Happy Holidays! We’ve got a huge update for you this week as Disneyland kicks off its annual holidays season with all-new offerings across the Resort! New this year are spectacular seasonal decorations and entertainment in Disney California Adventure‘s Buena Vista Street and Cars Land areas, bringing a lavish allotment of holiday cheer to the recently re-imagined theme park. At Disneyland, Santa has new digs in the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Big Thunder Ranch. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks paid a visit to the park last week as his upcoming movie, Saving Mr. Banks filmed on location at Disneyland.

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Holiday Happenings

Disneyland’s popular holiday season officially kicks off today, November 12, but guests over the weekend were treated to a soft-opening of sorts for the holiday season.

Not all decorations were up yet along Main Street, including the overhead garlands down the street.

The Christmas tree is back, with some new ornaments this year…

New clock ornaments…

Oversized holiday cookie ornaments…

Period-appropriate Christmas greeting cards

By Friday, the Castle had most of its icicle lights in place but guests watching the seasonal debut of the “Believe… In Holiday Magic” fireworks didn’t get to see the Castle snow light up while light installation was still underway.

The Castle lights and fireworks show won’t see any big changes this year, but Disney did announce that the “Glow with the Show” ear hats will soon work with the holiday fireworks show.

Last week we filled you in on the holiday decorations already up elsewhere in the park, but Friday marked the opening of the new Jingle Jangle Jamboree in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area.

The new Jingle Jangle Jamboree has evicted Santa’s reindeer from the ranch and relocated Santa Claus from his traditional meet-and-greet location in the Big Thunder Ranch cabin to an outdoor area in the Jamboree.

The Big Thunder Ranch cabin is still decorated for the holidays, but Santa isn’t here…

Not quite…

The Jamboree is all done up for the holidays and it looks great.

Snacks and cookie decorating…

New Monte Cristo Bites available at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Mickey in his holiday wear

Santa’s new meet-and-greet area is an nicely-decorated outdoor area with an unshaded queue

It’s not as nice as meeting him inside the cabin, but it’ll do.

Mrs. Claus makes appearances here, too

Holiday crafts include free reindeer masks kids can color

On the main stage, Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies perform a fun set of holiday tunes

Construction Kingdom

Not far from the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad FASTPASS Distribution area has reopened after a brief closure that reduced the footprint of the distribution area.

The downsizing of the FASTPASS Distribution area certainly frees up much-needed space in the area, which is often a point of significant bottlenecking, thanks in part to the large and poorly-placed outdoor vending structure that opened last year across from the Big Thunder FASTPASS Distribution.

Facade work continues nearby in Frontierland.

Out on the Central Plaza, the new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet area continues to show some good progress.

New Fantasyland-style trim going up on the canopy structure

In Fantasyland, work continues on the Casey Jr. Circus Train and Storybook Land Canal Boats refurbishment and safety enhancement project.

The attractions are scheduled to reopen later this week… we’ll see if they’ll meet their goal.

Walls have come down around the waterfall here

Filming Mr. Banks

Early last week Disneyland saw film crews turn parts of the park into a snapshot of the park from the early 1960s for filming of the upcoming “Saving Mr. Banks” movie. The film tells the behind-the-scenes story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” came to be. It hits theaters December 2013 and stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers (author of “Mary Poppins”) and Colin Farrel as Travers Robert Goff (P.L. Travers’ father).

Guests visiting the park were treated to areas of the park re-dressed with props evoking the park as it appeared in the 1960s and extras dressed in their 1960s finest.

Walt’s car parked in the esplanade

The gate along the Mickey floral with classic Disneyland attraction posters on display, much as they were in the 60s.

A window display underneath the Elias Disney window on Main Street was filled with vintage souvenirs and had a bronze Castle placed above the window, similar to the one seen in this vintage photo.

Banners on the Castle drawbridge were swapped out for filming.

For more photos from filming, including pictures of Tom Hanks on set, see MiceChat’s In the Parks blog from November 9.

Welcome to California Adventure

The western edge of California Adventure’s main entrance continues to come together… Trees have gone in and it looks like it should be finished very soon.

California Christmas

California Adventure’s new Buena Vista Street and Cars Land areas may have skipped Halloween Time this year, but it certainly hasn’t passed up the holidays. Buena Vista Street greets guests with a spectacular 1930s-style community holiday celebration, complete with a gorgeous Christmas tree and bell ringers.

Disney released its 2012 Christmas TV commercial last week. Of course, the spot makes a big effort to focus on Disney California Adventure’s new Buena Vista Street and Cars Land offerings.

Poinsettias add holiday color to Buena Vista Street

Period-appropriate garland and light-up bells line storefronts along Buena Vista Street.

The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers sing carols as they play the bells for guests.

Take a listen with our video clip from the show:

The Bell Ringers are a fantastic addition to the Buena Vista Street atmosphere for the holidays. Much like the Christmas carolers on Main Street, USA during the holidays, the Bell Ringers add an important element to the overall Buena Vista Street holiday experience.

Shop windows have been made over with themed displays

Some windows at Big Top Toys and Elias and Company have been completely replaced with giant pop-up book style window displays inspired by the 1932 Silly Symphonies cartoon “Santa’s Workshop”

Fun stuff!

The Elias and Company jewelry room has been converted into a 1930s department store-style meet-and-greet for Santa Claus. It’s a great throw-back and they did a great job transforming the space.

Santa’s elves pass out candy canes to guests as they leave

The store still functions as retail space, even with the meet-and-greet. It’s been almost completely dedicated to holiday merchandise now.

Lovely displays retell the “A Visit from St. Nicholas” poem (commonly known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”)

Outside of Elias and Company, the Buena Vista Street Christmas tree is on display, surrounded by a oversized toy train that blows steam and decorated with great, themed ornaments.

You’ll spot a building that looks a lot like Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn. A fun nod to Disney history.

It’s the DCA Express!

An oversized Red Car Trolley ornament features Mickey and Minnie (you can buy a smaller version of this ornament in the park for $12.95)

The tree also features large bell-shaped ornaments that light up at night and feature classic Disney characters.

It’s a small issue, but it’s interesting Disney featured Disney characters on and around the Buena Vista Street tree — after going on about the “story” of Buena Vista Street this summer being when Walt first stepped off the train, wouldn’t most of these characters not exist yet, let alone be featured on public Christmas trees?

Thematic contradictions aside, the tree and Buena Vista Street’s holiday decorations look great.

Carthay Circle Restaurant is decorated inside for the holidays

At night, Buena Vista Street lights up beautifully for the holidays

Nearby, Hollywood Land has just a touch of the holiday spirit with garland on its streetlights and some holiday additions to the Mad T Party.

The T Party lanterns overhead have new blue covers

T Party-style blue garland with snowflake designs using the Mad Hatter’s hat

Snow has been added to the nighttime projections

Meanwhile, Disney has completely transformed Cars Land with wacky decorations themed for the land.

Air filter garland strung up over Route 66

The story goes that the Cars have decorated for the holidays and each ride, shop and restaurant reflect the interests and personality of the car that lives there.

…but how did the Cars build the Gingerbread Cozy Cones?

In true Cars Land fashion, many questions are raised by the land’s holiday overlay — how exactly do the cars decorate, for example… and most importantly — why do they decorate with car parts? Isn’t that kind of… weird?

The expansion space for Ramone’s looks like it’s almost ready to open as the entrance to the expansion has been uncovered.

Snow in the desert?

Overall, the Cars Land holiday decorations are more or less what would be expected from the Cars universe… Interestingly, a lot of the decorations feel very much in the DCA 1.0 vernacular — tongue-in-cheek, kitschy, intentionally tacky… The difference here is that the Cars Land decorations had a sufficient budget, unlike much of the original park.

