Candlelight shines as Disneyland gets ready to welcome Starbucks

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

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Published on December 10, 2012 at 5:05 am with 173 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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  • eicarr

    What a DUMP DCA was. Now everything from merchandise to Christmas lighting is the best I’ve ever seen Disney do. It’s not amazing, its shocking.

    I hope they keep the party lines and stove, and just make that whole room for the lines. That disneyania stuff can go. I don’t get that empty store where people don’t buy overpriced items marked 1/8,500. They can put some of those in the Disney Gallery down the street.

    Disneyland seems to be pouring money into stuff people won’t notice(though refurbishments is money well spent}. If I were going this season I’d make a b-line for DCA and spend more time at BVS and Carsland (and speed through MS when at DL). I never got the candle light thing and 20 days of its unsightly staging during the day make me glad I avoid the crowds and skip the Christmas Season. The talk of charging for night parties next year just seems like a conspiracy to forever keep me away during the holidays. Though I don’t mind.

  • ParadeDude

    Fantastic update!

  • fandelraton

    Great update

  • napamaninsocal

    Great flash back, what a difference a year makes!!

  • matman

    Thanks for the update.

  • CandyPandora

    Happy anniversary! Thanks for sharing info about the Birthday Cake Room… What a wonderful place that would be to enjoy a frappucinno!

  • DisneyBuff

    Always great to see the updates. Thanks.

  • pli1018

    As usual, great update. Looking forward to seeing what ends up in the Fantasyland Theater!

  • Rongo

    It’s interesting, this infiltration of Starbucks – I have to say that I’m on the fence about it. Here’s why I think it could be a good thing: it’s more diversity and “realism” on Main Street, more like it was originally with “real” shops and “real” brands, but taken back in time. (Of course, Starbucks didn’t exist in the Main Street timeline, but…)
    I would much prefer a street that is a little more like a real small town Main Street than a series of big warehouses selling the same Disney merchandise from behind a facade. Could this be a start in that direction, letting third parties back in? Or is this where it ends, with Starbucks?

  • whyshouldiworry

    Great update. It’s exciting that Indiana Jones has some of its details back in working order.

  • dmomof4

    Another great update Andy…thanks!

  • dfan07

    I wonder where all of the cooking supplies currently sold in Market House will end up. In some shop where they don’t belong, no doubt.

  • heysi

    Such is the nature of corporate sponsorship. Kodak leaves and people lament its loss. Starbucks comes in and people lament that they’ll ruin the iconic space they’ll occupy. Change is enevitable and sometimes not so good but I think that DCA proves that even huge mis-steps can be corrected and the end result can be way beyond what was ever intended. I think Walt would have been unafraid to knock down something in favor of improvement or better show.

  • tomdar2

    If I had the time off I’d schedule a trip right now. The Christmas decorations & candlelight show look awesome.

  • dgpollard

    Thank you for all of the nice pictures! I wonder if Walt Disney Company will ask Polaroid or Cannon to take Kodaks place? Polaroid has more of a historic background in this country, so who knows? It will be different not seeing that Kodak logo on the maps or on Maint Street anymore. But there are still many American companies left in our country that haven’t gone “belly up” yet…..