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"It's That Time of Year" Holiday decor, Merchandise & Snow White's 70th, + Much More

Rating: 2 votes, 5.00 average.
by , 11-22-2007 at 08:15 PM


Happy Holidays! Hopefully you aren't still too full of turkey and pumpkin pie, and you haven't been mauled too bad from the Black Friday shopping crowds - cause it's time for our very first "Dateline Disneyland" photo update!

WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
The toll booths at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure are sporting Christmas wreaths.


The billboards at the tram stop announce the holiday festivities at the parks.







The new marketing campaign for this year's holiday season is really nicely done. The snowman from last year is missed, but this year's designs are really great.









The billboard near the security checkpoints is pushing APs for Christmas gifts.





IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS...
New park maps.




Disneyland park is decked out in its holiday finest.




The poster for "Remember... Dreams Come True" is still up in the entry tunnel, despite it being on hiatus to make way for the Holiday show.


Poinsettias swirl in the flower beds


And of course, the Disneyland Christmas tree rises high above Town Square







The Christmas tree in Walt's Apartment is up



The following Main Street photos are linked to their respective flickr pages and are available there for high-res download, if you're interesed.

Main Street Carolers!
You can watch a video of the carolers, by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk3kmqsLvmc




The Disneyland Band has their Christmastime uniforms on.

















Frontierland is decked out for the holidays, too.




Inside the Golden Horseshoe:







Over in Critter Country, Pooh and Brer Rabbit have decked out the place quite nicely. The balloons holding the garlands up in the sky is a clever touch, and overall, Critter Country is a nice little corner during the holidays.










A small, but nice touch:




SLEEPING BEAUTY'S WINTER CASTLE
Of course, the talk of the town is Sleeping Beauty Castle's new winter overlay.
For a video of the Castle lighting ceremony, click here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...80727655893957

The Castle projector boxes have been open all week. Talk about bad show. Guests shouldn't be able to see this sort of stuff.


On paper, the idea of Sleeping Beauty Castle covered in magical snow is pretty awesome, but the reality of the concept is quite lacking in several areas. Overall, the entire overlay seems incomplete. There are patches of snow that are missing. The icicles are incredibly tacky. And at night - only half of the Castle is lit, so if you're in Fantasyland, the illusion of magical, glowing snow is shattered.





This turret didn't even get snow.


Missing snow




Did it melt?




This is just cheap. Forget about being able to immerse yourself in the illusion - You can clearly see where the snow ends.





At night, the lighting effect looks great from far away. But up close, not so much.




Sections of icicle lights and snow don't work.


First year glitches are many.


Magical? Not really.


And it's not like the snow and icicles that aren't working are kind of hidden from view.. The wreath and icicles on the front of the Castle above the drawbridge aren't working, either.



And despite the trees around the Castle being covered in lights for Christmas, none of them are ever turned on.



The most unfortunate part of this overlay is that the back of the Castle is not lit. At night, from Fantasyland it is glaringly obvious that there's something missing from the overlay. No lights at all, and you can see where the snow lights and icicle lights stop. Bad show.





SNOW WHITE CELEBRATES 70
The DCA guide map has a blurb about the Snow White 70th Anniversary exhibit in the Disney Animation pavilion.


The exhibit is set up in the lobby of the Disney Animation attraction in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. It's done very nicely. The animation loop on the overhead screens has been changed to nothing but Snow White clips and audio.















A wall shows "how animation works" and includes flip books with reproductions of original Snow White animation art for guests to flip through. This is a great touch, an is a great little thing for the Disney Animation attraction.








Overall, the exhibit is done exceptionally well. It's a perfect use for the big lobby area, and hopefully this will become home to more exhibits in the future now that the Disney Gallery at Disneyland is gone. The use of the screens and audio is an amazing touch that compliments the exhibit material perfectly. Using the lobby as gallery space is a smart move and it feels completely natural.



Anyway, over in the Character Close-Up room the Wall-E glass case has a new backdrop:


And the case that previously advertised Meet the Robinsons now features a big teaser for 2008's Bolt.



The Off the Page store next door is selling loads of new Snow White merchandise. Here's some of it.



























ENCHANTED
The new Enchanted pre-parade with Princess Giselle is now rolling out before the Christmas Fantasy parade.
For a video of the "Enchanted" pre-parade, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8I8D0r3CtU







DISNEY GALLERY
The last remnant of the old Disney Gallery is now gone. The signs that were on the base of the stairs are now gone.




