What are some must do(or must eat!) things during the holiday season? We are there dec 1st-9th.
I have never been but my husband has just not during this time!
clairfication:: you have never been to Disneyland or is it that your husbanc has visited during holidays just not so early?
Candlelight Processional will happen one of the weekends during your dates (either 12/1 & 2 or 12/8 & 9). CP is a beautiful holiday tradition started by Walt at DL. You can search the boards here for photos of last year's CP. Hearing the Disney choir singing carols from afar and then seeing them parade up Main Street is a holiday treat for us.
We are adding on an extra day at DL so we can be there the sunday as well after reading others saying weekends were a better idea! We originally were going to use the Sunday as a free explore day!!
I wouldn't worry so much about the holiday events as it being your first visit. You are going to experience an over the top sensory overload with all the Christmas decor. First time visitors can be overwhelmed just by a non-holiday visit. The best way to imagine what a holiday Disneyland environment will provide is to imagine your favortie department store that goes all out for Christmas decor and times that x 20. Every possible space that can hold holiday decor is decorated at Disneyland, with Main Street, New Oreleans square and the Castle having the over the top decor. It is like a slice of expensive rich tasting birthday cake with frosting, only on top of the frosting is ice cream, gobs of whip cream sprinkled with handfuls of candy, glazed with butterscotch syurp topped off with a jar of marchino cherries ( made here in salem I might add) I took a friend for her first visit over the holiday and she was so enchanted by new orleans decor that for the first time I had seen NOS, let alone all the great Christmas decor hanging all over the NOS area. So hopefully your husband is patient and willing to slow down to take it all in rather then rush from ride to ride. What your husband will like is the new Haunted Mansion and yes, Small World is more bearable over the holidays. He can also look for the tiny touches, like at NOS a popcorn cart changes the disney character that turns the popcorn and the parade is Christmas and the music and the SNOW!!! Also, you can find a spot for your Christmas card greeting postcard photo. NOS has great places for Holiday backdrop. And the sweet foods are holiday themed. The importand part is that you and your husband sit down and plan out each day and listen to his expectations of what the visit may look like and then you can add Christmas details as you read here the next seven months, because as Christmas approaches, all the great holiday events will surface.
Here is another example of how over the top everything will enchant you. Fireworks. They are not 4th of July fireworks or the fireworks that we see often here in oregon after each event at our riverfront park. These fire works are in sync with popular Christmas music that is heard everywhere in the park on a A++ sound sytem, they are over a beautiful snow covered castle and it snows afterwards. I cry each time, the holiday fireworks is my best two hours at the park. plan to find a bench or curb to eat snowman cookies and hot drinks for two hours while you wait with 1,000s others for the can't miss event.