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Navigating Christmas Time at the Disneyland Resort with Celina




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Get ready to be transported to the Happiest Place on Earth during the most magical time of the year, Christmas! Excited? We are too! Let us guide you through an enchanting journey filled with insider tips for planning your Disneyland trip. From the best times to visit to hand-picking must-see and must-do highlights, we have your Disneyland Christmas adventure sorted.


In this episode, we unwrap the holiday treats, festivities, and entertainment offerings unique to Disneyland's festive season, such as vibrant shows, awe-inspiring parades, and iconic Disneyland fireworks and parade exclusive to the Christmas season.


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Welcome to the park Magic podcast, your place for insider tips for your next Disneyland Adventure. Whether you're a first timer or first time in a while visitor, we're here to unwrap the secrets to creating and simplifying your dream Disneyland vacation.


Robyn:
Celina and Christmas Time at Disneyland

Welcome to the park Magic podcast where we give you insider tips to help you plan your Disneyland adventure. I've got my friend Celina on, today, we've been friends for a very long time, about 18 years or something. And you're one of the people that I can always talk to about all things Disney, how many times do you think you've been to Disney?


Celina:

I started counting once about 10 years ago and was in the high 50 before I decided not to specify, just stop counting. Because I don't know if that's something to be super proud of or something that makes me any of the three things, some hobbies, but I love it. I'm proud of it. I've been multiple times as a kid. I've been with other people's kids. And now I'm taking my own kids, who are about to be six and three. And we love it. It's Disneyland; it's escapism. It's excellent storytelling. It's brilliant technology. It's good food. It's an adventure.


Robyn:
Is Christmas a Good Time to Visit Disneyland

There's this time of the year where I usually spend less time in the parks, but that is your favorite time to go, and that is Christmas time. So we're dedicating this podcast to everybody who's planning to go at Christmas time.


Celina:

It is, by far, my favorite time to go to the parks. The very first time ever was at Christmas time when I was about 11 years old. This was '97, the first time they had ever done the 'It's a Small World' holiday overlay. A few years later, it was the first time they had ever done 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' overlay in Haunted Mansion. So, I've seen the evolution, I've seen the level of detail that they've done, you know, in the past 20 years or so. Adding the decor, adding the different ambient music over the park, I've seen it grow in California Adventure as well. It's so immersive, it's so joyful and cheerful. And there are a lot of things that they only offer during this time of year, which just make it that much more magical.


Robyn:
Christmas Time Starts In November!

And Christmas time is not just the weeks before Christmas; I mean, it extends all the way well into November, well before Thanksgiving. You know, they take down the Halloween decorations, and they pretty much start working on the Christmas stuff pretty soon thereafter. And then for Haunted Mansion, right before Halloween, they put a bunch of Nightmare Before Christmas stuff in, and that stays all the way in till mid-January.


Some Weeks Are Busier Than Others During the Christmas Season

There are times during that Christmas time window that are busier. When somebody says they're planning on coming during Christmas time, what would you say about when to go?


Celina:

I would recommend either going early in November, which I know can kind of turn some people off starting the holiday season that soon after Halloween, but the crowds are much slower. I also recommend the first couple of weeks in December. If you can go on a weekday, I recommend that, although you're not necessarily going to be guaranteed the fireworks. If you can do a trip that may be spanned a Thursday to a Saturday or Thursday to a Sunday, so you get a couple of those lighter days in the park. But then you're guaranteed to have the 'Believe in Holiday Magic' fireworks spectacular, which is my favorite firework show of all time. That would be my recommendation.


Times to Avoid During The Christmas Season at Disneyland

As far as staying away from the parks during this magical time of year, if you can avoid going the week of Thanksgiving. I know that sounds, in theory, like such a great idea. I've done it before several times with my family growing up; it is so crowded, even now with the dynamic pricing on different days, even with the Magic Keyholders being blocked out on certain days. It's still very, very, very crowded. I also recommend staying away the week between Christmas and New Year's. This has historically been known among the fandom as the busiest week in the parks, hands down, with the busiest day being New Year's Eve. I read somewhere that the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve have been the busiest days in Disneyland ever.


Robyn:

I know that might be disappointing. So if you're like, 'This is the only time I can go between Christmas and New Year's,' it doesn't mean that you can't have a really good time. It just means that you really need to readjust what your expectations are because it is a completely different animal. So if you are somebody that wants to ride every ride, you might want to reassess that time period because it is busy enough where most people that love Disney and would go no matter what, any day of the week, would not go during that period.


Tips for Going During the Busiest Times of the Year

If it's really legitimately the only time you can go, then if you can add some days, try to set your expectations that it's going to be crowded, taking more shows, those kinds of things than it is still very doable. But if you go in expecting that it's going to be the same as if you went on November 7, you're just going to be very disappointed and frustrated. You're going to have to use Genie+, you're going to have to mobile order, you're going to have to have reservations early. If you don't have kids that are in school, basically, anytime that you can avoid going when kids are all out of school, the parks are going to be less busy.


Celina:

Yes, agreed 100%. And if you can get a couple of weekdays in there, it does make a huge difference, even in that crazy week in, between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The weekdays are slightly less busy, but not much. Definitely, if you're going during that time, it can still be beautiful, and can still be magical. I would prioritize shows and food and general ambiance over riding as many rides as possible. Know what your must-dos are. For your attractions, get Genie Plus. I would even recommend Lightning Lane if you absolutely must do Radiator Springs Racers, for example, or absolutely must do Rise of the Resistance. It's going to be a lot of waiting in line for sure.


Robyn:
Big Benefits for Staying at Disneyland Owned Hotels

And then you're going to want to get there at Park open. And this is when early entry, we're staying at a Disneyland Hotel can be really valuable. If I was going to go during that week, what I would do is if I could afford it, I would stay at one of the Disneyland hotels and get there really early. So we're there right at the very beginning of the entry, try to get as many rides in as we can, then we'll be tired, go back to your hotel tickets. And I noticed it seems counterintuitive to take an app to leave the park because it seems like you'll be spending less time in the parks. But you actually will be able to spend more and the evening will be much more enjoyable because times are the parks that are least busy on any day are going to be when it first opens and after fireworks. So if you have taken a nice nap if your kids have taken a nice break, you're going to be able to experience more of the park when it's slightly less busy.


Celina:

Yes, agreed. And that early entry, if you're staying on property in one of the Disneyland hotels, you can get in half an hour early to either park that works best with your schedule as to which one you would want to prioritize. And I will say that the hotels, yeah, it's an expense. But if this is your one time that you're going to go to Disneyland at Christmas time, if you can stay in one of the hotels, they decorate them as well. They're very beautifully done. And they have carolers; it just helps add that teensy bit more magic to the experience.


Robyn:

The decorations for Christmas time are amazing. The shows are amazing. There's a reason it's so popular to go during this time. It is magical. Did you want to talk about the little magic that comes from the sky?


Celina:
Magic Snow at Disneyland

Oh yes! Oh my gosh. So, one of the most fun things, and this only happens during the holidays at Disneyland, is snow. It's this interesting mix of soap and probably something else. It's little bubbles, but it's snow, at Disneyland in a few strategic spots throughout the evening. It used to be, you would see that 'Believe in Holiday Magic' fireworks. And then as that show came to a close, it would start to snow, and they play this very beautiful rendition of 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas,' and it still makes me cry. But now they've added a few other opportunities to experience that snowfall. So, they will light Sleeping Beauty Castle twice in the evenings before the fireworks, and there's this beautiful little song that they play about wishing for snow and some really cool effects that they do with the lighting on the castle before it's fully lit, with these dripping icicles that shimmer softly, and then they will release the 'snow' into the air. It's so fun and just this special little extra; you can experience that in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle proper or on Main Street, back down from the hub to the railroad station. There's a giant Christmas tree that they put up near the flagpole. And so, if you're situated anywhere along there, you'll be able to experience the snow. During the fireworks, they also release some snow at the Small World's viewing area.


Robyn:
Small World Holiday Overlay and Genie Plus

It is really wonderful. The other thing to think about is if you know you want to ride Small World. Normally, Small World is not really a ride you have to plan; usually, you can get on that most times in the day without a super long line. The only time that I would really ever use my Genie+ and Lightning Lane for Small World is going to be during that holiday experience. So, during that holiday experience, you would probably want to prioritize, you know, Small World and maybe Haunted Mansion, in addition to maybe some of the other normal rides that you might anticipate being really busy like Space Mountain, Indiana Jones - those kinds of things


Celina:

Small World is so much more fun, in my opinion, during the holidays because, in addition to hearing the song we all know and love (and it gets stuck in our head), they throw in a medley of 'Jingle Bells' and 'Deck the Halls.' It's decorated on the inside, not just for Christmas, but for a lot of the other holidays that happen during the winter season. And the exterior? Oh my goodness. So, in all worlds, Disneyland is known for having this beautiful facade; you can't find it in Disney World, but they light it up with beautiful multicolored lights. And actually, there will be a countdown over the park speakers to light up Small World. I recommend going to Small World after the fireworks. If you were not able to get it for Genie Plus, then that's going to be your shortest wait time. You get to see the beautiful lights, and then every 20 minutes, they actually do a short projection show. They'll dim the lights surrounding the attraction and then project this little animated sequence with songs from 'The Nutcracker' and ends with the lights coming back on in Small World, and everyone cheers. It's fun!


Robyn:

if you can go during that time period. I mean, we could do a whole other episode on Halloween time and the amazing decorations that they have for Halloween time.


Celina:

And we should!


Robyn:

We should.


Celina:

I’ll come back for that one too.


Robyn:
Candy Canes and Mickey Gingerbread Cookies

The candy canes! We're gonna talk about the candy canes.


Celina:

A lot to talk about. Oh my gosh. So, the candy canes. This is another really infamous thing, and it's been more and more popular on social media these days. The Disneyland's candy shops will choose select days throughout the year to hand-make and sell fresh, fairly decently sized, about 15-inch candy canes on premises. They will release those days around the same time that they announce the dates for the holiday season. And it is just as popular as folks who are trying to get the limited edition Tiki cups from Trader Sam's. So if that's something that sounds of interest to you, I would do a little bit of research on which locations are doing it on which days; they try to stagger them out. So it would be the Candy Palace, Penny Arcade in Disneyland, and then the Trolley Treats in California Adventure on select days, sometimes weekends, sometimes weekdays. The schedule varies, and there is a line; they do limit the amount of purchases per person. But how cool to say that you have this warm candy cane because they just made it fresh from New Year.


Robyn:

They also do gingerbread cookies that are really, really popular as well. So there's all sorts of, like special treats, so many different like specialty cupcakes and cookies and apples. There's a lot of really great things. There's also a candlelight procession.


Celina:
Candlelight Processional at Disneyland

The Candlelight Processional. Yes, so that has been a tradition at the parks for a long time. It primarily takes place on Main Street. I don't believe that they sell tickets to the public anymore. But if you want to camp out there, the day that they've announced that they're going to do the Candlelight Processional, it's a mixture of some musical performances and a reading of the Christmas story, usually done by a fairly prominent celebrity. And they don't announce who it is until you see them show up. In the past, it's been Neil Patrick Harris, John Stamos, I think Chris Pratt did it one year. So it's always a really exciting thing to see who gets to do it. In the last few years, it's been invite-only. I don't know if they're going to be changing that anytime soon. But they've allowed the general public to kind of camp out along the side of Main Street, typically where the parade route is, if they want to be able to watch. But usually, the folks who want to do that, they get there at rope drop, and then they're there the rest of the day.


Robyn:

So it takes a lot of commitment.


Celina:

Yeah, it does. It very much does, but then you don't have to do that. And that's one weekend. That's one weekend that they offer the Candlelight Processional when there are so many other options that span that whole season. I want to backtrack to the food and what you were saying about the food because that's one of my favorite things about Disneyland at the holidays. Nearly every food service location has some kind of special treat for the holidays. And yes, Disneyland will post a menu of which places offering what. In addition to this, there is this very cool thing that happens; it's almost like a mini Food and Wine Festival at California Adventure called the Festival of Holidays. So, there are a number of food carts that are available along what is typically the parade route of California Adventure. They offer bite-sized holiday-themed treats, some savory, some alcoholic, some desserts, and it's delicious and it's a lot of fun. You can try a little bit of everything if you get what's called the Sip and Savor pass. You can get these little tickets that you can redeem at the different locations. They're not just good for one day; they're good for the span of the festival. There's a lot of the same food carts that are open available. There's one that's called Grandma's Holiday Treats, and there's usually some kind of variation on like a grown-up milk and cookies over there which is very delightful. But let's talk about some of the shows.


Special Shows During the Holiday Season

There are a couple of really great entertainment offerings. Of course, there's always great entertainment at Disneyland, and that helps add to some of the ambiance that sets it apart from a lot of the other theme parks. So, there's a lot of great music performances; Five and Dime is a really popular one in California Adventure. You've got the Dapper Dans in Disneyland; at the holiday season, they will sing holiday songs and have special holiday outfits. There are also carolers at both Disneyland and California Adventure. But then some of the bigger holiday offerings, one of my favorite favorites is the ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party in California Adventure. This will take place over near the Paradise Garden Grill. And it is a mini-parade. But there are musicians, dancers, and appearances by Benny and many of the Three Caballeros. How often do you see the Three Caballeros walking around? It's a celebration of Navidad and a couple of the traditions and musical styles that you'll see from South America. They particularly highlight Mexico and Brazil. And because of the Three Caballeros, there's some really great dancing; it's just really beautiful parade-style set pieces. It's a relatively short show; it's not even 15 minutes long, but it does happen at the top of the hour and a half-hour. Check the park schedule on the day that you go. But they offer it pretty consistently from open until right before World of Color.


Robyn:

You know they change the schedules all the time. So people will sometimes freak out because they look and they'll say like, ‘it looks like they're not doing this particular show during this time period’. On Disneyland's website, they really only put the smaller shows up about three weeks before. So you can't really even plan what shows you want to do at what time until you get a lot closer; they might put some of them, but those show times are not always final and then you want to check them the night before because they have been known to cancel or move sometimes around. So make sure that you check the show times in the app directly within three weeks before, and then the day, you have to make sure that they haven't made any changes to the schedule.


Celina:
Setting Expectations for Fireworks

Is where I will recommend that folks be ready to be flexible, particularly when it comes to fireworks. So this time of year in Southern California is the peak Santa Ana winds season. So there is a very, very good chance that the believing holiday magic fireworks will be canceled due to winds at higher elevations. If you've heard that voice-over happen at the parks, they will wait until the absolute last minute so people will be lined up, and I have been there, and they have held off on doing the fireworks for like 15-20 minutes, almost a half an hour before they finally call it. I've been ready to walk away; we've started walking away because we thought it was going to be canceled. And then they started it. I have been there where they stopped in the middle. The Santa Ana winds can be really unpredictable. But I will say, regardless of what happens with the fireworks, they will always make it snow around that time. So you won't walk away completely empty-handed. But if you've decided that the fireworks are something that you absolutely have to see while you're there, then I would prioritize it that first night. If you get to see it, great. You checked it off the list. If they cancel it, then at least you have a couple of more opportunities. But if you choose to prioritize that, that would be my recommendation. And it is a fun show. They've kept it pretty consistent for the last several years. But it's a roller coaster of emotions. There's a sequence where they play music from the Nutcracker, where they throw up some really bright fireworks off the castle, there's some pinwheels that spin off the castle, and then everyone cheers. And then you'll inevitably end up crying when they're playing 'I'll Be Home for Christmas.' It's very emotional, but it's so fun and so special. And I recommend it. You can watch it in front of the castle. I think a really good viewing spot for that one is my small world because a lot of the same projections that you'll see on the castle they will put on small worlds. And of course, you can always view it from the Rivers of America. But either the castle or small world would be my recommendation.


Robyn:

And you know, be nice to cast members. They don't have any control over whether the fireworks happen or not. And even if Disney could make the fireworks go, they would. But if you look at Disneyland, there are a lot of houses really close by. It's really important that they take that safety precaution to protect the homes and the livelihoods of all the people that are around there. So I know it's very disappointing, especially when you're already standing there waiting for the fireworks. I know it's frustrating, but you know, making sure you set your expectations for your little ones as well as saying we hope that they will be doing fireworks so that nobody is disappointed if fireworks are like 'can't live unless I see the fireworks,' then you want to make sure that you are there for the multiple days when the fireworks are showing just because on my last trip of three days, I think the fireworks only happened one night.


Celina:

Yeah, it's so important to check the schedule to see if they really do offer that day, and then remembering, particularly in November and December with those winds, that they could pull the plug literally during the middle of the show.


Robyn:

And in the show notes, I'm going to link to the calendar where you can look. One of the things that the Disneyland app doesn't do very well is showing times and making it clear when show times are happening. So I actually don't use the app for the show times. For the most part, I will mostly go to the website; it seems to be a little bit easier for me to read.


