It’s Not the Size of the Castle: Disneyland’s Celebration Saturation

Walt Disney World fans often joke that Epcot ALWAYS has a festival going on, from Food & Wine to Flower & Garden and everything in between. With all of the celebrations that are happening at the Disneyland Resort in early 2019, it almost seems like a similar thing could be happening here…a saturation of celebrations.

Just 12 days off of the holiday season, Get Your Ears On-A Mickey & Minnie Celebration got into full swing. Combine that with Valentine’s Month (MONTH!!!) and the Lunar New Yea Celebration and you have a very full January and February, followed up closely by the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival in March and April.

The celebrations can be fun and the merchandise and unique food items are always popular, but really, how many different churro topping combinations are there?


Now, I know why this is happening. I talked about it my column last month, but the bottom line is that Disneyland officials may be afraid about the pre-Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attendance numbers and will try ANYTHING to get people in the parks. Still, when is it too much?

I think that visiting Disneyland should be enough of a celebration in itself. There is no reason that we need to make up a special reason to attend. Just bring your family to the parks, experience your favorite attraction or show, and enjoy popcorn or a churro…the regular cinnamon kind.

My argument, of course, will fall on deaf ears with the Disney powers-that-be because the celebrations do their job. They get people in the parks. Those people buy the themed merchandise and specialty food items so they can share pictures of them all over social media.

That doesn’t mean I have to like it. (It also doesn’t mean I won’t attend the celebrations and get suckered into buying a themed churro or new baseball cap.)

Do you enjoy all of the themed celebrations, or would you rather visit an undecorated Disneyland Resort every once in awhile?

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Tom is the host and producer of the DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast, plus Disneyland Editor of The DIS. He enjoys traveling with his wife and teenage son. At this point, their favorite destination is Alaska, with a FIFTH cruise there planned for the Summer of 2019. In his spare time he volunteers with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and help found his son's former Cub Scout Pack. His favorite Disneyland attraction is Space Mountain.


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