Merry Christmas! The biggest crowds of the year will hit Disneyland starting this week, running through the New Year holiday. Guests visiting this week should be sure to plan for some of the longest wait times of the year in every corner of the parks as guests flood the parks to celebrate the end-of-year holidays at the Merriest Place on Earth. This week we give you a taste of the crowds you should expect in the parks this Christmas week and fill you in on the latest refurbishments and construction projects around the Resort.
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!
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We’re back after our holiday break last week and we’ve got a full update for you today. Let’s get started!
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Be sure to prepare for big crowds and long wait times if you plan on visiting the parks this weekend. Disneyland has been known to sell out frequently, hit capacity and close its gates at times during the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you plan on visiting, arrive with the proper expectations and a lot of patience – eat meals during off hours, don’t expect to ride more than a small handful of rides, plan and utilize Fastpass and be kind and patient with fellow guests and Cast Members alike.
Big crowds also means big traffic problems in New Orleans Square. Large portions of New Orleans Square walkways are now roped off throughout the day for overflow Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion Holiday extended queues.
Keen eyes may spot new safety railing installed along portions of the mountain that Cast Members access during walk-throughs and maintenance – all part of Disneyland’s on-going appeasement of Cal/OSHA.
Nearby in Tomorrowland, the official word from Disney is that the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will officially close on January 6 for a multi-month extended refurbishment project that will run through late 2014. Disney’s announcement follows a lot of rumors and speculation that Disney is quietly shuttering the attraction, one of the park’s most expensive to operate and maintain, to save money with no plans to reopen it.
It wouldn’t be the first time Disney has closed an attraction for an extended “refurbishment” and never reopened it, but with so much money spent to revive the subs last decade and the “Finding Dory” sequel to “Finding Nemo” coming out in 2016, another Submarine Voyage closure is hard to believe for many fans.
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[center]Celebrate Mary Poppins
at Disney California Adventure
December 16-22, 2013[/center]
Last week Disney had a special meet-and-greet in Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land with Mary Poppins, Bert and a penguin to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary as well as the release of “Saving Mr. Banks.” Meet and greet guests also got a free “Saving Mr. Banks” movie poster.
Holiday Gift Guide 2013
Give some Disney magic this year!
Today, Monday, December 23 is your last chance to order from Amazon with one-day shipping. So, if you need to get some last-minute shopping done for that Disney fan on your list (or a little something for yourself) it’s not too late! We have a list of some great Disney gift ideas below for any Disney fan on your list.
By buying through the Amazon links below you’ll also be helping support Dateline Disneyland at no additional cost to you!
Great Disney Books
Spectacular Diamond and Anniversary Edition Animation Blu-ray
New Animation Blu-ray and more
Great Anniversary Edition and New Release Live Action Blu-ray
Amazing Marvel Blu-ray and more
Search for that special gift using the search box below:
|Holiday Video Playlist|
We featured nearly a dozen holiday videos from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure this holiday season. From a holiday ride on the Omnibus and Jingle Cruise and to Viva Navidad and Winter Dreams, relive some holiday magic from the parks from home with our 2013 holiday YouTube playlist below:
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|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
December 23-29, 2013
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8 am – 12 midnight
8 am – 11 pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
|[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]|
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|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
|OK! That’s it for this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland! This will be our last regular update of 2013, with our annual year-in-review running next week. We’ll see you again with the latest news and information from Disneyland in 2014! Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!
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