Sleeping Beauty Castle

Celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland Resort

Sixty-two thousand lights adorn the tree in the middle of a fully trimmed Main Street. More than 100 twinkling icicles dangle from Sleeping Beauty Castle. Wrenches combine to make snowflakes and garland-trimmed hubcaps serve as wreaths inside a land occupied by cars. Snow even manages to fall in the balmy Orange County weather. Disneyland Resort is a spectacular destination no matter the season, but when the holidays are in full swing, it is pure magic.

When Walt Disney designed the 'Happiest Place on Earth', he told the world that 'Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.' His vision still holds true today and there is plenty of new fun for parkgoers to experience during the 2013 holiday season. The most recent attraction to get a holiday makeover is the Jungle Cruise, which has been renamed the 'Jingle Cruise' in the spirit of the season. The queue features Christmas décor in whimsical Jungle Cruise-style and boats that have been renamed. Passengers on this classic Disneyland attraction are familiar with the classic corny jokes, but for the holidays boat captains tell a new crop of silly, holiday-themed jokes designed to make you moan, groan and giggle. Haunted Mansion Holiday, Jack Skellington's Halloweentown brought to life inside the classic Haunted Mansion attraction, returns for another season along with "it's a small world" Holiday, featuring more than 300 animatronic dolls singing "Jingle Bells." Round out your day watching "A Christmas Fantasy" Parade and a special holiday fireworks show.

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See a full list of all the fun that Disneyland Resort has to offer this holiday season.

Over at Disney California Adventure, the holiday spirit is alive and well. A 1920s holiday scene dominates Carthay Circle, with a 50-foot Christmas tree as its centerpiece. Guests can see holiday decorations from an insect's perspective in "a bug's land," including massive holiday bulbs and oversized ornaments. In Cars Land, Radiator Springs is completely decked out for the holidays, with trees trimmed with hub caps, bright orange tinsel encircling a tower of equally bright orange road cones, a snowcar and even Mater the tow truck donning a Santa hat.

Cars Land Holidays, Disney California Adventure Park

Route 66 Cars Land, Disney California Adventure Park

World of Color fans will be thrilled to discover an all-new version of this magical water masterpiece, World of Color Winter Dreams. This all new show, hosted by Olaf the snowman from Disney's new animated film 'Frozen," features impressive water effects, enchanting holiday music and fun Disney imagery, including a silly reenactment of 'The Nutcracker' by the characters from Disney and Pixar's "Toy Story."

World of Color--Winter Dreams, Disney California Adventure Park

Also new to Disney California Adventure this holiday season is 'Disney "¡Viva Navidad!,' a celebration of the wonderful Latino culture that is ever present in Southern California. Hosted by the Three Caballeros, this event features performing Mexican folklorico dancers, free dance lessons, kid-friendly crafts, face painting and plenty of traditional Mexican treats for purchase.

Three Kings Day at Disneyland Resort

**All photos (except main image) courtesy of the Disneyland Resort

This post is part of "It's a Wonderful Week" -- seven days dedicated to highlighting holiday happenings in Anaheim and Orange County. Stay tuned for more!

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