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Tips and ideas for the traveling family
|Adrienne Krock, editor|
|More Christmas and More Relaxing in the Park|
|Santa in Town
Santa greets young guests and listens to wish lists every day in Town Square. Although he's available through the day without even taking breaks (except to run back stage for some milk and cookies, after which he almost immediately reappears,) be forewarned: about 15 to 30 minutes before the start of the Christmas parade, Santa goes backstage to be in the parade.
Because of Santa's location so close to the Main Gate, he seems to be busiest first thing in the morning. Young guests see him and are enticed to speak with him right away. In the early morning, when the Main Gate opens before rope drop, Santa is one of the few non-shopping attractions open on Main Street. He's especially busy then! You'll find the lines shorter if you come back later in the day.
As with other character locations in the park, Disneyland photographers will take a photo of your child with Santa. You can later purchase the photo from the Photo Shop on Main Street. You can also snap up plenty of pictures with your own camera.
As for my son, Santa Claus has no clue what Matthew wants for Christmas. Santa will probably bring him a box of tissues because every time Matthew gets near Santa, Matthew starts crying and screaming loudly. It's part of his general reaction to characters. After her recent trip to Disneyland, reader Susan sent me this suggestion:
This is a great idea, Susan. I'm sure it will work much better for several toddlers. Mine, however, doesn't buy it. It used to be that if the character had a face (such as Belle, Aladdin, Jasmine, Santa Claus,) Matthew would be ok. These days it seems that anyone with a grand costume is too scary for him. Most recently he "rejected" Santa Claus and Mulan (dressed as a Chinese princess.) However, Matthew did let Jasmine give him a hug, so maybe there's hope!
The Christmas Parade has begun, plus more Christmas Fireworks information
It's the same old parade that they've had for years, but I do have a soft spot for it. I think younger children will be more interested in this than older children.
As for the snow on Main Street: The word is out! Main Street has been packed during the fireworks. Al reported in his 12/5 update that Disneyland has added snow machines to areas in Fantasyland and near the Rivers of America. Before you claim your spot on Main Street for fireworks, consider how well you and your children will react to the tightly packed crowds you can expect! Don't let the stress of the crowds spoil what can be a "Magical" moment. I would consider wandering further up towards Fantasyland myself.
After watching the fireworks one evening, reader Jason wrote:
The Weather Outside Gets Frightful
I know that we don't have nearly the cold weather that other parts of the country do, however, the temperature does tend to dip in the evenings, so if you're planning to stay at Disneyland into the night, don't forget to pack sweaters, jackets, and hats. In the same email I mentioned earlier, Jason suggested:
You can also warm up with Hot Apple Cider from Blue Ribbon Bakery or Mexican Hot Chocolate from an Outdoor Vending cart. Which reminds me, if you haven't checked it out yet, do read Fab's comprehensive list of Special Holiday Treats. She also includes an expanded list of cookie decorating locations. In addition to the Main Street Firehouse and New Orleans Square, Fab found the Toontown cookies which have not been listed in Disneyland maps
More On Relaxing in the Park
From Reader Robin:
Thank you for taking the time to write, Robin. And I hope your next few months go by quickly even if you can't get to Disneyland! Meanwhile, Readers, please keep sending in your lists of great places to relax in Disneyland!
Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact Adrienne here.
Adrienne gathered experience taking children to amusement parks when she worked as a day camp counselor and director. She was an elementary school teacher before she started her favorite job: being Matthew and Spencer's mom.
Adrienne, Matthew and Spencer visit Disneyland several times a month, usually with Daddy.
Besides Matthew and Spencer, Adrienne and her husband Kevin created and maintain the award-winning Happiest Potties on Earth here at MousePlanet.
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