began November 16, 2015. An end date has not been announced.

Some of the experiences include:

Star Wars Launch Bay – This area offers opportunities to visit with Star Wars characters, view special exhibits and more. You can also choose your destiny with special character experiences. Choose the Dark Side and you encounter one of the most iconic villains from Star Wars, Darth Vader. Choose the Light Side and you can fly casual at this makeshift Rebel base, and meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue – This popular attraction features a new scene inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple – This twist on the Jedi Training experience introduces new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.

Hyperspace Mountain – For a limited time, guests join an X-wing starfighter battle in this reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction.

Themed Galleries – In the Dark Side Gallery get a look at authentic pieces of stormtrooper armor as well as famous Sith lightsabers once wielded by masters of the dark side. The Light Side Gallery features Rebel flight helmets and lightsabers once wielded by Jedi Knights. In the Preview Gallery you can see props from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Starship Gallery displays models of famous starships and their pilots from throughout the Star Wars saga.

Other limited-time experiences include an opportunity to revisit favorite scenes from classic Star Wars films at Tomorrowland Theater as well as special themed food and beverage, merchandise and entertainment.

New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

Disneyland stays open late on New Year’s Eve and offers extra entertainment, usually including live performances, an extra parade and fireworks. These festivities are included in regular park admission.

If you plan to visit one of the theme parks on New Year’s Eve (December 31) or New Year’s Day (January 1), be aware that these are two of the busiest days of the year. The parks (especially Disneyland) usually reach full capacity at some point during the day, and you may not be admitted (or re-admitted) to the parks after that point. (This is true even if you have a ticket, even if you’re staying at a Disney resort and even if you have dining reservations in the park. If the park is full, it’s full — Disney has to follow fire codes!) For that reason it’s best to arrive first thing in the morning and stay in the same park all day. Bring any sweaters or jackets you may need later and stow them in a locker when you arrive (the lockers will also sell out). Get Fastpasses right away if you think you will want to ride anything, because the lines will be very long by noon.

Napa Rose restaurant at the Grand Californian hotel usually offers a special dinner event each New Year’s Eve.

Día de los Reyes (Three Kings Day)

January 6, Día de los Reyes (Three Kings Day, also known as Epiphany or the Twelfth Day of Christmas), is a popular holiday in Mexico. The holiday celebrates the arrival of the Magi bearing gifts for baby Jesus, and Día de los Reyes is the traditional day for Mexican children to receive Christmas gifts.

In 2017, Disneyland will celebrate Día de los Reyes January 3-6.

The celebration includes entertainment, Disney characters in festive attire, kids’ activities and specialty food items at Rancho del Zocalo and nearby food carts.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – The Light Side

The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – The Light Side includes a 10K, 5K, Kids’ Races and a 13.1-mile run that takes you through Disney California Adventure, past Disneyland, and then on to the streets of surrounding areas. Complete the Star Wars 10K on Saturday and the Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday to receive the Star Wars Rebel Challenge Finisher Medal in addition to the Half Marathon and 10K Finisher Medals.

Runners who participate in both Star Wars Half Marathon events (the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland and the new Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side at Walt Disney World) will earn the inaugural Kessel Run Challenge medal.

In 2017, the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – The Light Side will be January 12-15.

Registration for the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – The Light Side opened on June 14, 2016.

Walt Disney World Annual & Season Passholders, Disneyland Annual Passport holders and DVC members are able to register ahead of the general public for some runDisney events. Check the Annual Passholder or DVC member website for details closer to the public registration date.

Mardi Gras

The New Orleans Square area of Disneyland celebrates Mardi Gras each year. The streets of New Orleans Square will be filled with music, Disney characters, street performers and delicious food at New Orleans Bayou Bash.

In 2017, Mardi Gras will be February 28.

In the past, special entertainment for Mardi Gras has included performances by Princess Tiana, Louis and Naveen and meet & greet opportunities with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – all dressed up in their Mardi Gras finest!