Celina:
Christmas Fantasy Parade Tips

That's very clever. And the thing to remember, I want to mention the parade, the Christmas Fantasy Parade as well. That's another must-do for me. At the holidays, you'll notice that I'm not talking about a lot of rides other than Small World, and we will get to Haunted Mansion a little bit more. But it really is about the ambiance at this time of year for me. As someone who's been to the park often, the Christmas Fantasy Parade, again, it hasn't changed a ton over the years. There have been some parade set pieces that they've changed in and out, kind of based on what's popular. At one point, there was a set piece with Aladdin and Jasmine that's been replaced with Elsa and Ana. But it is very, very sweet. There are a lot of appearances from different Disney characters, some that you don't always see, like Geppetto and Pinocchio, sometimes Max. I've seen Max and Pluto interchangeably in the last four years. They offer it twice a day in Disneyland. And of course, Santa Claus is at the, bringing up the rear of the parade and waving to all the kiddos, which mine just went absolutely crazy last year when we visited.


Robyn:

It's a lot of fun. The one thing to know about the parade is: it comes from Small World at the first showing, and then it returns to Small World from Main Street on the second showing. So be thinking about the direction that it's coming from because that will tell you which way you want to be facing. And if you're at the very beginning of the parade route, obviously the floats will be there sooner. If not, they'll be there a little bit later. So you can kind of set your expectations correctly.


Celina:

Yes, and this parade is, I would say, about medium length compared to the rest of them. So if you're at the tail end at either performance, and it starts at 3:30, you can expect it to start making its way to you by around 4.


Robyn:
Best Time to Stand in Line for Small World or Haunted Mansion During the Holidays

But waiting for the parade is a great time to have a quick snack, those kinds of things.


Celina:

Yeah, and that's because that's off of the peak times for mobile order. So that can be a really clever thing to set up your dinner if you're at the 3:30 parade showing.


Robyn:

And if you're not wanting to do the parade, that's the best time to go to Small World because a lot of the audience that would want to go on Small World is just watching the parade. So there usually will be a lower wait for Small World and a lot of other attractions too. Fireworks and parades, they do suck up a lot of people, so they can make some of the lines a little bit shorter during that period.


Celina:

I will say one in particular, Haunted Mansion Holiday, does have a shorter line during the fireworks. So if you saw the fireworks one night, don't need to see them again, then I would recommend heading over towards Haunted Mansion Holiday if you've not been able to experience that one yet. That's a really fun one to see in the exterior in the day versus at night. Everywhere Jack is the pumpkin king. Of course, at nights, they're all glowing. You can see Zero, the Ghost Dog reindeer flying in the topmost turret of the mansion. I love The Nightmare Before Christmas. I have for years and years and years and years. That's another staple of the holiday season and into holiday time. So here's a crazy thing. The overlay lasts about a fourth of the year, so the entire last quarter of the year, Haunted Mansion has The Nightmare Before Christmas overlay, which is pretty wild if you think about it. I can't think of any other attraction that undergoes that regular transformation for that long of a period of time. It has been largely unchanged. There is one major set piece that does change every year. In the ballroom sequence, it, for those of you who are familiar with the Haunted Mansion while the ghosts are starting to begin their swinging wake, the gingerbread house, that's a huge feature, does change annually and usually has a different theme. Yes, it is gingerbread. Yes, you can go online and see videos of the confectionery team at Disneyland putting this mansion together. Yes, they are pumping some kind of gingerbread and vanilla smell into the ride as you pass that part of the attraction, but it's a very different feel for the Haunted Mansion. And others among the fandom, there's always a debate of is it funny or is it scary? It definitely leans more funny during this time of year. Actually, my youngest child, she was two when we went on it last year. She loves Sally, she loves Jack. I don't think I would take her on Haunted Mansion in its typical iteration, but I felt very comfortable taking her through the Haunted Mansion Holiday, and she loved it. Absolutely loved it.


Robyn:

Yeah, I think it's definitely more accessible as far as the people who maybe are afraid of ghosts or younger folks. You know, there's a lot of creepy sounds, a lot of things that are designed to kind of have that spooky feel, the edge of that is kind of taken off during the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay. And so I think that if you've been like, 'I don't know if my kids are ready,' then if you're on the border, if you're going at Christmas time, it's a good time to test that out.


Celina:

Yes, definitely. And that part of the park, New Orleans Square, is absolutely Nightmare Before Christmas headquarters.


Robyn:

They have Meet and Greet several times.


Celina:
Meet Jack and Sally

They do have meet-and-greets! Yes, yes. So that space between the Pieces of Eight shop and the La Bat En Rouge in New Orleans Square turns into a meet-and-greet for Jack and Sally. Check the showtime. The last time I was there, they were intermittently between nine and about 8 p.m. Before, at that point, Fantastic was frightening. So they were there for a long time.