The land really lights up at night and the holiday decorations tend to work a lot better aesthetically after dark.

In celebration of Dateline Disneyland’s 5th Anniversary, we’re taking a look back at photos from the Dateline Disneyland archives. Over the next five weeks we’ll look back at some photos from past updates and talk about the changes seen at the Disneyland Resort over the last five years. It’s a fun look back at some big changes over the last half-decade.

This week we go back to our very first month, back in November 2007. Our very first edition of Dateline Disneyland from November 22, 2007 took a look at the holiday offerings at Disneyland, including returning holiday favorites as well as new offerings including the Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle overlay…

The Christmas Tree in Town Square was still a real tree. The real tree was replaced in 2008 with an artificial tree to accommodate special lighting effects, breaking a 50+ year tradition.

Sleeping Beauty Castle got its winter snow overlay for the first time in 2007 and the first year saw plenty of unfinished areas and lighting glitches that have been refined and worked out over the last several years.

Sections of lighting just didn’t work the first year

Over in Critter Country, Pooh and Friends decorated for the holidays in a much more noticeable way than in they do now.

Garland strung up with Pooh’s balloons floated over Critter Country

The following week, we took a look at progress at the then-under construction Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney California Adventure. The new Toy Story attraction had been under construction for months at this point, but the community was excited to see any progress as the new ride marked the start of the 5-year Disney California Adventure remodel and expansion project that Disney had just announced in October.

Facade details seen over construction fences were particularly exciting — this level of detail was new territory for DCA, a park that was built on-the-cheap and opened to terrible reviews.

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
November 12—18, 2012
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]Disney California Adventure[/B]
Monday: 9 am – 10 pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 12 midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 8 am – 12 midnight
Monday: 9 am – 10 pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 10 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8 am – 11 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[center]Expected Crowd Levels[/center] [center]presented by TouringPlans.com[/center]
[CENTER][B]Disneyland Park[/B][/CENTER] [CENTER][B]Disney California Adventure[/B][/CENTER]
[B]1.1—8.5[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[B]2.7—8.2[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[CENTER]Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.

[B]For crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [B]Storybook Land Canal Boats:[/B] Closed through November 15, 2012 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Casey Jr. Circus Train:[/B] Closed through November 15, 2012 for refurbishment.
  • [b]Indiana Jones Adventure:[/b] Closed through December 7, 2012 for refurbishment.
  • [b]Donald’s Boat:[/b] Closed through through November 15.
  • [b]Mark Twain Riverboat:[/b] Closed January 7, 2013 through March 28.
  • [b]Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:[/b] Closed for extensive refurbishment January 7, 2013 through October 30.
  • [b]Haunted Mansion:[/b] Closed January 7-17, 2013 to remove Holiday overlay.
  • [b]Big Thunder Ranch:[/b] Closed January 7-17, 2013 to remove holiday overlay.
  • [b]Fantasmic!:[/b] Dark January 7, 2013 through February 14 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Expected to close early 2013 to install permanent safety railing on outdoor ride portion.
  • [B]Fantasy Faire:[/B] New princess-themed meet-and-greet area in former Carnation Plaza Gardens is under construction and expected to open in early 2013.
  • [B]Princess Fantasy Faire at the Fantasyland Theater:[/B] Fantasyland Theater closed August 12. Princesses have relocated to Small World Promenade allowing the Fantasyland Theater to close and prepare for a new show.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • [B]Mickey’s Fun Wheel:[/B] Closed November 26-December 6 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Silly Symphony Swings:[/B] Closed January 7, 2013 through November 17 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Grizzly River Run:[/B] Closed January 7, 2013 through February 28 for refurbishment.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • Disneyland won’t offer dining packages for this year’s Candlelight events, but Annual Passholders will be able to enter to win tickets.
  • The Mickey-shaped “Happiest Balloon on Earth” will fly again at the 11th Annual International Balloon Festival, November 16-19
  • The OC Regsiter reported on a road extension linking Angel Stadium and Disneyland that’s set to open by the end of the year
  • OC Register also reported on Disney’s recent crackdown on theme park ticket renting
  • Cars Land helped boost Disney’s overall domestic theme park attendance by 3% over the summer, reports the OC Register
Okay, that wraps up this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland! Before we end for the week, I’d like to once again thank all of you for your support. Whether you just started reading today or if you’ve been with Dateline from the start, your readership is greatly appreciated. Dateline Disneyland couldn’t be here without your support and it’s because of you that this column continues to be published here on MiceChat every week. Thank you for reading, donating, click Amazon links, watching YouTube videos, and supporting our sponsors. Happy 5 years!

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  • flinflanflon

    Entering to win. Fingers crossed!

    • E Ticket 1

      It looks like no stops were made for the Cars Land decorations.

  • tigga please

    These updates always get me this time of year! If I win my god daughter is going to get the best xmas ever!

  • mratigan

    love the look back
    great update

  • FlynnRider99

    Thanks Dateline Disney, I look forward to your updates each week. Helps me feel connected to the parks even when I can’t be there. And it would be fun to win a prize!

  • tigga please

    More importantly, Happy Birthday Dateline Disney!

  • Disneymike

    Thanks for the update Andy. As to how the cars put up the holiday decorations, maybe it was outsourced? 😉 And yes, it can snow in the desert.

  • Happy 5th anniversary Andy! You’ve covered all the changes at Disneyland with style and beautiful photos. I can’t think of a better way to start the week than early every Monday morning with you!

  • SueinSac

    I wanted to click “Like” on the bell-ringers!

  • DisneyMomma74

    For the past 2 years I have looked forward to reading Dateline Disneyland to get my DLR fix. We visit 2-3 times a year but it is never enough! I love the decorations for Buena Vista Street area. I was desperately hoping Disney would include the old animated figures in the Elias & Co. store front windows. I remember going to the downtown department store just to see the holiday displays as a child. Overall I am impressed. Sure wish I could be there right now!

  • fandelraton

    Great, love the update.

  • whamo

    I love the Christmas tree decorations. It’s time to start buying gifts.

  • wishyouwell

    I wish I can see all these decorations in person, they are so beautiful!! Maybe one year I will take a specail trip to Disneyland resort around Christmas.

  • crmwed

    Great update, as always! There’s something special about Disneyland during the Holidays. I love it!

  • indianajack

    What foolishness to not have reindeers for Christmas! And then to evict Santa from the warm, cozy cabin that exuded magic for a cheap outdoor meet ‘n greet! Who makes such boneheaded decisions at Disney? They should be fired for being utterly clueless.

    Thanks Andy for putting so much hard work into Dateline Disneyland, it is much appreciated!

    • JMazz

      The cabin was getting too small and cramped. HUGE families were mobing Santa. We’re talking 15-20 family members piling in the cabin. It just cannot take that type of visitation.

      “Long ago”, it was more normal to have smaller family units visit Disneyland, but with these massive families, a set up outside is much more logical. It isn’t like they are demo’ing the cabin.

  • Dhawkins1

    Love the update. My two favorite things, Disney and Christmas. Can’t wait to be there in a few weeks.

    • urbanleadership

      Awesome update!

  • I think this update just “cost” me a trip to DLR to see the holidays at DCA. I’ll be billing you for that!

    Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that Andy’s photography skills have really deteriorated since 2007?! 😉

  • ace66678

    The look back is a great feature! I remember obsessing over the park updates then too. Digital Photography has made leaps, night shots are so clear and beautiful these days. Thanks for the update as always!

  • Terrytiger

    I kind of like the Christmas decorations in Carsland. They are fun and reminiscent of the whimsical Toontown decorations. Enter me in the drawing!

