Disneyland's Christmas Creep, DCA Mountain Range, Sad Farewell to Log Jammer
by, 11-03-2011 at 09:00 PM
It's Friday, come take a walk with us In The Parks, your weekly dose of news and information about the southern California theme parks including Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Knott's, Magic Mountain and more. Christmas is slowly drifting into Disneyland but not so much in DCA. We'll take you to Knott's to gander and a park recovering from its post Haunt hangover. And we mourn the loss of some classic attractions at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Alrighty then, let's get to the fun stuff.
While the official beginning of Christmas at the Disneyland Resort is not until November 14th, signs of the holiday festivities are already prominent in the park. A world class holiday celebration doesn't just happen overnight, and Disneyland had already iced the castle before Halloween. Although it might seem a bit odd, Christmas is arriving earlier and earlier everywhere and Thanksgiving is all but forgotten as a holiday the parks decorate for.
Last week we displayed photos of the Welcome to Disneyland arch in front of the Harbor pedestrian entrance, which has been generalized to remove the celebrate scheme. Al Lutz wrote in his recent update that the larger, former entrance arch further down Harbor, will soon be removed.
The current paint job on the pedestrian arch.
Kinda boring. . . but it works.
Disney was fast with the removal of Halloween decorations this year. This pic was taken on November 1st and, as you can see, large amounts of the Halloween decorations were removed in just one night.
Giant Mickey pumpkin gone and Christmas Tree coming soon to Town Square.
The original, non-Ghost Galaxy Space Mountain was up the next morning as well. Talk about fast! If only they could do Small World and Haunted Mansion in one night
CHRISTMAS IS COMING:
it's a small world Holiday:
Small world is down, of course, for the installation of the Holiday overlay. They also use this time to perform maintenance and upkeep.
The green, digital projector in the foreground will be used for the
nightly show projected onto the facade.
No small world until Nov 14th.
Of course, it will all look so much more magical at night!
Shopping in the park for the Holidays:
Some of the stores have already begun stocking Christmas merchandise as well. Silver Spur Supplies is ready for eager Yuletide shoppers.
Christmas shopping is the most magical.
Which of these stockings would you want for YOUR mantle?
New Orleans Square:
New Orleans Square is getting a head start as well with ornate accents and decorations, many of which are new for this year.
More of the Pirates facade has emerged from behind tarps already decorated. Looks nice.
One of our favorite pieces in New Orleans Square is the wreath with the moon man. But does anyone remember the alligator which once called that spot home?
Court of Angels has shelves full and is already open for business. But worry not, you can still take your family Christmas photos on the stairs.
Sleeping Beauty's Castle:
Snow has already fallen on most of the castle's turrets and rooftops and garland is currently in the process of being strung up as well.
The backside of castle.
Looks good with the Matterhorn in the background.
Makes you feel like buying a sweater doesn't it?
BUENA VISTA STREET:
The opening act to Disney California Adventure will possibly be facing the first of many possible weather related construction delays this weekend when winter rain is forecast to fall on the southland. Still we've noted some impressive progress for you below.
Framework now stands tall above the storefronts of Buena Vista Street. Facades are on their way!
Carthay Circle is still under wraps.
A time lapse camera is perched on the building to photograph the entrance construction work.
The top of the fountain has made its appearance. We hope they unwrap this detail early to help free up traffic flow and excite the crowds for what is yet to come.
The pump house/red car stop continues to gain details.
Here is a look at Buena Vista Street's hub area - the fountain to the far right.
The current state of the stores. Hard to believe this will all be done in time for summer, but that's what they are working toward.
If you haven't picked up your Cars 2 DVD yet, which features a tour of the site, we have a current look at the Cars Land construction for you right here.
The Paradise Pier side of Carsland is being sealed up as a seaside cliff.
Fillmore's is taking shape at right-center
Main drag, courthouse, and Cadillac mountain range. With the greenery on the sides, this place is really starting to look inviting.
A DUFFY CHRISTMAS:
Although Duffy won't be in his Christmas clothes until the holiday celebrations get closer, his meet and greet spot is already in Holiday mode.
