The holidays are in full swing at Disneyland as the park gets ready to host its annual Candlelight Processional in Town Square this upcoming weekend. The decades-long holiday tradition was hosted for an unprecedented 20 nights last year, but the event returns to its traditional two-night run for 2013. Meanwhile, as Candlelight begins to take shape in Town Square, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure‘s candy kitchens made their first batch of the wildly popular hand-made candy canes over the weekend. Elsewhere around the park, holiday music can be found from Main Street to Frontierland, Big Thunder Mountain‘s refurbishment continues and in Fantasyland, a historic part of Disneyland may soon be disappearing forever.

Don’t miss your weekly Disneyland Resort crowd forecast — provided by our friends at MouseAddict — in the Weekly News and Information Roundup at the end of today’s update!

Get a closer look at today’s update! Click on any photo in today’s blog to see a larger, high-resolution version.

We’ve got a big holiday-packed update today, so let’s get started!


Welcome to Disneyland!

The Thanksgiving holiday brought big crowds to Disneyland throughout last week. The holiday crowds will be a constant in the parks through the rest of the season, hitting their traditional peak during the week of Christmas. If you plan on visiting the Resort for the holidays, be ready for big crowds!

A look at wait times Saturday afternoon

With Disney’s new animated film “Frozen” now in theaters (and proving to be a quick success) the meet-and-greet in Fantasyland is now posting long wait times, such as this 60-minute wait on Saturday.

Over in Adventureland, the new-this-year Jingle Cruise continues to draw long waits

The added holiday spirit in Adventureland means more stroller parking in the already-cramped land.

Candlelight and Candy Canes

In Town Square, setup for Disneyland’s annual Candlelight Processional is now underway. The holiday show that tells the story of the first Chritmas will run for its traditional two-night run this weekend after running for 10 nights last year.

You can spot temporary railings atop Main Street Station for the show

Speakers and lights are going up in Town Square…

This year, the Candlelight Processional will run December 7 and 8, 2013. Below, the celebrity narrators for this year’s event.

    December 7: Blair Underwood
    December 8: Kurt Russell

As of this writing, there are no public options for seats at this year’s Candlelight Processional. No special tickets, no dining reservations, no Annual Passholder raffle. If you aren’t an invited guest or invited media, your best bet would be to arrive early and stake out a first-come, first-served standing-room only spot in Town Square.

Meanwhile, last weekend Disneyland and California Adventure’s candy kitchens made their first batches of the popular, fan-favorite candy canes of the season.

Of course, the candy canes sold out quick with guests lining up at park opening to secure their fresh, hand-made candy cane.

If you want to get your own candy cane, below are the remaining dates and park opening times when candy canes will be available.

    Candy Palace at Disneyland

  • Tuesday, December 3 (9 am park opening, 8-9 am Extra Magic Hour)
  • Friday, December 6 (9 am park opening)
  • Tuesday, December 10 (9 am park opening, 8-9 Extra Magic Hour)
  • Friday, December 13 (9 am park opening)
  • Tuesday, December 17 (9 am park opening)
  • Friday, December 20 (9 am park opening)
  • Sunday, December 22 (8 am park opening)
  • Tuesday, December 24 (8 am park opening)
    Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure

  • Monday, December 2 (9:00am park opening, 8-9 am Extra Magic Hour)
  • Saturday, December 7 (8:00am park opening)
  • Monday, December 9 (9:00am park opening, 8-9 am Extra Magic Hour)
  • Saturday, December 14 (8:00am park opening)
  • Monday, December 16 (9:00am park opening)
  • Saturday, December 21 (8 am park opening)
  • Monday, December 23 (8 am park opening)
  • Wednesday, December 25 (8 am park opening)

If you don’t want to get to the parks that early, Disney is selling pre-made candy canes. They are made with the same technique and same ingredients, just off-stage and not on the same day you buy them.

Music on Main Street

Main Street not only celebrates the holidays with Mickey-shaped garland strung up across the street and the huge tree in Town Square. In addition to regular music from the Disneyland Band and the Hook and Ladder Co., guests on Main Street during the holidays can frequently hear live holiday music from the Dapper Dans and the special Dickens Yuletide Band.

The Dapper Dans are always a treat, especially during the holidays.

Special for the holidays, the Dickens Yuletide Band performs holiday classics on Main Street.

In Frontierland, the Billy Hill and the Hillbillies are now in their final season at Disneyland and you can catch the group in at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree doing their Christmas set before they’re permanently retired in January.

It’s a shame to see Disney retire such a popular performing group from the park – they’re a big hit with guests and have a loyal fan following.

Refurbishment Round-Up

Nearby in Frontierland, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment project continues without much visible progress to be seen as it pushes toward its February 2014 reopening.

In Fantasyland, Storybook Land and Casey Jr. Circus Train will close for a brief refurbishment this week.

The Fantasyland classics are set to reopen later next week.

And in Tomorrowland, the Xbox 360 area inside Innoventions has reopened with updated displays showcasing the new Xbox One console system.

The new Xbox One stations replace Xbox 360 stations that were promoting the recent Disney Infinity game.

A few Xbox 360 stations remain with Disney Infinity.

Skyway to Yesterland

The big news in the fan community last week was the report from MiceAge that all major new projects at Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been put on hold after a failed rollout of Disney’s major $1 billion MyMagic+ project in Florida. The rumor says that all rumored projects are now on hold or outright canceled for Disneyland, including a major Monsters Inc.-themed expansion of Disney California Adventure, a huge Star Wars-themed reworking of Tomorrowland and major upgrades and enhancements for Disneyland’s Fantasyland dark rides. While the community was in hot debate over MiceAge’s latest, another rumor from Disney author and blogger Dave Koenig about the pending loss of another part of Disneyland history got lost in the shuffle.

The aging Skyway chalet in Fantasyland, across from the Village Haus Restaurant and to the side of Casey Jr., is apparently going to be the next victim of Disneyland history. The building has sat unused and largely unmaintained for years since the Skyway closed in 1994 and now Disneyland plans to demolish it after Imagineering decided they had no interest in keeping it around any longer.

It’s a shame because it’s a beautiful structure that could serve a variety of purposes – from character meet-and-greet, to merchandise location – but sits unused due to a lack of interest from management and ADA compliance for the location.

The original post for the Skyway marquee is still in place

Skyway buckets would leave from here

If you have fond memories of the Skyway, your last chance to see the building (through the trees at least) is now as demolition is expected to get underway after the start of the new year.

Welcome to Disney California Adventure!

Over at the Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney recently started offering a once-daily walking tour of the restaurant at 10:30 am before it opens for lunch. The tour is quick – only about 15 minutes long – and takes you through the major areas of the restaurant including the lobby, the main dining room, the private Premiere dining room in the Carthay tower, and more.

The tour guide, a Carthay Circle Restaurant Cast Member, shares the backstory on photos hanging in the restaurant, explains thematic design choices, and talks about Hollywood history.

The tour gives a nice inside look at the restaurant and is a great little free excursion to start your day at the park. Even though the tour includes a sales pitch at the end to book a reservation for lunch or dinner, the bulk of the tour is focused on Imagineering’s creative choices inside and Walt Disney and Hollywood history. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Big crowds have hit California Adventure for the holidays as well, with Cars Land packing them in, especially at Radiator Springs Racers which was pushing a two-and-a-half hour wait time Saturday afternoon.

The smaller rides had 30-minute waits

Limited Time Magic

[center]Bite into a Magical Thanksgiving Celebration
at Disneyland Resort
November 24-December 1, 2013
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Last week’s Limited Time Magic brought some special menu items to the parks for the Thanksgiving holiday (and highlighted a few others that were already on the menu)…

Plaza Inn’s pumpkin yule log

…and pumpkin pie

Special drinks at Jolly Holiday Bakery

Tomorrowland Terrace had a sweet potato pie that looked like McDonald’s apple pies…

[center]World of Color: Winter Dreams for Annual Passholders
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disney California Adventure

On select dates in November and December
[/center]
Annual Passholders can attend exclusive showings of the new “World of Color: Winter Dreams” at California Adventure on select nights this November and December.

