14 ‘Snow’ Sightings to Discover During Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

Filed in: Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Park

ANAHEIM, Calif.– Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is a season full of joy and wonder, with merry entertainment, festive foods, shimmering lights ­– and ­even snow sightings. Guests from Southern California and around the world may be surprised to discover “snow” is part of the holiday magic throughout the resort from Nov. 9, 2018, through Jan. 6, 2019. Here are 14 places to experience an enchanting, snow-filled season at the Disneyland Resort.

  1. Set sail on “it’s a small world” Holiday, where guests are dazzled by sparkling snowflakes, snowy hills and frosted rooftops from around the world as they enjoy a festive winter version of this classic attraction.
  1. Find an ideal viewing spot for “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, grab a favorite Holiday treat and watch in awe as Anna, Elsa and Olaf wave from their “Frozen” float and Chip and Dale scurry around Santa’s snow-covered mail room.
  2. Make a holiday memory to last a lifetime as the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular lights up the sky and closes with its famous finale: a magical snowfall (at “it’s a small world” Holiday, the Rivers of America and Main Street, U.S.A.).
  3. Snap a nighttime photo of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, embellished with shimmering icicles, twinkling lights and snow-capped towers that give new meaning to “Once Upon a Dream.”
  4. Use Disney MaxPass to secure a digital Disney FastPass and save time in line, and celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Haunted Mansion Holiday, where the happiest haunts have filled the mansion to the brim with snow-covered gravestones and pumpkins galore.
  5. Stroll through Cars Land, where snowflakes hang above Route 66, a “snow car” greets guests at the entrance of Route 66 and holiday attractions are decked out for the season: Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl.
  6. Board a speeding sled through snow and past the Abominable Snowman on Matterhorn Bobsleds,* the highest point in Disneyland Park and one of the Resort’s snowy sites.
  7. Experience the larger-than-life stage production “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” complete with dashes of “snow” and an emotional story that warms the heart in even the coldest Arendelle winter.
  8. Feast on festive holiday treats like the Snowman Shortbread Cookie from Pacific Wharf Coffee Cart, and pick up festive novelties reminiscent of a “snowy” winter, like the snowman ornament mug. Use the convenient mobile ordering feature on the Disneyland Mobile App for select Holiday items.
  9. Stop by Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to see the gigantic 7-by-12 foot gingerbread house, crafted by pastry chefs in the likeness of the hotel itself. It’s topped with “snow” made from 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 12 gallons of egg whites, 250 pounds of fondant and one pound of “pixie dust.” With 25 hidden Mickeys in the display, guests will want to find them all.
  10. Celebrate in style with a snowflake Minnie Mouse headband, a fashion statement in the park and a fun way to bring home a bit of Disney snow.
  11. Greet sisters Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” at Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome, a frosty spot reminiscent of winter in Arendelle, and visit beloved snowman Olaf nearby in Hollywood Land.
  12. Take an airborne adventure over some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world and marvel at the snowy Swiss Alps, Arctic wildlife and icy ocean scenery on Soarin’ Around the World.
  13. Guests may experience a magical surprise as they stroll through the Grizzly Peak area after dusk: an occasional snowfall.

*Matterhorn Bobsled re-opens Nov. 16, with a renovated entry area.

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