Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com visited Disneyland on 11/11/11, the first day of the 2011 holiday season. Here in Part 2 are photos from Disney California Adventure, including the holiday decorations, the new Prep and Landing intro to World of Color and a construction update, as well as a look at the progress at the Disneyland Hotel.
Some holiday cheer on the new DCA entrance.
The framing is moving along slowly on Buena Vista Street
A couple of trees outside of Guest Relations trailer.
The concrete for the new rock face is moving along. Looks like only one more section to go.
Santa as well as the tree are back in the same location as last year.
Duffy and his meet-and-greet area are ready for the holidays.
From the Fun Wheel, a look at the construction area for Cars Land.
Still no paint on this rock face, but it looks to be ready.
The scaffolding is almost all gone.
The outdoor seating area for Flo’s is really taking shape.
Looks like they are working on the signage for the store.
Wires up on Maters
A wide shot of the racers
The court house has its first exterior coat on.
A closer look at the new rock face
The Carthay Circle Theater is looking more complete.
The Mermaid Building has some Christmas decorations.
Taking a look around the rest of Paradise Pier – Holiday decorations at the Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill restaurants.
A closer look at the Mermaid Building.
Holiday garland for the Pacific Wharf.
Christmas lights in the Wharf
A look towards Cars Land from the Blue Sky Cellar patio area.
You can see the tower of tires at Luigi’s.
Looking down Route 66
The shack for Mater’s is looking great.
On Buena Vista Street the steel just keeps growing.
The Pump House is out from behind construction walls, and for the moment there is a small information center there. It is supposed to eventually be a Red Trolley Car stop also.
The area in front of the pump house looks great. Weird to see curbs and trees…
A couple of guest relations CMs out to answer questions
Looks like this facade is staying. Just will be re-branded.
Left DCA through the Grand Californian entrance. The Grand Californian is not decorated yet.
The Muppets are watching over Downtown Disney.
At the Disneyland Hotel, Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto hanging out by the pool.
All the construction walls are down, just barriers up now.
Goofy, Chip and Dale hanging out next to the pool.
The new E-ticket pool is filled and ready to go.
The new front desk area is now done and looks much more open.
No signage on the gift shop yet.
The walls around the fountain area are down.
The new facade for Goofy’s Kitchen and The Coffee House.
Wow what a difference!
Heading toward the bridge which now is open. it crossed the pool area between Tangaroa Terrace and Goofy’s Kitchen.
Looking over the new pool area.
The tower signs were going up Friday.
The crew was working on the Adventure Tower sign
Working on the lighting for the sign.
Some holiday treats at Marceline’s in Downtown Disney.
Back at DCA in the evening: the garland on the entrance was not lit up.
Lights on the Little Mermaid building.
For the holiday season there is a new intro to World of Color, featuring the elves from Prep and Landing. These photos and video were taken from the Blue Section.
(Laura’s note: I thought this was very cute and clever, but people who haven’t seen the Prep and Landing show might not get it.)
Nighttime holiday lights around Paradise Pier.
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