Disneyland Hallow-Christmas

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Disneyland Resort, In the Parks

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Published on October 26, 2012 at 5:01 am with 35 Comments

The Disneyland Resort is celebrating refurbishmas.  No, perhaps Halloween. Wait, there are lights and Christmas decorations up. I’ve got it, it must be that beloved holiday . . . Christmaween.  We are now in that strange transitional period where it’s technically still Halloween, but Christmas is slowly moving in.  It’s also the time when the fall refurbishments are rounding the bend and heading closer to completion in time for the busy holiday season. There are a lot of ongoing projects including Storybookland Canal Boats, Indiana Jones, Casey Jr. Circus Train,  Fantasy Faire Village and some facade refurbishments. And not to worry, we have a delicious update on Earl of Sandwich and the Downtown Disney district too.

CHRISTMAS CREEP
As stated at the beginning, we are now between Halloween’s farewell and the arrival of Christmas. The park is taking on a clashing of holidays that is normally reserved for Haunted Mansion Holiday.  Disneyland seems taken over by Jack Skellington himself.

 Snow on the castle, pumpkins in the hub.

For Halloween fans it is always a downer to see their favorite holiday go out with a whimper rather than a bang.  But with two wildly popular holidays back to back it is the simple reality of an operating theme park.

Over in New Orleans Square Christmas is progressing even faster.  The normal, ornate garland and ornaments are already up.  In fact, you can even get your holiday plush Donald just in time for Halloween.

Don’t get me wrong, it looks nice. But Christmas before October 31st just feels wrong. What do you think? Can’t Christmas be scheduled to wait until at least November 1st?

CITY HALL REFURB
City Hall continues its extensive refurbishment of the facade and surrounding areas.

FANTASY FAIRE VILLAGE
Meanwhile the Fantasy Faire village is a tangle of metal framing and construction scaffolding.

it’s a small world holiday
The classic attraction, it’s a small world, is currently closed until Friday, November 9th, in order to install the holiday overlay.  The Holiday season doesn’t technically begin at the resort until Monday, November 12th.  So, that gives you a few extra days before the madness to get a few rides in before the huge crowds start showing up.

Ooooooo change! – but not the change you’re looking for. Move along.

STORYBOOKLAND CANAL BOATS AND CASEY JR. CIRCUS TRAIN
While the two classic attractions, Casey Jr. Circus Train and the Storybookland Canal Boats are set to return on Friday November 16th, there is still plenty of work to be done.  Monstro is slowly coming out from behind the scaffolds and is looking great.  But inside the bridges above the canals are still stripped down to the framing.

MICKEY’S TOONTOWN
Toontown continues to languish, even as some enhancements are going on.  Minnie’s house, while open, is still getting some yard work done, though the hills behind her house are still peeling. The restrooms are currently having the exteriors touched up, and Bennie the Cab is still missing from the entry of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.  You know, if he had GPS he might be able to find his way back.

FANTASYLAND THEATRE
Another indication that the performance space will soon be returning comes with the appearance of construction on a projection/control booth for the theatre.

AWESOME!

CRITTER COUNTRY
It seems that Critter Country has gotten a lot sunnier.  There were several large trees, some behind the gift shop, some near Splash Mountain, that have been removed.

OH AND BY THE WAY…
With very little fanfare, Disneyland hosted the arrival of the Stanley Cup.  In a quick photo op held in front of the Castle the trophy was toted out, held aloft then whisked away to the Harbor gate near the casting office where Cast Members got a close up look at it.  The appearance was strangely unnanounced and hardly publicized.

 


Venturing over to California Adventure, we spy some rebar and more construction peaking from behind the last remaining construction walls at the front of the park.

The new entry planter on the West side is finally taking shape.

CARTHAY CIRCLE THEATER
work continues in front of the Carthay Circle Theater for replacement of the terrazzo floor entrance.

RADIATOR SPRINGS RACERS

In front of Radiator Springs Racers, the beautiful neon Fast Pass sign was removed due to the expansion of Ramone’s body shop.  A sad goodbye to a lovely piece of neon, but it was out of place in the reconfigured area.  What is strange is the awkward “Entry” sign that replaced it.  The hastily installed red arrow feels tacked on and is likely a temporary installation.

The entry into the expanded floorspace is being built now.

GRAND CAL
The temporary carpet has been installed in the lobby of the Grand California Hotel.


It wouldn’t be In the Parks without a tantalizing update on the Earl of Sandwhich restaurant in Downtown Disney.  The paint job is mostly done and suddenly the progress has picked up.  Patio heaters and string lights have been installed on the canopy in front of the store and it seems that they could open within the month to take advantage of the busy holiday season.

ICE SKATING
Don’t forget, the ice skating rink is now open in Downtown Disney.  For the absurd price of $15 dollars for yourself and $12 for your toddler (do toddlers even skate?) you can ice skate on the commercial for the new direct to DVD Tinkerbelle release.  Skates are $3 extra.

