Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
I started off my long holiday weekend spending the afternoon/evening at the Disneyland Resort. First stop today, Disney California Adventure. On Buena Vista Street Oswald joined the Community Bell Ringers. I arrived as they were wrapping up the last song.
After retrieving a FastPass for World of Color I headed for Disneyland.
Every Wednesday until July there is an Annual Passholder promotion called Wednesdays with Walt where they have a presentation and screening in the Opera House several times in the evening.
This week they are showing Classic Disney Holiday animated shorts. I picked up a wristband for the 5pm showing.
Main Street transportation rounding the hub.
First stop for me the Jingle Cruise. A posted half hour wait and it took about that this week. A snowman in the queue.
The Mark Twain has returned to service and looks like new again.
A look around the Mark Twain. No substantial changes jumped out at me. Just a lot of new paint and touch up work. The boat looks great.
New signage for the souvenir sippers…now Fantasmic! vs Halloween Time. Not sure why you would want a glow cube in a sipper 🙂
Haunted Mansion Holiday time.
Anna and Olaf passing by in A Christmas Fantasy Parade (I was on my way to Small World Holiday).
The curtains appear to be gone for good so you can now get pictures of Baymax and Hiro without waiting in the long line, if you are quick or the groups slow.
The Dapper Dans of Disneyland performing at the nightly Flag Retreat in Town Square.
Lights set up for the Candlelight Ceremony in a little over a week.
Next I headed to the Main Street Opera house for Wednesday with Walt. This was my first of the series since I usually cannot make it down to the park on a Wednesday.
Baymax floating up from the front row.
Stacia Martin introduced the four shorts which were Mickey’s Good Deed, Winter Storage, Santa’s Workshop and Donald’s Snowball Fight.
At the end she gave away a drawing that she had made to one lucky guest.
As you exited everyone received an Annual Passholder ornament.
Fun to see the Elias and Co windows on Buena Vista Street after just seeing the short they were inspired by (Santa’s Workshop).
The hub cap tree has been removed from near the court house. I read it had some wind damage.
Viva Navidad! Street Party
Time to visit the three hotels and see their Christmas decorations…first up the Grand Californian.
The tree in Whitewater Snacks
They now have Coke Freestyle machines in Whitewater.
Elf Mickey Stein available for the holidays.
The tree in the lobby of the Grand Californian
This year there is a large gingerbread house in the lobby. It’s 7-1/2 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Here are some other stats on it.
The gingerbread house looks like the hotel.
There are seven hidden Mickeys.
The back side of the creation.
A snack and drink location was set up near the gingerbread house.
A quick video clip of the tree and lobby while I waited for a photo to upload.
The trees out front of the hotel have their Christmas lights.
Deer out front of the hotel.
The tree in the lobby of the Paradise Pier Hotel
Walked over to the Disneyland Hotel next. This is the Frontier Tower Lobby.
As I was walking toward Trader Sam’s a pair of live musicians there were wrapping up with a Hawaiian Christmas song. Here is a clip of it.
The E-Ticket pool was closed this evening.
A tree outside Goofy’s Kitchen
Santa’s meet-and-greet area near the convention center is all ready for Santa.
The “gingerbread” Castle is back at the entrance to the Disneyland Hotel.
Olaf’s Ice Rink was open for business at the Downtown Disney Winter Village.
The Winter Village in Downtown Disney.
This is the last weekend for the Mad T Party. So stopped by for one last performance from the band.
The snow finale…
Arrived on Main Street as the 8:30 Wintertime Enchantment moment was happening.
Goofy showed up to take some pictures in Town Square.
Found a spot for Believe in Holiday Magic….Disney warned then cancelled the show. The announcement said due to winds at upper elevations. I did not see anything moving. So had to settle for just snowfall.
Arrived in Paradise Pier about 20 minutes before World of Color was to begin and found spot in the blue section using my FastPass.
Since I was in a good spot again decided to re-record the Do You Want to Build a Snowman opening with the SLR camera. So here it is. Interesting that it featured images from some of the holiday animated shorts I had seen earlier.
Here is the Frozen Medley then finale of World of Color Winter Dreams.
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.