Every year Hans and I visit a different amusement park the week after Thanksgiving. We are able to avoid the crowds since most people took off for the holiday the week before, and they are not planning on taking off again until closer to Christmas. This particular week is absolutely the most wonderful time of the year!
This year we decided to visit Disneyland and California Adventure. This will be our first Christmas as a married couple so we decided to send our Holiday cards with our Thank You cards from our wedding at the same time because… productivity.
Disney does it right with the Santa photo ops and since we added the Max Pass to our Park Hopper tickets, we were able to go online and download our pictures with Santa when we were home later that day for FREE!
I did a little bit of Google research before we went and discovered that Disneyland makes a limited amount of 18-inch candy canes on specific days for the holiday season. They are handmade on site and one heck of a holiday decoration! In order to get these bad boys, we had to make sure we lined up in front of Trolley Treats in California Adventure as soon as the gates opened. The park where they are made switches each day they are available so if you want one you have to check to see where they will be that day.
I read online that they only make 120 a day, but I was guaranteed by several Disney fanatics on line with us that they make a lot more than that amount and Disney will try to make everyone who waits on line for them happy. Whew! That’s good to know so I would not be waiting on line only for them to run out of canes with the person in front of me.
We waited about 10-15 minutes and they gave us wristbands to wear until we were ready to come back to the shop to buy our reserved candy canes. We were told that we had to be back sometime before 2pm or they’d give them away to some rando. I don’t think so, buddy!
While waiting on the cane line, we reserved our Fast Pass for Saorin since the wait time was the longest out of all of the rides on the California Adventure side – 80-minute wait time.
We were able to hop on each ride in ten minutes or less because it was early in the morning and the crowds were not too big yet. While perusing the park, we noticed they had just opened up the line for Santa and decided this was the best time to get our pictures because later in the day would be a madhouse with parents trying to get their family holiday pics with the gentleman in red.
When Hans and I were flying to Thailand, we had a bunch of in-flight movies to choose from. One of those movies was Frozen. Hans refused to watch it because he said that every movie that has a Hans in it always makes him the bad guy. I’m still laughing about that to this day!
When it was our turn to see Santa, he asked what our names were and the first thing to come out of his mouth was “Oh, Hans, I saw you in Frozen!”
HAHAHA! Nice! (sorry Hans I love you)
Santa asked us what we wanted for Christmas and I decided to use this as an opportunity to really go for the big ask!
I would like to have a free dinner at Club 33 for Christmas, Santa!
The people around us all kind of stopped and gave me a look as if to say GOOD ONE! Even Santa thought so!
Santa said that even he has not had a chance to eat there, but he will see what he can do. I told him to make the reservation for all three of us.
Hey, I tried!
I must’ve been high up on that naughty list because I definitely did not get my wish! It’s all good though since it was basically a Hail Mary play. You can’t get if you don’t ask was the Kristin logic applied here.
The rest of the day flew by and we enjoyed the parades, light shows, and the holiday lights on the Sleeping Beauty castle. It’s a Small World had an amazing light show and I really enjoyed riding it with the holiday theme throughout. Disney always does the holidays right and got me right into the holiday spirit this year!
I found this motivational quote from Walt Disney to end this post with that I really liked:
“Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.”
Check out our pictures below: