From November 10, 2017, through January 7, 2018, the Happiest Place on Earth transforms into the Merriest Place on Earth!
The majestic 60-foot Christmas tree in Town Square features 280,000 pine-tip limbs molded from actual tree branches, and is decorated with more than 1,800 ornaments, including a three-foot star on top, and nearly 4,800 energy-efficient LED lights. Since we’ve talked quite a bit about LED technology lately, I thought it interesting that since the introduction of the artificial Christmas tree and LED lighting technology in 2008, the Disneyland Park Christmas tree has used 50 percent less electricity than it did previously.
Multiple times a day (check daily schedules), Mr. and Mrs. Claus take center stage—or center float—for a jolly journey of fun-filled holiday scenes in A Christmas Fantasy Parade. Some favorite Disney characters join Santa Claus to spread holiday cheer, and marching tin soldiers, gingerbread cookies, and dazzling floats bring the party to life. Santa is also available for meet-and-greet at his special location in Critter County.
The it’s a small world attraction gets spiffed up for the season too; it’s a small world Holiday features a 14-foot snowman made of crystal snowflakes and lit with thousands of lights in its finale. Decorators use 50,000 Christmas lights on the façade of it’s a small world Holiday, and an additional 200,000 mini-lights in the trees, hedges and topiaries surrounding the attraction. For a special treat, the iconic music of “it’s a small world” is weaved into joyous caroling of holiday favorites like “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.” And during the holiday season, FastPass will be available for this attraction.
The Happiest Place on Earth is the Merriest Place on Earth this #Christmas season! #DLR
Each evening’s forecast calls for snow—yes, snow!—in this Southern California locale. Just look to the nighttime sky for the Believe … in Holiday Magic fireworks show, and catch a snowflake on your hand as flurries flitter for the finale. Stroll along while it’s coming down and sample some handmade candy, seasonal pastries, and collectible confectionaries like the Holiday Beignet, Snowman Shortbread, Snowflake Crispies and Mint Chocolate Cupcakes.
At Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, ‘tis the season for delicious snacks! The Disney Parks produce lots of tasty treats, and today we’re going to do the same.
When I was growing up, my mom and I had a tradition of making hard candies at Christmas. We used a very simple recipe that we followed precisely. Yet, many times we ended up with less-than-hard-rock candies that ended up more like stringy, gooey globs of stickiness. They always tasted good, though, and it gave us a good laugh—and a good challenge—when the holiday season rolled around each year.
My mom is no longer with us, so this year, I revived the tradition with my daughter, and our candies turned out perfect! Keep in mind that ADULT supervision is an absolute must for this project!
What you’ll need:
3 C sugar
1 C water
1 C Karo® corn syrup
Food coloring (red for cinnamon or green for mint)
Cinnamon or mint extract
Silicon Mickey Mouse ice cube tray (or other silicon molds)
What to do:
First, spread a sheet of aluminum foil over a flat baking tray. Fold up the edges to form a lip around each side. Sprinkle powdered sugar to lightly dust the foil. IF you are using silicon molds, also dust them with powdered sugar to prevent sticking.
Then, to make candy, mix sugar, water and Karo® syrup in sauce pan. Heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, till mixture reaches 300 degrees Farenheit on candy thermometer. If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can estimate the mixture’s readiness by lifting your spoon out of the pot. If the drippings form a glassy string, the candy has reached the desired temperature.
Turn off heat, mix in food coloring and flavoring. Carefully pour mixture into molds, spreading remaining mixture onto foil-covered baking tray.
Allow candy to cool and harden completely before removing from molds. To break tray of candy, gently tap it with a clean mallet and peel away from foil. Enjoy them yourself or wrap some in holiday packaging and give to neighbors and friends!
NOTE: I allowed my daughter to stir until it started to boil. Adults should definitely take over from that point on!
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Home Economics / Cooking
SKILL LEVEL: All, with Adult Supervision
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