  • BestBeatingHeart

    Holy cow, stop worrying about how a fake car or cars could make cookies and decorate and just enjoy the sights. All this site does is find things to complain about. It’s more of an anti-Disney site than anything.

  • SanDiegoAl

    The CarsLand decorations look amazing! Can’t wait to see them in person!

  • rstar

    Great update! I can’t wait to make it over to check out the decorations! The addition of the old photos was a nice touch. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already! Happy 5th Dateline Disneyland!

  • darthvader92

    Happy 5th anniversary! Love dateline Disneyland and hope it continues for years to come!

  • ImagineerDude

    The decorations look amazing, thanks for the great update! Can’t wait to see them in person.

  • Ashphan

    Christmas is the only time I’ve never seen at Disneyland, it looks amazing I wish I could go! and I am super excited for this movie.

  • Trumpet

    Great update Andy, and happy anniversary

    I can’t believe that Dateline Disneyland is 5 years old. A stumble in the internet searching about the DCA made me find this weekly column. They have been a great 5 years. Here to the next 5 years *raises wine glass*

    I think Christmas in Buena Vista Street and Cars Land look great, and there should be no squibbles over Disney character ornaments in the 1920s or how cars decorate, just take it on the chin and enjoy thew festive spirit.

    Thanks again Andy for another great article, and I look forwars to morer Dateline Disneyland articles.


  • tgrbabe

    Christmas is my favorite time of the year – and even with all the crowds – it’s even better when you spend some of it at Disneyland – and now with all the amazing new decorations at DCA – cannot WAIT!! Thanks for the updates – I am relatively new to your blog – but I love every bit of it!! 😉

  • QuiGonJ

    Thanks for all the work in maintaining this page. It is the start of my Monday mornings, and takes the sting out of having to go back to work.

  • mickey7

    Thanks for the great updates. I love Disneyland during the holidays with all the decorations.

  • micechat1

    Beautiful Photos. Thanks.

  • EndOfLine18

    I love the Disneyland Resort during the holidays!

  • princessbelle92

    i love looking at all the Christmas decorations they have at Disneyland ive always wanted to visit during Christmas time great article!

  • mickeygirl66

    Great Photos as always! Can’t wait for our annual Christmas time trip in a few weeks!

  • El Bandolero

    Um, yes, snow in the desert is not unusual at all.

  • dchun2007

    My favorite time of the year at Disneyland! Thanks so much for the update photos. Kind of sad to think that this might be the last year we can check out all the Christmas festivities with regular park admission (according to Al Lutz)!

  • iracema1

    Really enjoyed the update! Makes my Monday!

  • ahecht

    I’m not too thrilled with the Cars Land decorations. They tend to make the already visually busy area look a lot more cluttered.

  • Carnation Dave

    Great update and photos. We are so excited to be there next week. Thanks for the pictures and info. The updates give me that Disney fix to make it through the week. It’s going ot be a great Thanksgiving vacation.

  • Patman345

    Wow California Adventure decorations look awesome!!

  • Riboflavin

    Cars Land looks great, I was a premium annual passholder not happy with the recent price increases. I signed on for one more year at the lowest passholder rate just to see one more Christmas season at CA Adventure.

  • EpTxGuy

    Great recap, as always. Thanks for the awesome photos too, it really helps to make me feel as if I’m there. 🙂

  • mickeyandme

    Give me some prizes!

  • esmith

    Wonderful update as ususal.

  • Gregg Condon

    Great update. Hopefully we’ll be able to check out the Xmas stuff this year.

  • lordcarnage

    Great update! Hoping to win! *fingers crossed*

  • r1hert2

    Great update Love the DCA decorations as well as the rest of the resort. Carsland are the best. Happy anniversary. Remember to take time to slow down and enjoy the holidays.

  • Finding Gigi

    Great update!!

  • christab06

    Really enjoyed this update and photos! Happy 5th anniversary!

  • sucho23

    Looking forward to visiting all the christmas decorations on January 1st.

  • disney1218

    I think all the cars land and buena vista street decorations look wonderful. I wish I could be there right now.

  • RogueDefiance

    Love the article with all the photos! Can wait to see everything in person and maybe try out some of those Monte Cristo Bites as well. Also, it’d be really cool if they sold those ornaments that are on the tree at Ramone’s, I’d totally buy them.

    • RogueDefiance

      *can’t wait

  • chiroguy40

    Cars land looks great

  • Peter Pan fan

    Great post today! This gets us to excited to BE THERE in 2 weeks!


      I will also be there in 2 weeks..Can’t wait!

  • chiroguy40

    Cars land looks awesome!

  • hbsunshine175

    Christmas at Disneyland is the best! Love to see California Adventure finally done up right for the Holidays!

  • tinkerkim

    Thanks for the update. I love the pictures of Cars Land.

  • jcruise86

    Wow, there are a lot of comments today!

    Excellent update, Andy!

    Carsland does look great!
    The Christmas lights there (in fact since that whole land there) look great!
    I can’t wait to visit!

    Good job, Disney!

    (I will miss the real reindeer.)

  • CoreneD

    Thanks for the update! It looks great! Can’t wait to see it in person in a couple of weeks!
    (and if you happen to draw me for a prize, I have a US address, so please do get in touch!)
    Happy holidays!

  • JamesM

    Thanks for the update. Everything looks great! And congratulations on 5 years!!!

  • brem

    Thanks for a great update.

    My favorite point in the article:
    “In true Cars Land fashion, many questions are raised by the land’s holiday overlay — how exactly do the cars decorate, for example… and most importantly — why do they decorate with car parts? Isn’t that kind of… weird?”

    Not weird, but definitely morbid. Nothing like hanging lungs out as garland…

  • Outtiehere82

    Great update! So excited to check out the holiday decor in a few weeks.

  • TheHopper

    Love the updates…I was just there Friday and it all looks amazing!

    Tried the Earl of Sandwich…it was ok but nothing spectacular about it

  • Turp

    I can’t believe I’ve been reading this column for five years. I still love it though, so keep up the good work.

  • jcruise86

    Wow, lots of comments today! 🙂

    I’ll miss the real reindeer, but the Disneyland resort looks great,
    (except for those large Route 66 signs on that little Christmas tree.)

    Congrats to Disney for making Carsland a creative, Christmas wonderland that fits the land’s theme!

    I’m looking forward to going and hearing the carolers and bell ringers!

    And thank you once again, Andy!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    • jcruise86

      One tree honoring each state on Route 66 would be cool, including some laminated old post cards from each state, TIED to the trees. (One trip to a “vintage paper”/postcard show will provide all the cards you’ll need.)

  • Just Brian

    Great update as always!!

  • MrStuMan

    Here’s hoping Santa helps me with our Annual Passes as we miss it!

  • trebor13

    What a difference a week makes. I was just down there a week ago and didn’t see hardly any of this. Next year I’ll have to plan that better!

  • melissaisgreat

    Great update, one day I’ll visit during the holidays!

  • Sparky

    Happy Birthday, Dateline Disneyland! I saw the DCA Christmas decorations and atmosphere entertainment over the weekend. They really knocked it out of the ballpark. DCA could just become my new favorite Disney Christmas park! On Saturday I saw some filming going on in DCA with Sophia Grace and Rosie, the two little girls that Ellen features on her show on occasion. I think it was for the Disney Parks Christmas Day special. DCA now has some cool new Cars Land merchandise. As a postcard collector, I was overjoyed to find a whole “carload” of new Cars Land postcards. Yay!

  • JDN

    Thanks for 5 years of fantastic photo park coverage! I was just thinking about the old DCA Screamin’ mickey ears – so good to see it here. Also I’m excited to see the Christmas decorations this year. I’m worried about carsland’s neon beauty being overtaken with the xmas lights, but I guess I’ll have to see for myself! Thanks.

  • Mac Daddy

    Beautiful column today, Andy. Easily one of the best I’ve ever seen. Hard to believe it’s already been FIVE years! I remember when you simply posted an ongoing thread, much the same way that you have done with the Tracker threads, and simply let us know what was going on in the parks. Then you got your own column, and the rest is history. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: THANK YOU for all of your hard work and incredible photography! Looking forward to the next five and beyond!

  • rallyhappy

    Thanks for the great update… love the bell

    ringers and the Cars Land decorations are a crack up! I hope I can get there before the huge crowds!

  • Mpalmieri1203

    I’d love to win! Can’t wait to go to DLR this Christmas!

  • Magicguy

    I love Christmas Time at the Disneyland Resort! IT always gets me into the holiday spirit!

  • agent321

    Its great to see Buena Vista Street look so dapper for the holidays. Its details like these that make the Disney difference!

    I really enjoyed the trip in the way-back machine, I think that it may be fun to post a look back at past updates on a regular biases.

    I can’t believe that its been 5 years already! Thanks for all the good times, can’t wait to see what the future brings!

  • tamarab13

    It looks beautiful…I would love to take my family!!!

  • bkeyes19

    I have to say I really enjoyed the decorations in DCA. They really do compliment the classic D Land decorations. I am looking forward to seeing the Cars Land decor at night.

  • sherrydork

    I’m excited to have stumbled upon your site via Twitter. I can’t wait to go Disneyland this coming December and enjoy the scenery.

  • mkemows

    Congrats on 5 years! Dateline Disneyland is always a must ready with every new update!

  • SFDave

    Love this weeks update! Happy Birthday MC I am really going to have to try those mini monte cristos when I am there next. Sure hope I can win a prize too !

  • mugglechris

    Thanks for the great update. The park looks beautiful and I look forward to visiting it soon to enjoy it. Congrats on the 5 year anniversary, I look forward to many many more years with Micechat.

  • Cheshire

    I think the holiday decorations look great…. its about time DCA became a required stop for the holidays just as Disneyland always was.

  • stans49

    Happy Holidays to Disneyland Resort. Hope to win something from Micechat sweepstakes!

  • toddquack1

    My first post!!!! Woohoo! The holidays at the resorts are one of the only times I feel that excitement of Christmas as a child! Hoping to make it to Disneyland to see all of the decorations first hand!

  • plutofan

    Great update and beautiful photos! Haven’t been to resort for a few years and would love to see these decorations in person!

  • Tinkbelle

    Wonderful update as always. Dateline is still my favorite weekly update. Congratulations on 5 great years.

  • blkr

    love all the great pics!

  • pendragon_myst

    Great Update! I can’t wait to visit for this Christmas. And I saw another picture that was taken on Friday evening and the human looking plastic snowman in Cars Land was gone. Thank goodness because that really looks out of place.

  • rlub

    Looks Great!

  • Monoman

    Great update as always! I am glad to see that Buena Vista Street and CarsLand were not decorated “on the cheap”…hoping it will continue to be done this well in future years. I loved seeing the video of the atmosphere bell ringers/carolers..great touch.

    Congrats on 5 years–time flies huh? Keep up the good work.

  • longears

    Happy Anniversary!

  • 106

    Hey, we get snow in the desert all the time. It looks as though the snow just cant decide where to “stick” in Cars Land LOL!

    Is the model (toy/model) home under the Christmas Tree on Buena Vista Street one of Walt’s California homes? If my memory serves me right it looks like the home they were living in when Walt got his girls a playhouse in the backyard for Christmas.

    I love the idea of meeting Santa in the Mall on BVS. PERFECT! Kudos!
    Side Note about the Roundup: Maybe they’ll move Santa into the Cabin when the weather is poor.

    AHHH *sigh* I remember reading that update about Toy Story Midway Mania & Snow on the Castle as if it were yesterday *nostalgic*


  • peoplemover

    I’ve been a loyal reader for the last five years! Here’s to many more and let’s hope I win!!

  • jchamb268

    Great update. My family and I can wait to see it all this weekend. Our yearly tradition will be more magical this year. Thank you again for the sneak peak at whats in store for us.

  • RickyTV

    Happy 5 Years MiceChat! 🙂

  • DisneyGoof

    Happy Anniversary Dateline Disney! Love you Micechat!

  • Gryffud

    this is my comment to enter me in the contest! [fingers crossed!]

  • Hank McCoy

    Absolutely love the period specific decorations! Thanks as always for the great updates.

  • Mouse13

    Congratutions! Thanks for all you do to keep us up to date on all the Disneyland happenings. We’re making our first ever holiday trip in nine days and I loved seeing all of the decorations in today’s update!

  • disneychrista

    Wish I could see the parks, especially Carsland, all decorated for the Holidays. Unfortunetly that won’t be happening this year. 🙁

  • BalooBear5

    Love the update. Great pictures. They sure to a great job decorating Cars Land.

  • acavanias

    Love your updates! Happy Birthday Dateline Disney!!

  • Meagan Yates

    I wish I was at Disneyland today and I hope my family wins the trip.

  • OhanasRules

    Congratulations on 5 years!

  • Shaud

    Congrats on the 5 years. I love your updates. Looking at all these decorations, makes me want to go. Hopefully I win, and my dreams would come true.

  • bummerkit

    I think the thematic break of having characters that weren’t in existence yet are forgivable. It makes it more fun, and most visitors to the park aren’t educated enough to realize the issues.

  • rhaws2

    loved the bell ringers!

  • fish biscuits

    Congrats on 5 years! I’ve only been following for a couple but I LOVE this column. I appreciate it for being informative as well as offering just a little bit of fun editorializing, and my friends always wonder where I get so much information about what’s happening at Disney.

    The holiday decorations at DCA look wonderful, and I’d love to see the bell-ringers perform!

  • mysticstar78

    We’ve come so far…

  • yoyoflamingo

    Been a faithful reader for 5 years – congratulations and I hope for many more fabulous updates.

    Love this time of year at Disneyland; hopefully we’ll be able to return soon.
    I’m not so sure about the Carsland decorations, but Buena Vista Street looks amazing! And…were the Monte Cristo bites as good as the original?

  • tinkermonkey

    Cannot wait to see all the holiday decor when I arrive next week. Family trip this time – including brother-in-law and his family who’ve never been and their kids have no idea they are coming. Considering their love of Cars, it’s going to be an amazing surprise!

  • tinkermonkey

    Also – can’t believe it’s been 5 years already!! Congrats on the milestone and I look forward to reading many many more updates!

  • Enigma

    Happy 5th anniversary! Dateline Disneyland has been one of the highlights of my Mondays for years. Thank you for another great post!

  • Idaho Mouse

    Great update Andy, I always enjoy reading how people can complain about somethings but on the other hand enjoy some of the smallest things….Would love to win a stay at the HoJo, fingers crossed. I can only imagine the weather would be much warmer than here right now!

  • gparzlaw

    Great update as always

  • LarrySubs

    Fab update….as usual! Thanks for keeping us up-to-date with Dateline!!!

  • icleanblood

    Love micechat! Thanks for another great review!

  • biggsworth

    Oh man what a great update and happy 5th anniversary!


    Great photos as always! Happy anniversary!

  • nojarama

    Thanks for 5 years of updates, info, history, photos & fun. Here’s to… 500 more?!!

  • ewokrights

    Exciting news for christmas fans!! Can’t wait to see it in person. And now i’m entered for some awesome prizes!!

