We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

Which Anaheim hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Western Australia
Level Contributor
10 posts
1 review
Save Topic
Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

We are going to Disneyland and Las Vegas the first two weeks of December 07. Could someone please tell me what the weather is like in both places and what are the crowds like at Disneyland in early December? We have an 8 year old and a 4 year old, will we need 3 or 4 days in Disneyland? Any suggestions on things to do in Anaheim and Vegas with kids would be appreciated. Many thanks!

Sydney
Level Contributor
152 posts
52 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

Go to the Las Vegas forum and do a search for kids and vegas it will give you alot of great ideas. If you post a question about children on that forum you will get some very negative responses. Do not let them put you off. We took 4 children to Vegas 12, 10, 8 and 5 last year and had a great time. In regards to Disneyland and Anaheim try to book in for a happiest birthday party on earth at Disneyland even if you have to give your children an extra birthday date this year. It was so much fun. If you can do 4 days in Disneyland, it means that you will not feel as rushed. Book in for dinner at the rainforest cafe in downtown disney, the kids will love it.

Moab, Utah
Destination Expert
for Moab
Level Contributor
3,320 posts
57 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

As AussieNSW has said, just search the Vegas forum for info on kids, don't bother asking any questions the results will be negative. We first took our two kids to Vegas and Disneyland when they were 5yo and 7yo.

Disneyland will be great, our information is a bit dated (last visit 2004) and there are plenty of experts on this forum to answer all your questions.

There is a whole lot to do in Vegas outside of the classic Vegas activities that will be out of your reach without a baby sitter. Daytime ... Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Mt Charleston, Hoover Dam, Death Valley, and just a bit further to the Grand Canyon. Evenings ... walking the strip (ignore the porn slappers, they'll ignore you with kids in tow), Bellagio Fountains, Mirage Volcano, M&M World ..... Search the Vegas forum.

We'll be landing in Vegas again December 11, 2007. Kids are now 10yo & 12yo, so adult activities are still very limited. Our previous visits '04 and '05 can be seen at www.outtrim.id.au.

PS Where in WA are you from?

Western Australia
Level Contributor
10 posts
1 review
Save Reply
3. Re: Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

Thanks AussieNSW and Noel-Donna for your replies. We thought there would be negative reviews about taking kids to Vegas. My husband and I have been to Disneyland and Vegas before but that was in 1996 and we didn't have kids then. Just seeing the bright lights of Vegas will be so exciting for our girls.

In reply to your question Noel-Donna, we live in the Perth metro area. Which part of WA are you from? We will be in Anaheim from 1st - 10th Dec 07 and in Vegas from 10th - 15th Dec 07. We will be staying at the Tropicana Inn (Anaheim) and Excalibur (Las Vegas). Where are you staying? Do you know what the weather is like in Anaheim and Vegas in December? Also do you recommend driving from Anaheim to Vegas? Is it easy for an Aussie? Last time we caught a bus.

Moab, Utah
Destination Expert
for Moab
Level Contributor
3,320 posts
57 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

Noel was born and bred in Perth (Dianella). These days we're in country NSW via Kununurra and Karratha.

Expect the weather to be coldish, especially coming from Perth in December. Try wunderground.com for weather history. You can use the Trip Planner feature to put in your dates and it will return the actual weather for those dates over the last 10 years. No guarantees for 2007 but as good an indication as you'll get. eg Anaheim Dec, average high 68F (20C).

Don't know where we're staying in Vegas yet, waiting to see what deals come up closer to the date. Tropicana reviews look good for Anaheim, we found the Candy Cane to be great in 2004.

Definitely drive Anaheim to LV. Not hard to follow the traffic on the wrong side of the road, really interesting trip and not too long direct at ~5 hrs if the timing is right. More info on this drive can be found at the Vegas forum as well. Side trips if you want to take longer to places like Joshua Tree NP, Amboy, or Mojave NP.

Western Australia
Level Contributor
10 posts
1 review
Save Reply
5. Re: Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

Thanks Noel-Donna, your replies have been a great help. We have lived in Perth (Queens Park) for nearly 12 years now. I was born and bred in Newcastle, NSW and my husband was born and bred in Sydney.

I think we will drive to Las Vegas, the majority of people are saying it is easy. At least we can stop when we want to.

Let us know when you decide which hotel you will be staying at in Vegas. Perhaps we could meet up for a meal?

Australia, Darwin
Level Contributor
47 posts
Save Reply
6. Re: Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

Hi all

we are another aussie family going to disneyland and vegas in December. We went to disneyland in 2005 and found the weather to be really chilly in the evening. The kids even wore gloves. The christmas lights are really beautiful in disneyland and when we went in early december there was minimal waits for rides.

Have you guys booked your flights yet, or are you still waiting for a good deal? Do you recommend anyone to fly over with.

