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Christmas in full swing, World of Color testing, Candlelight coming, MORE

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by , 11-29-2009 at 07:50 PM
Welcome to the post-Thanksgiving edition of Dateline Disneyland! But if you were at the Disneyland Resort this past weekend, it was quite clear that there was only one holiday in the mind of the Disney Company . . . Christmas!

It's actually a very interesting and wonderful time at the Disneyland Resort. One park is a buzz of construction activity and the other is in full celebration mode. Candlelight has begun setting up on the steps of the Main Street Train Station at Disneyland, while the new rental facility just outside the gates has taken on a more definitive shape. Everywhere you look at Disneyland, the park is covered in Holiday cheer.

California Adventure
continues its unprecedented reconstruction project. The hills of Carsland are mounding into shape while World of Color and the Little Mermaid construction are forcing foot traffic to be rerouted through a maze of neon blue walls.

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: California Adventure Project Tracker and disneyland Project Tracker

Tons of holiday cheer and construction await - Let's join the excitement!
- Fishbulb (filling in for Andy Castro this week)

Inside Dateline Disneyland

  • Welcome to Disneyland!
    More Stroller Central construction, Candlelight begins setup,
  • Christmas in Disneyland (Daytime)
    Main Street U.S.A. is decked out, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, Big Thunder Ranch,
  • California Construction
    Up-to-date photos of California Adventure's on-going $1 billion Extreme Makeover®

    • World of Color and Paradise Park Viewing Area
    • Silly Symphony Swings
    • The Little Mermaid & Cars Land

  • Christmas in Disneyland (Night)
    A photo tour of the Christmas festivities offered at the resort at night.
  • Around the Parks
    Photos from around the parks.
  • Weekly News and Information
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments, Courage the pardoned turkey

The central stroller and wheelchair rental building in the Main Entrance Plaza, in front of the Disneyland Kennel Club is beginning to take on the familiar shape of the existing architecture of the front gates

Inside Disneyland, Candlelight scaffolding has begun to be staged for setup on the Main Street Train Platform

Christmas is in full swing inside Disneyland. So much so, that we will cover it in two parts; Daytime and nighttime.

Disneyland's a Christmas Fantasy Parade runs twice daily
(it is nice to have a real Disney quality parade in the park again)

When he isn't busy with his holiday parade,
Big Thunder Ranch is Santa's home in the park

The latest photos of California Adventure's on-going $1 billion (and then some) remodel and expansion.

Guests heading over to Paradise Pier continue to be rerouted through the Pacific Wharf dining area while some repaving work gets done along the park's "Performance Corridor" as part of the World of Color/Paradise Park project.

This has made for an impressive expanse of blue construction tunnels
(But we are happy to suffer through these walls in exchange for what is yet to come)

Paradise Park's cement is laid and the formation of the park is more evident now. Will this thing really hold 10,000 people?

Once the cement had been laid front and center, a tech booth was set up and water levels have risen further to allow for testing on the technically intricate World of Color show.

[ame=""]YouTube- World of Color Fire Testing[/ame]
MiceChatter, Solidworks Mike shares the video above of fire testing
MiceChat discussion and more videos here: World of Color Testing

The Silly Symphonies Swings extended queue area below continues to take shape as the rising water touches it's base.

And construction continues on the major new Little Mermaid dark ride...

...and the massive new Cars Land expansion.

Disneyland at Christmas time is magical. But the most amazing time of all is nighttime. Colorful lights bring an indescribable life to the park and the fireworks brighten the night sky:

Small World Holiday

Mickey's Toon Town

New Orleans Square


The Castle is frosted over


Each week, we like to share fun photos from around the parks.

Expect heavy theme park attendance and possible parking shortages during Thanksgiving week. For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Theme Park Calendar
Disneyland Park
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm
Friday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight

Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday: 10 am - 10 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 9 pm

Disneyland Park
  • 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.
  • Haunted Mansion: Closed January 4 - 14 to remove holiday overlay.
  • Big Thunder Ranch: Closed January 4 - 12 to remove holiday overlay.
  • Main Street Cinema: Closed January 4 through February 1 for refurbishment.
  • Starcade: Closed January 4 through February 1 for refurbishment.
  • Le Petit Chalet Gifts: Closed January 4 through February 10 for refurbishment.
  • Corn Dog Wagon: Closed January 4 through May 4 for refurbishment.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Closed January 4 through May 4 for refurbishment.
  • Rivers of America: Closed January 4 through May 6 for a major refurbishment. The closure of the river will result in the necessary closure of the following attractions:
    • Sailing Ship Columbia: Closed January 4 - May 6
    • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed January 4 - May 6
    • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes: Closed January 4 - May 6
    • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: Closed January 4 - May 14

Disney's California Adventure Park
  • Grizzly River Run: Closed January 4 - 8 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed January 11 through February 19 for refurbishment.
  • It's Tough To Be A Bug!: Closed January 20 - 21.
  • Francis' Lady Bug Boogie: Closed January 25 through February 4.
  • Orange Stinger: Closed for retheming. Reopens Spring 2010
  • 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.

