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by , 11-08-2009 at 05:40 PM
Disneyland welcomes new royalty, the resort goes Hollywood for the holidays, Christmas continues its creep and more Construction at California Adventure.

Hello Folks, it's Fishbulb filling in for Andy Castro this week on Dateline Disneyland, Andy will be back next week, but thanks to Dan Rutherford (Tron5150) and Armadillo4, we have lots of great photos and news to share with you today!

To say a lot is going on at the Disneyland Resort this week would be a severe understatment. Christmas has arrived in a big way at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Before the last pumpkin was removed from Main Street, snow was already on the Castle. This past weekend was also the taping of the "LIVE" ABC Disney Parks Christmas parade which will be aired on Christmas morning. Park goers were invited to be participants in crowd shots on Saturday and lucky guests were able to do a little star watching this weekend. Stevie Wonder performed in front of the Castle on Sunday.

In New Orleans Square park goers lined up to take their first pictures with the newest royal couple, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog. The royal couple also performs an interactive riverboat show several times a day. Tiana's Showboat Jubilee began performances on Friday November 6th to a pretty positive crowd response.

Of course, there are quite a few ongoing refurbishment and construction projects going on around the resort that we will also take a look at today - from Casey Jr. Train and Storybookland Canal boats in Fantasyland to the never ending construction of World of Color, Silly Symphony Swings, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure and Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure.

More information and ongoing discussion on many of the various construction projects featured in today's update can be found in the Project Tracker threads on MiceChat. Alright kids, let's get ready to roll:

Hello Princess Tiana!
The newly refurbished Court of Angels area inside New Orleans Square is host to a new meet and greet with the stars of Disney's Latest film, The Princess and the Frog.

Along with the meet and greet is a new processional along the waterfront of the Rivers of America and right onto the Mark Twain itself. Lucky guests can join in on the jazzy fun and become part of the show. Tiana's riverboat review is performed on the Mark Twain and can be viewed from the banks of the River. The riverboat stops center stage (just in front of the center tower for Fantasmic!).

The Disney Parks Christmas Special
Camera equipment and stages were in place for the weekend-long filming of the Disney Parks Christmas Special to be aired on Christmas Day. Park guests were asked to dance and clap to a rockin' version of Let It Snow while the first half of the parade passed in front of them.

Passage through the castle has been blocked off

And on Sunday Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Tiana, filmed her own segment along the rivers of America.

Ms. Rose sits for a post taping interview

Christmas continues to spread.
As mentioned, the Holiday is continuing to take over the resort well ahead of the official November 13th starting date.

Toon Town's fanciful decorations are up and are certainly the most colorful and fun.

Small World is getting ready for it's Holiday overlay - which opens November 13th

Holiday merchandise fills the shelves of the Main Street shops.

Please Santa, don't leave any coal

The Gates Of Both Parks Are Already In The Spirit

Disneyland turnstiles have received the ice and snow treatment

DCA has it's candy cane lettering up

DCA's Christmas tree

The Construction Status Quo

The Casey Jr. Circus Train and Storybook land Canal boats continue their extensive refurbishment.

The new structure for stroller and wheelchair rentals is still soldiering on.

Over in Disney's California Adventure, the construction progress is coming along slowly but surely. Paradise Bay continues it's waterlogged working conditions as the final touches get put on the World of Color fountain platform. Paradise Bay's fountain landmark gets a new metal topper and the last vestiges of the Orange Stinger are finally gone forever.

The Paradise Bay Amphitheater is taking shape.

Some are not too fond of the metal topper.
We'll have to see what the final version looks like.

Little Mermaid's pit has bottomed out

The World of Color Platform is coming along nicely

Notice the size of the domes compared to the workers around them

The filters are working overtime as all the soot from the months of construction is washed away by the new water

The Orange Stinger's elevator has no more bees on it and has been stripped down for a new theme

Lastly, the first foundations for Cars Land have been laid:

This and That.
Photos from around the parks.

For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Theme Park Calendar

Disneyland Park
Big Thunder Ranch: Closed through November 12 to install winter holiday overlay.
Jungle Cruise: Closed November 16 - 19
Storybook Land Canal Boats: Closed through November 19.
Casey Jr. Circus Train: Closed through November 19.
The Enchanted Cottage: Snack stand closed through November 4.
"it's a small world": Closed through November 12 to install holiday overlay.
King Arthur Carrousel: Closed December 8 - 10.
Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years/Main Street Opera House: Closed.
Reopens as The Disneyland Story: Featuring Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln December 17, 2009.
Disney's California Adventure Park
Orange Stinger: Closed for retheming. Reopens Spring 2010
Jumpin' Jellyfish: Attraction remains open while towers rotate through
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction.
Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for
remodeling through May 2011.
Paradise Bay: Drained for construction of upcoming Disney's World of Color show. Expected to be refilled mid-October 2009. Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: New show under construction.
Debuts Spring 2010.
Golden State Park and Amphitheater: Closed. New, larger viewing area for Disney's World of Color viewing under construction in same location. The new viewing area is scheduled to open February 2010 as Paradise Park.
Okay, that about does it for the November 9th edition of Dateline Disneyland. Huge thanks to Dan Rutherford (Tron5150) and Armadillo4 for helping us with photos of the new Princess and the Frog festivities.
Be sure to come back next week for the "official" launch of Christmas at the Disneyland resort and continuing coverage of construction projects and refurbishments at the resort.

