What makes a Disney holiday so special is there is something for everyone, whichever destination you choose.
If you are dreaming of a family Disney holiday, the new attractions and activities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, not to mention Disney’s award-winning cruise line and worldwide group travel with Adventures by Disney, means that there is no shortage of exciting vacation options for all ages and interests in destinations around the world.
Disney Family Holiday 2013 Highlights
- Visit Cars Land at Night
Most families visit Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure during the day to make sure they experience all the rides, but don’t miss Cars Land at night. The glow of Route 66 neon signs and the red-orange sunset on Ornament Valley make visitors stop in their tracks to capture the moment.
- Run with Disney
RunDisney offers veteran runners and newbie’s alike the unique opportunity to participate in The Happiest Race on Earth, winding through the parks with fabulous surprises around every turn. From Family 5Ks to Half and Full Marathons, there’s a world-class race designed for every runner. RunDisney participants and their families can enjoy a fabulous, activity-filled race weekend vacation centred on the magic of the theme parks and topped off with the accomplishment of earning that medal in The Happiest Place on Earth. RunDisney races are offered throughout the year at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.
- Explore the World with Adventures by Disney
See the world with Adventures by Disney. On Disney’s Peruvian adventure, families spend a week rafting down the headwaters of the Amazon, learning about hand-woven Andean textiles from women carrying on generations of tradition, exploring mesmerizing Incan ruins, and eating some of the best food in South America. The same attention to detail and Disney magic that families have come to expect from Disney Parks is present on every tour thanks to an amazing team of Disney Adventure Guides.
- Watch Walt Disney World Fireworks from a Chartered Boat
It’s a little known secret that Walt Disney World guests can charter a boat that will hold 8-10 guests that will tour Bay Lake and finish with their own private fireworks show. Audio is synchronized on board and the Captain will give families a front row seat for the show. Guests can have the boat stocked with snacks, sodas or even a private dinner. There’s no more luxurious way to see the most magical fireworks show on earth unless you happen to be Cinderella herself.
- Celebrate winter at Disneyland Paris
Winter is the perfect time to visit Disneyland Paris as the park offers all kinds of deals to entice families to visit out of the peak summer season. The bonus is that lines are shorter, there is no waiting around, family’s access front row seats for the parades, plus Mickey and friends will have loads of time to spend the kids.
- Relax and Reconnect at Aulani
At Aulani Resort families can relax and connect with a more intimate experience than the theme parks. Though there are opportunities to meet Mickey, Minnie and other characters, the overall vibe is Hawaiian luxury. Families can run and splash in the pools, or in a quieter moment explore Hawaiian culture together through fireside storytelling and activities like lei making. The included kids’ club means you can just drop the kids off for a few hours and enjoy dinner at Aulani’s fine dining restaurants.
- Sail Away on Disney Cruise Line
There is no better way to experience the magic of Disney than to sail away on a Disney Cruise. Families enjoy the endless opportunities to share special family moments, entertainment, on board activities and shore excursions. Kids love the kids club, time with characters and magical surprises around every corner. Parents love the spacious staterooms, spa, and adult-only restaurants and lounges, knowing their kids are having a blast in kids club just upstairs.
Never Too Young for Disney
Don’t wait to go. Many parents worry that visiting Disneyland with a baby or toddler is a waste of time since the child won’t remember the trip. There are, however, a multitude of rides, shows, and characters that delight Disney’s youngest visitors. Whether the vacation is remembered or not, children will have an incredible time and parents can slip the sweet souvenir pictures as proof into the baby book.
Tips for Saving Time and Money on Disney Holidays
Experiencing Disney requires planning, but the extra effort is worth it. There are all kinds of tips and tricks to experience the parks hassle-free. From mobile apps to inclusive packages, there’s a growing list of ways to customize visits to help make ensure precious family vacation time is fun and wallet-friendly.
- Experience Cars Land without the Crowds
Avoid visiting Cars Land on days that have early admission Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Resort hotel guests. On these days, (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) guests can enter the park one hour before opening. This means that even if you arrive at opening time there will already be a line for Radiator Springs Racers. The Disneyland daily calendar has all the details.
- Save money on a Good Neighbour Hotel Package
You don’t necessarily need to stay at one of the three Disney hotels to get into the parks early. In 2013, Disney is offering a Good Neighbour Hotel Package, which includes park tickets, Disney souvenirs, and one Magic Morning admission.
- Skip the lines with Disneyland Wait Times
Spend less time waiting in lines. Download the Disneyland Wait Times app for free to get real-time updates on the length of lines at Disneyland and Disney California Adventures most popular rides and attractions. For $ 3.99 you can purchase Disneyland Magic Guide an expanded version with restaurant menus, show times, and a food finder that makes scoring the nearest churro or corn dog easy.
- Book Kids Sail Free Packages on Select Disney Cruise – visit their web site for more details.