Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Merriest Place on Earth

It's Christmas time at the happiest place on earth!


So of course Jess and I had to pay a visit to our favorite magical kingdom. ( ;



Main Street is all decked out in holiday trimmings.




A giant Christmas tree adorns the town square.


Fantasy Land is always a favorite. And the snow-capped towers were a real treat!


We love Snow White's Adventure, the King Arthur Carousel, and Pinocchio's Daring Journey.



"I've got no strings
To hold me down
To make me fret, or make me frown
I had strings
But now I'm free
There are no strings on me!"

And of course the Matterhorn is a winter time favorite.


The holidays on the Frontier are especially merry.




Santa's reindeer welcome all the good boys and girls.





The day started out a bit cloudy, but after a warm cup of hot cocoa in the morning the skies started to clear.


"Zippity doo dah, Zippity aye,
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine coming my way,
Zippity doo dah, Zippity aye."

And just in time for the Christmas parade!


Mickey waves a big holiday hello to everyone!


As the sun goes down, and the moon comes out, the holiday light shows begin!

It's a Small World is illuminated by thousands of bright colored bulbs. 


"There's so much that we share
That it's time we're aware
It's a small world after all."

And most spectacular of all, the lights on Main Street are dimmed...The countdown begins...And the enchanted Sleeping Beauty Castle comes to life!


The best part is the gingerbread-scented snow that falls on merry guests strolling through Main Street. 


We just love the holidays at Disneyland.




A very magical Christmas to you!

~ Nel ~ 

28 comments:

magie said...

How Magical! Thanks so much for sharing the photo's..I felt like I took a mini trip there myself. I love all the decorations :) The gingerbread scented snow sounds lovely!

TARYTERRE said...

How delightful. I had never been to Disneyland and thanks to you, NOW I have. And at Christmas, which makes it MORE special. Your photos are wondeful. That GIANT tree in Towne Square is awesome. Not to mention, It's a Small World and all those lights. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family. May it be joyous in every way.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Thanks for letting us visit Disneyland at Christmas! How pretty. I would love walking through that snow :) I have been to Disneyworld many times, but never at Christmas, so thanks again!

Jacqueline said...

No one does is quite like Disney, do they Nel!
Happy Christmas to all of you at Red Rose Alley!

Twinkle Star said...

Oh my - I really want to go! Have never been to Disneyland, I must add this to my wish list! Have a lovely Christmas all! x

Trisha said...

Oh my goodness you have no idea how much I love Disneyland! It has been years since I have been. And going there during the holidays is a must for me-I have to experience that gingerbread scented snow and all the magic that only Disneyland can do. Thank you for sharing your trip with me so I can dream and pretend like I was there with you!

~Trisha

C'est moi Claudette said...

I thought for a minute it was Disneyworld... but it's Disneyland. So CA is where you guys live. i know I should have known that. I've been in a fog lately, sorry Nel.
We used to go to FLA. at least once every 2 or 3 years with the kids. It truly is a magical place. LOVE the castle all adorned with that magic.
Glad you sisters enjoy all of this beauty together.
Merry Xmas girls.
xoxoxoxxox

Kassi at Truly Lovely said...

Oh wow!!! Gorgeous pictures!!! I've always wanted to go! Especially at Christmas! Thanks for sharing!!!

Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Hi gals,
I just LOVE all the holiday photos at the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. I grew up in Florida and our class was one of the first to go to the grad nite at Disney World which had not been built very long. We rode school buses in those days....today, the kids ride chartered busses. ha They closed the theme park down to just the grads for the night. My son, Brandon, did the same thing for grad nite when he graduated from high school about 10 years or so ago. Life repeats itself! :) It has been a few years since I have been to Disney World in Florida. I will have to go sometime I am there again. It is, indeed, a happy place! Thank you so much for your blog visits and friendship over the past few months that you have been blogging. I am glad you enjoyed the rehearsal video for Amy and Brandon's wedding that I posted a couple of days ago or so. I am sure your daughter will have a wonderful one,too, when she gets married. Our actual wedding photos will be coming... Hope you have a blessed Christmas and very, very happy new year! Love to you all! xoxo Kim

Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Sorry, I thought the first part was Disney World...and the second part was Disneyland. I see from a comment that it is all Disneyland in the photos. I have been to Disneyland, too. Both are lots of fun! Happy Holidays! xoxo Kim

Verena said...

