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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  • stitch1085

    Monday’s are so much better thanks to this column! It’s great to see how far the Resort has come in just a year! WOW! Dare I say it Paradise Pier and Hollywoodland still need some serious work. What happened to the covered queue lines for Mickey’s Fun Wheel and California Screamin’? (BTW I think the name of the coaster needs to change as a friend pointed out to me that California Screamin’ is a play on words of the famed song “California Dreaming” by the Mommas and the Poppas which was released in the 1965. From my recollection Paradise Pier is not designed after a pier in the 1960s but the 1930s or something of that nature.)

  • SFDave

    Great update, I am going to miss Candlelight this year, but hopefully will get to see Buena Vista Street Xmas !

  • mkemows

    It is sad to see Kodak leave the Disney family, but I guess nothing lasts forever. Gee, no more Twinkies either! Another great update as always!

  • Goofy85

    Bummer, I really like the “From the Archives”, it putts a lot of perspective to all the changes in the parks. Great update as always!

  • jjmaneja

    Great update. I’ve always wondered how much of the crowd ratings have been changed/altered in respect to DCA 2.0. Is last year’s data used heavily in determining the crowd levels? Are there much more people visiting the parks compared to a year ago? I would highly doubt that DCA was a 9 a year ago.

  • CasaFamilia

    Thanks again for the informative and attractive update. Your pictures always perfectly capture the Holiday Season at the Resort.

  • Trekkie Dad

    Will be on our way tomorrow to see it all in person!

  • knaacje

    pick me :)

  • mabelkitty

    Glorious update as usual! And I cannot believe all of the asphalt from the “old” DCA. I haven’t yet experienced Buena Vista Street or Carsland – I’m already impressed from the photos so I know it’s going to be so exciting in person. Thanks Andy!

  • Suppin Falls

    Thanks for the look back on old posts. Really great to see how far DCA has come.

  • mulva5

    Great update Andy, can’t wait to ride Indy next week.

  • jdotcole

    Great post. Beautiful photos again, but you should get more from that Jacob Genzuk guy :P

    Seriously, love the Tobacco Indian at the top!

  • Bangarangbrian

    Great update! Went on Indiana jones this weekend and notice slight changes in lighting. Other than than still same old ride

  • tinkermonkey

    Even though I was just there two weeks ago, all the holiday pictures make me want to go back! I’m glad to see that the lights in Carsland are getting better. I’d still love to see the CozyCone tree all lit up. Maybe in next week’s update! :)

    Once again, congratulations on five fantastic years of providing us with beautiful photos and timely updates!


    Great update. I also was just there 2 weeks ago and I’m looking forward to my return trip hopefully in April/May.