ANAHEIM Courage, the 45-pound gobbler, was born for a starring role – on a plate. But his fate changed dramatically after a presidential pardon sent him flying first class to Disneyland's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

President Obama officially spared the white feathered, 20-week-old turkey on Wednesday during a traditional White House ceremony. From there, Courage and his understudy, Carolina, boarded United Airlines Turkey-1 for their new home at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch.
Finally, Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders get beefed up shopping discounts this holiday season as part of the Resort's Annual Passholder Appreciation Days.
Annual Passholder Appreciation Days
This holiday season, Annual Passholders Can Enjoy Special Holiday Savings and Offers!

Now through January 3, 2010 all So Cal Select, Southern California and Deluxe Passport holders receive 10% off all purchases at select Disneyland Resort stores. For the same time period Premium Passholders receive a 20% discount (usually 10%).

And why is December 5 such a good day to start - or finish - your holiday shopping? Because that's the day that APs enjoy early shopping opportunities at the World of Disney® store. From 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., you'll enjoy incredible discounts of up to 50% off select items, plus door busters and "Donald's Deals." The first 1,000 shoppers at the World of Disney® store at the Disneyland® Resort will receive a complimentary VinylmationTM gift.
For more information, visit: The Art of Disney Parks: Annual Passholder Appreciation Days

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Andy should be back again next week, but I had a blast filling in for him today. Thank you for reading and we hope to see you here again real soon! -Fishbulb

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  1. yoyoflamingo's Avatar
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    Wonderful update! Whether MasterGracey or Fishbulb, we always can count on a fabulous Monday update!

  2. Crazee4mm's Avatar
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    Absolutely beautiful nighttime photos. The photos inside "...small world" and "Haunted Mansion Holiday" are particularly stunning. Never can get mine to look clearer than a colorful blur. It was mentioned that it was nice to see a genuine A-Grade parade inside Disneyland once again. Has there been anything said about a new parade for the 55th.? "Electrical" is supposed to return to DL for the summer but I have not heard anything of a sorely needed replacement for "Celebrate...", when the year is over. Cast member at "Honey..." told me yesterday that "Captain Eo" is almost certainly returning...temporarily. Any word from anyone out there??? Going for the Sunday "Candlelight". I never miss a year. Come on Al, we need an update. Seems like since you switched to the supposedly "shorter but more frequent" format, there hasn't been much from you. Reports have definitely been shorter but what happened to "more frequent"?Construction madness is in full bloom at the parks, there's gotta be SOMETHING "exclusive" that you can tell us.
  3. Sgt. Tibs's Avatar
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    amazing photos guys,
    they have got me wondering, what does anyone know of the teams of people that decorate and un-decorate Disneyland every year?
    it looks like it would be a mammoth task! they obviously spend all night up to their ears in baubles :-)
  4. tam's Avatar
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    As usual, your fotos are STUNNING! You brought tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart with them (especially the ones in New Orleans). Keep up the great work!
  5. Viewliner Rick's Avatar
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    Way to go, Fishy!

    Love the sleepy reindeer!
    Updated 11-30-2009 at 06:23 AM by Viewliner Rick
  6. Eagleman's Avatar
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    Great picture's
    Thank You!
  7. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great update!
  8. dmomof4's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. Tibs
    amazing photos guys,
    they have got me wondering, what does anyone know of the teams of people that decorate and un-decorate Disneyland every year?
    it looks like it would be a mammoth task! they obviously spend all night up to their ears in baubles :-)
    What do you want to know? That is the Resort Enhancement team of the Resort. Their office is partnered up with Horticulure.
  9. dead_Mau5's Avatar
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    NOS looks amazing! =3
  10. DonDuck's Avatar
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    Awesome update and photos! Just love all the holiday touches.
  11. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Great update! Thanks!
  12. tamasurvivor's Avatar
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    love this update! i really wish i could visit Disneyland in full holiday awesomeness since its always pretty each year but the pictures are always nice to look at!
  13. Mac Daddy's Avatar
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    You have been one incredibly busy guy, Fishy. Thanks for these outstanding photos! The night and fireworks shots are stunning. Great job filling in for Andy this week!
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