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Disney through the eyes of teens
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Adrienne Krock, editor
Christmas at Disneyland
During Christmastime, Disneyland is turned into a holiday wonderland. It makes the most magical place even more magical. They turn everything inside out so that it is festive and special.

Even as you walk in to Main Street, the first thing you hear is the melody of holiday songs. You become entranced in all the wreaths and ornaments hanging all around you. In Town Square, just as you get to the start of Main Street, there is a giant Christmas tree all decorated from top to bottom. It has all sorts of bulbs and ornaments, and there are even packages at the bottom of the tree. It looks like itís at least 100 feet tall. It is amazing that they could fit such a gigantic thing in such a small place.

Right next to the tree, there is the one and only, the man in red, the head honcho, Santa Claus. There is usually a really long line to go see him. But if your little brother or sister want to see him, no line is so long for you to say no. When itís your turn, you can go see Santa and tell him what you would like to have for Christmas. If you really want it -- and youíve been good, of course -- then you just might get it.

Cookies!
Cookies!

At the firehouse, there is a little place set up where you can decorate cookies. It is a lot of fun and really tasty. For $3, you can buy a plain cookie and you get a choice of two icings and two kinds of sprinkles. It is really fun, because not only can you get a huge cookie but you get to decorate it. You can also decorate cookies in Toontown and in New Orleans Square. There are different kinds of cookie shapes in these other locations. I decorated cookies twice on the weekend that I went to the park with my family.

Even the food at Disneyland has changed for the holiday season. There is a special flyer that the cast members give out at the front gate when you come in, and it tells you all about the holiday food in the park. You can order a Mickey Krispie treat, holiday candy, and many other things. A Mickey Krispie is a Rice Krispie treat that is colored white, green, and red. There are also eggnog and eggnog lattes; both of these are a wonderful treat. Michelle Smith has written a whole article about the holiday food at Disneyland, so if you want more yummy details, go check it out.

There are eight carolers who walk around Main Street and sing in different places. They are the townsfolk of Main Street USA, and there is a baker, a policeman, a traveling salesman, a librarian, and a few others. They are dressed in old-fashioned clothes. They sing a lot of different holiday-related songs and each person sings in harmony. There is a leader who gets the group in tune with a pitch pipe. Lots of Disneyland visitors gather to listen to this talented group of townsfolk sing. They must have rehearsed a lot to know so many songs. It is a joy to hear them
sing, and they sound so good.

Santa!
Santa!

Once or twice a day, you can see the Christmas parade go down the street. There are many different floats that are amusing to see. The parade music is nice the first or second or maybe even the third time around, but after that it only gets annoying. Thereís Mickey and Minnie, Chip and Dale, the various princesses, and so many more characters are in this parade. At the end of it, you guessed it--thereís Santa Claus. He is in his sleigh, high above the houses, wishing everybody a merry Christmas in several languages. It's a fairly good parade except for its music.

At night, the holiday lights come on and they are even more spectacular than the regular lights of Disneyland. They look so bright, like a box of illuminated color crayons. The decorations are also really cool. There are Mickey-shaped wreathes with colorful ornaments and lights in them, stretched between the buildings on either side of Main Street.

Fireworks!
Fireworks!

Also at night, thereís another special treat--the holiday fireworks show. Most of the fireworks are white but some are colors (and thereís a lot of red and green ones). Thatís not the best part, though. The fireworks dance to music. The computer technical skill to make these fireworks possible is amazing.

As soon as the fireworks are over, it starts to snow on Main Street, in New Orleans Square, and over by itís a small world. The snow fills the air. It is definitely the most magical thing that Disneyland has ever done. Everyone will love it. It is the coolest effect. You will want to be in middle of Main Street to see the fireworks and the snow


If you have any questions, e-mail me at coolkids@mouseplanet.com

Christmas at Disneyland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Casey
Hi there!
My name is Casey.

I have always loved amusement parks, but I especially love Disneyland. It has always been my favorite place. I live in Northern California, about 400 miles away from the Happiest Place on Earth. I like to go to Disneyland all the time.

I have two sisters and one brother. I love them dearly. I also have a great mom and a great dad. I love them a lot too. I am in 8th grade, an honor student, and a complete jock. I have been on more than 25 trips to Disneyland, and I do not plan to stop going there.

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