Do you want to know what struck me about Disneyland - besides the sparkling streets and the sensational service? It was the fact that Disneyland is a place for EVERYONE.
The teeny-tiniest babies were welcome there. The elderly gentleman with the straw hat and the walker was equally at home. Babies in strollers. Tots on shoulders, Kids with special needs. People in wheelchairs. The blind. The deaf. The downhearted.
Disneyland welcomes and accommodates everyone. At the holidays and throughout the whole year.
This was my first time at the parks during Christmas and it was magnificent. Main Street USA was dazzling with a giant Christmas trees, wreaths, and twinkling lights. The delicious smell of waffle cones, cinnamon, and chocolate wafted through the air. The music was upbeat and energizing. I couldn't help but snap my fingers as I walked along with my baby in the baby carrier. In fact, I almost wanted to break out in dance and song on the street. Somehow it seemed entirely appropriate.
Aside from all of the outstanding decor throughout the park, Sleeping Beauty's castle was also made-over with 50,000 glowing lights and icicles. The fireworks show was truly spectacular, concluding with glistening snowflakes floating down from the sky.
Other special attractions for Christmas include:
All that to say, Disneyland is absolutely enchanting right now (and anytime, really). Truth be told, I would rather go on a vacation to Disneyland than almost anywhere. It's perfect when you have little ones because you don't have to worry if your baby is crying or you need to change a diaper. There are a hundred other parents around you doing the same thing so you'll feel right at home.
The festivities are happening right now through January 3rd. If you want to plan a vacation, be sure to check out the special offers on the Disneyland holiday micro-site.
Also: if you're looking for a creative gift, consider buying a park-hopper pass, annual passport, or Disney gift card for somebody special on your list (especially if you happen to know that they will be visiting the parks in the upcoming year.).
If you're not going to be able to make it out, you can always print out fun coloring pages from the Disneyland website. Just download (look under "Games + Activities"), print, get out your crayons, and have at it.
YOUR TURN: What is your favorite time of year to visit Disneyland?