Hollywood comes to Disneyland for Christmas Day Parade filming as Earl of Sandwich opens

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on November 05, 2012 at 5:05 am with 23 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • Trumpet

    Great update Andy

    Shame when i visited the resort in August Earl of Sandwich was not open, maybe next August

    I cannot wait to see the holiday decorations in Cars land and Buena Vista Street. Even though I will not visit, your updates make me feel that I am right in the parks.

    Thanks again Andy,


  • There’s something really fun about seeing them film the Christmas Parade on Main Street. But note the date folks. When the parade airs and they try to make you think it’s all live, know that it’s all just a big lie. 😉

  • Gregg Condon

    Wow, quite a large to-do for the opening of a sandwich shop.

  • WheresMickey

    Great report!

  • pinkertonfloyd

    Hmmm… HMH had fastpass working 2 weeks ago when I was last in the park. I used it myself in fact.

    On the bright side, they merge the fastpass into the line, it’s much shorter, but they were still sending you through the queue (it just goes around while the “standby” backtracks a few times. the wait times ran about 10 mins with fastpass, about 45 Without. (I remember in the past where they would have fastpass walk directly up to the mansion.

  • eicarr

    Thanks for the slow service warning about that sandwich chain. I’ll instead enjoy the themed experience of eating inside the park. Eating in Carsland buena vista street or main street is part of the experience I’m paying for.

    • We went to Earl of Sandwich yesterday. It was fantastic! You are really missing out if you’ve decided you aren’t going to try it just because it isn’t “inside the park.” For once, there is an actual affordable option inside the resort that’s good. I think folks are really going to like this location!

  • AB Born

    The real question is whats happening inside Indiana Jones. 🙂

    • Director_Guy

      I guess we’ll find out in… a whole month?! Aww maaannnn…

    • ayalexander

      I’m curious about that as well, with Disney buying the Lucas companies they own some of the Indiana Jones “movie thing” don’t really know what to call it… but anyway. I have my suspisions that the attraction has been shuttered way too long for a simple “dusting”. What if they are making and programming additions now that Disney owns a big chunk of Indiana Jones?

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Great update as always!

  • Disneylandfan85

    How long will Fastpass be unavailable for Big Thunder?

  • Dizzey

    Anybody else find the Christmas trees in DL and DCA a bit on the gaudy side? There sure isn’t much “tree” to the tree – more like a pyramid of ornaments. The beauty of a tree is lost. As a visitor to someone’s home (or theme park, in this case), I like to give a Christmas tree a good look-over to find any “special” ornaments, or those that might be particularly attractive. These trees are too visually overwhelming for any of that.

    Oh well. Minor gripe. Fabulous Update, Andy! Thanks for keeping us all so well informed.

    • ayalexander

      I agree. Ever since they replaced the REAL tree in town square with a fake one the trees have become too *loud* and are a little too picturesque to be seen as real. I like seeing spacing on a tree such as that on a Douglas fir, this takes Douglas fir to a whole new and yet fake level. And the ornaments are too plentiful. The truth is the trees are merely a met rod down the center with hollow sections of a GIANT cone that snap together on the column.

  • sixalex

    Great Update and fun pix!

    The Earl of Sandwich debate is interesting to me. We regularly exit the parks to eat (Trader Sam’s anyone?), but we also enjoy the great theming inside as well. Zocalo is so beautiful at night, Hungry Bear is great to relax in the afternoon, the new-ish Paradise Grill with the amazing live music of Ellis Island Boys (and the girl!) or Valadez, or the Cove Bar (Seriously, Guinness on tap!) and of course a churro at the end of the day make DisneyLand dining a true pleasure.

    But I’m looking at the pricing of the Earl’s breakfast sandwich and thinkin’…

    We’ll be there tomorrow to try it out, after we vote of course!

    Any MiceChatters planning on an Election Day reprieve from the madness of polls and pre-counts and electoral college nuttiness? Look for me there. I’m the tall bald guy with a grin on his face.

  • Bongo

    Personally, I never knew about the ABC filming every first Saturday of November, so it took me completely by surprise because I was expecting a normal day at Disneyland. A fun day nonetheless, but still took me a bit off guard. Especially when they canceled some attractions such as the Main Street Transportation, the Lilly Belle, and didn’t bring out the Disneyland Band for the flag retreat and instead used pre-recorded music.

  • Internitty

    Still no sign of Benny in Toon Town

  • Chernabog

    Awesome update. And Mario Lopez has a deal with the devil. Does he age?

    (And fishy we need more pics of the cute cameraman 😉 )

  • Fantasmic4

    surprised no one commented on the absence of the Christmas Fantasy Parade.

    • Bongo

      I believe they were there. I didn’t pay attention to the parade because I was doing other things in the park but I do remember passing by a group of Toy Soldiers waiting for their cue to step forward. I don’t remember much of the parade, but I do believe the toy soldiers are part of the final act.

      • Bongo

        Oh, nevermind. My bad. They’re part of the first act of the parade, so I guess they came a little later in the day.

  • QPerth

    Wow. What a seriously gorgeous Dateline Disneyland! Thankyou so so much Andy and to Fishbulb also for your photo contributions!

    Oh Mario Lopez, sooo handsome! Thanks for these shots too! ;p

    ALL the photos in this update are just stunning. Amazing colour and so many beautiful shots! Christmas at Disney looks just breathtaking and, (here comes the corny but true) magical! One day I will see it for myself, but until then, my deepest thanks for sharing it with everyone through these wonderful Dateline’s.

    Thanks again for Dateline Disneyland, when those tweets show up in my timeline I get so excited! And I set time aside to really enjoy reading them and looking at the wonderful photos and updates. Till next time! -Q

  • Notorious1

    Great update!

    I love checking these every week, it gives me my weekly dose of DLR and holds me over until my next visit!

    Does Disney ever announce who will be performing in advance?? (New Years Eve)