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.
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
WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND
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 IN DISNEYLAND (DAYTIME)
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.
WORLD OF COLOR & PARADISE PARK VIEWING AREA
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.
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MiceChatter, Solidworks Mike shares the video above of fire testing
MiceChat discussion and more videos here: World of Color Testing
SILLY SYMPHONY SWINGS The Silly Symphonies Swings extended queue area below continues to take shape as the rising water touches it's base.
CARS LAND & THE LITTLE MERMAID
And construction continues on the major new Little Mermaid dark ride...
...and the massive new Cars Land expansion.
CHRISTMAS IN DISNEYLAND (NIGHT TIME)
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
AROUND THE PARKS
Each week, we like to share fun photos from around the parks.
DISNEYLAND WEEKLY HOURS AND INFO
THEME PARK HOURS NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6
Expect heavy theme park attendance and possible parking shortages during Thanksgiving week. For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
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
CURRENT ATTRACTION CLOSURES & REFURBISHMENTS
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.
STAR OF DISNEYLAND PARADE
IS A REAL TURKEY
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.
DISNEYLAND RESORT ANNUAL PASSHOLDERS GET SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR HOLIDAYS
Finally, Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders get beefed up shopping discounts this holiday season as part of the Resort's Annual Passholder Appreciation Days.
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.
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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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