In The Park's - Disneyland Christmas, Science of Gingerbread, Grinchmas
by, 11-25-2010 at 11:29 PM
Did you have a Happy Thanksgiving? We sure hope you did. Hopefully a few of you are around to take a break from shopping and theme park hopping to read today's update. And what a great update it is. First, we'd like to invite you to our holiday party. Then we'll take a look at Disneyland Christmas and California Adventure Construction. We'll also visit old time Christmas at Knott's and Grinchmas at Universal Studios. AND there are two chances today for you to win prizes . . . just keep reading and look for the HOLIDAY SPECIAL ALERT announcements. So let's get this show rolling . . .You are invited:
YOU'RE INVITED to MiceChat's Holiday Celebration on December 12th - Join us for an AMAZING day of old time Christmas fun, shows, tours, parades, dinner, and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Knott's Berry Farm's Calico Mine Ride. It wouldn't be the same without you! find full event details here and join the fun: MiceChat Holiday Celebration - December 12th - Come Join the Fun!
Crowds! In a brief window of time this past week the annual pass schedule had no black out dates while, at the same time, local schools went on a week of vacation. As a result, Disneyland was packed and even had to close the gates at one point. By the time you read this, most annual passes are once again blocked and crowd levels should be much more bearable. Let's take a look at the park and see what's gotten into Toontown.
Fri. 11/26 - 8:00am-12am
Sat. 11/27 - 8:00am-12am
Sun. 11/28 - 8:00am-12am
Mon. 11/29 - 9:00am-8:00pm
Tues. 11/30 - 9:00am-8:00pm
Wed. 12/1 - 9:00am-8:00pm
Thurs. 12/2 - 9:00am-8:00pm
GUIDED TOUR GARDEN:
The Guided Tour Garden area has come out from under the refurbishment tarps looking bright and sparkly in time for the holidays.
Most of the refurb work is complete here
The steeple is all polished.
Over in Mickey's Toon Town Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin is still under refurbishment. But a new resident has moved into the cartoon land that may have some people a little bothered.
The temp sign is still there.
No announced date for Roger's return just yet
Over at the now stationary Trolley a new resident has moved in.
The Disney Vacation Club has taken over the unused Trolley station.
Christmas kind of obscures the sign.
While we aren't thrilled about it, at the very least, this stand fits in with its surroundings. Most of the other DVC kiosks in the park aren't nearly as well integrated into their lands. But we do think that the park is reaching DVC overload.
As was stated at the beginning, the crowds were really oppressive at the Happiest Place on Earth this week. With Annual Passes unblocked AND school vacations in effect, the park was filled to capacity (though at times it felt worse than "Capacity"). Luckily, by the time you read this, crowds will be thinned a bit with holiday blackout days for most Annual Passes.
This picture, taken on Wednesday at 2pm, actually reflects a slow period for the week.
Main Street, U.S.A.
In Front of Pirates of the Caribbean.
In front of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Critter Country looking towards Splash Mountain
With one million pass holders. It would certainly make sense for Disney to start staggering blackout days for pass holders to even out the crowds. Perhaps allowing pass holders to pick a blackout schedule at the time they purchase their pass.
AROUND THE PARK:
Despite the crowds, Disneyland is in extra beautiful condition.
Drum-roll please! Here is the first of two HOLIDAY SPECIAL ALERTs for you
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That's all there is to it. There is no cost to enter, you just need to be following us on Twitter and retweet the message above. Full contest details HERE.
Let's take a look at the mammoth overhaul of Disney California Adventure and see how things are coming along.
Fri. 11/26 - 10:00am-10:00pm
Sat. 11/27 - 10:00am-10:00pm
Sun. 11/28 - 10:00am-10:00pm
Mon. 11/29 - 10:00am-8:00pm
Tues. 11/30 - 10:00am-8:00pm
Wed. 12/1 - 10:00am-8:00pm
Thurs. 12/2 - 10:00am-8:00pm
BUENA VISTA STREET:
The revamping of the former theme park entrance into a lavish new "Buena Vista Street" is moving full steam ahead. The tile mural entrance is now 3/4 gone and you can already feel change in the air.
