There’s a lot going on at Disney World! The holidays have arrived.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The entrance to Epcot has garland up.
The tree is up at the entrance to World Showcase.
The Canada pavilion is still being worked on.
France is decorated for the holidays.
Work is still ongoing at Yakitori House at Japan.
The American pavilion has their tree up.
Some turnstiles at the entrance at Epcot were walled off.
The tree at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is up.
The light poles at the entrance at Studios were also decorated.
The stars are out on Sunset Boulevard.
There’s a sign up for the Osborne Lights near the Great Movie Ride.
Santa is arriving near Pizza Planet.
We went over to the Streets of America to see the Osborne Lights display during the day.
Signs like this one are up and down the street with fun facts and trivia about the Osborne Lights.
The library has their tree out.
The Voyage of the Little Mermaid has some decorations up as well.
After dinner, we made our way to the Streets of America so we could watch the Osborne Lights be turned on for the first time this year. The lights are turned on at dusk — the ceremony started at approximately 6:10 the night we were there.
The Lights were, and always are, gorgeous. They have switched out a lot of the strands for LED strands and they were much brighter than last year. Also, they shimmer this year which I don’t remember them doing last year.
The Lights danced immediately after being turned on. Later in the evening, there was a song dedicated to Jennings Osborne who passed away this year. I thought the song they chose was very appropriate.
Also, the Halloween cat is very well hidden this year. If you’re unfamiliar with the story: When the Osbornes donated the Lights to Disney World, they accidentally included their black Halloween cat. The Imagineers hide the cat every year in the display. It’s become a tradition for many to try to find it.
There’s a window near the New York facade that shows some of the history of the Osborne Lights. Here’s a quick video:
Enough talk and on with the pictures! 🙂
Mickey and Goofy posed for pictures with the family selected to help turn the lights on for the evening.
The Osborne family has stockings in the display.
The windows on this building are screens for the Osborne Lights. The images that go across are very neat to watch. We spent quite a bit of time standing off to the side to watch them.
The Minnie window is up at the Celebrity 5 and 10.
The Studios tree is very pretty at night.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Downtown Disney has a new tree this year.
Festival of the Masters was going on at Downtown Disney. Check out Jack Spence’s blog on it here.
The walls were down around the exterior of World of Disney and the Lego Store.
This tree near Portobello’s is new (or new to me):
The tennis courts at the Grand Floridian have been completely torn up.
Signs are out near the monorail beams for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
The train station has been decorated for the holidays.
Some work is being done on the top of the Newsstand.
Main Street looks beautiful.
The side of Crystal Arts is being worked on.
Every time I see the progress on Storybook Circus, I’m amazed at how quickly it’s coming together.
Enchanted Grove has been renamed Cheshire Cafe. I knew something was different, but didn’t realize they had painted it until I got home and looked at my pictures.
Work on the rest of the expansion is also coming along nicely.
A photo-op with the soldiers and the castle has been set up near the flagpole.
We saw Cinderella’s Holiday Wish from Main Street. It was difficult to get pictures of the characters so I concentrated on the castle.
The castle does change colors periodically.
That’s all for this update. Have a great day. 🙂