Observations From Disneyland: November 11, 2013 – Christmas At Disneyland

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IMG_0422Guy here with another Observations post, and jeez do I have a lot to show you. This update includes almost 40 pictures! Why? Because Christmas has been unleashed upon Disneyland, and there are a ton of decorations to go over. Here you can see Sleeping Beauty Castle with its Christmas gear. The only things that haven’t been added yet are the icicles. The icicles look good at night all lit up, but during the day they kind of look like plastic wrap.

IMG_0401The Christmas tree was added to Town Square on Sunday night!

Many more pictures after the jump:

IMG_0410Another look at Town Square’s tree.

IMG_0411A closer look.


IMG_0395Before I continue down Main Street, I’ll loop back to the Mickey & Friends Tram loading area. Santa Mater now greets guests as they enter.

IMG_0396Tow-riffic. It’s a pun. Next!

IMG_0399Back at Disneyland’s entrance, giant snow flakes have replaced the giant character pumpkins.

IMG_0400Attraction poster for the Jingle Cruise! Attraction posters are some of my favorite forms of Disney theme park art, so it’s great to see a temporary holiday overlay get such a classy poster.

IMG_0408The Dapper Dans were out on their 4-person-bicycle. I love this thing!

IMG_0403The greatest Disney attraction in the world also got some holiday decorations! As if the Main Street Omnibus couldn’t get any better. It just did!

IMG_0417Not only is the Omnibus decorated, but so are the other Main Street Vehicles!

IMG_0413Main Street Magic Shop

IMG_0414Crystal Arcade

IMG_0415The recently opened Market House celebrates its first Christmas with a couple of trees. Here is the one near the front door. This tree features a bunch of ornaments that look like oranges, which I guess is supposed to be a tribute to Orange County. I really have no idea.

IMG_0416The Palm Parlor with its decorations.

IMG_0418The planter around the Partners statue has some nice poinsettias. Looks good!

IMG_0423The Golden Horseshoe got some nice garland for the holidays. I’m super bummed because my picture of the trees inside turned out all blurry. The trees are decorated with horseshoes! It’s fabulous! I’ll show you next week.

IMG_0424This Santa Mickey popcorn bucket can be yours for $12. Or do what I do and wait a couple of years and buy one at a yard sale for 25 cents.

IMG_0427Critter Country’s sign decorated with an apple/pine cone wreath.

IMG_0432I’ve always enjoyed the decorations at the Splash Mountain entrance. I’m not sure why a tree is being hung sideways, but I like it.

IMG_0428While I was in Critter Country I stopped by Hungry Bear Restaurant for lunch. The holiday beverage cups are now being used. I believe this is the first year for this design.

IMG_0430What did I eat today? Today I ate the delicious Fried Green Tomato Sandwich from Hungry Bear. I’ve done a video review about this already (which you can see here), and I think it’s one of the best quick service dining entrees in the entire resort.

IMG_0440Fans were pleasantly surprised last week when the Frozen meet and greet opened in Fantasyland. Near the top of the doorway Disney added a nice Olaf animatronic. He says different phrases and makes comments about the people waiting in line. It’s a nice touch! I posted video of the Olaf animatronic here.

IMG_0442“it’s a small world” has reopened with its holiday overlay. There’s not much to say about it that many others haven’t already said. It’s really just a spectacular attraction during the holidays that must be seen.

IMG_0443The facade comes alive at night when thousands of Christmas lights are lit on the attraction’s facade. I’ll be adding video of that to our YouTube channel later this week. If you can’t make it out to Disneyland to see IASW Holiday, I posted a full ride through video on our channel.

IMG_0441The area in front of “it’s a small world” has a series of wreaths decorated to represent each country in the attraction.

IMG_0447We’re still not done with Christmas decorations! Even Mickey’s Toon Town gets in on the act.

IMG_0448Toon Town City Hall

IMG_0446Downtown Toon Town

IMG_0444Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

IMG_0445My favorite detail about the Car Toon Spin decorations in the Santa Roger near the top.

IMG_0451Goofy’s Playhouse

IMG_0452Mickey’s House

IMG_0433Finally, the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area has been transformed in to Jingle Jangle Jamboree. In it you’ll find live performances by Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, games, crafts, and…

IMG_0438…a chance to meet Santa! I can’t top that so I’m going to end it here. That’s all for this week!

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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

8 thoughts on “Observations From Disneyland: November 11, 2013 – Christmas At Disneyland

  • November 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I am loving the holidays at the Disneyland resort and I am visiting frequently. I love IASW Holiday and HMH. I rode Jingle Cruise twice last night and I think that the changes are pretty small, but the jokes are still wonderfully corny with a holiday twist.

    • November 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      I agree with Jingle Cruise. I think it all depends on the skipper to find a good holiday spiel they are comfortable with.

  • November 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    All of the secular decorations are out. WHEN will the religious decorations be put up?????????

  • November 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I may be wrong, but I thought that oranges were sometimes used as Christmas tree decorations in ‘pioneer’ times, along with cookies and candy. The tree would be decorated on Christmas Eve, and then on Christmas Day, the goodies would be eaten. Oranges were considered a special treat in much of the US, because they were so hard to get. I would presume that in California it wasn’t as much of a problem, and as such there might have been more oranges on Christmas trees in this area.

    (I’ll admit, much of this knowledge comes from reading the Little House books, and it’s been a looong time, so it might be rusty…)

    • November 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      You know now that you mention that I remember hearing that as well. I do remember hearing that people would get oranges for presents on holidays.

  • November 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Why isn’t the Mickey Garland that strings across main street up this year?

    • November 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      This was a few days before the Christmas Day Parade taping. They don’t put up the garland until after the filming. It’s up now.


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