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LarryJ
12-20-2009, 08:25 PM
Haven't done a complete survey, but the great light display between the tree and the fountain at EPCOT is gone and everywhere we go there just seems like a lot less Xmas decorations, but we have nothing to judge that on except what we remember.

Too bad that Disney is gone GRINCH:rolleyes:

So what say you that are here now.

Larry

lolafrances
12-20-2009, 09:39 PM
When we were there two weeks ago I was sad to see the arched lights over the big walkway down the center of Epcot back to the countries was missing. I thought that arched walkway was so pretty last year! Other than that I can't say I noticed less lights and decorations, but I wasn't really looking for them, either.

stacktester
12-21-2009, 12:48 AM
I noticed it missing too. It was a really nice decoration too.

des1954
12-21-2009, 04:56 AM
Larry - We were at Epcot the first weekend in Dec. and I had hoped they just hadn't put the lighted archway up yet. That was as much an Epcot icon as the tree. Too bad.

We noticed that the Xmas tree decorations on the main walkway to HS were missing this year and had been replaced with some cheesy shooting stars.

Perhaps the economy has hit WDW harder than they want everyone to think it has?

Born 2 Fish
12-21-2009, 05:09 AM
Economy,, shmanomy!
I keep telln ya'll,,,it's that BOBBY I. !!!
ONE BITE AT A TIME !

DaveInTN
12-21-2009, 06:59 AM
Economy,, shmanomy!
I keep telln ya'll,,,it's that BOBBY I. !!!
ONE BITE AT A TIME !

Maybe Jim can have a talk with him. This is unacceptable.

AuburnJen92
12-21-2009, 08:04 AM
From what I have heard, it was not a decision of just finances. The technology that worked the arches is extremely out of date and something went wrong with it and there are no parts available to fix it. I am sure with enough complaints, they will get the "new hotness" technology and put them back. I just don't think that was feasible in the time they had to fix the problem. Things of that scale just don't get an overhaul quickly.

Born 2 Fish
12-21-2009, 08:26 AM
nope,,sorry,,Bobby I. ,,
bite, bite, bite.

MandMLUVMMandDVC
12-21-2009, 09:12 AM
It wasn't just the archway missing, it was a lot of decorations missing. There were no presents under the big tree, no Christmas decs along walk to/through Mexico, very little in Germany. I could go on, but basically there wasn't much to say Merry Christmas. It was quite noticable.

clkelley
12-21-2009, 09:28 AM
It wasn't just the archway missing, it was a lot of decorations missing. There were no presents under the big tree, no Christmas decs along walk to/through Mexico, very little in Germany. I could go on, but basically there wasn't much to say Merry Christmas. It was quite noticable.


We noticed it too. Everywhere except Main Street and the Osborne lights everything was less. I remember back in 1999 or 2000 that I complained that there was too "much" Christmas there. They had just about every available surface covered with Christmas. For example, every one of the bus stops at the Studios had lighted garland around the top of it, plus lots more.

The lights of Winter was the most noticeable missing thing. Also, because the lights were gone, the fountain didn't seem to dance to Christmas music at closing either. I could sit there and watch the fountain dance for an hour or more after Illuminations while the crowds thinned out and didn't have that opportunity.

AuburnJen92
12-21-2009, 04:21 PM
I just know about the archway....:confused3

Born 2 Fish
12-21-2009, 04:38 PM
bite
bite bite
bite bite bite

des1954
12-21-2009, 05:30 PM
Maybe the .... forget it.....I'd be accused of being racist - or at the very least, profiling!

LarryJ
12-21-2009, 05:35 PM
We noticed it too. Everywhere except Main Street and the Osborne lights everything was less. I remember back in 1999 or 2000 that I complained that there was too "much" Christmas there. They had just about every available surface covered with Christmas. For example, every one of the bus stops at the Studios had lighted garland around the top of it, plus lots more.

The lights of Winter was the most noticeable missing thing. Also, because the lights were gone, the fountain didn't seem to dance to Christmas music at closing either. I could sit there and watch the fountain dance for an hour or more after Illuminations while the crowds thinned out and didn't have that opportunity.

We've only been to EPCOT since we are concentrating on things like the Candlelight Processional and Whoopi did a better job than I expected yesterday. We haven't been to any of the Deluxe ones yet but CBR, Pop, All Star, Yacht/Beach, and Swan were really sad and the Dolphin wasn't much in the past, but still had the train around their tree like in the past. Probably the best of all these was the Beach with their chocolate carousel and train display There just seems like a lack of the extra wreaths/lights and extra touches are not there.

I think Disney in all their recent acquisitions must have gotten the Grinch from someone :rotfl2:

Larry

Larry

5Days
12-21-2009, 06:08 PM
I thought it was just us and our expectations. We were there from Dec 4 to the 12th and we were expecting a lot more in the way of decorations. Was really disappointed as that was the main reason we went during that time. We will stick with September!

freshlybarked
12-21-2009, 07:08 PM
I'll add my 2 Cents for what's it's worth. This was our first year attending at Christmas time. We were there from 10th to the 14th. I was expecting more decorations everywhere, but what they had was great. I think FW doesn't do as much because we (the campers) do it all. Very nicely, too. I loved Epcot. The countries I expected to be decorated well, were. Germany was great, Norway had the best presentation in my opinion of their tradition. Canada is our favorite in landscaping and they did a nice job with decorations. Unfortunately, we missed U.K. American had the Candlelight Processional and although we did not get seats, we did see most of it standing and it was heartwarming. Magic Kingdom was mostly Main Street so I was a little disappointed by some of the other areas, but the Castle was breathtaking. DHS was all Osborne for me. I had tears in my eyes. We spent over an hour just wondering around. The night we went was chilly which made it more fun. All in all we had a great time, but I don't think I would stay there again. We will do Osborne every year.

des1954
12-22-2009, 05:15 AM
I'm glad to see it's not just me who thought there were less decorations at the parks and resorts. I thought I was losing my sense of "holiday magic" - but it's not me, it's Disney.

