ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 05: Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse pose at Miley Cyrus' "Sweet 16" birthday celebration benefiting Youth Service America at Disneyland on October 5, 2008 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLIDAYS, DISNEY-STYLE: As always, Disneyland leaves both kids and their parents feeling warm and fuzzy inside. However, during the holiday season, the Happiest Place on Earth tends to shine a little brighter. The parks are decked out to the nines as always, but now with an elaborate holiday theme. Special visitors like Santa Claus and snow on Maine Street are a couple of the highlights. By the way, it's probably the only place you’ll find the cold, icy white stuff in Southern California, if not in the mountains.
ATTRACTIONS, ENTERTAINMENT: The holiday-themed adventures are: “It’s a Small World” Holiday, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, complete with trumpeting soldiers, romping reindeer and skating snowflakes. This is where you’ll get your first glimpses of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and even Santa Claus. Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle has snow-capped turrets, sparkling icicles and shimmering lights--it's a great place to watch the parade. The "Believe...in Holiday Magic" Fireworks Show where you can catch snowflakes in your mouth as the finale features real snow falling from the heavens. Check for dates and times here.
SEASON'S SCREAMINGS: We get that some like the "spook" all year 'round. And that is precisely the reason the Haunted Mansion Holiday was invented. From Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington and his crew give the Mansion a new look. There will be ginger-dread houses and an Oogie Boogie man roaming around...somewhere. If you make it through, reward yourself with Jack's Chocolate Mud Coffin Dessert.