Only 1/4 of it remains.
The left of the park entrance.
Guest relations and the lockers and restrooms are no longer hidden.
The clearing of the Sunshine Plaza is nearly complete.
The hill where the sun once stood.
RED CAR TROLLEY:
The walls at the end of the street in Hollywood Pictures Backlot have been removed. Traffic is finally able to flow freely from the front of the park all the way through to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and to the new Bug's Land entrance. All of the track for the Red Car Trolley has now been laid in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. This leaves the remaining half of the project yet to be completed on the new Buena Vista Street.
Looking towards the Hyperion theatre the walls are all gone.
Rounding the corner.
a closer look.
Looking towards Tower.
Carsland grows further and more details emerge. Painting has begun on some of the more advanced rock work that is closer to the Pacific Wharf area while steel is still being built along the berm and the track layout.
PARADISE GARDEN RESTAURANTS, GOOFY'S SKY SCHOOL:
Looking past Paradise Pier to Carsland.
The future entrance area to Carsland near Pacific Wharf.
The backside of progress
This week pipes are being laid in trenches and the awning for the main restaurant continues to get worked on. Goofy's Sky School track, now stripped of theme, will probably be receiving a paint job and then be dressed up.
THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE:
The front queue and building are being framed for the preparation of archways being built. While at the same time cement walk ways are laid.
All pieces are stacked ready to be quickly installed.
A look at the front.
The side along the San Fran-bathroom area.
We take a brief tour of the renovation of the original Disneyland Hotel. The second tower under refurbishment is about halfway complete. However, more of the pool area has disappeared and the area behind it is under major construction.
Does this make you feel blue too?
No more water slide.
Where the second pool and Fantasy Waters once stood.
No more waterfalls. Who green-lit this project? They should consider a career outside the Disney Company. Perhaps Paul Pressler is hiring.
Former Hook's Point building.
The Grand Californian Hotel received a beautiful Christmas tree this week. Just as in years past, the tree is the perfect centerpiece to the hotel lobby.
Lovely golden tree.
Presents laid out.
Thanksgiving day marked the beginning of Christmas at Knott's Berry Farm. The Calico Mine Train celebrated its 50th Birthday Monday and the Stage Coach trail finally reopens after as the Cornstalkers maze from Haunt is removed. Let's wander.
Fri. 11/26 - 10:00am-10:00pm
Sat. 11/27 - 10:00am-10:00pm
Sun. 11/28 - 10:00am-7:00pm
Mon. 11/29 - 10:00am-6:00pm
Tues. 11/30 - 10:00am-6:00pm
Wed. 12/1 - 10:00am-6:00pm
Thurs. 12/2 - 10:00am-6:00pm
All of the holiday decorations are now up around the park - from Camp Snoopy to the Boardwalk to the streets of Ghost Town, all is merry and bright.
Candy Canes create an arch.
Snowflakes are hung on the restaurant with care.
Elf Mountain returns this year and is filled with fun and surprises. Lots of snow and Christmas trees await you on this annual tradition.
The final drop.
We LOVE the old school lights.
On to the North Pole!
Holiday show scenes have been added to the ride
Rock On! Ride On! NEW YEARS EVE PARTY:
Special ticket event beginning at 7 pm on December 31st 2010
Knott’s Berry Farm will have something for the entire family this New Year’s Eve with a variety of dance music, a hypnotist, a Beatles tribute band and a special performance by Terri Nunn and Berlin. All this plus Knott’s rides, attractions and a Midnight Mayhem Pyrotechnic Show in Calico Square will make Knott’s Rock On! Ride On! New Year’s Eve the place to ring in 2011.
- $37.99 (Regular)
- $19.99 (Jrs ages 3-11/Srs ages 62+).
- Daytime guests can stay for the event for just a $20 upgrade ticket.
- Admission to the event is also included with any 2010 or 2011 Knott’s Season Pass. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.knotts.com.
Headlining the evening will be Terri Nunn and Berlin.