Robyn:

There are so many special things that, even if you've gone to Disneyland recently, it can be worth definitely going back to experience the decorations and take pictures next to the Christmas tree with the PhotoPass photos. They can be really great, quick ways to get your Christmas card photos done. If you're going early enough in the year, many of our Christmas photos have been photos passed from Disneyland.


Celina:

That’s brilliant.


Robyn:

Especially with your family Celina, you've gone year after year so I'm sure your mom loves getting to see the different Christmas pictures of you guys getting bigger and bigger.


Celina:

Yes, absolutely. And now that we're starting the tradition with my kiddos, I'm looking forward to being able to have that for them as well, so.


Robyn:
Celina's Favorite Underrated Attraction

Let's do our lightning questions here: What is your favorite attraction in California Adventure?


Celina:

Why do I have to think about it? I have stage fright all of a sudden. Oh, no. You know, I'm gonna go with Undersea Adventure.


Robyn:

I love Little Mermaid's Undersea Adventure. I'm not a big Little Mermaid fan, but I really enjoy that ride.


Celina:

Very well done. It was so nice to see a kind of classic dark ride attraction for the 21st century. And I mean, my daughter loves Ariel; I have made my peace with this. She is not my favorite princess. But that ride is fun. And Ursula is one of my favorite villains. So to see the animatronic singing one of my favorite villain songs, that's a pretty cool experience.


Robyn:

And it does tell the whole story. So, if you, if your little one hasn't seen 'Little Mermaid', it gives them kind of the digest version, so they're not gonna get lost, you know? So, it's really cute right here in a little clamshell, and you, like, go into the bubbles. It's super cute.


Celina's Favorite Quick Serve Location

What's your favorite quick service menu item at California Adventure?


Celina:

You know what? I'm actually gonna go with the Ghirardelli shop in San Fransokyo. Anything with a Superman chocolate chip on it.


Robyn:

If you like ice cream, if you like chocolate, that's definitely a place to hit up. And then there's this really cool display in the back. And if you watch it, it changes. It's really kind of fun, even just when you're waiting for your order, just to watch it.


Celina:

The last time I was there. I don't believe that they had mobile order. But it was a very quick line.


Robyn:

I don't think that they have mobile order there. But because it's so tucked away. I don't think a lot of people even know it exists. So it's yes, usually not very busy.


Celina's Favorite Show in California Adventure

What's your favorite show or meet and greet in California Adventure?


Celina:

During the holidays, my favorite show is ¡Viva Navidad!, but outside of the holiday season, I actually really love the Spider-Man stunt show over on the Avengers campus. My son got a huge kick out of that the last time that we were there. And they made it a point to tell all the kids to line up on one side of the street, and Spider-Man ran down and gave a high five to every single kid. I thought my son's eyes were gonna pop out of his head. He was so excited.


Robyn:

You know, I was with somebody who's not super into Avengers. Now, the thing about that show is, it is fast. You need to be there on time. Yes, you do. It's like a five-minute show. So, if you are a minute or two late, you've missed it. You need to get there earlier. And it's kind of tricky to figure out where you should be. But basically, if you come in from the side, there's that Avengers campus sign where they take your picture. And then there's a little shop on the other end of that little straightaway where they sell the little robot spiders. You're gonna go kind of like, around the corner. So, you're going to be kind of on the side of what the webslinger attraction is. You should be able to see a kind of crane on the top. You want to have a good view, and then, like Celina says, he comes down and gets a high five. So, if they give you the opportunity to come stand kind of more towards the middle of that pathway, go for it, because that's where you're gonna get your high fives.


Celina:

Yes, and if you can see the crane well, you're gonna have a pretty good view of the little stunt show. If you can't see the crane, you're not gonna see a thing. So yes, come in off of that main entrance. Do not come in from behind from Cars Land; you will not find it.


Robyn:

If you can see the ancient Sanctum place where they have the Dr. Strange show, or if you can see Avengers headquarters from where you're standing, you're not in the right location. If you're planning on going during the Christmas time, no, it can be really magical. It is all about setting expectations. You can also have a really great time during that time when it's busier; just make sure you plan accordingly. But there's so much magic to be had, you know, as long as you're willing to be a little bit flexible with your plans. It can be a really magical time to go. So thank you so much, Celina, for coming on again.


Celina:

Oh, you're welcome. And yeah, please have me back. We'll talk about Halloween.


Robyn:

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