Aww that is beautiful! I´ve been to Disney World ones, but I´ve never been to Disneyland. My kids would love it!

Thank you so much for your very sweet comment on my blog, Sheri!
Have a Merry Christmas!
Hug´s,
Verena

Kaipiroska said...

Merry Xmas to you and all your loved ones :)

Sarah said...

This is beautiful! I know I love Disney World at Christmas, but this is beautiful too!

Ginger Zuck said...

A big WOW!!! is all I can say... How beautiful and what a beautiful post. I'm on my way down there so make me a bed on the floor. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you gals, I've grown to adore you so much. I tried to respond to your message to me, but it was no reply, so I was so {:, sad, but I am so happy to catch up with you. Best Wishes to you and all and your families, hugs and kisses!! Happy NEW YEAR!

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

It's such a happy place to go. We really should visit Disney more, we're so close to it. Thanks for sharing your visit.

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

M. said...

Not a fan of big places with lots of people, but I loved the pictures of Disneyland at Christmastime! I may even have to break down and go there. :) Thanks for taking us along for the ride! Love, Mona

Lori said...

What a festive place!! Thanks for the sweet note and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the new year!

♥ Miss Tea said...

it's magical indeed! reindeers are always my fave but i've never seen a live one yet and so i'm sooo happy to see them even in your pics and i adore the reindeer sign and decor, what a great place!

wishing you a merry christmas!

x susan

romance-of-roses said...

Thank you for the trip to Disneyland. We haven't been in awhile during the Christmas season, so this was a treat. Merry Christmas from our home to yours....Lu

Kristin said...

Wish I could be there, such wonderful christmas inspiration.

I want to wish all of you a merry Christmas and happy holidays filled with many sweet moments!

Kristin ♥♥♥

Anna at the Doll House said...

The gingerbread-scented snow sounds enchanting: so much more welcome than the real thing.

I have tried, once more, to sign-up as a follower. I hope it has worked this time.

Happy Holidays
Anna

Marcia said...

I'm very familiar with those decorations, Nel, except ours are from the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Nothing like Disney's Christmas. I couldn't resist clicking on that title, I mean, what's not to love about The Merriest Place on Earth? :) Love all the pics.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Nel,

I grew up in L.A. so I remember Disneyland from WAAAAAAAY back in the early 60s! It is good to see the Matterhorn again!

SHERI DEAREST, what a lovely and sweet comment you left me today dearest; I had no idea people would still be visiting with the holidays upon us! Ruben and I are alone out here in the Midwest and so I just carry on as usual, but everyone else has children and extended family near by. I just thought I would take a stab at posting, but I was so happy to see that people have come...thank you for a lovely year of KINDNESS and creativity. You are just so special. MANY HAPPY BLESSINGS TO YOU and may love constantly fill your heart. Anita

LadyCat said...

Your photos are so magical. I have never been to Disneyland! Thanks for taking me there with your post.
And thank you for your visit to my blog and your kind words. It sounds like we have many of the same interests : )

delightfuleclecticabode.com said...

Jess, Nel and Sheri! This is a wonderful blog! Do all 3 of you read the comments and do you take turns posting? Your photos are exquisite! I love this posting of Disney World. This is one place I've never visited but I've been to Disneyland in California (no comparison). The Magic Kingdom looks gorgeous all decked out for the Christmas season!

I'll be back for sure!

~Sandy

Heidi said...

Wishing you and your family very merry holidays!
Your pics are gorgeous, it looks like you had a fantastic time.

Sarah said...

We LOVE Disneyland at Christmas! I just found your comment from August- so sorry it took so long! Yay for Christmastime in Southern California! =)

Janet said...

You've really captured the magic of Christmastime at Disneyland in your photos! Hope you have a wonderful and blessed new year!
Blessings,
Janet