    World of Color Winter Dreams Showings

    Celebrate the warmth and wonder of winter with the all-new nighttime spectacular in Disney California Adventure Park — World of Color – Winter Dreams!

    Annual Passholders are invited to attend a special viewing. Event participants may also receive a special holiday ornament, while supplies last.

    Dates
    December 2 through December 6, 2013

    Show Times
    7:00 PM show time on December 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2013
    9:00 PM show time on December 6, 2013

    Event Ticket Information

      • Registration must be completed in person, by each participating Passholder, at the Grizzly River Run Disney FASTPASS Service machines on the day of the event only; no phone reservations, registration by someone else or other forms of registration will be accepted. Registration and distribution of Disney FASTPASS tickets for each Passholder show will be based on availability. Space at this event is limited and not guaranteed.
      • Cast Members will be available at the Grizzly River Run Disney FASTPASS location to assist Passholders with event registration and to hand out holiday ornaments, while supplies last.
      • Participating Annual Passholders must present their active Annual Passports to an event Cast Member to check event availability and to register and receive a Disney FASTPASS ticket. Photo ID may be required.
      • Registration and Disney FASTPASS ticket distribution for this special event is available on each event day when Disney California Adventure Park opens‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö‚àÇ‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√´‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√úcurrently scheduled at 9:00 AM on November 15, 16, 17, 22 and December 2, 3,4,5, 6; and 10:00 AM on November 18,19, 20, 21.
      • It is recommended that all members of your party register together at the Grizzly River Run Disney FASTPASS location to help ensure that everyone receives a Disney FASTPASS ticket to the event.
      • This is an all-ages event. However, all participating Guests ages 3 and older must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event. Children under 3 may attend the event as long as there is space available and they are accompanied by an adult (age 18 or over) with a valid Disney FASTPASS ticket. Children under 3 will not receive an ornament.
      • A valid Annual Passport is required to receive a Disney FASTPASS ticket to a Passholder show and the accompanying holiday ornament.
      • One ornament and one event Disney FASTPASS ticket for each registered Passholder on each event day will be distributed at the Grizzly River Run Disney FASTPASS location, while supplies last.
      • Passholders will not receive a holiday ornament with a Disney FASTPASS ticket for any of the general audience shows.
      • More information

Below is the free ornament that Disney is giving to Annual Passholders attending the special AP showings of “Winter Dreams”

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Everything Frozen

New Animation Blu-ray and more

Great Anniversary Edition and New Release Live Action Blu-ray

Amazing Marvel Blu-ray and more

Hotel Holidays

The Disneyland Resort Hotels are all decked out for the holidays as well. At the Grand Californian Hotel, the lobby has its gorgeous Christmas tree and garland strung up.

The Disneyland Hotel is celebrating the holidays as well. Planters in front of the main Fantasy Tower feature poinsettias and these great lights.

Inside, a fun new Sleeping Beauty Castle faux gingerbread house greets guests as they enter the lobby.

Christmas trees at the Fantasia Shop

The Adventure Tower and Frontier Tower lobbies have their own Christmas trees as well.

Frontier Tower

And the popular Trader Sam’s bar is celebrating the season, too

The bar is serving up special holiday cocktails

And inside, Christmas lights and other decorations are strung up for the holidays.

And over at Paradise Pier Hotel…

A seaside-themed tree with themed ornaments and decorations

Surrounded by oversized seashells and presents wrapped with nautical wrapping

Santa meets with guests at the tree

This and That

In Downtown Disney, progress is starting to finally move along at the new Starbucks Coffee location.

