Disneyland Photo Report for November 2, 2014, Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort!
Halloween Time has ended as the Holidays are quickly moving in. The annual Holiday transformation of Sleeping Beauty Castle has already begun with snow and lights. LED lights in the nearby bushes and trees can also be seen. The majority of the castle icicle lighting will most likely be installed after the filming of the annual Christmas Day Parade.
The Mardi Gras inspired Holiday decorations have also appeared throughout New Orleans Square.
Sadly the Court of Angels will not be accessible to guests this Holiday Season. The Court of Angels remained a guest favorite for group and family Christmas photos from the time New Orleans Square opened in 1966 through the Fall of 2013 when it closed to guests access. The area is now part of the members-only Club 33.
“it’s a small world” remains closed through November 6th as the famous attraction receives it’s Holiday overlay.
The Downtown Disney Christmas Tree was installed this past weekend and the Holiday Village is being prepared in a nearby parking lot. Disney has yet to make any official announcements, but it appears that the area is being prepared for a return of the annual ice skating.
Holiday merchandise has begun to appear in the parks. The China Closet on Main Street U.S.A. has already been converted for the holiday season and the Curious Shop in Cars Land has a few “Seasons Speedings” items already.
Holiday sweaters at Elias & Co. on Buena Vista Street.
“Seasons Speedings” from Cars Land!
Luigi’s Flying Tires
The rumor of an impending closure of Luigi’s Flying Tires may have been given another indication pointing towards validity when Disneyland released the refurbishment calendar to travel agents and web sites. The original Cars Land attraction is set for a near year-long closure from January through December 2015. The rumor cites poor guest satisfaction for the attraction.
The wait time for Luigi’s Flying Tires this past weekend was a mere 5 minutes, leaving much of the well designed interior queue empty.
Back over at Disneyland …
The new back-stage corridor entry and exit points have been unveiled. The north gates were unveiled, along with the new First Aid and Wish Lounge, in October. But the south gates were unveiled this past Saturday.
The corridor will provide a permanent, high-capacity guest exit route during the most crowded days of the year. The alley will make for a quick Main Street bypass when tens-of-thousands of guests bottleneck as they attempt to exit the park in the evenings. Typically we see this around the Holidays, however it may get more use in 2015 with Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
Unlike the north gates, the south gates are well themed to a Livery.
Entry into the backstage area used for Characters
On north side, the new First Aid and Wish Lounge look great. The express exit gates can be seen to the right of the buildings.
The entry point for the express exit.
This past weekend may very well have been the last time to see the “Remember … Dreams Come True” firework show. The show originally debuted as part of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary in 2005. Starting on November 7th, the show will be replaced for the Holiday season with “Believe … In Holiday Magic”. It is rumored that following the Holiday season, “Fantasy in the Sky” will make a brief reprise before the debut of new 60th anniversary show.
The Mickey Sorcerer’s Hat outside of the Disneyland Hotel has received a new, fresh paint scheme.
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