Happy Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year)

In 2016, Disneyland celebrated the Lunar New Year on February 5-8.

The celebration takes place at Paradise Gardens from 11 am – 5 pm in Disney California Adventure and includes traditions from Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. There are performers, musicians, local artisans, kids’ activities and specialty food items. Disney characters are there as well, including Mulan, Mushu, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Local community groups perform throughout the day.

Easter

For 2016, Easter Egg Hunts were held daily March 2-27 in Disney California Adventure and Disneyland parks, maps and stickers are available for $5.95 plus tax at the following locations:

Return your map to Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure, Disney Showcase in Disneyland or World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District by April 2 to pick up a surprise.

In recent years there has been an enhanced buffet at Storytellers Cafe in the Grand Californian on Easter Sunday.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

In 2016, after a hiatus of several years, this month-long festival celebrated some of the best of California cuisine. There were Festival Marketplaces, where guests could sip and savor delicious flavors from throughout the state of California. The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival also included Culinary Demonstrations and Beyond the Kitchen: Lifestyle Seminars. These experiences were included with regular park admission.

An extra event – A Conversation with Kurt Russell took place on April 16. This special event was a 90-minute question and answer session with Disney Legend Kurt Russell about his adventures and personal journey in winemaking, complete with wine tasting. A Conversation with Kurt Russell cost $199 plus tax and gratuity.

For an additional fee you could attend a Celebrity Kitchen experience or Beverage Seminar.

In 2016, the Disney California Food & Wine Festival was held on weekends April 1 – May 1.

Celebrity Kitchen experiences were held each Saturday at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Stage 17. There is an additional charge for these events and a reservation is required.

2016 Celebrity Kitchen Schedule 

Separate admission events for the Disney California Food & Wine Festival fall into two categories: Celebrity Kitchen experiences and Beverage Seminars.

Celebrity Kitchen experiences are held at Stage 17 in Hollywood Land. An autograph signing will follow each chef appearance. Cost is $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Disneyland Annual Passholders can register for a Celebrity Kitchen VIP Experience which includes premium seating, priority access for an autograph session and a special gift. The cost is $149 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made at 714-781-3463.

Beverage Seminars are offered at the Sonoma Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery. The 45-minute seminars include up to 3 tastings. The cost is $15 per person plus tax.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend events include a 10K, Family 5K, Kids’ Races and a 13.1-mile run that takes you through Disneyland. Anyone who completes both the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February at Walt Disney World and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May at Disneyland in 2015 will earn a special pink version of the runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge Medal.

In 2017, the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend will be May 11-14.

Registration for the 2017 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend opened on September 20, 2016.

Walt Disney World Annual & Season Passholders, Disneyland Annual Passport holders and DVC members are able to register ahead of the general public for some runDisney events. Check the Annual Passholder or DVC member website for details closer to the public registration date.

Mother’s Day

In 2016, Blue Bayou Restaurant and Carnation Cafe offered special meals on Mother’s Day.

Independence Day (July 4)

In 2016, Disneyland Resort offered several special shows on July 4.

Disneyland – Following the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular at 9:30 pm there was a patriotic, pyrotechnic grand finale. The United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band performed earlier in the day at the following times and locations:

Disney California Adventure – A Fourth of July-themed pyrotechnic water display was featured before the 9:00 pm and 10:15 pm showings of World of Color.

Downtown Disney – The United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band performed on the Downtown Disney District main stage at 11:30 am.

If you plan to visit Disneyland on Independence Day (July 4), be aware that it is one of the busiest days of the year. The park may reach full capacity at some point during the day, and you may not be admitted (or re-admitted) after that point. (This is true even if you have a ticket, even if you’re staying at a Disney resort and even if you have dining reservations in the park. If the park is full, it’s full — Disney has to follow fire codes!) For that reason it’s best to arrive first thing in the morning and stay in the same park all day. Bring any sweaters or jackets you may need later and stow them in a locker when you arrive (the lockers will also sell out). Get Fastpasses right away if you think you will want to ride anything, because the lines will be very long by noon.