Beatles tribute band Abbey Road will be performing in Knott’s Wagon Camp.
The evening will include salsa dancing in Knott’s Fiesta Plaza and line dancing in Knott’s Wilderness Dance Hall. The whole family will enjoy a special performance of Snoopy on Ice and Hypnotist Dominick DeCarlo. In addition, Camp Snoopy will be open with rides and shows for the young and the young at heart.
When the clock strikes twelve, the skies above Calico Square will be ablaze with color as Knott’s rings in the New Year with a Midnight Mayhem Pyrotechnic Show.
This is actually a very good deal considering that Day guests can join the fun for just $20 bucks more and it is FREE for Annual Passholders. If you are looking for a fun way to ring in the new year, this might be just the place for you to welcome 2011.
CALICO MINE TRAIN:
Here is the Calico Mine Train on its 50th birthday. Not too shabby looking for an attraction this old and intricate. Here's a discussion started by the co-author of Knott's Preserved on the the historic Calico Mine Train.
People are still enjoying this California classic! Good stuff endures the test of time.
More adventures await.
This thrill ride is down for some regular maintenance and upkeep.
The huge Boat drop ride, Perilous Plunge, undergoes off season maintenance.
I couldn't do a job like this. Too afraid of heights.
A beautiful spot to sit and relax
Adult residents of Southern California zip codes 90000 through 93599 pay just $44.99 and Juniors (3-11) and seniors (62+) are just $23.99. For online specials visit Knott's Mobile.
UNIVERSAL CITYWALK PRESENTS: CITYROCKIN' HOLIDAYS!:Park Hours:
Fri. 11/26 - 9:00am-9:00pm
Sat. 11/27 - 9:00am-8:00pm
Sun. 11/28 - 9:00am-7:00pm
Mon. 11/29 - 10:00am-6:00pm
Tues. 11/30 - 10:00am-6:00pm
Wed. 12/1 - 10:00am-5:00pm
Thurs. 12/2 - 10:00am-5:00pm
BIG EXPANSION PLANS:
Our friend Brady MacDonald over at LA Times Funland Blog wrote a VERY interesting story on the future of the Universal Studios theme park and studios. Included in the story are plans reaching 20 years into the future and some controversial plans to remove some classic attractions.We recommend reading MORE HEREA long-term plan for Universal Studios Hollywood envisions adding seven new theme park attractions over the next two decades while removing or relocating several studio backlot tour favorites, including the "Jaws" lake, the "War of the Worlds" disaster scene and the famed "Psycho" house and Bates Motel.
November 26 through January 1 – FREE!
Not sure what to do this holiday season? CityWalk is the place to be! CityWalk amps up the holidays with a nightly CityRockin' Christmas Tree Show, Southern California's hippest Rock n' Roll Santa, live holiday music entertainment, a Chanukah festival and a snowfall every night. CityWalk brings you the "Unexpected Holidays."TREE LIGHTING:CITY WALK:
On November 26 at 4:30pm join Universal CityWalk and 98.7 FM as we kick off the rockin'-est holiday season ever. CityWalk will power up the holidays with the lighting of the CityRockin' Holidays Christmas Tree. Also, you won't want to miss the appearance of Santa's celebrity helpers who will all be helping raise money for Southern California music education programs.
CITYROCKIN' HOLIDAYS CHRISTMAS TREE SHOW:
Friday, November 26 – Sunday, December 26
6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm & 9:00pm.*
You've seen Christmas trees that are tall, Christmas trees with thousands of lights, but have you ever seen a Christmas tree rock? Introducing Southern California's newest holiday tradition – The CityRockin' Christmas Tree Show.
LIVE CITYWALK HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT:
Friday, Friday, November 26 through Saturday, January 1. FREE.
