Holiday treats bring seasonal tastes to Disneyland Resort theme parks

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

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Published on November 25, 2013 at 5:05 am with 25 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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  • jcruise86

    Thank you, Andy!

    REQUEST for you or Fishbulb: I’d live video clips of the Buena Vista Street Community Bellringers (?) AND that excellent costumed caroling group that performs in the hotel lobbies.

    Anyone: when do these groups begin performing? After Thanksgiving?

    Have a nice Thanksgiving!

  • eicarr

    The bigger interest for Marvel live actin over animation is great news for the future direction of things to be build. Looking forward to Star Wars live action too.

    • Freddie Freelance

      I think there’s enough interest in the Marvel & Star Wars live action that they could be the centerpiece of the long rumored Third Gate Park, maybe with a PeopleMover/Speederbike ride connection between it and DL Tomorrowland?

  • whamo

    I’m glad the Buena Vista Windows show some improvement. Now if they’d only get rid of the Chinese junk and replace it with unique, quality merchandise, they’d have a street to compare with Main Street’s shopping.

  • SoCalFan

    Quick question about the Downtown Disney Starbucks that I wonder if anyone knows the answer too. Will the Starbucks connect to and have a second entrance in the garden courtyard of the GCH that borders it right there? It would make sense, to me at least, to have not only an entrance from DTD, but also from the hotel grounds for guest of the hotel. If nothing else, it’s something for them to tout for guest staying at the GCH.

    • Freddie Freelance

      ^ Ooooh! This! Not just because hotel guests could enter Starbucks easier, but so that garden courtyard would get more use, even if that use is by Starbuckers.

  • a-mad

    Thank you for the video from the Omnibus…. 7:48 of pure bliss. I don’t get to the DLR as often as I would like… and that pretty much made my day (… and probably… week!)

    There’s nothing like DL during the holidays… and getting video of the brass band and the Dapper Dan’s on Main Street was just icing on the (very delicious holiday) cake.

  • Hooray for Roastie Toastie Santa!!! He’s soooo cute. It’s neat that they take the time to replace the usual little doll with a holiday themed one.

  • disneylandfan8

    Where are any details, besides dates/narrators, for Candlelight Processional? I heard seats will only be available for VIP/Invitation Only. Have seen no official info from Disney.

    • disneylandfan,

      Sorry for the vague details on Candlelight. Disney has yet to release any information publicly and as far as I was able to find out, the event is once again not open to the public or Annual Passholders and is for invited guests and media only this year. Regular park guests who wish to see the event will have to watch from the standing-room only viewing areas in Town Square. Good luck!

      Thanks for reading,

      • disneylandfan8

        Thank you for the update Andy.

        Looks like Disney is again catering to guests who are more affluent than even Annual Passholders (Club 33 members, celebrities, VIPs, etc.)

  • pattimarie

    thanks andy for all the detail shots of food and merchandise. i want you to know i really appreciate it since my mobility has become limited. i can see what’s really worth walking to, or just enjoy a virtual visit at home. i used to think i was the only person who went to disneyland and took close ups of the cups, the great desserts, etc.!

  • RuneM

    Thanks for the update! I’ll see if I can brave any crowds on Thursday/Friday, but quick question, is Microsoft still the sponsor for Innoventions? Because I can definitely see the old Xbox area showcasing Disney Infinity

    • Rune,

      Microsoft is still one of the sponsors of the Innoventions Dream Home on the bottom level of Innoventions. The Xbox 360 area had been showcasing Disney Infinity since the game was released until its recent closure.

      Thanks for reading!

  • CCS

    Thanks, Andy. Great update. Did you happen to go into the Plaza Inn? They are supposed to have the Pumpkin Yule Log through December 1. I hope they don’t run out before we get there on Saturday!

    • CCS,

      I’ve been in the Plaza Inn recently and seen the Yule Log (although, I’ve noticed it has sold out by the evening on some days!), but I missed out on getting a photo of it when I was in the park on Saturday.

      Thanks for reading and enjoy your Yule Log! 🙂

  • simba1

    Always a fan of Dateline Disneyland. The Osprey Nest is supposed to look like that is it not? Wild Osprey nests typically have string and other soft material mixed in with sticks. If you Google Image search Osprey Nest the very first picture looks almost identical to Disney’s nest just with red string mixed in instead of blue. I always thought Disney got the nest right with blue string mixed in it, makes it look more realistic.

    As always, thanks for the thorough update!

    • Hi Simba,

      The blue wire framework in Osprey nest wasn’t always visible. Here’s a photo that we ran in a May 2010 update right after the river had reopened after its major overhaul.

      Thanks for reading!

  • michael darling

    The female moose has a hole in her front leg. I remember the additions to the river a few years back…..anyone recall the shiny mountain lion?

    • mondo

      Hunting is bad

  • victoriaskitten

    This has really got me ready to hit the road and leave tomorrow for my Christmas visit. I have to wait a few more weeks though.
    I had to laugh while watching the Omni bus video I kept movig to avoid hitting the guests in the road.
    I really appreciate the list of the holiday treats and where to find them. I will make note and take the list with us.
    As always thank you for my weekly gift from MiceChat.

  • saperuch

    Speaking of Space Mountain, it’s a shame to see the state that it’s in after such a lengthy refurb just a few years ago. In fact, I currently own one of the original ride vehicles, (rear car #5), that I purchased at an online auction during the refurb. I am ready to sell it but I need to know if there is any interest out there. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be grateful for your help.