A new world map design can be seen going in on the wall inside the coffee shop


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
December 2-8, 2013
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Mon.-Wed.:
9 am – 8 pm
Thursday:
9 am – 9 pm
Friday:
9 am – 12 am
Sat.-Sun.:
8 am – 12 am
Mon.-Thurs.:
9 am – 8 pm
Friday.:
9 am – 10 pm
Sat.-Sun.
8 am – 11 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
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[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [b]Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:[/b] Closed for extensive refurbishment through February 2014.
  • [B]Jungle Cruise:[/B] Delayed opening at 12:00 noon. December 2-5 and 9-12, 2013.
  • [B]Storybook Land Canal Boats:[/B] Closed December 2-12 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Casey Jr. Circus Train:[/B] Closed December 2-12 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Closed January 6 through May 22, 2014 for enhancements and redesign of outdoor portion of ride track.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • [B]Twilight Zone Tower of Terror:[/B] Reduced capacity through January 1, 2014.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
  • Starbucks Coffee: New Starbucks store under construction in former BLINK by Wet Seal location. Opens this winter.
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A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]

December 2 – 8, 2013

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About This Week’s Estimates
Our Addictometer™ crowd estimates are an average for the entire day. Expect higher crowds than this in the late afternoon and evenings. For real-time crowd levels — and where the crowds are in the parks — download the free Mouseaddict app.

  • The week after Thanksgiving is traditionally slow, but times have changed. We expect it to be less crowded than holiday weeks, but not deserted.
  • Everyone’s gone back to work and back to school, and area hotels have more rooms available than usual this week.
  • The recent rain has brought crowd levels down a notch, but this week looks mostly clear but chilly after today.
  • Saturday and Sunday will see this year’s Candlelight Processional. Expect crowds to tick up for that popular presentation.

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A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
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  • LoveStallion

    Bummer about the Skyway station. It’s quite the architectural delight. I wish they could find something to do with it, but, as you said, ADA stuff would come into play, and Disney doesn’t exactly appear to be in the mood to splurge on anything of late.

    It’s a minor loss, but it’s also one of the oldest structures in the park and it brought character to the area. It could have EASILY served as the entrance to a new dark ride built in the backstage areas behind the station.

    • sinatra12

      I think if they spent some money to add an elevator or wheelchair ramp, and do the maintenance required to restore it, they could use it for some sort of character meet and greet, or a quiet area

  • ahecht

    Your crowd calendar seems a bit off. Touringplans.com has Mon-Thu as 1 out of 10.

    • LLCMC

      Agreed. It appears they have last week’s calendar up (Thanksgiving week). It’s incomprehensible that this Tuesday would “break” the gauge. 🙂 While the holidays raise attendance on weekends, weekdays when school is still in session will be pretty low until the “winter vacation”

      • Sorry for the error, we have updated the original post with this week’s crowd forecast.

        Thanks for reading!
        -Andy

    • Rongo

      Oops! Looks like last week’s projections were accidentally posted again. Our Mouseaddict projections for this week are:

      Monday: 4
      Tuesday: 2
      Wednesday: 2
      Thursday: 2
      Friday: 6
      Saturday: 8
      Sunday: 8

      Our apologies, and we hope to have the correct information posted in this edition of Dateline Disneyland shortly.

  • Malin

    I’m happy to see the Skyway Station leave. I know a few Disneyland fans will be saddened by its removal but I’m not one of them.

  • judearmstrong

    For the average guest, you don’t even know the Skyway Station is there. Aside from being such a neat ride and being able to see over Disneyland and a faster way to get across the park I will always remember being at the bottom steps and watching tinker bell fly straight into the mattress with my brother, sister and mom and dad. And taking my friends, who didnt believe me, to see her land. I’ll be sad to see it go but it hasnt been used in almost 20 years, aside from storage, they arent bringing the buckets back so, I guess it is time to move one. Just dont turn into a corn dog cart or a stand to sell trinkets, thats all I ask

    • napamaninsocal

      It wasn’t a faster way to get across to TL. My mom, who was afraid of heights, would walk across the park and beat us every time.