  • scarymouse

    Love the update and excellent photos Hope to one day see it all in person.Until then I am grateful for all of you at micechat thanks

  • riceburner77

    Great update and photos! Can’t wait to see the new decorations first hand.

  • flatfnder

    Can’t wait to check out the Cars Land Christmas decorations!! Look awesome!!

  • painted windows

    Another great update, Andy. I’m really excited to see “Saving Mr. Banks” now. It is really cool to see that they transformed Disneyland a bit to replicate how it looked in the 60’s.

  • whyshouldiworry

    Thanks for the update. It’s fun to see Christmas at Disneyland.

  • dfan07

    Can’t wait to visit the parks to see it in person??? Great update!
    Enter me to win, please!!

    • dfan07

      I meant in person”!!!”

  • AndrewR23

    Great update. After reading this, I really need to find a way to Disneyland.

  • dfan07

    I mean “!!!”

  • G24T

    Commenting to enter and HAPPY 5th Anniversary to Dateline Disneyland!

  • aussiedisney

    This November, we’ll walk through the turnstiles for the 33rd time, which is only amazing because we live in Australia. Reading updates on MiceChat gets us pumped every time we plan a visit. Never been at Christmas, so really looking forward to seeing the Parks in all their holiday finest. Love the site. Thanks for giving us Disneyland 365 days of the year.

  • Walt Fan

    Buena Vista st looks great!!

  • cris77

    Happy 5th Anniversary, MiceChat!!!! Obsessing over all things Disney is just sooooooooooo much better with friends like you!!!! <3

  • ThE8rLvr

    Congratulations and Thanks for five magical years! I have enjoyed each and every update. I am unable to visit the park as much as I’d like, but after enjoying one of your updates I always feel like I’ve just made a visit to the parks.
    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

  • Nemo

    Great update, thanks so much!

  • junglero_cruiser

    Great job as always! Happy 5th anniversary! Wish me luck!

  • tomsfan

    I think you are over thinking the characters on ornaments on the DCA tree. Mickey and friends already do meet and greets in the area, and Mickey is in the Newsboys show, so there are already characters present on Buena Vista Street.

  • tomdar2

    I wish I could make it for holiday time. Heck, I wish I lived out there & had an annual pass.

  • paswato

    Great update.

  • Amygaga

    Great update!! Thanks for all you do!!

  • mybelleprncess

    Will be there this Wednesday, thanks for the update.

  • dankallen

    Thank you for the excellent coverage.

    It’s wonderful to see DCA come into it’s own for the Holidays! Can’t wait to visit!

  • JohnZ46

    I’m gonna miss the reindeer but the Jamboree looks fun. Love the Carsland decorations!!!

  • CastMember 02

    What a great read this week! Thanks

  • tystock

    Great update…i can’t wait to see the parks decked out for the holidays.

  • Gil T. Pleasure

    Another great Monday Mornin’ dose of Dateline Disneyland. Thanks kindly for all your hard work.

  • Chasoneering

    Congrats on five years, Andy and Dateline Disney! This blog has been the highlight of my Mondays for some time now!


  • RSZero1

    I think the decorations in Cars Land works very well. In Cars 2, mater has his filter replaced with a bomb – so apparently a filter isnt equal to a lung as someone posted – the engine itself is the heart and lungs I would think.

    If you look at the parts used, they seem to just be the cast offs – like Sarge’s Hood ‘Star’ on his tree – Mater is fine without a hood, so not a major part there either.

    It fits well if you think of the town as a small town with not a lot of money – they take what is lying around – old discarded parts and make decorations with them. Makes sense to me.

  • Goofy85

    Dang, diggin’ that early 60s Lincoln Continental Limousine. Those cars are pretty rare. Wish I had seen it in person

  • iGirl

    Thank you for wonderful update!

  • jbquayle

    Disneyland has changed since I was 10 years old. I am now 67 and you help remind me how it used to be. Happy Birthday Dateline Disney

  • shawnanoelle

    Yay for Christmas in Disneyland!! I wish I could go!

  • bamato

    Excellent update everyone! Wish I was going to be there for the holidays. I’m excited to see all the sights here over the next coming months!

  • tinacaleb

    Thanks for the updates! Fingers crossed! Thanks!

  • SpaceMountaineer

    Congrats on another great Dateline! I’m sure you had trouble narrowing down the pics to just those included in the update!


    I wish they would add Uncle Scrooge as a Holiday Characters. Would love to get a photo with him

  • husky

    Happy Birthday!
    I love the Disney characters in the Buena Vista Street christmas tree. One of the sad things about the old DCA was the lack of Disney characters.
    Thanks, Darren

  • OCman

    Feels like xmas already!

  • LoonAZ

    Congratulations on your 5th year! Looking forward to seeing many more.

  • Gn2Dlnd

    Love the new decorations in DCA!

  • DLAP49

    Happy Birthday!

    We love the Hojo! 🙂

  • 4blairs

    Love the update…wish I was there:)

  • ToyStoryMama

    Great update! I always appreciate the news and info from Dateline Disney.

  • poohnpiglet

    Great article as usual. Not sure when we are going next, but maybe this contest will help 🙂

  • Zorro825

    AWESOME UPDATE!! It still kinda bugs me that the holidays start so early at Disneyland, but there’s no denying it looks amazing!!!

  • joy bells

    Thanks for offering such wonderful prizes!! Can’t wait to get to the parks and see all the beautiful holiday decor!

  • RyanW

    Awesome update love the Carsland decorations! It’s our first year as family in 5 years not going on Xmas it will be tough this year! Here’s to hoping we win something! 🙂

  • theswillmerchant

    I love the Buena Vista street decorations and having a department store Santa meet and greet was a stroke of brilliance.

  • momstaxi101

    Buena Vista Street looks wonderful!

  • Tiki AA

    Lovely update! And the giveaway is a lovely idea. Cheers! ~Alan and Anna

  • mialani

    Fantastic update! I read them faithfully every week, looking forward to the fabulous pictures. We’re going in seventeen days, and I can’t wait to see all the wonderful decor in person!

  • JMazz

    Here is my comment!!! Good luck to all MCers!

  • Flealick

    Looking forward to trying the Monte Cristo Bites! Usually pass on the sandwich during my trips, too heavy for lunch, they slow me down, but the bites could be just right!

  • DifrntDrmr

    This is my comment and I am sticking to it.

  • Galapagos Jim

    Oooo! Oooo! Pick me! Pick me!

    Thanks for all the great updates over the years, guys. Congratulations on your 5th anniversary, and best wishes for many more.

  • 2DZNY

    Great post, Andy! Have been a reader for a while, now an official member! Thank you all on this site for making me smile every day!

  • jenmurray

    SOOOOOOOOO excited!!!! Going on Thurs and it’s supposed to be a slow day! 🙂 First time Hubby has seen Disneyland at Christmas.

  • dnerd

    Awesome update. I love the Christmas decorations on BVS.

  • eynsteinp

    No better time than the holidays to go to Disneyland. The park looks great and I can’t wait to book a trip for the next few weeks.

  • Figaroj

    Great update! Would love to get there from Idaho this Christmas to see Car’s Land and Buena Vista Street decorated…will have to live vicariously through your updates I guess.

  • rocknjosie

    Love the decorations on Buena Vista Street, especially the bells. Cars Land was a bit of a groaner, but others in my party seemed to like them.

  • SDMouseFan

    Was at the park on Sunday. Carsland looks great. Great update.

  • leapawla

    Looks amazing! We have never been at Christmas time before…but I would love to see Disneyland all decorated!!!

  • Lisakd

    Great update! Love Disneyland at Christmas!!

