Holiday insanity has returned to the Disneyland Resort. The happiest season of all is also the most crowded at Disneyland, and this week drove that point home with packed conditions at the resort. There’s also some wacky news from the resort, where an expensive new preferred parking option has been rolled out, parade route pizza is now a thing and security procedures are about to expand.
Let’s take a jingle jangle look at the Happiest Place on Earth!
Lots of parks do Christmas these days, but none I’ve seen do a better job than Disneyland. Decorations, holiday ride overlays, parades, fireworks, specialty foods and holiday music everywhere. It’s a magic time to be sure . . . if you don’t let the crowds get to you.
Even Merida was out and about this week. She stopped to chat near the castle wishing well.
The sailing ship Columbia is being transformed for the new Fantasmic. Disney is rumored to be replacing the Peter Pan segment with Pirates of the Caribbean.
And here’s what the Star Wars construction shots look like from Critter Country:
The nice thing about Splash Mountain at this time of year are the reasonable waits. Although most of the E-Tickets were sporting 60 minute (or longer) wait times, Splash barely had a line. Most folks are afraid of getting wet when it’s cold out (yes, we crazy Californians think 62° is cold).
The lines were long at some of the better restaurants, so I decided to swing in to the good ol’ Hungry Bear in Critter Country. There were a few new-to-me items being featured.
Over at the Winnie the Pooh meet and greet Santa has taken over.
Back behind Big Thunder Mountain, you’ll see all sorts of rock work going up for the River Redo and Train re-route. The most interesting things we can see right now are the large rocks seen from the train. Could these be an homage to Nature’s Wonderland? In any case, they are quite large and impressive.
Parade Route Pizza . . . We learned this week that Disneyland has begun selling pizza from a cart which travels down the parade route before show time. Guests can expect to pay about $9 per slice or $45 for a whole pizza
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The Festival of Holidays Continues
While I’m still really sad to see Tower of Terror go, there’s a great festival going on right now at DCA. I can’t shake the feeling that they are ramping up the holidays at DCA so they can add an up-charge Christmas event at Disneyland next year.
The festival food is fantastic . . . BUT . . . the pricing is outrageous. They are charging entree prices for sample sized portions. I hope they can play around with the prices a bit before the next food festival.
Did you notice the new parking option at Disneyland? You can now request a “Preferred Parking” spot for $35. That’s nearly double the price of regular parking. All that gets you is a spot closer to the escalators. That’s a lot of money just to save a few steps.
Fast and furious changes have been occurring at the Disneyland Resort to create a larger security bubble which will cover Downtown Disney as well as the entrances to both theme parks. While these are clearly temporary structures, the rush seems to be to get them up and functional in time for the New Years Eve festivities. Even for temporary facilities, this new security setup is quite ugly. Disney is fully capable of creating temporary venues which look quite nice (RunDisney and the various DCA festivals do it all the time). Hopefully a more elegant permanent solution won’t be too far behind.
Sunglass Hut has partnered with Disney and Ray-Ban to create a limited edition Wayfarer design using a unique Mickey Mouse print on the temples.
Ongoing changes to the fall protection above all the canopy at the Disneyland Hotel still have not finished. The work we showed you previously seems to have been uninstalled and a vinyl wrap has gone back up for now.
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