  • Larry Parker

    They(arrogant, non-art appreciative, corporate bean-counters)could have made the Skyway Station a charming coffee/snack cafe. The view onto the gardens below is beautiful. But with no artistic appreciation and profit the paramount objective above all else, their decision to demolish the beautiful building with the beautiful view is understandable-unfortunately.

  • stevek

    The log jam of strollers outside the Jingle Cruise is crazy. Disney completely over marketed the product and the final quality is pretty meh in my opinion.

    Can’t say I’m overly disappointed to see the Skyway station being torn down. It was pretty clear that nothing was going to be done with it so it really made sense to tear it down before it fell down. Bigger question is if they can do anything with that property. Maybe expand Casey Jr? Likely will just stay as a green, undeveloped area which quite honestly is ok with me.

  • Zoe Necrosis

    I have to side with ahecht there – or at least I hope we’re both right in thinking this will not be a jam-packed week, as I’ve planned the family trip for Tuesday. I mean, they don’t open until 9and close at 8pm; not typical signs of a very popular week…

  • Oathkeeper

    I personally am really sad to see it go – I was too young to ever remember riding the skyway, but I have always had a fascination for that building and thought how cool it was that this piece of Disneyland history was tucked away among those trees. I only wish I could have gotten a closer look at the building myself, there is some really pretty artwork on there and I have never seen what the full version of that rhyme that goes along the top is. It would have been a perfect place to move the Tangled meet n greet to 🙁

    • stevek

      Good location, likely not ADA compliant which would potentially be a big problem.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    I, too, remember the skyway fondly. I am amazed that the building is in such good shape. I remember going up those stairs many times and it was my favorite way to get to Tomorrowland. I took the skyway to Tomorrowland many more times than the skyway to Fantasyland. It is sad to see it go. I guess we just have to expect Disneyland to decline over the years.

  • Kenny B

    That sucks about the skyway station, I only rode the WDW one, and have only been to DL once…… But this saddens me.

    BTW — Whatever happened to the former Disney accountant, who was writing articles? We all enjoyed his posts, and I think he never even finished his story……

  • bayouguy

    Thanksgiving weekend really didn’t seem very busy. It was nicely decorated and managable for us.

  • redrocker

    I can see them using the skyway area as a new smoking area..completely away from guests traffic. and there is no room behind it for a dark ride in the backstage area. Theres a fairly brand new kitchen and talent break room just behind it and road access. Its small enough as it is back there

    • Marko50

      I would think that even a smoking area would have to be ADA compliant, but that’s just a guess.

  • ScottOlsen

    I wonder how I was actually able to view parades at Disneyland in the past without all that studio lighting??

    • stevek

      The fancier studio lighting in the article is actually temporary for Candlelight.

  • TodAZ1

    If Disneyland and DCA are only open from 9 am to 8 pm til Wednesday and 9 am to 9 pm on Thursday, how busy could they be? That’s almost off season hours.

  • Dizzey

    It used to be a fun “look to the past” to see the Skyway building. I told my kids about the old cable ride a few times while showing them the building and challenging them to imagine it, but it makes sense to take it down. It’s probably fairly rotted at this point. Worse to lose the Court of Angels, in my opinion.

    Side story – Disney must not like the negative press about this latter issue… I was in the park last week and held my camera up to see over the cheesy plywood gate at COA. I was immediately jumped on by a cast member telling me that that was not allowed. He wasn’t very nice about it, either. Very un-Disney. Sheesh. Soured me even further to the whole thing and made me think about the nearly $1000 I spent in park hopper tickets for the family. Overall it’s still the Happiest Place on Earth, but this guy must not have got the full training. It’s just a construction photo for Pete’s sake… the kind of thing I’ve seen here on MiceChat all the time. Fully cover the opening if it’s such a big deal.

    • stevek

      I think most people, including the owners of this site and many of the various site photographers, will tell you that it’s a no-no to take pics over a fence. My guess is that the guy has had a billion peeps trying to take pics and is pretty tired of telling everyone no…or he was just being a bit jerky about it.

