Observations From Disneyland and Disney California Adventure: December 14, 2013

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DSC01343If you were at Disneyland Resort this last weekend you probably saw a lot of this. Crowds. This particular picture was taken during the 5:30 PM performance of A Christmas Fantasy Parade. The entire area of the park from the hub up to town square was gridlocked with people coming and going in every direction. This is what a 10 out of 10 on the Crowd Calendar looks like.

DSC01286Earlier during the day I was able to catch A Christmas Fantasy Parade. I make it a point to watch it at least once a year.

More pictures after the jump:

DSC01287The Babes In Toyland toy soldiers. Classic.

DSC01295The roller skating snowflakes are one of my favorite parts of the parade. They’re so disco.

DSC01297Eeyore pulling his busted sleigh.

DSC01299DSC01302It amazes me that Mickey and Mickey actually skate around on this float!

DSC01308The princess parade float. Snow White and Ariel have to walk while the rest get to ride on the float.

DSC01328Santa ends the parade on a very nice parade unit with huge Christmas trees.DSC01342Moving on, these have probably been around for a couple of months now, but this is a Gaston Archery Set! This is basically just a repackaging of the Brave Archery Set. I guess boys didn’t want to play with a bow and arrow with a princess on the package.

DSC01344Before I head in to DCA, what did I eat today? My favorite sandwich from the delightful Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney. I got a Full The Full Montagu, no cheese, but with banana peppers. Delicious!

DSC01345For dessert I got the special peppermint brownie. It’s a regular brownie with a hint of peppermint, I enjoyed it.

DSC01350Heading in to DCA, my party quickly realized that we didn’t want to wait for anything (this is how locals usually feel when they visit the parks). So we headed for Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue, which was posting a 10 minute wait.

DSC01355DSC01360The only Christmas decoration Monsters, Inc. receives during the holidays is the Santa hat for Roz. I LOVE this little detail.

DSC01364Speaking of Santa hats, Mater has his giant hat over in Cars Land.

DSC01365But no Santa hat for Lightning McQueen.

DSC01393I also watched Wold of Color Winter Dreams on Saturday night. I won’t get in to it too much because it’s impossible for me to take a good picture of the show. But I do enjoy the winter version of World of Color. I think visually it’s much more interesting than the regular show. Take a look at the picture, and you can see the lights that were added to the side of California Screamin’. It adds so much to the show, and I hope they find a way to incorporate it in to the regular show.


Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Parlor got a new visual menu. It’s pretty much the same menu but there’s one interesting difference. Disney actually lowered the price on something! The ice cream sundaes served in souvenir Red Car Trolleys are now $9.99 instead of $11.99!

DSC01394This nice Grizzly River Run hoodie popped up over at Rushin’ River Outfitters. I don’t need another hoodie, nor do I want to pay $50 for this one. But for some reason I feel the need to purchase and support tasteful pieces of merchandise like this. FYI, this same design can also be found on a regular shirt.

DSC01395Also new, this Grizzly River Run hat.

DSC01400That’s all for this time. I leave you with this picture. While I was walking back to Mickey & Friends I saw the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile leaving Downtown Disney!

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Guy Selga Jr.

Disneyland writer for TouringPlans.com and co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Also a Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. Twitter and Instagram: @guyselga

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