Disneyland‘s traditional Candlelight Processional lit up the holiday season with four performances over the weekend. The long-running tradition re-tells the story of the first Christmas in a stunning show of light and music on Main Street Station in Town Square. This year, actresses Geena Davis and Lana Parrilla did the honors of narrating the show and the combination of Disneyland’s ongoing 60th Anniversary Celebration, the holidays and the popular Candlelight event brought huge crowds to the park. Meanwhile, in Disney California Adventure, Luigi is getting ready to return to Cars Land with a new ride and the Cove Bar expansion has started to move along.

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We’ve got a short and sweet holiday update for you today. Let’s get started.

Welcome to Disneyland!

The holidays continue at the Disneyland Resort…

As we get deeper into the holiday season the parks will continue to get busier…

On Center Street, new string lights have gone up over the Flower Market. It’s a simple but very nice touch in the evenings.

A look at wait times Sunday afternoon

We mentioned the new seasonal landscaping in the hub earlier this holiday season but today we take a look at it lit up at night with little Christmas lights.

It’s a great little festive touch, especially with the Castle’s snow overlay and the garlands across Main Street missing this year.

The holiday season continues in California Adventure as well…

A holiday edition of the Buena Vista Bugle is out

A look at wait times on Sunday afternoon

A few nighttime holiday views around the park…


Disneyland’s 57-year tradition of a retelling of the first Christmas as a thank-you to the local community and its leaders and officials continued this year with celebrity guest narrators Geena Davis and Lana Parrilla. The show is truly one of Disneyland’s most stunning productions and is offered twice nightly on the first Saturday and Sunday of December.

A very nice new stained glass-style star for the living Christmas tree this year

At night, the unique Disneyland tradition lit up Main Street and Town Square as beautifully as ever.

Sunday’s celebrity guest narrator, Lana Parrilla did a fantastic job.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

It’s that time of year again! The countdown to Christmas is now underway and that means it’s time to get some shopping done. We bring you our annual Disney holiday gift guide again today to help you get your seasonal shopping done before the holiday shipping deadlines hit. Disney fans were treated to a number of excellent books this year ranging from the reprint of the classic Little Man of Disneyland Little Golden Book to the new collection of Disney essays in the fan-released Progress City Primer. We put the spotlight on those two titles as well as a couple more below, along with links to a number of other items ranging from Pixar’s spectacular Inside Out to new Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise. Of course, if you buy any of the items here using our embedded Amazon links you’ll not only get some holiday shopping done but you’ll also help out Dateline Disneyland at no additional cost to you. Happy holidays!

The Progress City Primer:
Stories, Secrets, and Silliness from the Many Worlds of Walt Disney

Michael Crawford | Available now
First on our list and hot off the presses is the only fan-released title in our gift guide this year. Not only is Michael Crawford’s Progress City Primer exceptionally well-written but it comes from years of thorough research by Crawford, who has contributed to both D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Walt Disney Family Museum. The book foregoes a single topic in favor of a variety of Disney subjects ranging from “Walt” to “The Vacation Kingdom” and “The Wonderful Weird of Disney.” There’s something for every Disney fan here, with stories from the annals of Disney history ranging from the charming to the obscure.
The Silly Symphony Collection 1929-1939
16 LP Box Set | December 18. 2015
Previewed at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Records’ stunning box set of 16 LPs with the soundtracks to all 75 of Walt Disney’s classic Silly Symphony animated shorts will finally be released on December 18. The music has been brilliantly restored, transferred to vinyl, and presented in 8 gatefold jackets featuring original animation art. The set comes with liner notes by Disney historians J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt and comes in a numbered slipcase. While it’s pricey at $400, this unique release is a must-have for any Disney music fan, vinyl collector, or animation enthusiast.
The Haunted Mansion:
Imagineering a Disney Classic

Jason Surrell | Available now
The third printing of former Imagineer Jason Surrell’s definitive book on the iconic theme park ride, The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic has dropped the section on the lackluster 2003 film and filled new pages on more than a decade of new additions to the attraction. This new expanded edition includes new information on the return of Disneyland’s Hat Box Ghost, the addition of Walt Disney World’s graveyard queue, and more. Also featured is Hong Kong Disneyland’s highly-praised Haunted Mansion surrogate — Mystic Manor.
Walt Disney’s Little Man of Disneyland
Available now
Back for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary, Walt Disney’s Little Man of Disneyland is a reprint of the classic 1955 Little Golden Book that tells the story of a leprechaun named Patrick Begorra who lives in the Anaheim orange groves that would later become Disneyland. Mickey and Donald convince Patrick to let them build Disneyland in his orange groves after they show him the fantastic plans for the park. The little $5 book is really a just clever vintage marketing piece for the then-under construction park but 60 years later is still wildly charming and filled with spectacular illustrations typical of Disney’s classic Little Golden Books.

Below are additional books, movie, and video game releases perfect for every Disney fan on your list.

Disney Books

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Disney, Pixar and Miyazaki Animated Films

Disney and Marvel Live Action Films

California Construction

Back in Disney California Adventure, steel construction has quickly sprung up at the site of Paradise Pier’s Cove Bar expansion.

With construction underway connecting the expansion area with the existing Cove Bar seating area, guests waiting for a table are led through Ariel’s Grotto to the Cove Bar when their table is ready.

A view of construction from Mickey’s Fun Wheel

And over in Cars Land, the new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters have been regularly testing behind construction walls now and current rumors suggest the ride may open in time for Christmas.

The new ride name hasn’t been put on the windows yet

Views from the Fun Wheel

The new ride vehicles are in place

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
November 30-December 6, 2015
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Mon.-Tue.: 9 am – 11 pm
Wed.-Sun.: 8 am – 12 am
Mon.-Tue.: 9 am – 8 pm
Wed.-Thu.: 8 am – 9 pm
Fri.-Sun.: 8 am – 11 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • Starcade: Closed indefintely.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters: New attraction opens early 2016.
  • [B]Blue Sky Cellar:[/B] Closed indefinitely.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

December 7 – 13


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  • Weather this week won’t put a damper on the holiday crowds. Be prepared for warmer temperatures and crowded walkways. Navigate around bottlenecks with our unique crowd map; and use our premium Wait Watcher feature for notifications when the lines die down at all of your favorite attractions.

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[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
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