NEW DVC BOOTHS
Finally they have decided what to do with those abandoned old information booths that were closed way back in 2001.  It appears that the Disney Vacation Club is taking them over and will now begin their trademark, no-pressure sales push as you enter either side of the esplanade.

Prepare to be smiled at as you enter the parks!

And that is all we have here for you today from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  We bid a fond farewell to Halloween, say hello to Christmas and patiently wait for all of the projects to conclude.  Well folks, are you ready for Christmas? Because a lot of it has already been installed.

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  1. When the Earl of Sandwich opens, please devote the entire update that week to it just so I can read the reactions. :)

    While I don’t want to sound like Scrooge (“Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”) I do think that the ones ultimately responsible for topping the castle with Christmas snow in October ought to be punished. Maybe make them watch Dean Martin’s Christmas Special at Sea World three times. It just seems wrong and unsettling.

    • If snow in October seems wrong and unsettling to you, you should be mighty glad you don’t live in Colorado. :) I do find the actual Christmas-y things up this early to be slightly off-putting, but if there had been snow on that castle when I was visiting over Gay Days, it would not have even crossed my mind to be unsettled by it, since it was snowing at home while I was there. :D

    • LOL. We might dedicate the whole month to Earl of Sandwich! The MiceChat Oralndo Parks Awards last year awarded Earl of Sandwich the best counter service restaurant. It won in a landslide. I think folks will really be pleased with the Anaheim version when it’s complete.

      And I agree with the flogging of whomever is responsible for snow on the castle in October. It’s just wrong, wrong, wrong!

      Great update Fishy!

    • I agree on the castle snow. Decorating New Orleans Square, which is sort of out-of-the-way, is one thing, but can they really not wait until Nov 01 to stick the snow on the castle?

      I think an update devoted to the Earl opening would be great, I’ll pencil March 08 2013 in my calendar for that one ;) .

      • I saw a Target Xmas commercial on TV last night so Disney isn’t the only one.

  2. Wow, usually there isn’t much change in between the Monday/Friday Disneyland updates but there sure was this week.

    Thanks for the update. Too bad we likely won’t get to the park until January (maybe NYE).

  3. “But Christmas before October 31st just feels wrong. What do you think? ”

    Christmas before Thanksgiving just feels wrong! :)

  4. Can someone please call/text/fax me when the Earl opens? I’ll need a sandwich ASAP.

  5. Seeing that the Christmas parade taping is 3 days after Halloween this year, I think it’s just a necessity to have the snow up on time and make sure everything is ready for the cameras (since they’ll also put up some temporary decorations of castle with snow for filming). The castle is not only a backdrop for the parade but also the concert.

  6. The Christmas decorations get a complaint from me every year. I didn’t mind so much when they ignored Halloween, but if you’re selling me a Halloween themed park, don’t short change me by putting up Christmas early. Do folks who pay extra for the Halloween Treat parties receive a discount for the second half of the month?

    If Knott’s and Universal can take down scare zones and mazes and still manage to do fine Christmas displays, then surely Disney can figure it out too.

  7. I hope the Sandwich Chain Store stays open longer than its old quickly shuttered California location so I can at least see it once. I’m paying money to be inside the park a very short distance away to enjoy the rich Disney atmosphere while enjoying great sandwiches for a good value at the Jolly Holiday Bakery, Carnation Cafe, and Fifer & Practical Café. Sitting down looking out at a Paul Pressler corporate disney strip mall, knowing I was not in the park after paying $90 for a ticket for the day would be too upsetting for me to actually eat there.

    • LOL. Totally agreed on the uninspired Paul Pressler strip mall. Amazing how much lasting damage he did to the resort. Amazingly, there are still people in the company who defend him. If you ask me, that’s grounds for immeadiate termination. ;-)

  8. We’ll miss the rest of Halloween and its decorations, and hope to see the nice Christmas decorations withing the next few weeks, perhaps on Thanksgiving. I think Disneyland handles its holiday creep well though.

  9. Anyone remember when Disney put up the Christmas tree in Town Square before Halloween? I don’t thing xmas should go up before Thanksgiving, but I guess I’m old school… :)

  10. A touch of snow on the ground for Halloween? Looks like a Canadian Christmas to me. :)

  11. Thanks for the update!

  12. I think it’s important to not how long it takes to “put christmas up” every year. I’m glad they start early instead of quickly tacking it on last minute. Many people seem to have a problem with the Castle snow (most notably the Icicles) during the day. Could you image how it would look if they waited to do it quickly??

    I do however, believe they need to add more to the Halloween Time festivities, and revamp a couple of things.. only time will tell!

    Thanks for the update!

  13. So let’s settle on a name for this mishmash of holidays:
    - Christmasween
    - Christmaween
    - Hallowchristmas
    - Hallowmas
    - Pumpkintree

    Any others?

  14. Snow is due here in Germany this weekend.

  15. Halloween and Christmas, Disneyland is so Tacky. We pay a premium for quality experiences. Benny the cab has GPS but must be using Apple Maps and drove into the Submarine Lagoon.