  • MikkiandtheMouse

    I have incredibly fond memories of the Skyway, but it gone. Seeing the Skyway Station go isn’t really a point of sadness for me. It’s a shame they haven’t used it for a Meet and Greet because it’s a beautiful building and could be nicely utilized but since it’s gone so long without a guest inside, tearing it down is the way to go.

  • Indy Fan 1

    Really upset about losing the Skyway station. But it does make sense because it likely has fallen into disrepair and has been eaten by termites. If it were up to me, I would try to bring the Skyway back in some new form that is ADA compliant.

  • Country Bear

    Great update Andy. Thank you for the wonderful pictures and especially the videos. It’s nice to be there without actually “being” there. I have ridden the skyway many times and really enjoyed this station because it was a unique area and building. It always felt like when you got off at this station you had been transported to another time and place. Part of the old Disney magic. I’m nostalgic about it, but the gondola really took you away from the show at Disneyland. You could see generic roof tops and behind the scenes of several areas. A delight for a Disney geek, but probably less so for your average guest.

    Thanks again for the update.

  • parker4fm

    The Skyway area is clearly large enough to hold another flat ride of some type, Meet & Greet, or light snack stand. I’m looking forward to seeing something happen with that…whenever that may come. Disney World received beautiful restrooms…that could always happen…

  • Algernon

    What a great ride the Skyway was. Imagine going all the way through the Matterhorn, coming out on the other side and looking down to see the Peoplemover, the non-Nemo Submarine Voyage, the elevated Astrojets, the smooth, colorful pavement, and then going up the old (and much nicer) entrance to Space Mountain, before going on the very uplifting Carousel of Progress, and the Adventure Through Inner Space. If only somebody would open up Yesterland for real! Maybe when virtual reality arrives….

  • pattimarie

    I MISS THE SKYWAY MOST OF ALL!!!

  • msjstricker

    I love the holiday decorations in the hotels and at Trader Sam’s. They actually make me want to make the trek to see them in person! I just might…

    I’m not super sad to see the Skyway chalet go, either. I mean, WE know it’s there, but to the casual guest, it probably goes unnoticed for the most part. It would have made a great character meet-n-greet area, but… it is what it is.

    I am getting a little scared though about this seemingly slow process of demolishing pieces of Disneyland history, though. I was unfazed by the Court of Angels closure, but now there’s the Skyway chalet… What’s next? Tom Sawyer’s Island? Makes me nervous :/

  • EC82

    Was there ever a time when the general public could view the Candlelight Procession? It seems so wrong to have the seating area be open only to invited VIP guests and media.

    • stevek

      The general public can see Candlelight. Every year we’ve gone, we have not been in the seated section. We just get early and either A) get one of the green benches they put out first come, first served or B) find a place on the curb to the side over near the Opera House.

  • EC82

    BTW, why not just use Aladdin’s Oasis as a stroller parking area, away from the crowds and the walkways? (My own opinion is that the stroller set are incredibly short-sighted and fail to realize their kids don’t even CARE that they are at Disneyland — perhaps I’m just tired of having my foot run over by strollers or having strollers block so much of the walkway that grown-up types can barely even get through.)

  • stitch1085

    I’d like to take the time to complain about the new system over in Florida. I recently went over to Florida and upgraded my Premium DLR pass to a Premier pass. When I returned from my vacation, the Premier pass I had just acquired was not valid at DLR. The cast members simply rolled their eyes and called a lead, it would seem that because this new AMAZING system that is being rolled out over in Florida is not able to connect with DLR’s system and results in some passes not being recognized. For three weeks now I have been unable to get access to the park without calling a lead nor have I been afforded my 20% discount without either waiting for a lead or simply just saying “forget it I don’t need the discount.” It’s really ridiculous that I shelled out over $1000 for this new pass and the damned thing doesn’t work properly because of Florida’s new “State of the art” system. Hate to say it but it is a complete bust! If something is broken DON’T FIX IT! *RANT OVER*

    The Skyway station going away makes me sad, maybe they will level it and convert it into a Rapunzel meet and greet with a gorgeous new tower (similar to the one in WDW). That would be awesome!!!