Sarah briefly describes the Christmas additions to Disneyland and her experience at Mickey's Halloween Party! Hong Kong Disneyland Report Link
And a new cHATBOX video as well from Matt:
Knott's Berry Farm has no sooner finished Halloween when they went straight into preparing for their charming Holiday celebrations. There have been a few other interesting changes throughout the park with the arrival of the new Park General Manager, Raffi Kaprelyan.
And BAM! No more Haunt. Sets were struck almost immediately.
Entering the park you'll immeadiately notice that change is afoot. Perhaps it's the freshly planted pansy planters at the front entrance.
Ghost Town is calm again.
Could it be the change of the holidays?
The biggest operational change that has recently been rolled out is the piping in of pop music throughout the entire park.
This speaker was playing 80's music in Ghost Town. Hmmmmm.
Park-wide music is now being used throughout Knott's Berry Farm. Many parks have made the decision to pipe in loud, upbeat music. The music certainly does liven up the park. But we have to question some of the music choices in certain parts of the park. Strolling through Ghost Town we were immediately taken out of the setting by the peppy top 40 soundtrack being offered. Would it really be that difficult to play something that matched the setting? It's just a thought. But similar anachronisms occur thoughout the park with its current random soundtracks. We LOVE the idea of area music, but would like to see knows take a more themed approach (especially in Ghost Town). Any of you MiceChatters want to take a stab at creating the perfect Ghost Town playlist?
RESURFACING IN FIESTA VILLAGE:
Now that the crowds have subsided for the moment, the park can also follow up on a few bits of light maintenance. For instance, at the entrance of Fiesta village, near Montezuma, they are re-bricking the pathway.
SLEEPY TIMBER HOLLOW ELVES WORKSHOP CHRISTMAS MOUNTAIN:
As the Sleepy Hollow theme is removed from the Timber Mountain Log ride and Christmas Mountain is installed, there is a very strange clash of holidays happening. Think of it as Knott's very own version of Haunted Mansion Holiday where two holidays collide. Although it is a ton of goofy fun to slide in and out of the work in progress, it is more than a bit strange.
Sleepy Hollow at the bottom, Elves workshop at the top.
Are those Christmas elves? They look spooky enough to be Haunt props!
It is commendable that they attempt to keep the ride operating. Goodness knows we never pass up a chance to ride the Log Ride at Knott's. But sailing past the hodge-podge of partially dismantled or constructed sets from two very different holidays feels a bit too shabby. We'd rather that they just close the ride for a week or so to allow for the complete changeover.
The lone bunny of Timber Mountain.
This week we say goodbye to one of the original attractions from Six Flags Magic Mountain. After 40 years, the Log Jammer floated its last guests this past Monday.
While there is currently no news regarding a replacement attraction we received the following statement from the park:"Log Jammer is being removed for future park expansion. SFMM is always evolving, not one to rest on its laurels. We are sad to see Log Jammer leave, but we are excited about the future plans for the area and know our guests will be too."
While we are all sad to see a classic attraction leave the park, 40 years is a LONG time for a Flume attraction. We are hoping that whatever replaces this classic attraction will be something worthy of the spot.
What do you think is going in this new "Expansion" spot?
Now let's take a look at this classic attraction on its last day of operation:
(All On-Ride photos were taken with permission of park management, Magic Mountain does not allow pictures to be taken on any of it's rides)
This sign could soon end up in the Sky Tower Museum
Hopefully the iconic Log Jammer queue building will remain in some fashion
The area around the ride is very serene. Six Flags, PLEASE incorporate
the lake and falls into the new attraction. Green space is key ingredient which makes this park so special.
Log Jammer was a "family" type attraction in a park which needs more family friendly rides. We hope this is being taken into consideration.
Let's head up the stairs and take a ride
Come on, admit it ... you rocked the logs didn't you?
Heading out of the station
Up Lift Hill #1
Hope the trees can be saved
Log Jammer and Gold Rusher, two classic rides
Down the small "drop"
Heading down the first true drop
So long Log Jammer, you've made a splash in our memories!!!
Log Jammer isn't the only ride going away. Deja Vu is almost completely removed. All of the pieces are backstage waiting to get shipped to New England.
All that really remains is a bit of the loop and the towers.
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