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  1. Monorail Man's Avatar
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    Great Update!

    Personally, I love the new topper. Can't wait to see how it blends in with the theme around it.
  2. danyoung's Avatar
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    Excellent update. And the video engineer techno geek in me thanks you for the pics of the gear used to record the parade!
  3. MrToadie's Avatar
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    Thanks Fishbulb, pictures look great!!
  4. Mac Daddy's Avatar
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    Nice job filling in Fishbulb!! Thanks for those excellent shots!!
  5. Eagleman's Avatar
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    Thanks for the report!

    Is that that pineapple in the sky ?
    Looks chep...Disney going backwards in ther thinking!

  6. xalesa's Avatar
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    Excellent update; thanks for all the wonderful pictures!!
  7. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Nice update!
  8. SpcMtn77's Avatar
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    I know it's a little early, but I love the Christmas decorations Thanks for the update!
  9. Wendygirl's Avatar
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    Thanks for the great update Fishy. I'm sorry I didn't see you yesterday. I also got to see Anika Noni Rose and be in the background of the segment being filmed in NOS. Bruce (LostBoy) and I also got to meet and talk with and get photos with John Lasseter and George N. It was a fun day for sure.
  10. Cadensmama07's Avatar
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    GREAT REPORT!!! LOVE IT!!! Great pics of toontown and all the decorations they have up for the holidays! Love it!
  11. tigs's Avatar
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    Great update! I can't wait for December when I bring my girls for the first time (and my first time seeing the Christmas decor!)

    And a little bummed that we come home on the 17th, and the Electrical Parade starts on the 18th..oh well, something to look forward to next time!
  12. JADP's Avatar
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    I have not been to the Park at christmas time, since I was like 12. We would go every year, during the Holidays, because my Father was a "top dog", at then Hughes Aircraft, and a couple times a year they would close the park early and allow Hughes employees and their familys in with free passes and a night of magic, all to ourselfs. Seeing these pics brings it all back! Theres no combo like Disneyland and the Holidays.

    Thanks for the pictures!
  13. mycroft16's Avatar
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    Is it just me of is Alec Baldwin playing the banjo?

    Great update Fish! Thanks for all the photos. The show looks really high energy and like a lot of fun.
  14. Freddie Freelance's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleman
    Thanks for the report!

    Is that that pineapple in the sky ?
    Looks chep...Disney going backwards in ther thinking!
    I'm holding off on my opinion of this fountain topper 'til it's finished; I didn't like the way the Mickey Fun Wheel was looking while under renovation, but I changed my mind after seeing it completed & lit up.
  15. disney-fan-reborn's Avatar
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    Just a thought....

    Could this...

    Be something similar in function as this from TDL?...
    They kinda look similar is structure, meaning they look like they are made out of the same type of parts.

    Also, I'd have to say that the metal sculpture everyone is speculating about, is supposed to represent a lighthouse. Not directly, but artisticly.
  16. Eagleman's Avatar
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    My opinion only....
    fountain topper?
    It has nice rock type foundation,
    then a red and gold tower....?
    I can not call it art!
    Updated 11-09-2009 at 10:20 AM by Eagleman
  17. mickeyandme67's Avatar
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    I like Fishbulb's version of Dateline. Nice tone. Thanks.
  18. misskswann's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft16
    Is it just me of is Alec Baldwin playing the banjo?

    Great update Fish! Thanks for all the photos. The show looks really high energy and like a lot of fun.

    Goodness that does look just like him! haha, great report! Im so excited to go see the jubilee myself. The only thing I dislike is that the dress look so big on a few of the girls, too bad there arent two dresses that are made to fit the smaller and the bigger tiana's. But otherwise it all looks great!
  19. vivian's Avatar
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    This is a great Dateline. The photos are outstanding. I so miss being at DL during the Christmas holiday. Living out-of-state has me appreciating DL more than ever. Thanks for the great photos.
  20. MrToadie's Avatar
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    Thats a darn FUNNY Line, you made my day!!!

    [quote=mycroft16;bt10277]Is it just me of is Alec Baldwin playing the banjo?

    Great update Fish! Thanks for all the photos. The show looks really high energy and like a lot of fun.[/quote]
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