Western Australia
Level Contributor
10 posts
1 review
Save Reply
7. Re: Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

Hi Haunter, we have already booked our holiday. We went through Flight Centre. We are flying with Cathay Pacific, it goes Perth / Hong Kong / LA and the same coming home. The times were perfect for us. We leave Perth at lunch time and arrive in LA at 8.00pm so we can go straight to bed when we get to the hotel so hopefully we won't be affected by jet lag. Flight Centre have got us some really good deals with our accommodation. We were going to book our flights via the internet as we found cheap flights through travel.com.au but we weren't sure how safe the transaction would be therefore we opted to go with a travel agent.

We can't wait to see all the Christmas decorations in Disneyland. Our girls love Christmas (so do I). We haven't told our kids we are going yet. We will tell them in November. It's too long a wait to tell them now.

What dates will you be in Anaheim and Las Vegas?

Brisbane
Level Contributor
368 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

Hi dkpm4,

WE hired a GPS or Sat Nav for $10 per day with our car and we found driving ther a Breeze and would not bother with the stress of maps etc. We would go for a drive anywhere to explore and then press take us back to Hotel 2 hrs later. Driving to Vegas was a breeze I thought it took us about 7 hrs with a stop at Calico Ghost town. Actually driving with the GPS was an absolute MUST, No one sttressing over maps or one way streets etc, We did manage to drive on the wrong side of the road one early morning. Without other traffic on the road its very easy to forget!!!to keep right!!!!

We did a trip to LA, Anaheim Vegas Grand Canyon,Tijuana, SanDiego, Monument Valley in 16 days then a further 14 days in San Fran Yosemite Reno and back to LA, travelling with 2 ch 11 and 7 - in Dec 2006 arriving on the 9th. We found an invaluable book at the local library in Aust called the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. ( dont miss space mountain Indianna Jones - actually dont miss a thing!!!) what a blast!) It has numerous itineries for Disney with kids, with elderly, without kids etc. Worth a look. The crowds were minimal we had 3 day hopper passes, and only qued for max 30 mins on the more popular rides. We started each day early and stayed for Fantasmic on the last night - we could see the fire works nightly from our hotel room also. TIP: great place to view the fireworks - on the TRAIN Platform at the end of Main St USA! California adventure park is excellent too, its opposite Disney and entry can be gained with a hopper pass - dont miss Hollywood Tower and California Soarin !! The temps were 19 to 23 degrees but the night were a bit chilly- take a light jacket and a heavier jacket. We sayed at the Palace Station Casino for $15 yes $15 a room per night. Its off the strip and I booked over the internet on accom. site called calle.com and they just happened to have a special deal at that time!!!! pay $30 one night then one night free. Buffet brekky about $6 buffet lunch $8 and dinner $9. Its off the strip but still not oo far. Bellagio fountains excellent - Purchase show tickets at !1/2 price ticket booth on the strip about 1 to 2 hrs before show begins - Bargain $13 for magic show with White Tigers at The Sahara- which is being pulled down!

Also AAA is a reciprical of RACQ or RACV - go and pick up all kinds of info free an duse this when booking hire car. We Were misquoted by over $1ooo by Hertz International in Australia but because I had done my research on the Net I knew we could do better so we left Hertz in LA and went to Alamo who did us a deal for about $1200 cheaper and upgraded the car too! ENJOY!

Karratha, Western...
Level Contributor
185 posts
34 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

HI

We were over there in Nov 06 and it was cold at night. The days we were still wearing our t shirts but nights had to have warm tops on. It also got dark by 5pm so not sure if it gets darker earlier in Dec.

Definitely go to the Rainforest Cafe for a meal..........our 15 and 17 year old loved it and we ended up going twice .

Also if you have a car go to the Citadel Outlet Mall. It took us about 30 mins from Anaheim on the motorway but very good and cheap shopping there

We had a 14 day pass for Disneyland and used it 11 times though unknowingly we were there over a very busy time and had long long waits for all the rides. One day the park was closed by lunch time!!!

The christmas theme at Disneyland was just magical. The kids will love it.

You could also take the kids to Knotts Berry Farm. They have a Camp Snoopy area there for the kids.

We were in LV on Nov 23rd and the nights were bitterly cold and windy. We didn't venture out too far after tea as just too cold. Take them to the M&M shop and the Coke shop. Just amazing.Don't make a special trip to the Ethel M chocolate factory...........very expensive and about a 5 min look around the factory.

At your kids ages they will love it all.........my 15 yr old daughter loved seeing the small kids dressed up as princesses and watching there faces when Mickey or Minnie etc was walking around

Australia
Level Contributor
211 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Disneyland and Las Vegas in December 2007

Hi,

I agree with the other posters regarding LV site being negative towards kids questions. Lots of the the LV people don't realise it is a once in a lifetime experience for many of us and we can't simply leave the kids at the baggage carousel when we enter Nevada :-)

I would recommend 4 days to let you experience everything at DL.

I can recommend the Orleans to stay at in LV with kids. It has its own kids club (that can be used whilst on site) which my kids absolutely adored. It also has its own movie theatre & it family oriented (it is off stip but has a shuttle to the Barbary Coast from which you can walk the strip). www.orleanscasino.com

Try the site www.lasvegaskids.net for ideas of things to do