Park hopping to DCA Christmas
Today we are park hopping over to Disney California Adventure's Christmas decorations. My original plan was to put all this into one post, but I just had far too many pictures, so instead we are spending a week celebrating Disney Christmas at andisakowski.com.
DCA has always been the park that I preferred. In the midst of chaos that is the original Disneyland park, DCA has always served as an escape with big rides, a little alcohol, and a chiller vibe. I usually refer to this as the big kid park.
Thankfully, a few years ago Disney finally came to their senses and began decking this park out in Christmas. Growing up you would just find a few Christmas trees here and there, but Disney finally stepped it up. Sadly, this year one part of the park lost its Christmas magic: Cars Land. This is by far my favorite land in the park and although it was decked out for Christmas, there were many decorations missing from Cars Land this year. If this would have been the first year of decorations, then I would not have noticed. It just doesn't feel as festive as it did for Halloween, which I probably should not complain about because I love Halloween more anyway.
It seems like Disney instead set its sights on the Festival of Holidays in an attempt to win back the special event after a somewhat failed previous year. They did improve this year, inviting guests to step into their house with all in house made food that is a bit more affordable. For this college grad, it is not that much more affordable, so you will still catch me eating my bang for your buck Clam Chowder bread bowls, but their alcohol choices were on point. Disney finally received permission to serve the full bottle of cider rather than in tiny wine glasses (woohoo!) adding to the amount of drink choices found within the park.
I love, love how DCA decorates this park to match its art deco vibe, but Christmas at Disneyland still wins. If you are willing to fight through crowds, then head over to Disneyland, but if you are wanting to take a break and enjoy a glass (rather a plastic neon cup) of beer, then head over to DCA.