Two popular holiday traditions return to Disneyland as the Resort wraps up the Thanksgiving week rush. First up, the popular hand-made candy canes are now being made on select days at Disneyland’s Candy Palace and, for the first time, at Disney California Adventure‘s Trolley Treats. The fresh candy canes are a popular holiday tradition with Disneyland locals, drawing big crowds and routinely selling out. Meanwhile, Disneyland is preparing for another Christmas tradition, with set-up now underway in Town Square for the annual Candlelight Ceremony and Processional. The Candlelight events will expand this year from its traditional two-day run to an 18-night run this December, with two performances each night.
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Thanksgiving crowds have come and gone, leaving pleasant off-season level crowds at the Resort this week until big Christmas holiday crowds start to arrive. TouringPlans.com has their weekly crowd forecast below:
The Thanksgiving holiday is set to draw massive crowds this week as guests visit to celebrate the holidays and see the newly re-imagined Disney California Adventure in its Christmas finest. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines – Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. With holiday crowds on the horizon, it’s a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!
Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.
— Fred Hazelton, Statistician, TouringPlans.com
|Tues., Nov. 27||[center]1 /10[/center]||Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
|Wed., Nov. 28||2 /10|
|Thu., Nov. 29||2 /10|
|Fri., Nov. 30||8 /10|
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Main Street Station and Town Square are starting to show the first signs of Candlelight. The annual event typically takes place the first weekend of December, but this year Disney is hosting 20 nights of event. The 20 nights kick off this weekend, but this weekend’s first two nights of Candlelight are by invitation only. Tickets to the remaining 18 nights being given away to Annual Passholders.
Below, the schedule of performances and celebrity narrators for nights open to Annual Passholders.
Celebrity Narrators and Dates
- December 3, 4, 5: Kurt Russell
- December 6, 7, 8: Edward James Olmos
- December 9, 10, 11: Lou Diamond Phillips
- December 12, 13: Dick Van Dyke
- December 14: Marcia Gay Harden
- December 15, 16: Patricia Heaton
- December 17, 18, 19: Molly Ringwald
- December 20: Dennis Haysbert
The candy canes are a big draw for Disneyland locals, typically drawing big lines on days that they’re being made and selling out quickly. If you’re looking to get a Disneyland candy cane, you’ll have to arrive early, line up and get a wristband. Candy canes cost $12.95 each and are limit one per person.
Below, a video of Disneyland confectioners making the candy canes.
For the first time this year, the candy canes will also be made at Disney California Adventure’s Trolley Treats. Below, the 2012 candy cane schedule for both parks.
at Disneyland Park
at Disney California Adventure
|November 23, 26, 30
December 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 23, 24
|November 24, 27
December 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25
The entire area really looks like it’s shaping up to be a very nice new space. That’s no surprise, but it’ll be interesting to see how popular princess meet-and-greets affect the crowd flow of the Central Plaza.
|Welcome to California Adventure|
In Cars Land, the Ramone’s House of Body Art retail expansion has opened. The new retail space takes over the space formerly reserved for Radiator Springs Racers’ permanent FASTPASS Distribution. With Radiator Springs Racers popularity remaining high, Disney removed the permanent FASTPASS machines and made the would-be temporary FASTPASS Distribution near “It’s Tough to be a Bug!” the attraction’s permanent home for FASTPASS.
In celebration of Dateline Disneyland’s 5th Anniversary, we’re taking a look back at photos from the Dateline Disneyland archives. Join us as we 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 turn the clock back to 2009 and take a look at our August 2nd update. Ticket prices had just gone up, with a one-day, one-park ticket hitting $72 (that same ticket is now $81)
A Premium Annual Passport had just gone up $40 to $429. Today, a Premium Annual Passport will cost you $649.
Inside the parks, embroidery for Mickey ear hats got a price tag for the first time ever, now costing $3 for basic embroidery.
At California Adventure, big construction was underway throughout the Paradise Pier area with the land being cleared for the then-upcoming Little Mermaid attraction and construction was underway at World of Color and the Paradise Park viewing area.
The new lighthouse structure was still under construction
Nearby, the Orange Stinger was being dismantled so it could be transformed into the Silly Symphony Swings.
As for Cars Land, asphalt was just being removed to begin work on the new 12-acre land.
The following week, the Orange Stinger had been completely peeled — they were workin’ fast to get rid of DCA 1.0!
The wooden boardwalk started to go in at Paradise Park
And the first details of Paradise Park started to emerge…
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
November 26 — December 2, 2012
|[B]Disneyland Park[/B]||[B]Disney California Adventure[/B]|
|Monday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday-Sunday: 8 am – 12 midnight
Monday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday-Sunday: 8 am – 11 pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
|[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—8.9[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[B]4.2—8.1[/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]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]|
|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
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