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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  • emjaylovey

    I love the update! There’s no place like disneyland during the holiday season. It’s as close to heaven on earth. Simply amazing! :)

    • Trumpet

      I agree, Christmas at the Happiest Place on Earth is fantastic, especially with the decorations. Disney shines when it comes to different decorations in ach area. In Buena Vista Street, I feel that I am in 1920s LA durng the holdiay period

  • jazzy67962

    thanks for the awesome update as usual! Can’t wait to see it in person!!!

  • BrerDan

    Thanks for the update!

    I was there over the weekend for the first time in over a year and have to admit that it was one of the least enjoyable trips I’ve ever had. Nothing in particular happened–but it was soooooo crowded that it became unenjoyable. The Candelight Processional created so many headaches, and the new turnstile requirements for photo IDs on multi-day tickets made parkhopping a hassle for the rest of us. We still had a good time, but can’t wait to go back at a quieter time. :) Oh, and it was great seeing the Country Bears at the Billy Hill show.

    Chalk me up as one who wishes there were no Starbucks coming the Disneyland. I personally LIKE being able to get flavored coffee at the Market House–and the ability to get a refill later in the day is a real plus. I also LOVE the atmosphere. I’m sure it will still be pretty, but it will likely become more industrial (checkout stand in the back of the store with big queue spaces–just like they’ve done with the rest of Main Street) and I’ll miss the unique charm of the current Market House configuration. People do notice too–my other half, who doesn’t follow any Disney blogs or news, immediately noticed that the glass elephant was missing at the remodeled Gibson Girl.

    Brer Dan

  • bryce

    So what happens to Mickey Mouse Coffee, the special coffee blend that they currently sell in the Markethouse? Is it replaced by the same Starbucks I can buy around the corner?

  • Dduck1972

    Great update and awesome pictures!

  • lesterpablo

    Another great update! Thanks for braving the crowds to keep us in the loop!

  • jayshap

    great update! Rode the new Indy 3 times this weekend and loved it!

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Always love this update. Gives me something to look forward to!!

  • Pirate Wench

    I still can’t believe how ugly the DCA entrance used to be!

  • walterfamily05

    The Kodak thing is so sad. Welcome back Indy! Looks great!

  • DisneyContinent

    Candlelight Processional was BEAUTIFUL! I love it so much!

  • JonnyFairplay

    Great update as always guys.

  • Outtiehere82

    Great update!

  • icleanblood

    going today! thanks for the wonderful update, Merry Christmas!

  • tad4irsh

    Another great update — makes missing Disneyland even harder when i see such great photos and updates! But the future looks good…can’t wait for the next big thing though….has to be something to take on Universal.

    I wonder what the next five years will look like at Disneyland Resports….Tomorrowland? Fantasyland? DCA? The Disneyland resorts five years from now may be another super construction zone as Tomorrowland becomes Marvel/Starwars world…..???

    • Trumpet

      Who nows, but with the latest additions in DCA, if they do redevelop Tomorrowland, it will look special. Somehow, I think it will look similar to Tron and how they hav redesigned Test Track