Fanciful decorations fill the parks of the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season. So much so that when you’re there, it can be hard to even think about looking anywhere else for holiday cheer. However hard it may be, you must tear yourself away from the parks, just for a short while, so that you can experience the spectacular decorations at the Disneyland Resort Hotels.
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing Christmas must dos at Disney.
Taking a tour of the Disneyland Resort hotels is perfect for the whole family. Grab a Mickey cookie and some hot chocolate and take a stroll through the 3 merriest hotels in Anaheim! Let’s start with the Paradise Pier hotel.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
Paradise Pier has a fun, beach theme. In keeping with that theme, their lobby’s Christmas tree has a fun sea life theme! It strikes me at the tree you’d find in Eric and Ariel’s castle for sure! If the gorgeous blues and greens on this tree don’t make you think of the ocean, the fish and seashell ornaments certainly will!
Santa also visits this location and each of the other resort hotels for a few hours each day. Be sure to call ahead to get Santa’s schedule so you can give him your Christmas list at the resort of your choice. If you happen to miss Jolly old Saint Nick, you can still take fun pictures in his chair!
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
From here, take a quick walk across Disneyland Drive and visit the always breathtaking, Grand Californian. This hotel is simply perfect during the holiday season. With the craftsman theming already in place, adding in the holiday tree and decor just seems natural. The massive tree that is placed in the center of the lobby is truly brought to life when carolers visit to serenade guests with holiday songs. Disney has done an amazing job transforming the very large and “grand” Grand Californian hotel lobby into a warm and cozy place that just feels like home.
Now for a closer view of this incredible tree. Those craftsman lanterns are just perfect!
Even better than this Christmas tree is the 7 feet gingerbread house made to resemble the Grand Californian! My favorite part is those stained glass sliding doors! It is truly amazing, but be sure to prepare your children by telling them that they won’t actually be able to eat it! It might help if you let them know that there are usually some hidden Mickeys baked and iced into the house for them to find! This picture is of last year’s gingerbread house, but you can get all of the details on this year’s from the Disney Parks Blog.
From the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, take a stroll through Downtown Disney. If you’re like me, you’ll be ready for another snack by now, so swing by Marceline’s Confectionery for a sweet treat or grab something a little more substantial at the many restaurants lining the walk to our next stop, the Disneyland Hotel.
The Disneyland Hotel
When entering the Disneyland Hotel from the front entrance, you can’t miss the fun gingerbread castle display just inside the sliding doors. While this one isn’t made of real gingerbread like the one in the Grand Californian, it is still a fun display that helps to bring Fantasyland to the Fantasy tower. Also, please tell me I’m not the only one dying to hop into the castle on those peppermint stepping stones?
The Disneyland Hotel is especially fun because they have trees in each of the three towers of the hotels. Not just any trees, but trees that are themed to each land that each tower represents. In the Fantasy tower lobby, you’re treated with these brightly colored ornaments on silver trees. They remind me of the aluminum trees of yesteryear and perfectly reflect the mid-century modern style of the hotel lobby.
From here, walk around the pool to the Adventure Tower. This tree is probably my favorite of the three towers, but that isn’t a surprise because Adventureland is also my favorite land in Disneyland Park. Indy’s hat makes the perfect topper for this tree full of jungle flare.
Last but not least, head towards the last tower of the Disneyland Hotel: Frontier tower. On your way there, you’ll not only pass an inviting outdoor fireplace, but you may be drawn into Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, tempted by the yummy Piranha Pool…or maybe that is just me. If you do get distracted from the holiday tour, not to worry, the Frontier tower isn’t going anywhere! When you get there, you’ll be treated to the final tree on our tour, again, themed with Frontierland style ornaments.
That ends today’s Disneyland Resort Hotel holiday tour, but in case you’re wondering, that is not even close to all that these hotels have to offer during the holidays. Add a December visit to Disneyland and discover your favorite holiday addition to these already magical hotels!
*A little tip from me: visit Goofy’s Kitchen for another fun tree that looks like it came straight from Toontown!
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Christmas Must Dos at Disney Loop:
- 1st Stop – Adventureland Pam | Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- 2nd Stop – What’s the Point? | Amazing Gingerbread Structures at Walt Disney World
- 3rd Stop – Disney Mamas | Christmas at Disney ~ Epcot’s Candlelight Processional and Holidays Around the World
- 4th Stop – Mousekatools Mom | Holiday Tour of Disneyland Resort Hotels
- 5th Stop – Saving Up for Disney | Special Holiday Photos to Take at Disneyland Resort