It’s a Cars Land Christmas at Disneyland Resort

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, Disney Parks, In the Parks

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Published on November 09, 2012 at 5:04 am with 27 Comments

There’s no denying it, the Holidays have arrived at the Disneyland Resort. Some of it is wonderful and some a bit disappointing. But there’s one real standout as Christmas zooms into California Adventure’s Cars Land. We’ll show you all the high octane decorations. It’s a great week to be In The Parks, let’s take a look.


In other news the Fantasy Faire Village is becoming more and more defined.


More work has also been done on the control booth inside the Fantasyland Theatre.

The control booth is getting a major rework.


More atrocious decorations are being strewn in Toontown. It is such a shame to see the standard fall here from the whimsical, less cookie-cutter, decorations of yore.



There is great news coming out of Disney California Adventure. The new Christmas decorations that are appearing in the new areas of the park are simply wonderful.  What’s even better, they aren’t going the cheap route and simply stringing bits of garland along the buildings outside.  No, they are giving this area the Main Street U.S.A treatment and doing the buildings in thematically appropriate ways both inside and out.

The Holidays arrive on Buena Vista Street.

Realistic pine garland is spun around the light poles.

A massive wreath adorns the Carthay Circle Theater.


Poinsettias crowd nearly every planter.


Even the windows are decorated, but they have still been peppered with product.

A large tree sits in the planter in front of Elias and Company, facing the Carthay Circle Theater.

Vintage toys are grouped under the tree.

The Train actually puffs steam.

We move inside and find holiday touches which are just as charming.

Clarabelle’s IceCream counter has a confectionary theme

Small Christmas trees are perched on top of merchandise racks in each store.

 Inside the Elias and Company department store, each area has its own unique flavor, just as any department store would have.

Five and Dime gets festive as well:

Women’s Department is dressed in its holiday finest:

Glittered birch branches are situated in the atrium windows.

Not to be outdone by the Women, the Men’s Department also gets fancy:

Got to love the old style tinsel

The Jewelry department has been reworked as a Holiday rotunda of sorts.  It will be home to an old school department store Santa meet and greet.

Another wonderful thing we noticed were the awesome Christmas designs on the print T shirts and sweaters.  So vintage and fun!


Notice, it says “From Disney California Adventure Park”.


If you liked the decorations in Buena Vista Street you will go nuts and bolts over the additions in Cars Land.

Above the main drag, bunting made of tires and air filters hang between the light poles and telephone poles.

Inventive snow flakes made from wrenches are everywhere.


Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is decorated.

Out in front of each one of the locations on the street, there are unique tree creations that reflect the character they were made by.

Fillmore’s tree is the only one with a car angel on top.
A subtle memorial to George Carlin perhaps?

There is even a tinsel tree inside the Manager’s Office at the Cozy Cone Motel, complete with rotating color wheel.

The courthouse is, of course, the centerpiece.

Taking a quick side trip into Ramone’s we also see that the doorway leading to the expanded floor space for the store is now complete.  This area should be opening any day now.

Ramone's Body shop at Disney California Adventure

His decor is pretty cool too.


Even though Buena Vista Street has its own tree, Paradise Pier is keeping its tree as well. It’s a lovely one too.

The Paradise Garden Grill area is receiving the usual decor

You can also pick up holiday merchandise along the pier.


Don’t forget Duffy!


The Muppet Vision 3D attraction will be down until Friday November 16th, a full week after the Holiday Season officially begins at the Disneyland Resort.  When the venue reopens it will house a new Prep and Landing 4D attraction for the holidays.

That wraps things up for us this week at the Disneyland Resort.  We will be back next week with a full review and rundown of all the Christmas offerings at the resort. Let us know what you think of Disneyland Christmas so far.

We also have an update on filming of the Saving Mr. Banks film at Disneyland for you HERE

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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  • JiminyCricketFan

    I love the decorations for Car’s land. They are whimsical and authentic to the characters. I am disappointed with the decorations of the Buena Vista Street. I was hoping for more authentic period Christmas decorations. I see WAY too much tree branch wags. It is far too woodsy for a urban center. Remember this was Los Angeles of the twenties and thirties. It would have been very inappropriate to use that many trees for swag when they could not last. There should have been more of a “Silver Bells” theme, as in the Christmas tune, where there is a specific “city” look to Christmas. It should have had more lights, and more Poinsettias (as this is very distinctive for LA) More of a shinny new look for Christmas than a rustic, woody look. Also, the type of ornaments on the tree also look too varied and not appropriate to the period. This period loved the round shiny uniformly sized ornaments, not the glass blown type of characters from Germany. The taste look far more fitting to the aesthetic of the 21st century.

    • Very interesting info on period appropriate Christmas decorations for Buena Vista Street. Thank you!

    • RatherBeAtDLand

      Great info, very interesting to read. I think what it is, is that Disney wants to balance between authenticity and catering to modern tastes, which I think they did a very nice job doing.

  • Walt Fan

    Nice update! Question though. Do any of the tires above the Carsland strip say “merry Christmas” or do all of them say “happy holidays?”

    • SoarinMatt

      There wouldn’t be any that say Merry Christmas. It’s not politically correct for Disney to do so. If they said Merry Christmas, they would also have to have signs that say Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa as well. Disney curbs this by saying Happy Holidays. Cast members are also must say Happy Holidays to guests.

      Remember, this is the company famous for the two finger point.

  • animatronic

    I loved the xmas decorations at DCA. It is obvious that it was themed to the land, store, area. The Carsland decorations were so cool. Loved the cones. Thanks for the photos. It’s the only season that we won’t get to see in Disneyland this year.

  • aquaboi77

    Thank you so much for the holiday decor pics! I would love to see what they look like at night.

  • Poisonedapples

    HAHA! love the caption on carsland ” go nuts and bolts over..” clever!!!

  • coloradogirl

    I recently visited Disneyland and I was very impressed with the decorations and the specific details that were tailored to match the themes of the different parts of the park. I am happy to have the opportunity to see the decorations make their debut in Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. Great job DCA!

    Merry Christmas Everyone!