This holiday season, you'll enjoy great LIVE entertainment on the new CityWalk Stage and from our resident street performers as they add holiday twists to their performances. Fridays and Saturdays before Christmas, enjoy an eclectic mix of holiday tunes – Classics, Swing, Jazz, Mariachi, so be prepared for the unexpected. Performances begin at 8:00pm. After Christmas Day, get ready to rock your way all the way into the New Year.LIVE entertainment schedule:ROCK N' ROLL SANTA ON CITYWALK:
November 26 8:00pm Hart High School Choir
November 27 8:00pm & 9:15pm PETREE with Special Guests
December 3 To Be Announced
December 4 8:00pm & 9:15pm Dwight Kennedy Big Jazz Band
December 10 8:00pm USC Sirens 9:15pm The Trojan Men
December 11 8:00pm & 9:15pm Vybration
December 17 8:00pm Jessica Lerner 9:15pm ACASOLA
December 18 8:00pm & 9:15pm The Mariachi Divas
December 19 To Be Announced
December 20 8:00pm & 9:15pm Jake Ballentine
December 21 8:00pm & 9:15pm Tinku
December 22 To Be Announced
December 23 To Be Announced
December 24 8:00pm & 9:15pm Sajama
December 25 To Be Announced
December 26 To Be Announced
December 27 To Be Announced
December 28 To Be Announced
December 29 To Be Announced
December 30 To Be Announced
Experience the holidays with LA's Hippest Rock n Roll Santa! Pick up a guitar and rock out with Santa.
SANTA'S SCHEDULEDate TimeCHANUKAH CELEBRATION:
Friday, Nov. 26 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 27 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 28 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday, Dec. 3 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 4 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 5 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday, Dec. 10 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 11 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 12 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday, Dec. 17 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 18 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 19 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Monday, Dec. 20 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday, Dec. 21 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 22 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 23 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, December 1
Join the "Festival of Lights" on CityWalk. Chabad of The Valley presents Chanukah. The celebration features live bands and dancing in CityWalk's Cinema Plaza. Activities, kosher food and crafts add to the festivities with the evening culminating with a lighting of Southern California's largest menorah.
Don't miss special entertainment with international Jewish Music Superstar, Lipa Shmeltzer, along with Pardes Jewish Rock and Lenny Solomon in concert!
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congressman Brad Sherman and other dignitaries will be at CityWalk to kindle the giant 18ft. Menorah. It will be fun for the whole family.
All of this cold weather has brought snow to CityWalk. The garlands and planters have been flocked and look the part but the effect is a bit out of place against the mostly undecorated shops and restaurants.
The USH neon sign is back from a major refurb and and has received some plussing. The base of the sign as well as the waterfall are now backlit with LEDs and adds some nice color to the area.
The Universal Studio Store on CityWalk now features Harry Potter merchandise to tie in with the release of the latest film. Along with the usual shirts and bags, a section of wands is also available.
Christmas in the park:
NY Street has been hit by a snowstorm. Western Street has reopened in time for the busy four day weekend. Construction walls have been pushed back to the former external wall of the Wild West Arena. The Grinchmas tree is nearing completion and was waiting its decorations on the day we took these photos.
Fast & Furious Photo Op:
One of the cars is back.
Area near Studio Tour Entrance:
Construction walls are down behind the Kwik-E-Mart are some piping work was completed.
The Simpsons Ride facade has been given a nice Christmas touch.
Curious George Play Area:
The curious George play area has reopened. The rocket is still behind barricades as a new coat of paint dries.
The Transformers Ride rolls along while the Universal Experience gets a new model.
Transformers: The Ride:
The crane looms over the construction site.
The walls have been moved around.
The Universal Experience:
In honor of the upcoming Grinchmas, we bring you a shot of the Whoville model featured at the Universal Experience.
The poster in the Earthquake portion of the ST has been changed from the cancelled "Heroes" to "The Event".
Construction for a new production at Falls Lake has started.
The Grinchmas overlay of the Whoville sets and the Mummy's Tomb is starting to ramp up as Grinchmas is just two weeks away. The Mummy's Tomb will be transformed into Mt. Crumpet and guests will come face to face with the Grinch himself.
THE SCIENCE OF GINGERBREAD:
November 26, 2010 – January 2, 2011.