And a look at elevator construction...



HOLIDAY TREATS & EATS
And finally, a look at some of the seasonal goodies available at Blue Ribbon Bakery and the candy shop in DCA's Greetings From California.

Holiday biscotti








Pumpkin muffins are still available, too.











What a delicious way to wrap up our very first Dateline Disneyland. We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving - and for the record, the thing that we are most thankful for around here is you, our wonderful readers. See you next week for more visions from Disneyland.

- Andy Castro
MasterGracey

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Updated 11-29-2007 at 10:02 AM by Monorail Man

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  1. cakvalasc's Avatar
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    GREAT USE OF PHOTOS.

    I absolutly love every photo and comment you posted!
  2. xalesa's Avatar
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    Congrats on this new job! Very nice update; I enjoy your reports and will certainly look for them now! Great photos; I love the ones of the cookies and treats!!
  3. pixie chick's Avatar
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    Great job MG! Keep up the wonderful updates!
  4. SleeplessInSG's Avatar
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    Thank you very much for the update! Look forward to many more!
  5. composerboy's Avatar
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    Really great pics. I didn't even know about the Snow White Exhibit! I'm heading there tomorrow! Thanks!
  6. disneyland255's Avatar
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    What a neat update! I really like this! I hope that these types of updates will continue and become a staple at MiceAge
  7. mickeyandme67's Avatar
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    To each his own I guess... I think the castle looks great!
  8. dsnylndmom's Avatar
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    What a wonderful first entry How are you going to top that? Pictures are fantastic, thank you!
  9. IMAGINE's Avatar
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    great coverage, but the nitpicking of the castle lights...sure it would be nice if the show was kept and had the castle decored fully, but this is the first year of trying it, so cut them some slack. It shouldn't be expected to have full spending on something unsure in its success.
  10. travelmom's Avatar
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    Thank you!
    A total delight!
  11. FI183's Avatar
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    Thank you! and thak god someone agrees with me with the lights! I was reading and seeing a lot of pics and people's comments and was like "what?!? It looks horrible!". To me its the damn icicle lights, get rid of those and I'll be fine. They looks sooo damn tacky and they're too long, ruining the forced perspective on the castle! this whole time I was expecting something extraordinary and was dissapointed with the end result, just my 2 cents.
  12. phkna's Avatar
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    Take pictures post pictures keep opinion to one's self IMO
  13. Tammy77's Avatar
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    Great pics! thanks for posting them!
  14. SamIAm's Avatar
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    Thanks for the great update. Disneyland has my heart. I am immediately heading for eBay to get a Snow White 70th pin. I didn't realize until that photo that Snow White was released on the date of my birth, although I was born many years later. Have to have the pin!
  15. MasterGracey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureImagineer183
    Thank you! and thak god someone agrees with me with the lights! I was reading and seeing a lot of pics and people's comments and was like "what?!? It looks horrible!". To me its the damn icicle lights, get rid of those and I'll be fine. They looks sooo damn tacky and they're too long, ruining the forced perspective on the castle! this whole time I was expecting something extraordinary and was dissapointed with the end result, just my 2 cents.
    That's so true. I've been trying to place what, exactly throws off the overlay... and it's the destruction of the forced perspective. It makes everything looks weird and off...

    Of course, the icicle lights themselves are still tacky, and the fact that only the front half of the Castle is lit... the carelessness with the forced perspective is definitely the nail in the coffin.
  16. peterpan47's Avatar
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    Thanks so much for the fabulous update! I can't wait to get there and see it in person.
  17. wdwnut4life's Avatar
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    Fabulous photos! Disneyland looks beautiful as always! We need some WDW holiday pics next! Happy holidays everyone!
  18. peoplemover1's Avatar
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    Keep your opinions coming MG!! This is what makes your updates great! (as well as all the detailed info on what's happening at DL and DCA!!) I wanna see lots of opinions because what someone may see as "nit picky", someone else may see as thought provoking!!

    In regard to the half-a**ed job they have done on the castle this year... I expect more out of Disney! I don't know why we wouldn't expect extremely high standards from them!!! They should expect that of themselves! We know that they tried to "fix" the ugly icicle lights but their "fix" was not good enough.... IMO. I like it at night but during the day it is ridiculous... makes for very ugly family photos! I can't imagine they would bring that back next year...
  19. mikeland's Avatar
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    Very nice! Thanks!
  20. Todd R's Avatar
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    Great job!!!! Thank You Very Much. Keep up the good work
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