Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, November 14, 2014, the first weekend for all of the holiday decorations and activities at Disneyland.
There is a lot going on, so this update has been split into two parts.
I arrived at the Disneyland Resort before park opening Friday and spent a full day, staying until after World of Color, so I clocked in around 14 hours at the parks.
First stop today Disney California Adventure. I was in the park just after 8:30am, it did not open until 9:00am so had some time to roam around Buena Vista Street.
Walked through Condor Flats. Soarin’ was open, with a 10 minute posted wait, no signs of a line yet and the area was nice and quiet.
Picked up a FastPass for World of Color Winter Dreams then made my way over to Disneyland. The Christmas tree and garland are both up this week.
Main Street was alive with activity. Cars, people, horses all moving about.
The sky looked threatening.. it drizzled on the drive to the park, but no rain the entire day.
A video of my ride through Snow White’s Scary Adventures.
Next up Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Passed through Frontierland on my way to Adventureland.
The Jingle Cruise has returned for its second year.
Signs up in the queue explaining the reason for all the jingle in the attraction.
Looking up river this year there are more decorations. Here you can see garlands in the jungle.
Here is a video of our trip.
A couple pictures from the trip, the tiger has gotten into some of the shipment.
More of the lost shipment down near the elephant bathing pool.
The family of baboons found the hats and boots.
Down in the camp the gorillas were trying to bake some holiday treats
The African Elephants managed to decorate themselves a little.
The outdoor decorations found their way into Africa.
The lions enjoying the reindeer.
The villagers found Christmas lights.
And a generator.
As well as some Christmas sweaters.
Trader Sam ready to celebrate the new year.
Went for a cruise on Small World Holiday. Here is the Europe room.
A video clip of the Latin America room – Feliz Navidad
Hiro and Baymax are now greeting guests in the Starcade.
Mickey and the gang arriving in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
Some of the characters boarded the fire truck for a ride to Town Square.
The Big Thunder Ranch is hosting the Jingle Jangle Jamboree again this year.
Here are a couple video clips of the new melodrama: The Plight Before Christmas.
Mrs. Claus Tasty Treats menu
Mickey in his holiday gear.
Santa was back in his seat meeting guests.
Chip in his gingerbread outfit.
Dale in his matching outfit.
Pluto pulled up a bench to color for a while.
Stopped for lunch at the Stage Door Cafe and picked a table with a great view of the Rivers of America.
Jack and Sally out for pictures.
A walk through Critter Country to check out the Christmas decorations.
The Dapper Dans of Disneyland performing on Main Street USA.
The Town Square Christmas tree
Mickey signing autographs in Town Square in his holiday sweater.
Walked through Downtown Disney.
The winter village is set up in front of the AMC as well as Earl of Sandwich.
The Christmas tree sits in the middle of the ice rink again this year.
Olaf was stationed near his ice rink
The hat near the Disneyland Hotel received a new color scheme recently.
This weekend is the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. This is the finish line.
The 5K was Saturday morning and Sunday is the half marathon. Laura will have a full report from the race festivities so I will skip them in this posting.
Part 2 features photos from Viva Navidad and some of the nighttime activities, like World of Color Winter Dreams, and Sleeping Beauty Castle Winter Enchantment.
Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.