Disneyland officially kicks off its extremely popular holiday season today with the return of popular attractions, shows and decorations in both parks. An invite-only list of select Annual Passholders will get an early fill of the holiday season with a special party tonight in Disneyland, but regular day guests will get treated to the first performances of "A Christmas Fantasy" Parade and the "Believe... In Holiday Magic" fireworks show. Also open now is an excellent new exhibit at the Disney Gallery celebrating history of Walt Disney's love of trains and the art of Disney's theme park trains. At Disney California Adventure, the park has introduced new holiday decorations along Paradise Pier and a holiday version of the Phineas and Ferb street show as construction on the major Buena Vista Street and Cars Land projects. Outside the parks, the Disneyland Hotel nears completion as the E-Ticket Pool area gets finishing touches and the main lobby emerges from construction walls.
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Our friends at Touring Plans are here with their weekly crowd forecast as Disneyland enters its first week of the holiday season...
Christmastime at Disneyland officially kicks off today. Expect crowds to increase over the weekend for the first official weekend of the Christmas offerings. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines - Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. With holiday crowds on the horizon, it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!
Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.
— Fred Hazelton Statistician, TouringPlans.com
Crowd Calendar Prediction
|Mon., Nov. 14|
|Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:|
- Partial AP blockouts this weekend.
- Disney California Adventure's low day will be Monday, when it's a 2.1.
- Disneyland park's lowest days will be Monday and Thursday, when it's a 1.8.
|Tue., Nov. 15|
|Wed., Nov. 16|
|Thu., Nov. 17|
Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.
The old Harbor Boulevard entry archway has been completely removed. The entry marquee is no longer needed now with Cars Land construction taking over the former Timon parking lot and closing the guest car access behind California Screamin' that routed guests to the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.
The removal of the archway started mid-week and there was hardly any sign of it remaining by Saturday. HOLIDAY ROUND-UP
A look at the holiday goings-on around Disneyland... CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET
The holidays begin today at the Disneyland Resort and the final touches were going up over the weekend.
The Christmas tree was up in Town Square over the weekend, but the garlands over Main Street were not yet up to accommodate the final weekend of Mickey's Soundsational Parade.
Garlands and lights are up along Main Street buildings
The folks over at the great Disney Food Blog have obtained the schedule for the Candy Palace's popular candy canes. The candy canes are always a wildly-popular offering, only available on a few select days of the season and sell out very quickly. If you want to try to get a candy cane this year, you should plan accordingly.
2011 Disneyland Candy Cane Dates
Candy Cane making dates are currently scheduled for:
- Wednesday, November 30th (9:00 park opening)
- Friday, December 2nd (8:00am park opening)
- Tuesday, December 6th (9:00am park opening, BUT Magic Morning hours at 8:00am)
- Friday, December 9th (8:00am park opening)
- Monday, December 12th (8:00am park opening)
- Friday, December 16th (8:00am park opening) &
- Wednesday, December 21st (8:00am park opening)
PLEASE NOTE that these dates are subject to change, additional dates may be added as well. I heard a rumor from a Marceline’s cast member that candy canes were also being made on Friday, November 25th (8:00am park opening), the day after Thanksgiving… [ FULL STORY ]
For more information on the Candy Palace candy canes including tips on how to get yours, check out the Disney Food Blog
At night, the tree lights up wonderfully SEASONAL SNOW
The Castle's icicle were up by the weekend following the previous weekend's Christmas Day Parade taping.
Unfortunately, the icicles remain the same as previous years. They look horrible during the day, but at night they look great. It's too bad they can't find a more attractive solution for these... "IT'S A SMALL WORLD" HOLIDAY
"it's a small world" holiday is back. The attraction remains a great part of the park's holiday offerings.
The attraction has a new centerpiece for the finale room this year — a giant LED snow man has replaced the former giant snowflake tree.
It doesn't look that great in photos, but it works well in the attraction, even if it does play like a giant holiday lawn ornament. Removing the snowman's "Happy Holidays" sign might be a good idea.