  • feller288

    we will be there in January and your pictures make me want to go now I cant wait

  • julesn2boys

    Thank you for this awesome update! We love Disneyland at the Holidays and can’t wait to take in the sights, sounds and smells they have to offer this year. Fingers crossed!

  • tardistrekkie

    I got to see the park on Saturday and I loved how they decorated Cars Land! Also I noticed that some of the Christmas music playing in the land was re-dubbed with cars-themed lyrics, which I thought was creative.

  • marcomboy

    Congratulations. I wish you continued success for many more years to come!

  • cammysan

    Great to see a look back, and a look now at how the west coast does it. personally i think the cars land decorations are cute and kitsch, irregardless of the obvious barriers and reasons as to why they’d do it.

  • jdotcole

    Great update. Here we go for some prizes!

    Also, anyone know why/when Big Thunder went back to the old queue configuration?

  • Plunk

    Great update on Christmas in the parks. Both look spectacular. Got to go!

  • cjfuqua

    Looking forward to going to see all the holiday activities. I always like Billy Hill and the Hillbies show.

  • Hoek

    Beautiful as always.

  • archyoda

    Great Post! Love the pictures! Can’t wait to see this in person.

  • GhostHostJeff

    Great update and Happy 5 years! I’m sad I will miss out on Christmas this year at the resort, but it looks AMAZING!!!!

  • disneydempster

    Thanks for the update and pics – I try to get to the parks a couple of times a month, your updates help me make sure I don’t miss a thing!

  • 22branch

    I want to go to Disneyland soooooooooo bad and check out the Christmas decorations. Looks very magical! Thanks for the update.

  • iamdisneysgirl

    I enjoy going here for the weekly updates! Crossing my Mickey gloves 😀

  • knaacje

    I really want to win 🙂

  • mikat

    Entering to win. We were in DL/DCA in the summer and would love to take the kids back to HoJo!

  • hearts48

    Looking forward to the new holiday decor in DCA! And a stay at HoJo’s too!

  • Oathkeeper

    Love the decorations on Buena Vista Street and CarsLand! It looks wonderful, hoping I can get the chance to go down there myself and see it in person!

  • kgossen

    O miss my DL! Entering to win, long time receiver of MiceChat emails, but missed the boat on blog…I’ve signed up for it now!!!

  • ZMaleficent

    This was a beyond awesome update! Thank you for sharing all the info & amazing pics so we can all look forward to the holiday season! We are so excited & can’t wait to see it all in person!! Merry Christmas!!

  • lctom1

    I love this update … can’t wait until I see the new DCA decorations. Buena Vista Street looks great, and Carsland is … well … let’s just say that I was very surprised and pleased to see the whimsical approach all along Route 66.

    And … if any of my family happens to read this … I WANT ONE OF THOSE RED CAR TROLLEY ORNAMENTS FOR MY CHRISTMAS TREE!

  • barbwyr

    Awesome! We were there yesterday and happy to see so much of the seasons offerings already running. Missed the castle being lit and the parade was Soundsation so we would love to win a trip back 🙂

  • 4bennsam

    Entering to win, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  • mindy327

    AMAZING PHOTOS and update as always… Wishing I were at DL to enjoy the Christmas spirit and get my hands on some of those scrumptious looking Monte Cristo Bites! 🙂

  • KCmike

    Thanks for the updates Andy. It’s a Monday ritual for me. Congratulations on the 5 year Anniversary!!!! It is truly a blessing for many of us who don’t live so close. Thanks for all your hard work. My wife and I would love to visit DL at Christmas.


  • Rex Dopey24

    nice pictures. i enjoy seeing disneyland christmas time decorations. so very nice

  • disneyseeker

    This update just got me into the Chirstmas Spirit! Happy 5th Anniversary!

  • snooptoo

    Thanks for all the great updates over the years!!

  • breadman

    Hoping to win something for a upcoming vacation!

  • emthepirate

    DCA looks absolutely stunning. I wish I had the chance to see it in all it’s Christmas glory! All those tasty treats look delightful as weel.

    Happy anniversary MiceChat!

  • AstateEditor

    Great stuff as always! Thanks for the great pics!

  • fitztwg

    Great update! Looking forward to seeing Cars Land all decked out in person.

  • Tas2357

    Great Update, Carsland looks great decorated for the holidays.

  • Perusquia

    Can’t wait to visit this holliday season now that Cars Land is all dressed up!!! YEI!!! This makes it worth the $650 dlls of the annual pass.

  • Kateyandstitch

    I love the decorations!! I wish I could go see Cars land all decked out!!

  • RangerDoug

    Wow! Disneyland and DCA look amazing for the holidays. I just showed my wife the photos and they convinced her to book airfare for Dec, 5-8. Congrats on your 5th anniversary. Thank you MiceChat for keeping those of us who live so far away from all the parks (Minnesota) in touch and up to date with them.

  • Scunsion

    Appreciate all the hard work over the last 5 years, keep it up!

  • eladril3

    Love HoJo!!!! Hope to see you soon!!

  • gilhooly

    Great column as always! Also, I’m entering to win.

  • Pirate Wench

    Great update! Thanks

  • b236en

    Awesome update

  • Crazee4mm

    I’m going to play hooky from work tomorrow and take in the Christmas decorations. It’s been a rough year for me and this is just the therapy I need. Sat and read the update with watery eyes. A fellow Disney fanatic, who is no longer with us, will not be able to take in the beauty and joy this season. I’ll do it for him.

  • Wyatt Furr

    Thanks for the photos. Wish I could get to see it in person.

  • BosoExpress

    I know I am going to be trying the Monte Cristo bites and the candy cane cotton candy at Big Thunder Ranch when I go this holiday season.

  • Irving

    Great update!, love the gingerbread model of the cozy cone!

  • Flynn

    Outstanding Update. Gorgeous pictures too. I’ve never visited Disneyland for the Holidays. Maybe this year?

  • chipndale57

    Great update!! Very impressed with the cars land decos!!

  • bjornbliss

    Love Christmas in Disney…Love Hojo’s…Love Mice Chat…


    Hojo’s is great..Stayed there for the 1st time last year. Will be going to Disneyland again in 2 weeks. Can’t wait to see Carsland for the 1st time.

  • peoplemover1

    awesome!!! beautiful!!!! Great update! Happy 5th Anniversary!!!


  • dlpostcardguy

    That 5 years went by fast!! Always look forward to Dateline Disneyland. I love the DCA Xmas decorations both on BVS and Cars Land. Can’t wait to see them in person!

  • heatherscott67

    Hey Andy =] Christmas at Disneyland is always amazing, but it looks like this year has even more to offer. Hopefully I’ll be able to see it all! I’ll definitely have to let you know if I’m headed down south so I can meet up with you!

  • altstock

    Getting to see Cars Land all decorated for the holidays would be the best Christmas yet for my grandchildren.

  • khartson22


    Your blog is wonderful! I am planning to go to Disneyland in a few weeks and your pictures just made me even more excited!

  • jbm500

    I was get excited when the decorations come out. I wish I was on my way to DCA

  • LittleSquirt

    Thank you for the update!
    Disneyland is truly the most beautiful during the holiday season

  • xceemora

    I really love the DLR update to see pictures and reading all the new thing coming r adding and what they have put up for the holidays at the DLR.

  • disney4me2001

    Happy anniversary! Your coverage of the parks is always appreciated. I’m really looking forward to visiting the resort with my family in a couple of weeks to check everything out in person! But for now, this will do!

  • JungleCruiser117

    Congratulations on five years Andy! It seems like just yesterday that Midway Mania was having its grand opening and CarsLand was just a dirt lot,

  • walterfamily05

    Your coverage of Disneyland is the best out there! Thank you so much for your love of Disney!

