Thanksgiving/Christmas Kickoff at Disneyland Resort

With the AP rates for Thanksgiving and December beyond what we wanted to pay, we originally booked a hotel room in the Irvine area to give us access to Disney, the beach, and SouthCoast plaza – all my old stomping grounds – for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

But not long before the trip, Rich decided to check the rates again and they were too good to pass up at the Disneyland Hotel. Then we checked availability at Napa Rose for Thanksgiving dinner and while they were booked at first, the CM called us back and told us they’d had a cancellation. As one Disney friend put it, we were experiencing a “pixie dust storm.”

The pixie dust didn’t stop there. When we checked in, we were upgraded to the most amazing room on the top floor of the Disneyland Hotel, facing Disneyland Park, Downtown Disney, and DCA. It was one of the newly-remodeled rooms and 2 doors down from the “E-Ticket Club” – and for an extra fee, we had full access to Concierge, complete with Christmas tree, Christmas music, and view of the “Believe in Holiday Wishes” fireworks show with piped-in music.

We started off the day with coffee, juice, pastries, bagels, and/or cereal. There were afternoon snacks of chips, salsa, fruit, cookies, evening wine and cheese, and late night milk and cookies. We were treated like and felt like we were family.

 Disneyland Hotel Porte Cochere
Concierge Level: E-Ticket Club

We must tell how about the incredible King room we had, complete with copper and wood headboard complete with Sleeping Beauty Castle etchings, light-up fireworks, and song that played, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” There’s no way my Monday morning brain can find the words to do justice to the experience but here is a photo, although it is also a weak substitute for the real thing:

Disneyland Hotel king bed room
View of Matterhorn from room
Mickey lamp in bathroom
Sunrise view (with the Grand Californian in the distance)
from room about 6 a.m. every morning

Next: Thanksgiving dinner at Napa Rose, DCA, Disneyland, the beach, and childhood home

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