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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Disneyland Christmas - Is It Celebrate or Sell-abrate?

I've said it many times before and it still holds true, Christmas is my favorite time of the year to visit the Disneyland Resort - the decorations, the Christmas Fantasy Parade, the holiday fireworks, the snowing on Main Street, the lights on the winter castle and it's a small world. Disney does a first rate job of capturing the magic of the holiday season with all the decorations and lights. Kind of puts the boxes of Christmas decorations that you have in your garage to shame.

My contention has always been that a trip to Disneyland during the holidays should be an effort to enhance your celebration of the Christmas Season. A trip to Disneyland during the holidays can really send your Christmas spirit to the moon. The caveat is - just don't look too closely or you will see Disney is really into Christmas for the money - a glittering display over the sometimes great expense a Disneyland trip can be. Disney doesn't want to show you a Christmas display as much as they want to sell you the magic of Christmas. Like I have said before, if you want to go to Disneyland to get into the holiday spirit you could come away just the opposite because a Disneyland Christmas is a Christmas built on commerce - a never ending barrage of you paying them money.

And if you believe the internet rumors out there - going into Christmases of the future - the magic of a Disney Christmas is only going to cost you more by way of separate admission Christmas events or  "parties" where you may pay to see things like the popular Christmas Fantasy Parade and the holiday fireworks display. It's also a strong assumption that Disney begin to sell expensive dining packages that allow you to see their newly expanded Candlelight Processional.

This isn't new ground here. Walt Disney World has done these things of years and people pay and pay dearly for a WDW Christmas. To do it right in Walt Disney World during Christmas would cost a family thousands of dollars to take advantage of all that Disney offers. 

So it comes down to where a families ability to really enjoy a Disney Christmas comes down to their financial resources and budget. In a way, that's a little bit sad but it's just the way it is. 

Having missed out on a Disneyland Christmas trip the last 2 or 3 years, my hope is for a return holiday visit in 2013. How much into the Disneyland Christmas celebration I get will ultimately depend on how much money there is in the bank.

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