Taste of Downtown Disney

Taste of Downtown Disney District is an annual evening event offering fine cuisine, wine and spirits to benefit CHOC Children’s Hospital.

Enjoy a reception, tray passed appetizers and select wine/spirits/beer pairings at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, ESPN Zone, House of Blues, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, WonderGround Gallery, Tortilla Jo’s. The evening ends with savory treats from La Brea Bakery Café, smoothies from Jamba Juice. Live entertainment will be offered throughout the evening.

For 2015, the event was held on August 13 starting at 5:30 pm. General admission was $85 per person. There were also various packages that include additional experiences/tastings at higher cost.

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend has been affectionately dubbed The Happiest Race on Earth. Participants run, jog or walk a course unlike any other half-marathon on the West Coast. The 13.1-mile route takes runners through the two Disneyland Resort theme parks while colorful Disney characters and festive music inspire them along the way.

In 2017, the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend will be August 31 – September 2. The registration date has not been announced.

Registration for the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend opened on February 2, 2016.

Walt Disney World Annual & Season Passholders, Disneyland Annual Passport holders and DVC members are able to register ahead of the general public for some runDisney events. Check the Annual Passholder or DVC member website for details closer to the public registration date.

Halloween Time at Disneyland

In 2016, Halloween Time at Disneyland will be offered from September 9 – October 31. This period of time offers a lively mix of Disney characters in seasonal costumes, whimsical décor, decked-out attractions and tasty treats designed with the whole family in mind. Halloween Time experiences include special meet-and-greets with Disneyland characters in their Halloween costumes and spooky-silly holiday themed decorations.

Based upon past years’ festivities, here’s what you can expect:

Space Mountain offers a Halloween overlay (the “Ghost Galaxy” overlay first introduced at Hong Kong Disneyland). Space Mountain vehicles are thrust into a ghostly galaxy where they are bombarded with eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spine-chilling spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out and menace space travelers.

And no Halloween celebration at Disneyland would be complete without the return of Jack Skellington and his friends to transform the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square into the popular seasonal Haunted Mansion Holiday. Inspired by the animated film Nightmare Before Christmas, Haunted Mansion Holiday depicts the holiday mayhem that occurs when Halloween and Christmas traditions collide.

Also offered is Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separately ticketed night time event which gives kids and their families the opportunity to dress in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland after it has closed to day guests.

New for 2016, there will be a special Trick or Tea offered at Steakhouse 55 from September 30 – October 30 with Halloween-themed versions of their usual Afternoon Tea baked goods and desserts. Trick or Tea will be served from 12:00 – 3:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Information and reservations are available online or at (714) 781-DINE (3463).

Haunted Mansion Holiday

For the 2016 season, “Haunted Mansion Holiday” began September 9.

The holiday-enhanced version of the attraction is a Disney California Adventure celebration where the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington from the film Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas comes to the Haunted Mansion to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays. The Hatbox Ghost, who recently rejoined the Mansion’s happy haunts, is staying to celebrate Halloween and Christmas with Jack Skellington and his friends. Inside the Mansion, you will find a Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house.

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

The popular Mickey’s Halloween Party is a bewitching after-hours event at Disneyland.

New for 2016, the “Frightfully Fun Parade” will be presented during Mickey’s Halloween Party. This parade will feature a spectacle of spooky spirits from the deepest bayous of New Orleans to Halloweentown and beyond. The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow sets the mood as he arrives on his ghostly black steed just ahead of the parade itself, carrying a flickering jack-o-lantern as a warning to everyone along the parade route. Jack Skellington brings greetings from Halloweentown. Grim, grinning ghosts come out to socialize when Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction comes to “afterlife.” A dark and dungeon-like lair will take over the parade route, bringing with it a wicked gathering of villainy from Hades and the Evil Queen to Jafar, Cruella and more!

