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Disneyland Days: Spring Has Sprung

Disneyland Resort is in full bloom, embracing the spring colors with beautiful flowers all over the parks. We know that not everyone is getting to enjoy the gorgeous spring weather so this post will mainly focus on showcasing photos of the vibrant resort. Along with that, we’ll discuss the benefit of visiting Disney Parks during the spring months.

Pink blooms castle brighter DL
Pink flowers night Carthay Circle DCA

Spring starts early in Southern California and, really, the easiest way to notice are the different trees, plants and flowers blooming. Outside of the occasional heat wave, which we’re in the midst of a mini one, the weather largely stays the same – a high just below 80 degrees and a low in the 50’s. You can pretty much count on it like you can count on Tomorrowland being on the right of Main Street. The first sign of spring here, from a visual perspective, is the pink blossoms on the trees around the park icons. They are stunning and last for several months.

Dumbo pink blooms DL
Colorful trees castle night DL

While best seen in the day, these trees are lit well at night making them very pretty and worth lingering around as the park clears out. As February turned to March and March turned to April it’s been interesting to see the progression of these trees. In the photo above, which I took a couple of nights ago, you can see that the tree on the left has turned back to green while the one on the right remains pink. These trees frame the castle or Carthay Circle beautifully and give it a unique view relative to the rest of the year.

Equally as striking are the different flowerbeds throughout the parks. Here are a few of my favorites!

Main Street flowers castle DL

We’ll stick on Main Street, as these beauties are right by the flagpole. There are quite a few flowerbeds in this area, with a mix of purples, pinks, yellows and greens. With Easter just around the corner, Disneyland is looking the part.

iasw flowers colorful DL

In the same vein, this bed of flowers near Small World features colors as whimsical as the ride.

Flowers sunburst DCA

California Adventure doesn’t lend itself to as many gardens but there are a few to go around, including one of my favorites by the Little Mermaid attraction (picture above). The park showcases the season in a different manner, with the Food & Wine Festival rolling. If you haven’t had a chance to see the live entertainment, we recommend doing that, especially Phat Cat Swinger on Sundays and Mondays.

Phat Cat Swinger wide DCA
Phat Cat Swinger stage sunset DCA

There’s also been regular Chester sightings in California Adventure lately, near Grizzly River Run. I know the kitty has a different name on other sections of the internet, and while we respect that, we will stick to calling the beautiful cat Chester.

Chester pinecones DCA

I remain a proponent of visiting at Christmas time if you have your choice, simply because of the décor and special entertainment but there’s an argument to be made that spring is the prettiest time of year at Disneyland Resort. The daily sunsets and wonderful horticulture bear that out.

DCA Pixar Pier sunset

From a crowd perspective, March was far busier than January and February thanks to local schools having spring breaks throughout the month. April is a little less busy, although there will likely be an uptick around Easter. The crowds in March were roughly equal to those in December, discounting the incredibly hectic holiday weeks (Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years). What you prefer might simply come down to whether you enjoy holiday decorations and entertainment more than flowers and food festivals.

Front of park Mickey and train station DL

The entrance of the park featured the floral Minnie for the first time ever throughout March. That has since changed back to Mickey, as you can see above.

The especially colorful Disneyland Resort should last through May before summer fully makes itself known. It’s not like the parks ever get ugly, even when the heat increases, but they are especially pretty right now and if you’re able it’s a beautiful time to come and just walk around! Here’s a few more photos!

Hanging flower pink background DL
Rose Carthay Circle DCA

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