Kristy's Top 5 List - Disneyland Edition

 Every fall, The Haunted Mansion transforms into Haunted Mansion Holiday. It’s one of my family’s favorite Disneyland attractions!

Every fall, The Haunted Mansion transforms into Haunted Mansion Holiday. It’s one of my family’s favorite Disneyland attractions!

From time to time, I’ll be sharing Top 5 lists about my favorite things - destinations, resorts, beaches, food… I hope you enjoy! ~ Kristy

Top 5 Things To Love about Disneyland Resort

5. I absolutely love that Disneyland Resort is an entirely “walkable” destination. There are no buses, Ubers, or boats required to get from point to point. This means you can get where you are going fast. If you’re staying at a Disney hotel, you could leave your hotel room and be on a ride in less than 15 minutes!

4. Speaking of hotels, Disney owns three hotels at the Disneyland Resort. The Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, and, my personal favorite, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa. Each of these hotels have a very unique feel but I’m particularly drawn to the Grand Californian - probably because it was designed by the same architect that designed Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

3. As a Walt Disney World veteran, mostly due to living on the east coast, there is something incredibly familiar but, at the same time, very different about visiting the Disneyland Resort. There are many attractions that are similar to those with the same name in Florida but offer very different experiences. As an example, It’s a Small World in Florida is an entirely indoor experience - at Disneyland it’s both indoor and outdoor. Space Mountain in Florida is a rough ride with a “rickety” feel and in California it’s a much smoother ride with slightly different views. Pirates of the Caribbean is quite different too!2. Haunted Mansion Holiday… The original Haunted Mansion attraction opened in the New Orleans Square area of Disneyland park in 1969. It’s a classic for sure but for several months out of the year the mansion is transformed and Jack Skellington takes over. With characters and music from The Nightmare Before Christmas joining the 999 original happy haunts, it’s a unique experience available from September to January each year.

 The Cadillac Mountain Range at night. Carsland at Disney California Adventure park.

The Cadillac Mountain Range at night. Carsland at Disney California Adventure park.

2. Carsland. I can’t find the words to accurately describe how incredible this area of Disney California Adventure Park is. You have to see it to understand just how breathtaking it truly is.

1. Walt Disney himself designed and built Disneyland. The feeling of nostalgia as you walk in his footsteps (there is actually a guided '“Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” tour) is overwhelming. The park was carefully crafted to be a place where parents and children could have fun together and even today, after more than 60 years, it’s an amazing place to visit and spend some time.