Casey Jr Circus Train returns at Disneyland with new safety additions plus a closer look at holiday offerings in both parks

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, Dateline Disneyland

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Published on November 19, 2012 at 5:05 am with 238 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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  • dizneyland88

    Great update!!

    • chipndale16

      Great update, as always. Thanks!

  • mratigan

    Is muppets closed all day or just at night?
    Great Update

  • Amygaga

    Thanks for such a great update! The Christmas decorations look great!

  • wishyouwell

    I wish I can be there. So much to see!
    Thanks for keeping us updated! Love your website.

  • crmwed

    I love the decorating they are doing at DCA! From Cars Land to the retro look on Buena Vista street, it all looks great. I especially love the Christmas souvenirs on Buena Vista Street. Very cool!

  • SanDiegoAl

    I really think Disney went all out with the Chruistmas decor in DCA. Very well done.
    Thanks for another great update.

  • SFDave

    Seeing what a great job they did on disguising the safety rails on Casey sure gives me hope for how they are going to implement those on Alice in the spring.

  • Terrytiger

    I echo SFDave’s comment – It does give hope that Alice will soon be fixed.

  • disneyland255

    Wonderful update this week! So much is still going on and the parks are looking wonderful! Thank you for a great update!

  • lctom1

    Thanks for the update. Looking forward to our Christmas-time visit to the Park this year!

  • Bee14

    Visiting in just a couple of weeks!!! Can’t wait!! Thanks for the update

  • LeakiTiki

    Love all the Christmas additions to DCA!

  • eicarr

    Great update! The Casey Jr. video helped me see that half way through the ride I didn’t notice the rails anymore. They did good with less fancy, more invisible. DCA must have done a deal with the devil, cause everything they do these days from the garland on the street cars to xmas cupcakes is perfect (aside from the step down from ElecTronica to Mad T)

  • RogueDefiance

    So much to see at the resort this year. Great update, now I have to plan another trip out to see what I missed the last time! =)

  • mickeyandme

    As much as the holiday decorations are nice, I like Disneyland the non seasonal way.

  • rstar

    Great update! I love the retro photos, a blast from the past! There is so much to see at the resort now with both parks for the Christmas season, I’ve been twice and still need to go back two more times to see it all!

  • ShorelineDLer

    I wish I was there. The Christmas decorations look great! I’m glad to see the Casey Jr. changes aren’t too intrusive.

  • Jaffa8

    Great update – love the old pictures of the contruction that is now complete! Keep up the great work! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Wreckless Abrandon

    The rails on Casey Jr are done very well unlike Alice! Hopefully they find something better for Alice.

    On a side note, I like the Holiday/ Christmas decor in DCA!

  • FlubberZorro

    Wonderful pictures! Can’t wait for my next visit.

  • DisneyMomma74

    Great update! Seeing the photos of Glowfest reminds me of the fun time my family and I had that summer. ElecTRONica and the Tea Party just don’t have the same family-friendly feel to us! Wishing I was eating some of the pumpkin fudge!!

  • junglecskipper

    Im just happy Casey Jr. is back at going its normal speed. The past few years it has been going incredibly slow. Maybe the fixed the brakes or something.

  • tgrbabe

    Love love love all the Christmas decorations!! Thanks for giving the tips of where to look – there is so much it’s easy to miss something! Great job!

  • Peoplemover Priit

    -Applause- Love the update. The holidays at the parks are just awesome.

  • buzzgirl

    Everything looks amazing we can’t wait to see it all!

  • chiroguy40

    Christmas time is awesome!

  • Mouse13

    Thanks for another amazing update and congrats on your anniversary! We leave for DLR in less than 48 hours and can hardly wait to get there!

  • dfan07

    Nice update.

    I think the bridge widening could be better. The railings and new brickwork destroy the scale.

  • Softball Guy

    Another great update, thank you Andy!!!

  • Lobot

    Wait… huh? the new terrazzo floor outside the Carthay looks just like the old one… that they completely ripped out! I figured they were replacing the slippery material with concrete or something (guessing it was a safety concern). Any idea what this refurbishment was all about?

  • disneylike

    I’m going to be very critical of the work done on the Casey Junior bridge. Clearly this was the work engineers that had no concern for aesthetics or basic building principles. I am in the building industry as well as a set designer and engineers have a habit of thinking that just because something is faux and calculates out on paper then you can design anyway you want, wrong. Basic building practice tells us that you start with the bigger stronger material at your base and work up to smaller/lighter building materials. Notice how the faux stone work on the new cantilevered section has larger stones then the bridge. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle does not have larger stones at the top for this reason (as well as for forced perspective). Also notice the faux wood beams supposedly holding up the new cantilever section, they are clearly undersized for the visual load that they are caring. The correct design would have ben to have faux horizontal wood beams at the cantilever supported by stone supports coming out of the bridge wall, remember you always have lighter material supported by stronger and/or larger material. In addition the stone columns at either end of the bridge are as straight, plain and uniformed as you can get….this is Fantasyland, where is the whimsy?! It makes me nervous when there is clearly no evidence of good design working hand-in-hand with good engineering and I hope that this is not a foretaste of things to come i.e. Alice in Wonderland.

  • trebor13

    Great update. Love Disney during the holidays.

  • Donald Fan

    Great update! Thanks for all the hard work!

  • jcruise86

    Thank you, Norm, for another excellent contest, I mean update!

  • AstateEditor

    Great pics and update as always! Thanks, DD!

  • napamaninsocal

    Great update…saw some great new Carsland merch in the curios shop. From postcards to mugs to sweatshirts with Flo on them. All of it is great.

  • Peter Pan fan

    We’ll be there one week from today!! Can’t hardly wait!

  • DisneylandPlanner

    great update! thanks for the extra video before and after of casey jr

  • skoolpsyk

    Anyone have a picture of the inside of the Pear/Cherry Cream Cheese Ugly Pie?

    And is it a combo of pear and cherry or are there two different ones?

  • dsnyfn

    Great update today. Loved the flashback to 2010. Can’t believe how much DCA has changed.

  • icrra

    Excellent. Thank you.

  • cris77

    Happy 5th Anniversary once again, Dateline Disney! WHAT would MiceChatters do without you (*sniffle*)!!!!!!

  • Kateyandstitch

    I would love to see the holiday decorations again! It seems like they are doing more in Disneyland then a few years ago! I still miss the ” Merry Critters and a Happy Pooh year” sign from critter country.

  • Algernon

    What a shame that the day has come when something new at Disneyland would be referred to as “doesn’t look bad” “isn’t terribly noticeable” “aren’t the prettiest thing” and “aren’t that intrusive” (the Casey Jr. safety railings).

    The Coney Island-ification of Disneyland continues. But what do you expect from a company so totally devoid of talent and imagination that it has to make TV shows and movies based on theme park rides, and has to buy out LucasFilm, Marvel and the Muppets just to come up with a few new bogus ideas.

    I can’t wait for virtual reality to arrive, so I can put on my 3D glasses and go “back” to the real Disneyland–the one with the Peoplemover, Skyway, Mine Train, non-Nemo subs, the Main Street Electrical Parade, and the smooth, featureless pavement.

  • Riboflavin

    Will have to leave work early on a future Friday to see DCA Xmas events.

  • disneychrista

    The park looks great! These updates are the only way I get my Disney fix, since my next Disney trip isn’t for another year! Holiday 2013!

  • no1here

    Awesome update.

  • pli1018

    Really loving how they’ve decorated California Adventure and it continues to surprise me when I see how that park has come.

  • cruise

    Great Update, though I’m not a huge fan of the Casey railings.

  • JGun360

    I love reading these updates every week!!

  • mkemows

    As always a great update! And those holiday treats look yummie!

  • Dalia3001

    Thanks for the update! I was at the parks this weekend and enjoyed the Holiday offerings!

  • PAL

    Now that the safety squad has finished with Casey Jr and the Canal Boatsin moderately tasteful and unobtrusive style, I’d like to see the ugly exterior rails at Alice in Wonderland prettied up.

    Congrats on 5 years.

  • r1hert2

    Another great update Feel like I am in the parks, Happy 5th Anniversary.

  • Pan

    Thanks Dateline for the 5 great years!

  • dchun2007

    I’m really excited to see all the land specific Christmas decorations they’ve put up in DCA!

  • Tiny Mermaid

    Thanks for all the photos! Am really enjoying seeing the Christmas decorations in DCA.

    Any idea why a refurbishment would be scheduled for Mickey’s Fun Wheel during the busy holiday season?

  • GhostHostJeff

    Kudos to the Imagineers for the railing on Casey. It’s a necessary evil, and I think it looks perfect. I’m also glad that in case of an emergency, guests and cast members will be safer.

  • WDI33

    Fantastic Update! The Christmas decorations and treats look wonderful!!!

  • urbanleadership

    Happy 5th Anniversary Dateline Disneyland! Awesome to see how far Disney California Adventure has come.

  • agent321

    HoJo…here I come!

  • JDN

    Thanks for another great update!

  • ni_teach

    Great update. I look forward to your pictures of looking back to the changes to the DCA.

    Also happy 5th anniversary

  • Sparky

    With the news that we might be robbed of some cherished traditional Christmastime entertainment such as the parade next year, I’ve been extremely disheartened. Christmastime at the parks has been an immeasurably important part of my Christmases for the last 30 years. But, the wonderful things they’ve done with DCA for the holiday season this year helps somewhat to restore my faith that they still can do things right. If they do mess up my Disneyland Christmases in the future, I’ll take my broken heart over to DCA.

  • bamato

    Excellent update! Thanks for getting all us folks who can’t attend for the holidays some nice pictures!

  • Tinkbelle

    I’m glad the rails aren’t too invasive on Casey Jr. It will be interesting to see what happens with Alice.

    I like that the candy shop in DCA decorated with candy garlands – cute. All those pictures of food are making me hungry.

    Great update!

  • disney1218

    The holidays look great at Buena Vista Street

  • mickdaddy

    Amazing update! I love all of the Christmas decorations and it is amazing to see DCA getting great decorations for the holiday season.

  • michael darling

    The photography is excellent here. I mean, it always is, but you are able to capture such vibrant colors, even of Christmas lights during the day, and shots of indoor merchandise. It all looks very professional, and we are very lucky to be able to view this all for FREE!

    Thanks for using your various talents to bring us these reports.

    I, for one, am THANKFUL!

    p.s. it was about this time last year that you were showing the baby goats….and someone quipped “oh you kids” in the narration. I still get a giggle out of that. 🙂

  • crabwitheyepatch

    great photos

  • Wendygirl

    Great update as usual! I’m lovin’ the Country Bears coming out at the end of the Billies sing a long 🙂

  • DisneyBuff

    Always great to see the holidays.

  • saphron37

    Once again a great update and an amazing look back. I am really hoping I can order a red car trolley ornament online!

  • tomdar2

    I’m looking forward to getting back out to DL/DCA some day, maybe at Holiday time. Decorations are really cool.

  • whyshouldiworry

    Congratulations on 5 years!!!

  • yoyoflamingo

    Love the way Buena Vista Street looks – can’t wait to see it in person!
    Not so sure about the railings on Casey Junior – but if they look better in person, then that’s a relief. Though, it’s a shame they needed to be added at all.

  • TheHopper

    WOW! I’m so excited to go again next week and take some time to really check out all the stores in Buena Vista street…I was there last week but missed a lot of details…is the Iron Man ride in Tomorrowland for sure? …or still just a possibility

  • esmith

    Another wonderful update!!!

  • WheresMickey

    Great update! Happy 5 years!

  • Lucky Oswald

    Storybook Land and Casey Jr. are two of our family’s favs. Glad to see that the work is complete. It doesn’t look too distracting and my kids will hardly notice.

    Thx for the update! We can’t wait to pick up the holiday edition of the Buena Vista Bugle. It’s been a “mission” of ours to try and pick up each new edition. Let’s hope they continue printing these for a long time.

  • Monoman

    Wonderful update! I’m excited to see the park-specific xmas merchandise available this year–so much better than the generic stuff that’s usually for sale. I love the “look back” section too–cool to see how far we’ve come. Thanks for a great job!

  • JungleCruiser117

    The Casey Jr. railings are much less obtrusive than I had originally feared. Great update as always Andy!

  • k_peek_2000

    Great update. Especially the look back at DCA 1.0! There’s nothing else like X-mas at Disneyland. Not even WDW comes close!

  • tad4irsh

    I love Disney at Christmas time! Disneyland is the original and still the greatest in my eyes! I will miss it this year becuase of deployment, but seeing it through your regular updates almost feels like I am there again! When I am back…my recovery leave will be spent – in part – at Disneyland…after all, if its good enough for Super bowl Champions, then it HAS to be good for returning Soldiers! Thanks for the great updates and for letting me live vicariously through them as I miss the holdiays with my family and Disney this year!

  • lnsemsf

    Thanks for the update. I can’t wait to see it all myself in a few weeks!

  • fazdevils

    Happy anniversary! Thanks for all the great info each week!


    Thanks for the great update! I love Christmastime at the Disneyland Resort.

  • igrules

    Out of town for 2 weeks – seeing all of the holiday pictures in today’s update made me feel like I was at my home away from home. Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Anniversary!!

  • Ashphan

    Awesome update 🙂 Christmas is the best time of the year.

  • scottc

    The rails look nice, however I still wish some of these rides could be “grandfathered” in. Thanks for the updates. Look forward to Monday’s (just for the update!).

  • iamdisneysgirl

    I love the Christmas time decor! I’ll miss it again when its gone. I’m also happy Casey Junior is back!

  • disney4me2001

    I’m going later this week! This update has me more than excited for the trip (as if I wasn’t already excited)!

  • bigfry

    Thank you for the as always wonderful update.

  • metoo

    Good update, can’t wait to see it myself.

  • ThE8rLvr

    Another great update!! Thank you so much for all of your efforts!!

  • LWK

    Wonderful update and pictures… only thing better would be if I was going to be there this holiday season but so nice to at least see all the wonderful decor :>)

  • Jlomo23

    Has it really been 2 years since the metamorphosis of DCA began?! Time flies!

    Great update as usual! It’s so nice to be able to see how the parks are done up for the holidays! I hope to return real soon!

  • melissai16


  • DisWedWay

    I was hoping maybe while refurbing Casey Jr., they would add Disney Legend John Hench’s Sleeping Willie the Giant at the base of the castle where he would sleep under his giant quilt made of flowers, and the train would pass over his covered billy and through his open snoring mouth like Monstro the whale in the Canal Boats. This almost got done in the 70’s WED Days before Epcot started.

  • ewokrights

    Great update

  • Demigod

    A fantastic update this week. Great pics of the decorations and especially of the store-themed ones. Gotta get into the parks so I can see ’em in person!

  • martinjbell1986

    Great update!

  • mousedaddy

    love the decor of cars land i need to go see it live

  • Dawncala

    All these great photos are getting us so excited for our new year visit.

  • Sdlipton

    Thank you to the editors and contributors at MiceAge for this great weekly update on the happenings at Disneyland. Can anyone provide an update on rumored RFID fastpass/admission/hotel key at the DLR?

  • dbr9tifosi

    Disneyland is turning into more of a retail experience than an attraction experience. I don’t think Uncle Walt would approve of this trend. The rails on the Casey Jr. Bridge looks like a walkway now. Takes the mystique away. Disneyland is sadly becoming a sterile land of safety ordinances.

  • gauchogirl

    Awesome update, per usual! Love the look back to old columns; really puts some things in perspective.

  • HiddenMickey87

    The new Casey additions could’ve been worse.. I just hope the view from the train itself is still good.

    Disneyland truly does shine at Christmas. The lights are beautiful… especially It’s a Small World! Great pics! 🙂 Thanks! God Bless!

  • GoneAway562

    What a great update! I would love to win a two night stay, especially since my girlfriend and I have our 6 year anniversary coming up! It would be awesome to finally stay near Disneyland and be able to spend 3 full days there.

  • Yensid55

    Can’t wait to see it all in person, in headed there soon! Burns Vista street looks spectacular!

  • rb1124


  • mulva5

    Great update, nobody does Christmas like Disney.

  • user619599

    OHHHHHHboyoboyoboy do these photos make me wish I was strolling DCA right now! Will have to settle for a cruise on the Fantasy in just 45 days! Happy Holidays to all!

  • RSZero1

    I love the mini decorations in storybook land, that was one of my favorites as a kid.

    On a side note, anyone notice anything wrong with these dates –
    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Closed for extensive refurbishment January 7, 2013 through October 30.

    Didnt they close Oct 30 and will be down until January 7th? Or did plans change and it will be down for a year??

  • knaacje

    pick me 🙂

  • grumpy42499

    Great update, as usual. I really miss seeing the park in person, in all its Christmas glory. Hopefully next year, if they don’t decide to carge extra I will be able to see it, for the first time in 5 years. I am really looking forward to seeing BVS.

  • biggsworth

    great update happy 5th!!!

  • MarkILIS

    That BVS tree lighting ceremony is much different (and better) than the one I saw last Wednesday, Nov. 14. That night, a woman’s voice simply came over the PA system and asked everyone to say “Happy Holidays” on the count of 3, at which point the tree lit up. There were no characters or other “live” people involved at all. The whole thing lasted maybe a minute.

  • juanab

    Nice update! The holidays are nice, but I can’t wait to go early next year and see Disneyland as Disneyland!

  • KiMcHeEfOrLiFe

    The Christmas decorations look great in DCA! Thanks for the update!

  • jayshap

    great update!!
    do we know why the silly symphony swings are closed for so long?

    • rosyrotten47

      I was wondering that too? I checked the comments to see if I could find something about it. Nothin’…

  • Bangarangbrian

    Great update!

  • Hoek


  • JiminyCricketFan

    Wonderful report! I also cannot believe that it has been that long since the World of Color premiered. I really like the 1930’s specific Christmas decoration. It really takes it beyond just shopping mall decorations.

  • luvmonky

    Great update!!

  • ah92us

    Everything here looks so great! It’s too bad the safety railings have to be installed everywhere- it looks really ugly.

  • greinstein

    Keep up the good work

  • kgforce

    Excellent pics, as always. We were at DL/DCA in October. I hope we can visit during the holidays one of these years and see all the decorations.

  • jazzy67962

    Great update!! As much as I’m dreading the crowds this week, I’m so excited to see Car’s Land all dressed up in person! =)

  • jenmurray

    Please add me to contest! One day is no longer long enough to do both parks! Was so sad we didn’t get to do half the stuff we usually do!!

  • Quentin

    Entering to win!

    I’m actually very pleased with the safety railings on Casey Jr. I think they did a great job.


    The Carsland decorations look great! Can’t wait to see them in person next week (Nov.25th-28th).

  • KCmike

    I look forward to these updates every Monday as well. They are so well done! Seeing all the pictures makes me miss it that much more.

  • Gullywhumper

    Was just at the Park this past weekend, makes me want to go back right away!

  • painted windows

    Great update Andy. I love how you are putting pictures from previous updates at the end of your column. It’s great to see how much things have changed over the years.

  • DisDreamin

    I really like the new segment your doing with “From the Archives,” it’s neat to see how far things have come along and changed in just a short amount of time! Thanks for another great update!

  • BrerDan

    Happy to see the 4D experience applied to temporary treats like Prep & Landing. I actually really enjoyed the 4D experience with the Tron preview. I do hope they find a way to ALSO show MuppetVision though–I’d hate to be on a once in a lifetime trip and miss it.

    Brer Dan

  • Zorro825

    AHH! Cant wait to get to Disneyland/DCA this week!! Thank you for holding me over between visits!!


    Great update!

  • darthvader92

    Yet another great update!

  • 22branch

    Great post. Love Christmas time at Disneyland!

  • ociana

    Great update, thanks for the info!

  • Wally Krause

    Neat udate, thanks for the videos!

  • heysi

    DLR never fails with their Christmas decorations. Only wish I had time to do half of what I like from these pictures. I’d love to see the electric bill for all those lights.

  • Grin Without a Cat

    I think the new railings are nicely done and don’t detract too much. Now lets hope Alice eventually turns out good as well.

  • jbm500

    I love the Casey Jr video. It brought back so many memories. I’ll have to take a ride the next time, for sure!

  • phyggy

    Terrific update, thanks.

  • richboi117

    Christmas time looks so beautiful and fun! Crossing my fingers I can go for a few days before New Years!


    I can’t wait to go to the resort for Christmas. It’s such a beautiful place to be this time of year.

  • disneyscott

    I like this update very much

  • Wyatt Furr

    Thanks for the update. Buena Vista Street looks great!

  • Dizziiney

    Great update. I have got to get to the parks tis Christmas!

  • garyman

    Great Update, I really liked the Bell Ringers and the Casey JR. Video. Will be there in a few weeks to see it all in person

  • caseyjunior

    Can’t wait to see all the DCA decorations! Great blog.

  • MrsAEudy

    I always look forward to the holiday updates!! Christmastime at Disneyland is my favorite time of year!! And happy 5th anniversary Dateline Disneyland!!

  • LittleSquirt

    There’s so much to look forward to at Christmas time!

  • tardistrekkie

    Thanks for the great update! My pass just expired and I can’t afford a new one, so it’s nice to see the latest happenings at the parks!

  • Bronco21

    That Christmas tree lighting video seemed more like a for tv choreographed multiple take Disneyland special than a DCA nightly tree lighting event! So awesome!

    Casey Junior doesn’t look near as bad as I was expecting. Still silly that they felt it necessary to add the railings, but they don’t bother me. I’m kind of bummed Disney didn’t take the opportunity to add a Tangled tower and a Tiana’s restaurant to Storybookland. Oh well maybe it will get an update eventually.

  • DisneyDorkAZ

    My Monday evening isn’t complete without reading through Dateline Disneyland. Thank you for the update, it always feels like a mini-vacation.

  • disneyseeker

    Amazing update as always! Finally the DCA expansion is now officially complete!

  • SpacemanSpiff

    Congratulations on your anniversary, and thank you for all your hard work and the great photography every week. Always look forward to finding out what’s going on at the California Disney theme parks.

  • hepplerjk

    Congratulations to Dateline Disneyland for 5 years!

  • RLM922

    The garland airfilters are awesome. However, wife told me not to get any ideas for the house….I’ve gone twice this week to get X-Mas gifts – need one more trip tomorrow….One more trip needed…..

  • mugglechris

    Great Update! Thanks for letting me get my Disney fix when I can’t get down there

  • QPerth

    What a wonderful Dateline Update, thanks so much for bringing us all of these wonderful pictures and news! Of course, special thanks to Norman for your picture contributions too!
    Some special mentions of appreciation, the Small World pics are a riot of colour and are wonderful. The Casey Jr comparison videos were a BRILLIANT touch, super extra thanks for those, truly appreciated here! I think overall the Casey Jr safety upgrade was done well, but I can’t help feel the scale of the bridge fence or pillars is just a bit off. Can’t quite place my finger on it…
    Great to see the gorgeous new DCA Entrance west side planter finally emerge, that really took forever. I wonder why it took so long compared to the rest of the entrance? It looks wonderful though. And thanks for the gorgeous pictures and coverage of the Buena Vista Street Christmas decorations (and Radiator Srings!). They really are very classy and well done. Great to see a new issue of the Buena Vista Bugle out also! So glad they are continuing with this wonderful and practice detail.
    And wow, the Buena Vista Street tree lighting ceremony was utterly charming and such a delightful show. Thanks so much for the video!
    Again, Happy Anniversary to Dateline Disneyland!! Always a web highlight of my week. -Q

  • shadowman

    Christmas at Cars Land and Buena Vista Street looks great, especially Cars Land at night all lit up. Thanks for the update.

  • Jennaterrella

    Great update! Can’t wait to see it all for myself 🙂

  • BalooBear5

    I love the look of Disneyland during the Holidays. Also, the Christmaas tree in Flos V8 is a great touch. Thanks for the update.

  • Cheshire


  • PandaGirl

    Another great update! Good luck to everyone!

  • dolewhipdude

    Love the DCA holiday-specific merch. But is the dept store ever busy? I was there at Halloween and it was empty, even though the park was busy. I hope this park- and holiday- specific merch takes off. It’s so much better than the standard one-Disney stuff!

  • troyer

    Thanks for the years of informative and entertaining updates. Thanks also for your straightforward honesty in exposing whenever Disney corporate greed over-rules Disney Magic. I wish you were general editor of the website! Thanks again.

  • anmal2

    Can’t wait to see the Carsland and Buena Vista Street decorations this Sunday.

  • walterfamily05

    Love holidays in the park! You’re commentary is the best on the entire website!

  • thedeanmachine

    Great update! Thanks for all the info over the years!

  • Gone2Disneyland

    Great update and photos. And thanks for the heads up on the desserts at Flo’s and the candy cane waffle cones!

  • Jay Allen

    Great post. Have we learned anything new about the coming Iron Man attraction?

  • JediPrincess

    Great update!

  • DLyouth27

    Happy 5th MC : )

  • Trumpet

    Great Update Andy

    I think the Casey Jr Train looks good with the rails. There is nothing wrong with safery if it is implamented properly an blends in.

    Great look at the past at the opening of World of Color. I can’t believe how far Cars Land has come when it was just dirt, scaffolding, a small amount of metal structures and the tiny test track that would soon become a great land.

    Thanks Again Andy


  • fandelraton

    Nice to see the before and after California Adventure

  • madhatterfan

    Thanks for the update. Those holiday treats look soooo yummy!

  • ogso

    A nice look back at the changes…. now what will be the next change/addition?

  • mickman

    Casey Jr Circus Train I love that attraction……… ºoº

  • bgasper

    Thank you for the 2 year retrospect. It really is crazy thats its only been two years since WoC! It still is amazing every time we visit

  • Notorious1

    As always, GREAT update!! I cant wait to see the parks in person next week!! But until then, these updates will hold me over.

  • Lobot

    Fantastic update and retrospective!

    I feel that in effort to make the bridge railing sparse and less noticable, the Imagineers have actually made it more obtrusive. It is so plain and out of character… it actually makes it more distracting as your eyes jump right to it. I would prefer one that’s proper… old european wood style perhaps. Who cares if it’s harder to see through, your only on the bridge for all of 3 seconds anyways!

  • melissaisgreat

    Love the update, thank you for all the wonderful pictures!

  • acavanias

    Great update…thank you! L-O-V-E the Christmas decorations!!

  • icleanblood

    Great information! Looks like I will have to wait another week before attending the parks, too crowded!

  • Nocturne

    I was just at Disneyland and DCA last weekend and the parks are stunning…simply stunning. If you haven’t been you should go as soon as possible!!

  • bayouguy

    Casey Jr. was looking good. Hope Alice will look as good after her safety update.

  • TheDude

    Nice update. I can’t wait till I can get back into the park.

  • stacyjr1015

    I’m glad I’m going in the spring and can see the park in all it’s “normal” glory but I just love seeing the park decorated for Christmas. They’re so creative with all the decorations!

  • Outtiehere82

    These updates are getting me super stoked for my upcoming visit to the park!

  • dan1964

    I so look forward to these updates. Especially around the holidays. Thanks so much.

  • chipndale57

    Great update!!! Have to wait till next year to see them sadly 🙁 but it’s great to see what they look like now 🙂

  • RememberMe

    Great update. Thanks and Happy Anniversary!

  • MagicFantasy

    Ahh yes! Finally Storybookland opened up again! Really loving all of the Holiday decorations!

  • cinloes

    Happy 5th Anniversary to Dateline Disneyland! I’d love to win! Thanks for posting all the wonderful pictures of today at Disneyland and CA Disney!!

  • CoreneD

    Great update! Does the pumpkin fudge stick around through Christmas, or is it only for Thanksgiving? I’m hoping to try it in December!

  • audrey2580

    Any idea how long Prep and Landing will be there? And wow those treats look amazing!!

  • jackinthebeanstock

    Nobody decorates for the holidays like Disney (except maybe my wife)!

  • rainbowlite

    My favorite Disneyland Winter Holiday decorations are the wacky garlands in ToonTown. Check them out!

  • rickosuave1987

    I always really look forward to the Christmas decoration throughout DLR.

    Thanks for the pictures!

  • mrdv28

    Great Pictures!

  • 100acrebarb

    DCA has done a wonderful job staying true to theme while decorating for Christmas. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  • ace66678

    Great Job as Always! Thanks for the update!

  • triggernel

    Thanks for the update!

  • harperween

    Great Pics! I love the holidays at the parks! Looks like Carsland is really keeping at the theming of the land with Christmas. Brilliant work.

  • CupcakeTerror

    I think the railings on Casey Jr. are well done- glad they were able to do something for safety and not spoil the view.

    Also… I LOVE Disneyland during Christmas! Thank you for the wonderful pictures. 🙂

  • stev777

    Great update as per always… As an AP holder who lives in the the UK… It’s week was a different one as I got to see the update first hand for a change. Great week in the Parks so impressed with all the changes at DCA as my last visit I was still peeking over the fence from the blue cellar… And managed to pass off pictures of Radiator Springs Racers as the Grand Canyon to friends back home… Meh what do they know… Haha. Such an impressive back drop… Goose pimples every time.

    You got the dates right on the silly symphony swings refurb… 10 months seems a bit long?

  • TifaOnACloud

    The Casey Jr. rails aren’t too bad, unnecessary, but not too bad. Thanks for the video comparison.

  • JMazz

    Great pics!

  • troyer

    Thanks again Andy for your 5 years of informative and entertaining updates. Especially appreciated is your courage to call out Corporate Disney when greed is let to trump Disney Magic. I wish you were the general editor of the site!

  • Crazee4mm

    It’s kind of sad to see that “Merry Christmas!” is no longer mentioned in the park except by Santa himself at the conclusion of the Christmas Fantasy Parade. Now it’s “Happy Holidays!” instead. Even Seasons Greetings seems to have been abandoned.

  • disneylandfan8

    Thank you for another wonderful update. Seeing the holiday photos has got me excited for my next trip in 10 days! (As if I wasn’t already excited enough!)

  • Freddie Freelance

    I like the DCA specific decorations, but they still seem cookie cutter in that [i]every[/i] holiday decorated item seems to have a variation of the old Disney characters in front of the tree or Mickey driving the Red Car. Wouldn’t it be nicer to have four or a half dozen different designs with two or three items with each design? The Christmas card set also has a nice Mickey, Minnie, Donald, & Pluto in the snow card who’s image could have been a nice addition, or a few with a [url=]Santa Oswald[/url] print on them, or a variation of the “Storytellers” statue’s pose with Walt & Mickey exchanging gifts by a small tree?

    I understand it takes four months or so to get the Chinese factory to print these, Box’em, pack’em in a container, ship’em to LA by Container Ship, and then load the container on a truck to ship to the warehouse, but there are US companies in the South Eastern US that can do the same for about the same price when shipping costs are factored in, allowing for shorter post-processing lead time with the much shorter & faster shipping times using Rail & Truck Intermodal shipping.

  • PhilJohnson

    Great update!… I would love to know how many cast members have actually fallen into the canal off the bridge in the last 57 years. My guess…. Zero.

  • JEFFW08

    I love seeing the Christmas time pictures from there… One of these days I will get the chance to spend holiday time there.

  • jester4319

    Disneyland always does a wonderful job at displaying the Christmas overlay. You always get a wonderful feeling when you walk around!

  • MrGoat

    “Ugly Pie”! I love it!

    Two years ago in June was my first trip to DL and DCA- I missed the opening of WoC by just two weeks. It is so fascinating to watch the parks develop and grow! Can’t wait til my next trip, next August!

  • tinkerbell819

    Thank you for always making me feel like I’m in Disneyland!!

  • ralzap

    OK, I’m officially a dork. I love the story book land.. Never noticed the railings, but if Cal Osha must have something better to do. Just my opion.

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  • ViDeOmAnCiNi

    Wow… I wish I could sneak over there next month… hmmmm…

    Nice pics!


  • BlueEyedCub

    As always, great update!

  • juhlian

    Love the pics I love Christmas and Disneyland but being a UPS driver Xmas time is out for me so i live through others pictures

  • runswithscissors

    Thank you so much for the update, great photos. Christmas time at Disneyland looks amazing.

  • jjmaneja

    Just came back from the parks today after a brutal drive from Anaheim to S.F. Visited the parks from Saturday to Tuesday, and you could definitely see the increasing crowd levels with each passing day. But I love this update to reminisce about my trip. Loved the decorations around DCA, and I especially loved the Christmas songs added to the line-up at the Mad T Party.

  • Marko50

    I went to the Resort on Monday – yeah, it was supercrowded, but I was there to hear my nephew lay at DCA. Which I missed, but that was the reason. I rode the Storybook Land Canal Boats and didn’t notice the bridge railings, but that could be because I rode it at night. Or because I was fascinated (as always) with the attraction miniatures.

    • Marko50

      *play. Not lay*

  • Just Brian

    Always a great read! Thanks for all your hard work Andy!

  • mabelkitty

    Andy, thank you for this wonderful update! Seeing the park decorated for the holidays always makes me cheerful. I’m so grateful to Dateline Disneyland for keeping me updated on everything going on at the park. Here’s to 5 more years!

  • Jlpono

    Great update the Christmas decorations are nice as usual this is the best time to visit disneyland. I love the big Christmas tree and the haunted mansion.

  • tangadion1991

    ooh…cool thanks for all the info!!