Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort!
Early November traditionally represents the calm before the storm; the build up to the extremely busy Holiday Season at the Disneyland Resort. And on top of that, Disneyland is getting ready to kick off the Star Wars celebration, Season of the Force inside Tomorrowland. The next few months will definitely be extremely busy.
Main Street USA
The Holiday Season is nearing, and this time next week the Disneyland Resort will be celebrating the 2015 Christmas Season with special foods, entertainment and decorations. We are already seeing a lot of what this year’s decor will look like. The 60th Anniversary theme will still be present along Main Street and Sleeping Beauty Castle.
It doesn’t appear that Sleeping Beauty Castle will be transformed into the Winter Castle as in years past. Instead this year, the Castle will adorn much more modest Holiday decorations. New additions include small, lit fir trees in Central Plaza.
The special Star Wars celebration, Season of Force will launch on November 16th and will take over much of Tomorrowland. The sign for the Space Mountain overlay, Hyperspace Mountain has been installed. The Tomorrowland Theater will also play various clips from the previous Star Wars films, but not a preview of the new film as Disneyland has previously done with the space.
The new Hyperspace Mountain sign is attached to front of the permanent Space Mountain sign. It overlaps the top of the sign and looks a bit cheep in person. Below that photo, another temporary-in-appearance sign has been set up near the Matterhorn entrance side of Tomorrowland announcing Season of the Force.
We don’t know exactly how long Season of the Force will be around, but the sight of the signage suggests it will be quite temporary.
Lights have been set up all along the former Peoplemover track and at the base of the Observatron.
The Tomorrowland Expo Center (formerly known as Innoventions) is nearing completion and should be open by the end of the week. Over the past weekend the sign for Super Hero HQ was installed. Last month we showed you the installation of the Star Wars Launch Bay sign, also seen in the photos below.
New Orleans Square
Nearly all of the Holiday decorations have been installed in New Orleans Square. For 2015 the Jack Skellington and Sally meet and greet has been moved to the Royal Courtyard. This should help free up much needed space for the over flowing queue of Haunted Mansion Holiday, but will occupy what could be a great family photo location replacement for the now closed off Court of Angels.
Something really odd has been installed in New Orleans Square. A very out-of-place bridge has been constructed from the top floor above the French Market to just over the Disneyland Railroad. It appears as an unfinished bridge to nowhere at the moment. It’s way out of perspective for the area, and hopefully proves to be a temporary installment for the upcoming Disneyland Railroad closure and Star Wars Land construction. Even if this is the intended use for this bridge, it will be in place for what could be a few years.
Update: The OC Register ran a story on this bridge. Disney is going to upgrade some plumbing and electrical wiring in New Orleans Square. The bridge is designed to support temporary pipes during the work. It will be removed when the upgrades are complete.
The “it’s a small world” Holiday installation is already complete and the attraction has opened for the season. This week should be a great time to ride before the large holiday crowds begin to show up.
Buena Vista Street
Most of the Holiday decorations have been installed on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure, including the Carthay Circle Christmas Tree!
As of Sunday, Nov 8th, Cars Land had received only a few decorations, still remaining to be installed, the Court House and Route 66’s garland.
Out in Downtown Disney, the Christmas Tree, village shopping and ice skating rink remained under construction.
November 2015, Week 2 & 3
For week 2 and 3 we will take a look around the Disneyland Resort during at night! The Holiday Season has officially kicked off and a night-time visit is really special this time of year. The Christmas tree is up and fully lit on Main Street USA, the 60th anniversary version of this year’s Holiday Castle is subtle but beautiful, the kitschy Jingle Cruise and Cars Land decor are back, and Buena Vista Street look’s a beautiful as ever.
We also started selling our collection of Holiday prints this past week! We have quite a few to choose from this year, including the Classic version of Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle as well as a few new prints from this unique 2015 season! They make great gifts and support the DlandLive project 100%! We couldn’t continue to do this without your support and we appreciate it!
Central Plaza is beautiful this year, with bright LED lights creating a canopy over the trees and smaller christmas pine trees surrounding the hub. With the ongoing 60th Diamond Celebration taking place, Sleeping Beauty Castle didn’t receive it’s large winter overlay for 2015. Instead, a subtle wreath was placed above the drawbridge entrance. The Castle retains much of it’s non Holiday look at night.
Super Hero HQ opened in Tomorrowland and we will take a look inside. Also from this week, the Star Wars Celebration, Season of the Force, kicked off throughout Tomorrowland. I’ve covered the event in detail in our Special Photo Report and I invite you to head over there to see photos of Season of the Force and Star Wars Launch Bay!
Super Hero HQ is located in the top floor of the Tomorrowland Expo Center (formerly the Innoventions building). It appears much as it did before, but with a few changes. The Iron Man Experience and the Thor: Treasures of Asgard installments are exactly the same as they were before the refurbishment of the building. Sadly for some, Captain America has been removed. The space he was formerly located looks exactly the same, but has been rebranded “V.A.U.L.T.” for a Spider-Man meet and greet. There is also still as space to sample Xbox games and the strangely the AT&T Globe from Project Tomorrow is still in place, although repurposed. As in the case downstairs with Star Wars Launch Bay, a retail space has been added.
It seems Disneyland is staying with their, exit through a store strategy.
Buena Vista Street
Buena Vista Street looks as beautiful as ever for the Holiday’s. Like Sleeping Beauty Castle, Carthay Circle didn’t receive the holiday wreath decor this year, but retained much of the 60th anniversary look. Santa Claus is meeting with guests inside Elias and Co. Department Store and the carolers are out spreading Holiday joy.
Look for more on Buena Vista Street in week 4!
New for this year, subtle garland and lighting around the lamp posts of Grizzly Peak … nice touch!
Over in Cars Land, the bright and cartoon-like holiday decor has returned as well.