  • kristenlopez8

    Fingers crossed for a win! I love the beautiful DCA tree. Sad I’m not getting there this year to see it live. Desperately wished I could see the parks dressed up for Saving Mr. Banks!

  • dizneedoll

    Entering the contest! Thanks for all your hard work every week on the update!


    Congratulations on an amazing 5 years, Andy!

    Like many others, Dateline Disneyland is the highlight of my Mondays.

    All the best.

  • Wreckless Abrandon

    I’m glad DCA is back to having great displays in the windows. I wish I could have seen the recreation of 1960’s Disneyland in person!

  • Notorious1

    Another great update!!! Love checking these every Monday, makes living in Texas a little bit easier!!
    Cant wait to see everthing in person next month!!!! 🙂

  • 100acrebarb

    Happy 5th! Holidays at the park are always magical. My favorite time to visit.

  • starrman

    Wow Great pics this week I love Christmas time at Disneyland, I cant wait to go back someday at Christmas time!!!

  • KiMcHeEfOrLiFe

    Wow, five years already? Thanks for all your hard work, Andy!

  • disneylandfan8

    Happy 5th Birthday Dateline Disneyland! Thank you for letting us enjoy the Disneyland Resort through your writing and photos! I always look forward to seeing your next update.

  • Jasmine Shuckerow

    Great Update! Happy Anniversary!! =)

  • DuffHooligan

    Great update! I always look forward to your Update every Monday morning and you never disappoint. Thanks Andy!

  • bigfry

    Those midway mania photos bring back a lot of memories… that was two kids ago. Five years of great photos and news is a lot to live up to. Thanks for sticking around, I’ll most likely do the same.

  • Quentin

    Entering to win!

  • ah92us

    All of this seems so long ago… Can’t believe the almost six year remodel has finally come… It’s been good to relive the “beginnings” again.

  • Zeathos51

    The last time I was there in September, they were filming in Cars Land. We tried to leave through the arch but they re-directed us. Now that I’ve seen the commercial, I kind of like the decorations. Someone said to me that cars decorating the town with car parts is like people decorating a town with arms, legs and organs. Never the less, GREAT UPDATE!

  • Steveman

    I’ve got to get to the park this Christmas season.

  • Borris

    I’ve really enjoyed reading the blog the past 5 years. Hope to enjoy 5 more.

  • Bangarangbrian

    Love these updates every week! Keeps me in the know with everything Disneyland. Prepares me for what I need to check out next time I visit. Thank you MiceChat! Just found out about you guys this year after getting my AP and glad I came across you guys. Happy 5 Years!

  • B2D

    Long Live MiceChat and Bravo for Dateline Disneyland!! Entering to win here…. i hope!

  • rrbars

    Great update!

  • davanzino

    Great report. Congrats on your 5 years. I certainly enjoy your site a lot. It’s very entertaining and useful to me in my work too. I can’t wait to see all of the new Christmas decor in DCA. I had to make myself not look at all the great photos so there will be some surprises left to see when I go.

  • dlandjimmy

    Great contest!

  • ViDeOmAnCiNi

    Wow…I may have to try to get over there during Dec… I love DLR at Xmas time. So much fun. Maybe two nights at HoJo will help? 🙂 -VM

  • madhatterfan

    Entering to win as well.

  • flyingwyatt

    This is a fantastic Disneyland blog! Thank you for keeping us in the Magic! Can’t wait for our next trip!

  • Lucky Oswald

    Happy Birthday to Dateline Disneyland! Thanks so much for your hard work and dedication in bringing us these weekly updates! They sure do make Monday’s a whole lot better.

  • napamaninsocal

    Saw some great new Cars Land merch in the Curios shop last night. Some jackets and shirts with Flo and new postcards and mugs.

  • bwillard

    My girls would LOVE to visit for the Holidays but Dateline Disneyland is about the closest that they will come. Thank you for posting the wonderful pictures! I really liked the inclusion of the first Dateline Disneyland. A look back in time!

  • 2DieFR

    Excellent update as always, Andy! Buena Vista Street holiday decorations are absolutely lovely.. Cars Land, not so much. Love the throwback to 2007! Crazy to think Midway Mania was under construction 5 years ago, as it seems like that just happened..

  • jmichael79

    Another great update! Happy anniversary!

  • Candles

    Love all the detail in Carsland.

  • DisneylandPlanner

    Wow 5 year, where has the time gone?
    Disneyland looks like it has some great stuff for Christmas this year. How exciting!

  • shevys

    Great update, as usual. Looks very festive!

  • Skimbob

    We came around Halloween and the decorations really didn’t get me into the spirit. When I see the Christmas decorations even just in photos I am totally into the holiday spirit. I cant’t wait to see it on December 5th. I love both holidays but Halloween got a C+ and Christmas gets an A+++. DCA looks wonderful as well and CarsLand is over the top cool.

    Thanks Andy and Happy 5th!

  • SoarinMatt

    I like the Buena Vista Street decorations….I agree that the Cars Land decor is a little odd.

  • CasaFamilia

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for all the hard work the past 5 years. The pictures are exceptional as usual. All of the information here has helped our family plan and enjoy our frequent visits to the Parks.
    My family would truly enjoy the prizes! Thanks again.

  • mdiaz089

    Thanks for the update :]

  • del3ose

    Really want to see Carsland done up for Christmas 🙂

  • gauchogirl

    Another great update! Didn’t want to look at the pictures too much, because I want to be a little surprised for DCA Christmas. Can’t wait for our next trip!

  • kmickey

    I hope I win!!!

  • kmickey

    I was there on Sunday and did some holiday shopping! Had so much fun seeing all the decorations! Wonderful update!

  • jabarca

    Thank you for the update!. Great pics to help start the holiday spirit!

  • Nocturne

    Christmas at Disneyland and DCA is beautiful this year. I am so pleased and happy to have a warm winter feeling here in Southern California. It reminds me of my cold hometown but without all the cold!!

  • saphron37

    Awesome update!! I can’t wait to make it to the parks during the holidays – hopefully one day! Thank You for the look back, that part I really enjoyed and remembered vividly!

  • emmerloo

    I’d decorate my whole house like this if I could! We’ve never been during the holidays and can’t wait to see this all in person! Great update as always!!

  • lesterpablo

    Thanks for five great years! Fingers crossed for the drawing!!

  • DisneyDrums

    What? No small World Holiday?! How could you?!?!

  • luvlucy121

    I love the Santa set-up in Elias and Co. Very clever and good use of space!!!!!!
    Now only if we had the reindeer back this year at Disneyland.

    Crossing my fingers to win a prize! 🙂

  • Freddie Freelance

    [quote]New Monte Cristo Bites available at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

    Any reviews of the Monte Cristo Bites? We’re taking the Gran’Daughter for Christmas and I’d like to know how kids are enjoying them.


    I’m liking the attraction posters displayed like this, but I’m sure there are too many people who want the iconic Floral Mickey picture for this to happen. What about putting the attraction posters along the railing starting about 3/4 of the way between Mickey’s head & the end of the fence?

  • kat3010

    Happy 5th! Great update full of info and beautiful pics. I like the Christmas decorations. Nice contest!

  • rickosuave1987

    Always some great photos from Andy! Thanks for the Christmas update. I really enjoy the pictures when I don’t have time to get to the parks myself.

  • Bronco21

    Yeah I don’t usually decorate for Christmas by placing body parts all over the place… Maybe Halloween, but putting body parts all over the place no. Just no. I actually really enjoy Cars Land, but the decorations are just odd.

  • AAyala

    I love how they brought back the cookie decorating! I remember when Haunted Mansion Holiday first took place, they had Lock, Shock and Barrel blank cookies to be decorated with their respective colors.

