Summer changes continue as Disneyland celebrates Christmas in July

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

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Published on July 29, 2013 at 5:05 am with 33 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 wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • BC_DisneyGeek

    Limited Time Magic is turning out to be one of the weakest promotions ever.

    Christmas in July could have been a great promotion. Imagine a summer visitor, who won’t be back at Christmas, getting to see the holiday fireworks and snowfall. That might be well received. Red and green sprinkles and some leftover merchandise? Not so much.

    • MrsMonroe

      Yes i agree 🙂

  • Mousecat

    So has Dusty Sage began collecting Dusty the Plane merchandise?

    • LOL. You know me so well. 😉

      But what I want to know is . . . has Dusty the plane started collecting Dusty Sage merchandise?

  • eicarr

    Although not excited about the “planes” toy infomercial, it’s charictors could really add life to and improve condor flats.

    To me, the parks are looking great! Main Street this past decade just seems like a money pit of unnoticed bypassed updates though. Money better spent elsewhere(ie Rivers of America) While Starbucks will justify construction, saving Disneyana will not solve the low crowd issues at the bank.

    Happy with everything I see in this great update though

  • Marko50

    Regarding the AP Ltd Time Magic, the subheader in this article not been changed from last week’s offering (Muppets Christmas Carol) though the info underneath it is correct.

    And the strawberry shortcake Mickey Demitasse Dessert was also available at Carnation complete with signage, though I’m not sure the sign mentioned Christmas in July.

  • bayouguy

    The Dateline Disneyland is always a highlight for the week. And great job for fast becoming the de facto Disneyland maintanence project management team. Seems like someone at Anaheim is snoozing at his/her desk.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    What is the purpose of this pathetic “limited time magic” campaign? It certainly cannot be driving attendance. Who would plan an expensive trip to Disneyland to get a red and green cookie? I nominated “limited time magic” as the worst promotion Disney has even done.

    • Big D

      Sorry. Blue Raspberry Churros for Light Magic (supposedly they look sparkly just like the parade!) has that crown, and I’m pretty sure nothing will ever top it.

  • garyman

    Good Update as always. Won’t be there again until October

  • KENfromOC

    Love the new hand-painted cel art program. I still have the cel I got at the Studios in WDW from years ago. I think I paid about $75 for it, so these prices are not unreasonable.
    As the the Christmas in July – yes lame, but I wonder if the real purpose is test-marketing new treats for the holidays – maybe?

  • Eric Davis

    Yeah not too sure about Planes for Adults… but I am sure it will be a hit with Kids. But I think that Limited Time Magic has just not been able to endure. If maybe they had been monthly or 3 monthly long major activities.

    Like bringing back a long lost parade. Having the parks flooded with characters etc.

    • Disneyland started off with a bang with the return of the Golden Horseshoe Review and Tiana’s Mardi Gras Bash. I also enjoyed the Greek Small World festival. That was promising. I’d like to see more stuff like that.

      • Jayce

        The Golden Horseshoe Review was awesome. The limited time magic events started off a bit promising but boy they sure are falling flat lately.

      • jcruise86

        I wanted a film fest of three or four restored, classic 360 Circlevision films.

      • jcruise86

        P.S. We also LOVED the Golden Horseshoe show in 2013.

        Caption for the photo of the 2 BV St. police officers: “Why you’re the best looking person I’ve seen here all week!”

      • CCS

        We thoroughly enjoyed the return of the Revue back in February. Now….. if we can just get Billy Hill & the Hillbillies back into that venue…….

  • Orlando71

    I wish they would bring world of color to Hollywood Studios

  • Wendygirl

    I went last Monday dressed in my Disney Christmas t-shirt – probably the only guest in both Parks who knew what was going on and that includes CM’s. I was the one explaining Christmas in July to them. I did see the Passholder presentation of Muppet Christmas Carol which was nice, got some Peppermint Ice Cream and also an Ice Peppermint Mocha with a Mickey head sugar cookie. I agree that they could have done so much more to make Christmas in July better! Now this week – an ice cream sundae, seriously? They did start out well and have had some good things but maybe it’s the middle of Summer doldrums or maybe they don’t think they need to do anything “big” in order to get people into the Parks during their busy season anyway. I hope things pick up for Limited Time Magic or it certainly will not go out with a bang.

  • TweedlDum9

    Hmmm, Winter Dreams! What a perfect fit with The Snow Q… er, Frozen.
    Is the Toy Story “Nutcracker” a short coming out separately, or something original for this holiday show?

  • victoriaskitten

    Talk about blind. Over the years I have been on Rivers of America and have NEVER seen the bald eagle. I will have to put that on my list of must finds in September. Shameful!

  • victoriaskitten

    By the way, I look forward to these MiceChat News Updates every week. They make me feel connected from so far away and keep the fire burning in me. I can’t thank everyone enough.

  • martinjbell1986

    Very excited for the World Of Color Christmas show! Better come early and grab a railing or your gonna get stuck behind a parent that puts their kid on their shoulders for the entire show.

  • Marko50

    From the above article:

    Cars Screening, plus Planes Preview
    A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
    at —–> Disney California Adventure Park 22 & 23 <—– , 2013

    Well, I tried. Otherwise, great column!

  • knechts

    We were in the park all last week and were sad to see so many of the animatronic characters not working at the end of Splash (riverboat scene.) What gives?

    • jcruise86

      See Norm’s update last update.

      Thank you for pointing it out as others have in recent weeks.

      We were there yesterday for the last trip with our APs. We didn’t go on Splash, and I didn’t notice anything our of order in either park, or if I did, I didn’t save it to my long-term memory.

      Good deal by 2013 Disneyland standards:
      We’ll attend a Halloween party for $51 per ticket purchased with our AP discount, parking included. Any chance Big Thunder will open in the next 8 weeks?

  • Zorro825

    Great update as always. That first “Winter Dreams” picture looks like someone went crazy with photoshop. Yikes! Hope the show itself is good!

  • Mouse Wizard

    Last Tuesday they did a screening for Annual Passholders of “A Muppets Christmas Carol”. I’d post a picture but I’m not sure how.

  • ssaamm

    Why is there 2 Officer Calvin Blues out? There would never be 2 Mickeys out on the same place at once.

  • Jeff Heimbuch

    I ate at Carnation Cafe on Saturday, and all of my friends questioned the Santa hat mug, until we realized Christmas in July must be the Limited Time Magic for the week.

    I agree with a previous commenter, their offerings are getting pretty bad and repetitive as time wears on. Hopefully they will have some more “bang” to upcoming ones

  • onelittlespark

    as i always say about these “holiday” offerings, what holidays are being presented? granted, Christmas is far and away the biggest winter holiday in the USA, but, if it truly is a holiday event, why is there very little regarding Hanukkah and basically nothing for Kwanza? a few years ago, i did see a Kwanza pin, and there are a few Hanukkah things out there– but, basically, you have to look for them. At least they have a menorah on main street. I am excited to see a new World of Color, but, i am guessing it will be a one-and-done situation.

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Great update as usual. A great part of the week to look forward to after work!

  • sixalex

    Officer Blue Deux? What the hey? Or is this one of Phiphi’s double exposure’s? At least Molly will be happy.