The new Science of Gingerbread exhibit opens today at the Discovery Science Center and is sure to delight young and old alike with visions of Christmas candy come to life. The Science of Gingerbread features hands-on food science activities, interactive learning stations, model trains and over 100 gingerbread houses.New this year, weekends at Discovery Science Center will feature cookie decorating demonstrations, special guest speakers, stage shows and visits from Santa.Let's take a sneak peek at the Science of Gingerbread exhibit
Cookie decorating: Every weekend, daily Dec 20-24.
Visits from Santa: Every weekend, daily Dec 20-30.
The exhibit begins sweetly with a lovely Gingerbread creation and introduction to these sweet treats.
A tree house, complete with Fruit Roll-up ladder.
The exhibit then explores the science of the baking and the combination of ingredients.
How many tablespoons in a cup?
We then get to build our very own catenary arch using large foam blocks.
Get to building.
Let's play Railway is back! Get your engineers cap ready! A giant replica of BRIO’s famous wooden toy Engine, Cattle Wagon and Caboose makes pretend time fun. Play train conductor, milk a cow, and drive the caboose! Special guests from the Orange County Train Club will be showing off their model train collection.
Children even get to play in their own gingerbread houses and decorate a life size Gingerbread Playhouse.
Too much fun!
The best is saved for last where an array of over 100 Gingerbread houses are on display in competition submitted by local families, corporations and schools.
There is still time for corporations, families and groups to submit their own gingerbread creation! The deadline to enter is Nov. 29, 2010. Creations can be dropped off anytime during operating hours at Discovery Science Center. Please visit our site for entry details and competition categories. All entries will be on display during the length of The Science of Gingerbread from Nov. 26 – Jan 2.
The Everything House
The seeing eye dog house.
A Smurf village.
An inventive Poinsettia Gingerbread creation.
The Pink Castle.
The Great Wall of China.
The Sience of Gingerbread Winner (WEEK 2 OF 4):HOLIDAY SPECIAL ALERT - DISCOVERY CUBE GIVEAWAY!In celebration of the opening of the Science of Gingerbread exhibit, the Discovery Science Center of Santa Ana is giving away four sets of four tickets. To win, we ask our readers to answer a gingerbread related question. Last weeks question was
Which one of the following was NOT one of the medicinal uses for Ginger during Medieval times? The correct, answer was
3. Strengthening weak skin tissue
All who answered correctly were entered into a random drawing to win a set of four tickets to the Discovery Science Center. And the winner is...
Congratulations to KEBSD
Now, let's give you a chance to win!!! Post the correct answer to the question below in today's update and you'll be automatically entered to win. Here's this week's question:QUESTION: In the late 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I gave WHAT to her guestsFor hints to this question please visit the link belowThe Science of Gingerbread: Gingerbread Facts
Winners will be narrowed down by correct answer then chosen at random prior to the publishing of next week's article. One winner of four tickets per week. You may only enter once per question.
Legoland is prepared for a Holly Jolly Holidays! Holiday festivities include a life-sized LEGO® brick Santa and Reindeer, miniature Santas and reindeer delivering toys throughout Miniland USA and "Let it Snow" the musical.
And every night from December 26 to the 31, we’ll be lighting up the sky with nightly fireworks at closing time.
SAVE THE DATE . . .
Sea World brings the Season to the Sea - Nov 26-28; Weekends Dec. 4-12 and Daily Dec 18-31.
Enjoy live shows inspired by the natural world, go ice skating with the whole family, share a smile with a sea lion, and get immersed in the wonders of The Polar Express 4D experience. Plus an all new pet-stravaganza of Christmas Tails. Get it? Christmas "Tails"
MiceChat is turning a vibrant 6 years old this January. Save the dates of January 28-30th for some good old fashion MiceChat fun. Meets and events at Disneyland and beyond. More information, details, and deals will be posted about this event soon.
Thank you for reading!
Are you getting excited for the holidays? Did you spot our HOLIDAY SPECIAL ALERTS above? If not, scroll up to the Discovery Science Center and Disneyland section for a chance to win in two different contests this week!
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