Enjoy all kinds of frightful fun, such as:

About Costumes:

All event attendees – including adults – may dress in their favorite Halloween costume but must follow strict guidelines. See Disneyland.com/party for full details. Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into the event unless their costume can be modified to meet the standards.

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2016 Ticket Prices and On-Sale Dates:

In 2016, tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland go on sale on July 21 for Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa cardholders and Disney Vacation Club members. Tickets go on sale on July 28 for the general public.

Tickets may be purchased online at Disneyland.com/party, by calling 714-781-4400, or at the Disneyland main gate. Online purchase is not available on the day of the event.

Limit 8 tickets per guest, per event date. Each ticket is valid for admission to the event on the specified event date. Tickets are not valid for theme park admission prior to the hours of the event, except as noted above. Please note: Parking is no longer included with your ticket purchase.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Late Check-Out

From September 9, 2016 through January 2, 2017, there will a be a special celebration of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror leading up to its final check-out. Each night, beginning after twilight, Disney California Adventure guests can experience The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as they never have before…in complete darkness!

In addition to “Late Check-Out,” there will be commemorative merchandise and special food and beverage items for sale. There will also be a special photo locations in front of the Hollywood Tower Hotel marquee, complete with vintage luggage and other nods to the landmark’s story.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will close on January 3, 2017 to transform into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and is scheduled to re-open in summer 2017.

CHOC Walk

This annual charity walk at Disneyland is a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC). The walk passes through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, followed by festivities in Downtown Disney.

The 2016 CHOC Walk was on October 30.

Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend (formerly knows as Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend)

The Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland is a three-day race weekend that features kids races, the Captain America 5K, the Dr. Strange 10K and the Avengers Super Heroes half marathon, plus several family-friendly events such as a Health & Fitness Expo. The Half Marathon course is a 13.1-mile route through Disneyland and the surrounding areas that differs from the Tinker Bell and Disneyland half marathon courses. Runners who successfully brave the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon course receive a commemorative Avengers-themed finishers’ medal.

Runners who complete the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and the Dr. Strange 10K within the pacing requirements receive the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge Medal. Registration for the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge is required to receive the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge Medal.

In 2016, the Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend was November 10-13.

Registration for the 2016 Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend opened on April 12, 2016.

Walt Disney World Annual & Season Passholders, Disneyland Annual Passport holders and DVC members are able to register ahead of the general public for some runDisney events. Check the Annual Passholder or DVC member website for details closer to the public registration date.

Thanksgiving

Disney does not offer a Thanksgiving parade or decorations in the parks. However, the Christmas decorations are in place in the parks by Thanksgiving weekend and the Christmas Holiday events are well underway by that weekend.

A Disney Family Thanksgiving Feast is usually offered in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel on Thanksgiving Day. Many other restaurants on property also offer Thanksgiving menus.

Holidays at Disneyland (Overview)

Small World Holiday by Loren Javier

It’s A Small World Holiday by Loren Javier (CC)

Each year Disneyland Resort undergoes a Christmas holiday transformation.

For 2016 the Holidays at Disneyland will be celebrated from November 10 through January 8.

The park decorations start going up gradually right after Halloween and are complete by the beginning of the official holiday period. The ABC-TV Disney Christmas Parade special (which is broadcast on Christmas Day) is filmed in part at Disneyland, usually on the first or second weekend of November, so the decorations on Main Street, U.S.A. have to be in place by then.

Once the holiday period officially begins, Disneyland guests can enjoy a nightly holiday fireworks spectacular. During the holidays, the fireworks show concludes with a magical snowfall down Main Street, U.S.A., Small World Mall and New Orleans Square. Disneyland’s annual holiday parade begins around the same time, and Haunted Mansion Holiday, “it’s a small world” Holiday and Jingle Cruise (the holiday transformation of Jungle Cruise) open around that time. Santa Claus will greet guests in Critter Country.

In Disneyland, the Believe…in Holiday Magic fireworks show and A Christmas Fantasy parade will return. The Paint the Night parade will take place on select nights.

Disney California Adventure celebrates the season with enhanced park-wide decorations and expanded entertainment offerings. Olaf’s Snow Fest, in Hollywood Land, transform Stage 17 into a charming castle courtyard inspired by the Frozen kingdom of Arendelle. It features a giant wintry play area for all ages, with real snow and a small hill for sledding. Music and storytelling entertainment are presented throughout the day. There is holiday decor in Cars Land, “a bug’s land” and Buena Vista Street.

New for 2016, Disney California Adventure has added the Festival of Holidays. This event will feature diverse cultural holiday celebrations, including Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, along with the global sounds of special guest musical groups. There will be internationally inspired food and beverages at 14 themed festival marketplaces. Disney Characters will be there to join the celebration and Princess Elena of Avalor will make her Disneyland debut. Santa Claus his sleigh full of mischievous elves can be found on the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. There will be holiday-themed activities along the trail.

New for 2016, World of Color – Season of Light, a special holiday version of World of Color, will be take place on select nights throughout the season at Disney California Adventure. This new nighttime spectacular combines classic holiday songs with memorable moments from Disney animated films to create an experience filled with magic.

In Downtown Disney, there is ice skating on Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink. The Downtown Disney Winter Village around the ice rink offers holiday gift items.

Decorations in the resort hotels and Downtown Disney usually go up right after Thanksgiving (substantially later than the park decorations).

Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure

New for 2016, the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure features holiday festivities inspired by cultural traditions from around the world. Entertainment experiences throughout the park draw on the diverse celebrations that bring joy during this festive time of year, including Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas/Navidad and Three Kings Day. This celebration also includes Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, a celebration of Latino cultures.

For 2016 the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventures will be celebrated November 10 through January 8.

New for 2016, World of Color – Season of Light, a special holiday version of World of Color, will be take place on select nights throughout the season at Disney California Adventure. This new nighttime spectacular combines classic holiday songs with memorable moments from Disney animated films to create an experience filled with magic.

Head into Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for Santa’s Holiday Visit, where you can meet Santa and see how his joyful elves have transformed the area into a playground of holiday fun and games. In the evening you can enjoy a concert at Paradise Park, featuring performances from two of the festival’s musical groups.

In 2016, Elena of Avalor will make her Disneyland debut during Festival of Holidays. Join Elena, her royal dancers and magical friend Skylar as they celebrate the holidays with an uplifting musical cavalcade.

Some of the performers at the Festival of Holidays are:

Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

This Disney California Adventure holiday presentation is typically celebrated the same dates as the Holidays at Disneyland dates – for 2016 that will be November 10 through January 8.

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is inspired by the warmth and joyous spirit of Latino cultures, filled with holiday traditions, jubilant dancing and exciting music. Based in and around the Paradise Garden area of Disney California Adventure, the special activities include crafts and face-painting for children, live Latino music, dance lessons, holiday foods, a Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party and, of course, appearances by some popular Disney characters.

Paradise Garden is decorated with holly, banners and Latino cultural icons, including traditional “papel picado” hand-cut paper art decorations. At the bandstand, guests can enjoy performances by traditional mariachi, Norteño, and other regional music groups. Community music and folklorico troupes will perform throughout the day. Disney ¡Viva Navidad! guests will find opportunities to enjoy fun arts and crafts, storytelling and face-painting, and they may also discover a selection of unique merchandise in the area.

The Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party takes over Paradise Garden several times daily, featuring the Three Caballeros on a festive holiday float, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse transported on colorfully decorated street tricycles, flag-bearers carrying papel picado banners, Mexican folklorico dancers, samba dancers and drummers, plus giant “Mojiganga” puppets, including representations of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

The grand finale of Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is the special celebration of Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) in Paradise Garden. In 2016 this will be held on January 5 through 8.

Dining locations in Paradise Garden will add an array of popular Mexican food options for Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Menus will feature Mexican dishes that are often served for the holidays, such as pozole (hearty stew), chicken mole drumettes, pescado (fish) Veracruzano, champurrado (Mexican-style hot chocolate), sweet tamales, torta al pastor (pork sandwich), buñuelos (deep-fried sweet treat), choco flan and, for the Three Kings Day celebration, Rosca de Reyes bread.

Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional is an annual event on Main Street that includes a celebrity narrator presenting the Biblical Christmas story, plus a large choir and an orchestra performing traditional carols.

In 2015 the Candlelight Processional was offered on December 5 and 6, with two performances each night, at 5:30 and 8:00 pm.

Tips and tricks based on previous years:

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

In addition to the special parade, “snow” experience and fireworks at Disneyland, there are usually special buffet meals available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Information and reservations usually become available about 60 days in advance. Call (714) 781-DINE (3463) for information and reservations.

If you plan to visit one of the theme parks on Christmas Day, be aware that it is one of the busiest days of the year. The parks (especially Disneyland) usually reach full capacity at some point during the day, and you may not be admitted (or re-admitted) to the parks after that point. (This is true even if you have a ticket, even if you’re staying at a Disney resort and even if you have dining reservations in the park. If the park is full, it’s full — Disney has to follow fire codes!) For that reason it’s best to arrive first thing in the morning and stay in the same park all day. Bring any sweaters or jackets you may need later and stow them in a locker when you arrive (the lockers will also sell out). Get Fastpasses right away if you think you will want to ride anything, because the lines will be very long by noon.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, located in Sleeping Beauty Courtyard at Disneyland, is an enchanting place where little royals can create their own wands, fill their own jewelry boxes, and explore a stunning array of storybook delights. The salon is owned by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother herself and operated by her wand-toting Godmothers-in-Training. They’re wondrous whizzes with faux hair, accessories, jewels, beads, nail paints and other niceties. They’ve conjured up several royal hair styles: fairy tale princess, pop princess, Disney diva, Anna from Frozen or Elsa from Frozen. The boutique is open to princesses ages 3-12.

You can book sessions up to 60 days in advance at (714) 781-STYLE (7895). A valid accepted credit card number is required at time of booking.

Mandara Spa

A touch of Bali comes to the Disneyland Resort at the Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. With its rustic stonework and finely crafted wood accents, the spa’s natural look and feel beautifully complement the hotel’s classic Arts & Crafts theme. Select one of the specialty massages and, after a restful stop in the Tea Pavilion, you’ll be led to one of the private treatment rooms for a Swedish, Sports or Deep Tissue massage. The spa can even accommodate couples wishing to enjoy a massage together. Other offerings include a variety of facial and full-body treatments, as well as manicures and pedicures. For reservations call (714) 300-7350.

ESPN Zone

ESPN Zone, located in Downtown Disney, is a sports dining and entertainment location offering more than 150 monitors, including a high-definition big screen. The restaurant offers American grill food, plus there is more than 10,000 square feet of interactive games and attractions.

Movies

There is an AMC 12-plex movie theater, the AMC Downtown Disney 12.

Theme Park Tours

From time to time, Disneyland offers special discounts to Annual Passholders, Disney Visa cardholders and AAA members on various park tours. Reserve a tour up to 30 days in advance by calling (714) 781-4400, or stop by City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. Note: There are, as of now, no AAA discounts available for 2015 at Disneyland. The information above is valid through the end of 2014.

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Welcome to Disneyland Tour

This two-and-a-half-hour journey is ideal for first-timers to the Disneyland Resort. It provides tips and suggestions to make the most of your visit, plus you’ll learn fun facts and trivia. The tour includes both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Participants receive priority seating at a stage show or a parade and a reservation at one dining location for any day of your stay (selected locations). You’ll also receive two Fastpasses to use after the tour, and a sweet treat. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Tour is limited to 20 people. Park admission is required.

Regular price for this tour is $25 per person (all ages).

A Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Tour

Experience Disneyland from its founder’s perspective. Highlights of the three hour tour include an exclusive look into Walt Disney’s private apartment, a private lunch on Main Street U.S.A., two classic attraction experiences and a collectible pin.

The Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Tour is not recommended for young children. (Most kids and young teens would find it boring.) Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Tour is limited to 15 people. Park admission is required.

Regular price for this tour is $109 per person (all ages).

Discover the Magic Tour

During this three-hour tour, guests follow musical clues on a scavenger hunt to solve mysteries, hunt for hidden treasure, learn how to outsmart Disney villains and save the day by helping out everyone’s pal, Mickey Mouse. The “Discover the Magic” tour breaks the mold of conventional tours where guests follow a guide who shares information. With this new experience, kids and their parents are put right in the action. The tour includes lunch and a special gift. You’ll have quick visits with a couple of Disney characters along the way.

The Discover the Magic Tour is recommended for families with children ages 5-9. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Tour is limited to 20 people. Park admission is required.

Regular price for the first two guests is $59 per person (two person minimum). Regular price for any additional guests in the same party is $49 per person.

Cultivating the Magic Tour

During this two-hour tour, guests learn about the landscapes and gardens that have transformed 260 acres of orange groves into Disneyland park. Discover how horticulture is used to tell a story and how it helped achieve Walt Disney’s vision for his original Magic Kingdom. On your tour, you will also experience select Disneyland park attractions in a whole new way and learn about the historical significance of trees that you may have walked past dozens of times in past visits to the park. Participants receive a collectible souvenir pin and exclusive seed packet.

The Cultivating the Magic Tour is offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 am and Mondays at 10:00 am. Park admission is required.

Regular price for this tour is $49 per person (all ages).

Happiest Haunts Tour

This seasonal Halloween-themed 2 1/2-hour walking tour sets its focus on Disneyland park, where you will learn about Halloween traditions through history and trick-or-treat for special goodies along Main Street, U.S.A. Throughout the park, the tour will stops to experience popular Disneyland park attractions and the special Halloween Time attractions: Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. You will also receive a souvenir keepsake and Halloween treat. Available for all ages, but guests must meet height requirements to experience the included attractions.

The tour is offered nightly from mid-September – October 31. Park admission is required.

On nights when Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party is offered you must purchase the “Ultimate Experience” ticket that combines the Happiest Haunts Tour and admission to the party. No discounts apply to the “Ultimate Experience” ticket.

Regular price for this tour is $80 per person (all ages).

Discounts below applied to the Happiest Haunts Tour, not the “Ultimate Experience” ticket:

Holiday Time at Disneyland Tour

This seasonal Holiday-themed tour usually includes information about Disneyland holiday traditions and decorations, VIP seating at the Christmas Fantasy Parade, a sweet treat and warm beverage, a collectible pin and a visit to Haunted Mansion Holiday and “it’s a small world holiday”.

This tour is offered seasonally from mid-November – early January. Park admission is required.

Regular price for this tour is $80 per person (all ages).

VIP Tour

Disneyland VIP Tours are private tours just for your group. You’ll be led around by a Host or Hostess who will tailor the tour to your interests. They can usually assist you in experiencing the attractions with minimal waits (you don’t always skip the lines, but they know which rides will have the shortest lines at which times and in many cases they are allowed to use the FastPass entrance). When you set up a VIP Tour, you can also request restaurant reservations, special viewing areas for certain shows and parades, etc. The cost is $400-$550 per hour for up to 10 guests (varies seasonally and higher rate applies if booked less than 48 hours in advance). There is a 6-hour minimum. Park admission is required.

There are no discounts on the VIP Tours. You can arrange a VIP Tour by calling Disney Special Activities at (714) 300-7710. Unlike the other tours, VIP Tours can be booked 90 days in advance.