The holidays arrive at Disneyland with new offerings and returning favorites

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Features


Published on November 11, 2013 at 6:26 am with 32 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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  • pinkertonfloyd

    That jungle cruise skipper needs to work on his timing… completely flat for most of his delivery…

  • TweedlDum9

    Another great update as always.
    But the IASW projection show is NOT “new.” The video you linked looks like a really nice refresh of what they added 3-4 years ago. Definitely one of my favorite things to show people when I go, and another great example of an under-used, ‘hidden’ treasure accidentally stumbled upon like the Court of Angels was.

  • ChrisNJ

    Happy Anniversary Dateline Disneyland. And thank you for sharing so much of what we love about Disneyland. You bring joy to the many of us that can’t get to the park on a regular basis. Thank you!

  • Michael Greening

    Fantastic report Andy and gorgeous photos.
    Your love of Buena Vista Street really shows through in your photos of it.

  • Kimura

    One small note…

    It’s the Guest Services building, not Guest Relations, that’s under refurbishment.

    Guest Services is located next to Disneyland’s main entrance.

    Guest Relations is located next to DCA’s main entrance.

  • KCmike

    When do you think they will add the garland and greenery above main street?

    Congrats on 6 years!

  • johntodd

    Come on BTMRR… you can soft-open on December first. I know you can do it.

  • StrikeYerColors

    Great update. I haven’t been in yet to see all the decorations. I love the new additions to MS, but my favorite is definitely the decor at the Jungle Cruise. I always wanted Adventureland to have Christmas decorations like the rest of the park (and considering the colonial time period, it’s plenty fitting in theme), and what they did there with the mish mash of the crafty, the African inspired, the vintage, and the existing tropical flora is EXACTLY what I envisioned many years ago! I can’t wait to see it in person and ride the cruise. The jokes will be cheesy as always, I am sure, but I think that this will prove popular year after year.

  • TwilitWings

    Happy six years!!

    I love the custom Main Street garland! Always like it when separate stores look like unique entities, even when they’re technically connected on the inside. Most of the decorations, both new and old, look lovely. Only sad note (related to the Christmas decorations, at least) is the return of the lackluster Toontown decorations. Oh well, there’s always next year. ;)

  • Marko50

    Thanks for the update, Andy, as well as for the sad news that the Billys will be leaving.

  • Internitty

    Is Christmas still going to be an event you have to pay extra for and wear a wrist band to attend?

  • DisneylandTraveler

    Many Billy petitions out there. Do it the Chicago way. Vote Early and vote often. Here is my personal pledge. Whatever the replacement for Billy Hill is going to be, I’m boycotting it on principal, especially if its some kind of interactive game. Swapping out skillful trained musicians and entertainers for an interactive element that is done on the cheap is an insult to intelligence.,

  • goldenhorseshoe

    Wow! The decorations look so beautiful. I’ve never been during the Christmas season and hope to go sometime in the future. Thank you for the beautiful photos and videos!

  • Scarlet Spanky

    Thanks for all the updates!!!