Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, November 22, 2013.
There was a steady drizzle as I arrived at the Mickey and Friends parking structure this afternoon.
Starbucks in Downtown Disney is moving along. Some new steel is visible around the entrance.
An Annual Passholder viewing of Winter Dreams tonight.
Even though it was raining off and on a decent crowd at the park.
Soarin’ was a walk-on as I walked by.
They had two lines for Winter Dreams Fastpasses. On the left Annual Passholders for the 9pm show, on the right anyone else for the 10:15pm show.
After you received your Fastpass you were given an ornament.
The ornament featured Winter Dreams on one side.
And Frozen on the other. Wish it said 2013 too somewhere.
Today was radio day and they lined the parade route in front of the Little Mermaid.
Carthay Circle on this rainy afternoon.
Some new decorations this year line Hollywood Blvd.
The flags were at half staff. Not sure if it was still in memorial of Diane Disney Miller or if it was for the anniversary of JFK.
The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers
Chip & Dale on Buena Vista Street.
Over to Disneyland…Sleeping Beauty Castle, unobstructed.. the past few visits there have been stages set up in front blocking access
Fantasy Faire received some garland and wreaths for the season.
Oops.. hard to hold the camera steady and an umbrella.. but here are two cast members passing out Jingle Cruise posters near the exit to the attraction.
Jingle Cruise ride-through
A Tiki Souvenir Sipper available at the Dole Whip stand.
Heading into the Big Thunder Ranch area, near the BBQ area.
Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies – the Country Bears Join the finale.
Due to the weather Santa and Mrs. Claus were in the Cabin vs the Jamboree area.
A couple of clips of Olaf in action at the Frozen Meet and Greet in Fantasyland.
Dumbo has re-opened – it was operational last week I just did not make it over to get any pictures. Looks like just some general paintings, cleaning. Hard to tell with the rain though.
The Mad Tea Party is closed due to the rain.
Back to DCA, Elias & Co window.
Time for the Tree Lighting. The citizens, bell ringers, and characters all assemble at the tree.
Video of the tree lighting.
Oops the lower portion of the tree on the Pier was not lit fully.
Time for the Street Party at Viva Navidad!
Video of the Street Party from last week in case you missed it.
Santa and his reindeer on Hollywood Blvd.
The Mad T Party Band Performing.
A video clip from the holiday finale to the 6pm set – the T Party Band’s version of “Sleigh Ride”.
Another look at some of the new decorations on Hollywood Blvd this year.
I had a little under an hour before the Wintertime Enchantement Castle Lighting so decided to do a very quick tour of the hotels.. The Grand Californian Hotel lobby decorations are up.
Next up the Paradise Pier Hotel
The Frontier Tower of the Disneyland Hotel
A Marine Corps Ball going on in the main ballroom.
I could not remember (and have not looked it up yet) but are these lights hanging down new this year?
As you enter the Fantasy Tower Lobby there is a gingerbread Sleeping Beauty Castle
Olaf’s Ice Rink in the Winter Village at Downtown Disney
A quick look at the shops at the rink. I did not have time to go in and get closer pictures this trip.
Back to Disneyland in time for the Wintertime Enchantment Holiday Lighting of Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle
Video of the event.. these happen 2-3 times a night leading up to the snow fall. Usually around 7:30 and 8:30 and I think there is one in the 5:15 or 5:30 time frame.
Back to DCA…The tree in the Elysian Arcade opposite the Kingswell Camera Shop area
A holiday special at Clarabelle’s
Carthay Circle this evening.
There is a new game to entertain you while waiting for World of Color.
You log onto the free wi-fi network and reach the website to play. The game is like Simon Says.. you watch the wheel then mimic the pattern on your device. The winner is based on accuracy and time and you get to control the lights on the wheel for a few moments then. The user interface to play.
Video of the game in action.
The 5 minute announcement for World of Color – Winter Dreams.
Show time. Note the Honor Choir is technically a preshow so it started about 3 minutes to the top of the hour.
The show reached this section of Glow, near the end, and the sound cut and video froze, they restarted after about ten minutes and the show froze in the same spot then they cancelled it.
Here is video clip from last week of Glow (for more pictures & video check out my site or Jeanine’s posting here on Allears).
Since there were no fireworks (due to weather) they ran another Wintertime Enchantment Holiday Lighting segment then the White Christmas snowfall
Here is a video from 2011 of what happens if you are curious.
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.