At night, the "it's a small world" facade, shrubbery and topiaries sparkle with thousands of Christmas lights. HOLIDAYS IN PARADISE (PIER)
Over at California Adventure, Paradise Pier got a couple more minor holiday decorations at the Little Mermaid attraction and Paradise Gardens dining area
The Phineas and Ferb Dance Party that plays near the Little Mermaid attraction has been given a makeover for the holiday.
Some new holiday songs and decorations have been added to the show and parade float, but the show remain loud and obnoxious.
Santa has returned to Paradise Pier for the holidays, taking over Mickey's gazebo near Ariel's Grotto
On Friday, Disney California Adventure celebrated the 1,000th performance of the popular "World of Color" show. The milestone performance also introduced a new pre-show segment for the holidays featuring characters from ABC's holiday hit, "Prep and Landing." We'll have full coverage of the new holiday pre-show in next week's column. The Disney Parks Blog
announced the milestone:
‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park Celebrates 1,000th Performance Tonight
Tonight marks an exciting milestone for “World of Color” – its 1,000th performance. Since the nighttime spectacular debuted in June 2010, the show – conceived as a kind of “living ‘Fantasia’” has used music, animation, color, light and water to amaze millions of guests at Disney California Adventure park.
“World of Color” employs brand-new technologies developed especially for the show by Walt Disney Imagineering – fountains with multiple moving heads, a “movie screen” on water – but one of the most amazing aspects of the show is its ability to continuously change.
“I am so proud that ‘World of Color’ has reached its 1,000th performance,” Steve Davison, Vice President, Parades & Spectaculars for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment and Creative Director for “World of Color,” told the Disney Parks Blog. ”For me, one of the most exciting aspects of the show is that the technology that we developed has the flexibility to adapt and change without taking the show down for refurbishment. We’ve already had a lot of fun with the TRON tag, and we’re really excited to be introducing another new segment in time for the holidays!” [ FULL STORY ]
James Cameron Gets Further Inspiration at Disneyland Resort
On Friday, legendary film director James Cameron and fellow Lightstorm Entertainment production partner Jon Landau toured the Cars Land expansion site at Disney California Adventure park, accompanied by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and a team from Walt Disney Imagineering.
While there are no immediate plans for an AVATAR-themed land at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Cameron and Landau used the visit as inspiration and to further familiarize themselves with the immersive Disney Parks experience as their team begins design work on the first AVATAR-themed land set to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.
The team studied the details and storytelling elements in the 12-acre world of Radiator Springs that will open at Disney California Adventure park in summer 2012, before touring other parts of the Disneyland Resort. [ LINK ]
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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP
Weekly Theme Park Hours
November 14—20, 2011
Disney California Adventure
Monday-Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday-Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Monday-Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday-Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm
Disney California Adventure
LOW-MEDIUM 1.6—6.4 out of 10
|LOW-MEDIUM 2.1—5.7 out of 10|
Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.
For daily crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
- Disneyland Monorail: Running on a shortened schedule due to Buena Vista Street construction. Monorail opens late at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Monorail operates normally Saturday and Sunday.
- Pirates of the Caribbean and Blue Bayou Restaurant: Closed through November 23 for refurbishment.
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café: Opens January 2012 in location of the former Plaza Pavilion.
- Blue Ribbon Bakery, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Palace: Food service locations and shops close January 2012 for major restaurant and shopping expansion projects affecting current spaces.
Disney California Adventure
- Toy Story Midway Mania! Closed November 15 — 17 for refurbishment.
- Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.
- Cars Land: New 12-acre land in former Timon Parking Lot opens summer 2012.
Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
- Fantasyland Tower lobby areas, E-Ticket Pool: Areas closed for remodel and re-theming. Hotel remodel set to be completed in November 2011.
|Okay, that's our update for this week. Thanks for reading and be sure to visit Touring Plans when planning your holiday visit!|
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