Reasons why you should visit Disneyland in November (as I experienced when I visited Disneyland and Disneyland’s California Adventure parks in Anaheim, Calif. on Nov. 9 and 10, 2013).
1. It’s warm (for my hometown of Seattle standards) but not hot.
2. It’s less crowded than the summer months. We didn’t have to wait more than an hour for a ride* (even the roller coasters).
3. Christmas + Disneyland = the most magical, happiest place on earth.
4. Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.
5. Getting to see some taping of the Christmas Day Parade that will air on ABC on Dec. 24! Hey, Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo!
6. You can tell Santa Claus what you want for Christmas before he makes the rounds at the local malls.
7. The rides that are decked out (and in) with holiday goodness will make you feel really happy. Don’t miss the wonderful smells in the Haunted Mansion! And, if you think It’s a Small World looks festive on the exterior, wait until you see what’s inside!
8. The puns get even punnier on the Jungle Cruise, I mean, Jingle Cruise!
9. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle with garlands and lights and “snow.”
10. None of the typical Beach Boys music on the California Adventure side — it’s only Christmas tunes playing all day and night throughout the park.
Seriously. If you have only been to Disneyland in the summer months (like I had up until this trip,) go now. If you don’t go now, go next November. You will not regret it. It’s so freakin’ magical I almost could not handle it. (All in a good way, of course).
*Some of the more popular rides like Indiana Jones and Radiator Springs Racers on the California Adventure side had estimated wait times of up to two hours so for those we either used Fast Passes or waited in the single rider line. (A few times even though we waited in the single rider line, it just so happened that we were able to sit together on the ride!)