Welcome Back to the Disneyland Resort

The Holidays at the Disneyland Resort officially kicked off this morning!  Disneyland and especially Disney California Adventure, have made their transitions for the season and we have a huge photo update for you!  At Disneyland, the Christmas tree is up in Town Square, the garland was stretched across Main Street last night, Sleeping Beauty Castle is covered in snow and ice, Santa has moved into the Jingle Jangle Jamboree and “it’s a small world” Holiday is setting cruise.  Across the esplanade, Buena Vista Street has been transformed into a 1920’s downtown Christmas.  The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers sing carols, a 50-foot Christmas tree stands in Carthay Circle and a department store Santa Claus is greeting guests in Elias and Company.  Back in Cars Land, guests can experience Cars-inspired garland and very unique Christmas trees and lighting.

Here is a quick word from Touring Plans on what you can expect this week’s crowds to look like.

It’s going to be a quiet Christmas-time week in Disneyland! TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd CalendarLines – 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. Now more than ever, 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.

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Day
Resort Crowd Prediction
Tues, November 13, 2012
1 out of 10
Weds, November 14, 2012
2 out of 10
Thurs, November 15, 2012
out of 10
Fri, November 16, 2012
out of 10

Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:

  • Tuesday is the best day to do Disney California Adventure.
  • Partial blockouts on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Crowd levels are a 9 and 8 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Due to its incredibly low capacity, consider riding Luigi’s Flying Tires standby right after starting your day by grabbing a FASTPASS for Radiator Springs Racers.

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Holidays on Buena Vista Street

Holiday garland on Buena Vista Street

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

The classic ‘Department Store Santa’ meets with shoppers in Elias & Co.

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

The interior of the shops have been decorated for the Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers perform under the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge throughout the day.

Buena Vista Street Holidays - Bell Ringers

Buena Vista Street Holidays - Bell Ringers

Buena Vista Street Holidays - Bell Ringers

Buena Vista Street Holidays - Bell Ringers

Buena Vista Street Holidays - Bell Ringers

The 50-foot tall Buena Vista Street Christmas Tree, completely decorated with vintage style ornaments and a steaming train at the base.

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Buena Vista Street Holidays

Holidays in Cars Land

The Cars have decorated Cars Land with air filter garlands, classic lighting, very unique Christmas trees and a special soundtrack and lighting ceremony set “Winter Wonderland“.

Cars Land Holidays 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbkstM5SKsA

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Very elaborate Cozy Cone gingerbread house.

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Note the color wheel on the metal tree.

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Sarge may be a bit confused on when Independence Day is celebrated.

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Cars Land Holidays 2012

Mad T Party & Phineas and Ferb

The Mad T Party features special Holiday music and snowfall nightly.

Mad T Party Holiday

The lanterns have been changed out to blue and white.

Mad T Party Holiday

In Hollywood Land, the poles are subtlety accented with candy cane garland.

Hollywoodland Holidys 2012

A new holiday Phineas & Ferb show performs daily near Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

phineas and ferb holiday

phineas and ferb Holiday

Holidays on Main Street

The classic Main Street U.S.A. Holiday decorations have been installed.

Disneyland Main Entrance Holiday 2012

Disneyland Main Entrance Holiday 2012

Disneyland Main Street Holiday Decor 2012

Disneyland Main Street Holiday Decor 2012

Mini Mouse Holiday 2012

Disneyland Main Street Holiday Decor 2012

Disneyland Main Street Holiday Decor 2012

Disneyland Christmas Tree 2012

Disneyland Christmas Tree 2012

Disney Showcase

Disneyland Holiday Merchandise 2012

Disneyland Holiday Merchandise 2012

Disneyland Holiday Merchandise 2012

Disneyland Christmas Tree 2012

Disneyland Holiday Castle 2012

Disneyland Holiday Castle 2012

Disneyland Holiday Castle 2012

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

The Jingle Jangle Jamboree is a Holiday overlay to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree (similar to how Halloween took over the area).  The Jingle Jangle Jamboree features special treats, games, crafts and Santa Claus.  Santa has moved out of his cabin this year, and his reindeer have stayed in the North Pole.  Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Holiday also perform on the main stage.

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

I took my photo without waiting in line… This look tells me I may be getting coal in my stocking.

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

The Jingle Jangle Jamboree is also where you can see all of your favorite characters dressed in their festive Holiday outfits.

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

No reindeer.

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

“it’s a small world” Holiday

The popular “it’s a small world” Holiday opened a few days early this year.

small world holdiay 2012

small world holdiay 2012

small world holdiay 2012

Here is a full video ride through of the 2012 “it’s a small world” Holiday overlay.

 

small world holiday 2012

“Saving Mr. Banks” Filming

Actor Tom Hanks was seen playing the role of Walt Disney throughout the day at Disneyland today.  Hanks is portraying Walt Disney for the upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks.  The film tells the story of how Walt Disney was able to sway P.L. Travers (portrayed by Emma Thompson), the creator of “Mary Poppins”, into allowing Disney to create the now iconic and classic film.  Saving Mr. Banks is based in 1964 and is filming only a few scenes at Disneyland, re-creating actual events which occurred at the park.

Extra’s in their 1960’s attire, note the banners.

Saving Mr. Banks Filming at Disneyland

Actor Tom Hanks, portraying Walt Disney, was visible to guests during Tuesday’s filming.

Saving Mr. Banks Filming at Disneyland

Saving Mr. Banks Filming at Disneyland

Video of Tom Hanks waving to the crowd of onlookers.

Saving Mr. Banks Filming at Disneyland

Vintage Disneyland Flower Cart - Mr. Banks Filming

Around the Resort

The walls have comedown around a portion of the waterfall behind Dumbo.

Storybook Land / Casey Jr Refurbishment

Work continues on the Casey Jr. Circus Train bridges.

Storybook Land / Casey Jr Refurbishment

Workers are retrofitting the bridges to make them safer in the event of an evacuation.  Note the newly extended portion of the bridge.

Storybook Land / Casey Jr Refurbishment

The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad FASTPASS distribution queue has been reduced in size and should help with traffic flow in this typically crowded area.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad FASTPASS

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad FASTPASS

Progress on the Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire Construction

Fantasy Faire Construction

Fantasy Faire Construction

Fantasy Faire Construction

Fantasy Faire Construction

Vertical construction is now visible at the Fantasyland Theater.  The theater is being reconstructed for a new stage show.

Fantasyland Theater Construction

Fantasyland Theater Construction

Fantasyland Theater Construction

Alice and Mad Hatter - Disneyland

Alice and Mad Hatter - Disneyland

That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.

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