    • LBJeff

      It’s not the new system. Last year, during my visit to WDW, I accidentally brought my expired Premium annual pass, instead of my current one. WDW ticketing people told me directly that their ticketing system has never been tied into DLR ticketing. They could not upgrade my pass without having the current one, even though they could verify I had a current Premium pass, nor could they replace my pass. My husband went through the same experience, though, that you describe after he upgraded at WDW and then we tried to enter DLR.

      Between us, it took Guest Services at DLR to get our situations corrected. They ended up cancelling the WDW Premier pass, and issuing him a new Premier pass from DLR.

  • Will G

    I don’t know if this has been noted or changed more recently, but Saturday night I noticed from the Train that the 3 geese on the top deck of the Zip-A-Dee Lady in Splash Mountain are once again animated.

    I would have taken a picture – but what would have been the point?! 😉

  • KCmike

    Glad the WDW magic pass is a bust. I hated the thought of this idea of planning out my vacation to the last second. Is the magic band really over or are they still toying with the idea?

    The Christmas tree and garland at the GCH looks great. Still really sad about Billy Hill. We got to see them a few weekends ago but missed Elvis Billy as he was off that day. I see he’s not in your picture as well. Is he already gone for good or are we just both missing him on his off days?

    Thanks again for the great updates.

    • Wendygirl

      No Elvis Billy is not gone. He was out for awhile due to some medical stuff. He has been back since – he was there today for instance. Billy Bald (Duane) is on a two week vacation right now. Also, The Billy page on Facebook is being renamed to Kirk Wall and The Billys. That would be Kirk, Dennis, Anders and Rick. The other group of Billys is called Billy and the Hillbillies and is John Eaden, John Marshall, John David and Duane. In Disneyland both groups are called Billy Hill and the Hillbilles. Hill was added by Disneyland. The two groups do gigs outside the Park – looks like they will be trying to do more of that in the future. Disneyland is making a big mistake in my humble opinion!

  • raidermouse

    Hey that’s me in the Carthay Tour pics in Red! How cool! Great tour by the way and my 2 daughter’s really enjoyed it too!

  • Tinkbelle

    I loved the Skyway. If there was one “yesterland” ride I could bring back, it would be the Skyway. I’m very sad to hear that the historic building will be demolished. I’ve not been impressed with many decisions made at Disneyland in 2013. Every Dateline leaves me more at peace that we have no plans in the works for a future visit.

  • Mark Wilkinson

    Oh my god. I get depressed just reading how sad everyone is that an abandoned building is being removed. Even people who never went on the Skyway! Huh? I’m sorry but I have had enough real tragedy in my life to be overly sadden by this.

  • MrOCT31

    I think the depression comes more from the losing of another historical area of the park used or unused. “They” could do something with that building, they’ just don’t want to and it’s a shame since now you have to wonder, what will be next to go?

  • Klutch

    Failed rollout of MyMagic +? What’s the story here? I’d like to read more about that. Is there an article about it somwhere which I missed?

    • stevek

      It hasn’t necessarily failed…just very challenged at this point. Haven’t read Kevin Yee’s new article on the front page but maybe something in there…looks like it’s talking about magic bands, etc.

      • Klutch

        OK, I found a Micechat article from 26 November which explains all the big projects being cancelled due to major delays and problems with MyMagic+. And I’ve seen a few other online articles about problems with it. But I haven’t really seen any details of specific problems.

  • Turboman

    Waited 40 minutes for Jingle Cruise and it was fairly awful. Our skipper was obviously uncomfortable with the material.

    Waited 0 minutes for the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and we were repeating our guide’s jokes the rest of the weekend. It was a hit with our entire family.