    I hope to win so I can take my boyfriend for his first time 😀

  • gortex

    Love the christmas pics


    Congratulations on 5 years! I only found this a little over a year ago but I look forward to reading your updates every week. Keep up the great work. I also liked the looked back at the end.

  • mgronenthal

    Happy birthday, Dateline Disneyland! Thanks for all of the great updates!

  • nimbuspumpkin

    I always love the Chirstmas decorations at Disneyland. These photos are great.

  • cj843

    Great Update…Can’t wait to see all the new decorations at DLR.

  • stacyjr1015

    I’ve always been a big fan of Dateline and can’t wait to visit the park in the spring!

  • CCS

    So looking forward to our visit between Christmas and New Year!

    Question: does anyone know why it would take 10-11 months to renovate “Silly Symphony Swings”????

  • wathelbender

    Great photos! Thanks!

  • micetrapped

    Wish I could go and see it this year trapped again.

  • DisneyLanders

    I was there this weekend and it is amazing that I did not stop to look at all the detail. Thanks for the wonderful update. I can’t wait to go back next week! And like everybody else, hope I win!

  • xaudiobloodx

    I hope I win! I desperately want to go back for the holidays!! 🙂

  • DestroysTheMoon

    Love it! Thanks for the update, I feel like I’m there.

  • rikster

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  • Timekeeper

    Thank you for Today’s update and Happy Five Years for being here and another 5 years in the future. 🙂


  • Cocoa

    I love all the lurkers coming out and posting to be part of the contest! Well, I guess I am one of them too now… Guess you’ll just have to do some more contests, eh? 😉

    All kidding aside, I can’t believe it’s been 5 years! I remember when I found out about Dateline Disneyland, I went back and read every single post. Thank you to everyone involved with this project and the continual effort to keep it going!

  • Murrie567

    Wonderful update, as always, and happy birthday!

  • mpabis525


    Love the column as always. It is a staple of my Mondays.

    Just a quick question on a couple of your pics. How are you able to get pictures of the tree and lights at night and have them look so great? I read a few articles that always say the blue hour or dusk is best but your night shots are fantastic. Hopefully you can pass along your secret.

    Keep up the great work.

  • Tinkermell

    Love all decorations and the addition of the bell ringers to DCA.
    Thanks for all the great updates and photos these last 5 years.

  • midnite owl

    Best update ever–gawd, I LOVE Holidaytime at Disneyland! I can’t wait to check out Buena Vista Street!!!!

  • QPerth

    Wow, what an update! And thanks so much to Ryan for the truly breathtaking photos! Especially the Nighttime shots, just gorgeous.

    Happy 5th Anniversary Dateline Disney! I’ve been reading for a couple of years now, as soon as I discovered it, and these updates are very much looked forward to every week. Thanks for the little 2007 throwback today, that was great to see!
    The Buena Vista Street decorations are stunning! Less is more, and these are very classy. I love the little nod to Walts red barn under the tree, a very nice touch and nod to history. And Radiator Springs looks amazing also!

    Thanks again for a wonderful update and again, Happy Anniversary!

  • Clownbaby

    No reindeer? That’s disappointing. This year is going to be my sons first Christmas time trip. Oh well, a couple nights at the hojo would help ease the pain 😉

  • MrsCSayles

    Happy Birthday MiceChat!!!! I love what you guys do 🙂 And I hope I win the contest, my husband and I really need a break from our hectic lives. lol! 😉 Again Happy Birthday!!!!

  • MrsCSayles

    Sorry, Anniversary, Birthday… hey it was born 5 years ago. lol! Wow… blonde moment and I’m not even blonde. lol

  • harrysonhuang

    Always love reading these updates. Congrats on your fifth year, Dateline Disney!

  • martinjbell1986

    Love all the pictures, Thanks!


    Congratulations on an excellent job.

  • brettf22raptor

    Great update! Can’t wait to see it in person on Sunday! Happy 5th anniversary! Would love to win the stay so my wife and I could have our honeymoon at Disneyland! 😀

  • kjnave

    Would love to win this!!!

  • Softballcan15

    Seeing the Attraction Posters in front of the train station again brought tears to my eyes 🙂 can’t wait to see the movie!

  • sleepybear

    Thanks for the update. Living far from DLR gets harder during the holiday season. But MC and Dateline always help me get my Disneyland fix. And LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics from filming. I can’t believe that I missed my opportunity to see all the vintagey decor and clothes. So sad.

  • cjanegehrke

    Can’t wait! We’ll be there soon!

    Entering to win!

  • Dadoo

    WHY OH WHY is Billy Hill and the Hill Billies STILL not playing at the Golden Horseshoe?! Am I missing something? Is the show that’s in there really THAT good? C’mon Disney! Give them their space back! Their show gets lost in such a big outdoor setting! It’s not fair to them OR to the guests that go to see them!

  • skaddysgirl

    I’m disappointed that Fantasmic is going to be close thru Feb 14th, because we are taking our 2 yr old son to Disneyland for the 1st time Feb. 2-5 and wanted him to see it, since we listen to the cd in the car all time. O well there’s always next time. Thanks for the updates, I really enjoy them.

  • Van Hammersly

    I’d love to win! Thanks!

  • andiemcnab

    I love that I can see pictures from my favorite place. Thanks for doing such an awesome job.

  • BugsBunny

    I’ve been to Disneyland many times around Halloween, but never when the park was fully decked out for Christmas. I need to rectify that ASAP!

  • arnieland

    As always, excellent weekly update. I hope to see all the new decorations in person this year.

  • markwduns

    Love how the Park looks this time of year! Can’t wait to see more of California Adventure dressed up for the holiday’s, too!

  • mulva5

    Great update, was there on Monday and everything looked fantastic.

  • DyNaH428

    Awesome update. Love the photos, they’re always top notch. Thanks for the info.

  • orrbag

    love this blog, read it every week makes my mondays bearable


    Thanks for the great pics & update! I really needed my Disney fix for the day 😉

  • Agreach2

    Looks like they’ve done a wonderful job of decorating the new Buena Vista Street and Cars Land… makes me wish I was there! 😀

  • beldoe34

    Nice update! I actually like the Cars Land Christmas decorations. I feel they fit the “land” very well. Clever.

    And I hope I win something. Fingers crossed.

  • DisneyHorace

    Been reading your updates since that Toy Story construction started to see its progress. Been hooked every week ever since. 🙂

  • ogso

    Don’t remember how long I have been a member here at micechat but this Monday morning update is one I truly look forward to each week. As an AP member I use these updates to guide my visits. Thank you Andy for each and every update.

  • DisDreamin

    I just wanted to say Happy 5th Year Anniversary. I look forward to every Monday just to read Dateline Disneyland. It’s the highlight of my morning with my cup of coffee! Thank you for all your hard work!

  • disneyland lady

    Celebrating my unbirthday there in just 17 days. I am disabled and HoJo’s is easy to get to & from park via my scooter. I am looking forward to some holiday marshmallows in DCA. Thanks for the quality photos.

  • ohmyjustin

    I just might cry when I see all the decorations in person. Can’t wait for December!

  • anmal2

    Better late than never and crossing the fingers!

  • lady3jane

    Whoever does the costumes and makeup for the elves and the carolers is doing a fantastic job!

  • caseyjunior

    Great pictures!!! Love DL at Christmas time.

  • Frevr3fan

    Great updates and thanks for all the hard work. I hope my name is picked.

  • Aisuki

    I look forward to these datelines every week ^^ keep up the awesome work!

  • addiction41999

    Love the update. I want to go to Cars land so bad!!!

  • csel

    We just returned from Disneyland and my kids loved decorating cookies at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree!