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 writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • 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.

  • lgdaddy