It’s decided, we are officially in our era of travel.
Our first stop? Disneyland Resort in California. With a peak of nostalgia, adventure and thrills just a direct flight from the depths, we’re pretty much ready to visit “The Happiest Place On Earth”.
Whether you’re looking to embark on epic thrill rides across the world of star warsteam up with an Avenger or take a snap with Mickey Mouse – here are all the reasons why Disneyland Resort belongs at the top of your to-do list.
when should we go
From Friday 2 September to Monday 31 October
This year, the neighborhood trick-or-treat is not enough. Nowhere is Halloween better than Disneyland Resort. From Friday, September 2 through Monday, October 31, spooky season takes over for a resort-wide party. With a freakishly good time suitable for everyone, Disneyland Park turns up the thrills with the haunted mansion holiday makeover, character appearances and the Halloween Screams light show, which sees Disney villains take over the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
As night falls, head to the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park. Here, the iconic Guardians Of The Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will evolve into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark – a limited-time Halloween theme that’s sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you team up with Rocket on a mission to save Groot from a legion of monsters. Don’t say we didn’t warn you about the fear of falls.
Downtown Disney is also partying. Here, you can take a bite of Snow White’s poisonous (candied) apple, stock up on merchandise, and participate in a district-wide scavenger hunt.
From Friday 11 November 2022 to Sunday 8 January 2023
We can’t stress this enough: celebrating Christmas at Disneyland Resort is on everyone’s wish list.
It’s not hard to see why the holiday season is often hailed as the most magical time of year at Disneyland Park. From themed character parades to spectacular dazzling fireworks with over 80,000 lights, you can count on lasting memories every second of the day.
At Disney California Adventure Park, the Disney Festival Of Holidays showcases a host of global cultural festivities with live musical performances and varied food. While you’re there, experience the famous World of Color, an immersive spectacle in which Disney classics are illuminated on towering walls of mist, complete with soaring fountains.
Enchanting evening entertainment
After dark, Disneyland Resort lights up must-see shows and immersive experiences.
Mention Fantastic to any die-hard Disney fan and watch their face light up. This beloved live show sees Mickey Mouse venture into the world of dreams and do battle against famous Disney villains. With high-level pyrotechnics, projections, special effects and a host of live character appearances, it’s a staple of any Disneyland Park schedule.
Speaking of must-sees, end the day with Disneyland Park’s iconic fireworks as you watch your favorite Disney classics come to life to the music you know and love.
Dress up at the Avengers Campus
Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park will not disappoint. Here, step into the MCU for heroic encounters, web-based adventures with Spider-Man, and even a bite of Shawarma, for die-hard foodie fans. While there, roam the Avengers Headquarters where you can learn the wisdom of Wakanda and witness large-scale rooftop action, before encountering one of the multiverse’s bravest heroes at the Ancient Sanctuary , Doctor Strange.
Adventure in a galaxy far, far away
With just one step in star wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you will be part of the evolving adventure. Jump into hyperspace aboard the fastest starship in the galaxy in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, a team mission in which everyone in the cockpit has a crucial role.
star wars: Rise Of The Resistance gives guests a front seat to the franchise action and is unlike any other ride at Disneyland Resort. This fascinating journey will see you take on the First Order with appearances from Kylo Ren, Rey, and BB-8. Jaws will drop, and yes, you’ll want to go back.
Need to fill up? Here, sink your teeth into themed drinks and bites. We recommend visiting the Milk Stand to sample Batuu’s legendary Blue Milk and check out the otherworldly wraps at Ronto Roasters.
Nostalgia Peak on Pixar Pier
Head to Pixar Pier to tap into your inner child for a heavy dose of nostalgia at Disney California Adventure Park. Board the Inredicoaster for a high-speed chase alongside the Incredibles. Then jump into Toy Story Midway Mania! a 4D mid-game ride that will see you compete against other players and blast for the high score. Pro tip: During your stay, take a break and soak up the great views of the entire resort from the top of the Pixar Pal-A-Round.
Explore Downtown Disney
The shopping and dining hub at Disneyland Resort, no park tickets required, the Downtown Disney District is where you’ll find a mix of shops and restaurants to keep your hearts and stomachs full. We recommend Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, which offers the best of New Orleans cuisine with French Quarter specialties like Gumbo Ya-Ya and Pasta Jambalaya on the menu.
Where to stay
Relax, unwind, and rejuvenate after a full day of exploring at one of three Disneyland Resort hotels on-site.
Indulge yourself at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, featuring the Tenaya Stone Spa, privileged park access, and award-winning restaurants, all in Craftsman-style elegance.
The Disneyland Hotel offers modern accommodations with a distinctly Disney touch just steps from Downtown Disney. Or, relax at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, which pays homage to California’s seaside promenades. You can even watch the Disneyland Park fireworks from the pool deck on some nights.
Sparkling with excitement? We are there with you. From Halloween time to holiday celebrations, you don’t want to miss this. Call your local travel agent, book that vacation, pack your bags, and dust off your Mickey ears. It’s officially time to start ticking off the bucket list. First stop: Disneyland Resort, the happiest place in the world.
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