Crowds arrive for Christmas week at Disneyland

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

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Published on December 23, 2013 at 5:05 am with 16 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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  • eicarr

    I’m not a fan of Disney photo pass shakedowns, but getting a photo with Mary Poppins with a backdrop that makes you look like you’re in the animated segment of the movie with her is priceless.

    While crowds look bad, imagine trying to navigate the park to make ride reservations made with magic plus 6 months ago, or the mega standby lines created by magic plus leaving your only options as a 3hr wait for Lincoln or Innovations. Hope all make the best out of their holiday adventure if they go this year.

  • MrTour

    The Submarine Lagoon is beautiful and adds a sense of space to that corner of the park. Hopefully what ever will replace it will keep a similar sense of atmosphere. We can only hope…

  • mainejeff

    Wall to wall people…….sounds like so much fun!

  • rstar

    Been there, done that. Don’t plan to repeat it any time soon. Though I may pop on over Christmas day for an hour just to take a quick look before dinner…..

  • Fukai

    Disney PhotoPass is not a “shakedown.” It’s real simple: if you don’t want your photo taken, just don’t pose with a character. If you want the Photopass photographer to use your camera, just hand it to them and they’ll be happy to take the picture and it won’t cost you a penny. But don’t accuse the Disney company of illegal activity when it’s plainly not true.

    • Idaho Mouse

      Thank You, I could not have said it any better. I feel that it is one of the best features they offer as your whole group can get into one shot & the fact that they will also take your camera & get the same picture for you for free is an added bonus.

  • DobbysCloset

    I feel well updated, thanks so much. It looks like everything at Disneyland is going just perfectly. The mistletoe at the flower market looking very romantic, the goat in place, Jingle Cruise getting into the spirit as I imagined it might. Space Mountain showing off a fine coating of the residue from Anaheim’s air — local folks breathe that stuff!!

    Andy, I would love to see a forecast of the weather linked to the crowd projections — in my heart I am hoping that those who planned this trip to Southern California from northern climes have good weather to go along with their hour-plus waits.

    The Santa Claus parade is a long time Hollywood tradition. I am wondering how that might be worked into Buena Vista Street. And I desperately need a little Tow Mater Angel to dangle from my rear view mirror…

    • WaltWaltWalt

      If you come from NoCal to SoCal you don’t really need to check the weather…it’s better.


    Funny that a Sunglasshut that is literally a hut, has to have some other special branding.

  • WaltWaltWalt

    Re: crowds
    In ’75, I was 3 years old and was bouncing off the walls…couldn’t wait for Santa. My dad took me to Disneyland to wear me out on Christmas Eve. It worked, so it became a tradition. We did it every year until I was 18. I’ve got to say that it was the best day of the year to go! The longest line was probably Matterhorn at 25 minutes, but the rest of the park was empty! I remember my sister and I going on Space Mountain, and immediately running back in line to do it again. We would not hit a line until we got halfway through the room with the ship hanging from the ceiling. We probably rode it 4 times in an hour. Same goes for Big Thunder Mountain. Tom Sawyer’s Island? We owned it.

    I haven’t tried to go on Christmas Eve since, but I’ve noticed over the years that things have changed. Glad to have the memories of my sister and I running around an empty park all decked out for Christmas.

  • Idaho Mouse

    A BIG THANK YOU to you Andy for keeping us all informed each week through out the year. For those of us that can only make it to the Parks once a year it keeps us all up to date with what is going on & changing. Plus it helps with planning the yearly trip around any thing that might be closed for a refurb. A Merry Christmas to you & the whole gang & looking forward to the coming New Year & what it brings.

  • EC82

    Gotta say, I agree with the anti-PhotoPass person. Of course it’s not illegal activity, but it IS a huge scam that takes the best position for a photo and gives it over to a photographer whose first goal is to charge you for the picture. I’m sure some people think it’s a good deal, but the cost they charge for what should be free (taking a picture!) is kind of outrageous. But, I’m a curmudgeon, and I also believe Disney needs to do something about the stroller madness. Putting hundreds of strollers right in the middle of a walkway is a lousy idea. Then again, I think bringing a kid to Disneyland who is young enough to need a stroller is a pretty awful idea, too. Wait until they’re old enough to walk, at least! OK, curmudgeonly guy is checking out for the holidays … 🙂

    • AvidTurtleTalker

      I’m sure 75% of the kids in the strollers CAN walk, it’s just that they’re still little and can’t handle all the walking adults can. Then what? You get tired, cranky baby. You can start carrying the kid, but how long are you going to be up for that? I think a good solution would be to designate a large “parking lot” in each land where you can drop off the stroller for the entire time you’re in that land and you can retrieve it when you leave the land.

  • Tigger Fan

    Is there someplace I can find out if the resort will be offering special Christmas day menu items. I’ve found the holiday treats they are offering during the season.
    Thanks, Tigger

  • DisWedWay

    I can Imagine Disney Legend Mark Davis looking down on his Jungle Cruise filled with Christmas Spirit and chuckling. I was hoping to see what Trader Sam was passing out for Christmas? Hope they weren’t mindless gifts. The Big Thunder safety handrails could use a few angled sticks from top to opposite bottom corner for structural realism as in TDS.

  • train man

    I don’t forsee the subs closing for good, it is important to remember that the original submarine voyage would undergo rehabs every few years in which the water was drained and everything got TLC and honestly I think it could use some at this point the colors under water have faded most of the subs could use a paint job and the scuba suits on the AA’s underwater have tears in them. I don’t think we need to worry about loosing Walt’s eighth largest submarine fleet again!