The neighborhoods in my area are less decorated this year, too. But of course with 1.5 million people in Florida unemployed this year - it's all about the day-to-day survival, and not spending unnecessary $$ on electric bills. Yep - you read that right - 1.5 MILLION unemployed in Florida, alone. That figure was quoted on the news last night. :sad2:

indimom3
12-22-2009, 01:34 PM
We are just back from our trip, and i agree they did less decorating this year. Main Street still looked great, but the individual lands were barely decorated. I didn't notice it until I looked around Fantasyland and realized that most of the garlands I remembered from years past were not up.
They had the carols playing everywhere though, so it still felt very Christmassy to me. We saw Abigail Breslin in the CP, and she was wonderful.

RocklandRVers
12-22-2009, 01:49 PM
I bet the worst decorated Disney still beats the heck out of the 2 feet of snow we just got! :scared1: Oh man do I wish I could go this year!! :santa:

TheRustyScupper
12-22-2009, 02:53 PM
Too bad that Disney is gone GRINCH:rolleyes:

1) We had a neighborhood Christmas party Sunday with lots of CM's.
2) Many of our development folks work at WDW.
3) We had quite a conversation on the lack of decorations.
4) And, the comments were from Maintenance folks and two managers. *
5) Some of the other things discussed were also disappointing to hear.
6) But, the lack of decorations was pitiful.
7) Especially considering the amount of guest who come for the sights.

* One of the maintenance guys has over 30-yrs with the Mouse. He said that he has never seen such few decorations.

Born 2 Fish
12-22-2009, 03:27 PM
1) We had a neighborhood Christmas party Sunday with lots of CM's.
2) Many of our development folks work at WDW.
3) We had quite a conversation on the lack of decorations.
4) And, the comments were from Maintenance folks and two managers. *
5) Some of the other things discussed were also disappointing to hear.
6) But, the lack of decorations was pitiful.
7) Especially considering the amount of guest who come for the sights.

* One of the maintenance guys has over 30-yrs with the Mouse. He said that he has never seen such few decorations.

one bite at a time.

Lyndria
12-23-2009, 06:28 PM
This is sad. I remember back in '96 (when I was CP) how amazing and wonderful the decorations were!

lolafrances
12-26-2009, 06:26 AM
Did anyone see the holiday special on HGTV hosted by David Bromstad about holiday decorating at WDW? It was on last night and I saw it repeated this morning. It is a behind the scenes look and it was pretty cool.

EpcotQueen
12-26-2009, 07:50 AM
We were there 11/29 to 12/5 and noticed the same lack of decorations compared to previous years. Does anyone know how DL's decorations compared this year to previous? My DH and I keep talking about flying out there to see their Christmas decorations sometime.

Shan-man
12-26-2009, 08:34 AM
We have seen some attrition over the past three Christmases. Some of it small stuff, like missing garlands at the GF, and some of it big, like the lights of winter this year. But, there are certain things that are added this year also. There was a new gingerbread tree at CR, and some new chocolate sculptures at the BC. These additions don't offset the losses, IMO, and the overall feel is less Christmassy.

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lolafrances
12-26-2009, 10:32 AM
We have seen some attrition over the past three Christmases. Some of it small stuff, like missing garlands at the GF, and some of it big, like the lights of winter this year.

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w359/SLSettles/Web%20Graphics/ShantaClausSm.png

Shan-man, what are the "lights of winter"? Is that the archway of lights down the main drag in Epcot?

As an aside, I saw on the Disney holiday decorating special that this year is the first year the Osbourne Family light display at DHS is comprised of all LED lights. That had to cost a pretty penny... maybe that is where the holiday decorating dollars have gone! :)

truck1
12-26-2009, 10:59 PM
I drove my family around Disney property 2x this year looking at the lights. The first time was right around Thanksgiving, and I noticed that there was somethings missing.(Like Port Orleans had nothing outside the entrance)I chalked it up to not being done yet.Xmas eve, we did it again, and PO still had nothing and everything else seemed subdued.Tonight my son and I went to the DHS and noticed that the Osborne lights seemed more compressed than previous years,and there was not a lot in the park itself.

They were playing Xmas music and the snow was falling, it just seemed smaller than years past.My parents went a few weeks ago, to see the Osborne lights and they were saying that the night they went it was raining on and off and there was large sections of lights and rotary displays that were out or not functioning at all.They said the same thing that it seemed like the display was pushed into a smaller area.

In general though, I think Disney is getting really cheap.For the last several years,for example, the Country Bears have not had a Xmas show,(which is something that my son and my grandmother looked foward to.It was a tradition for them.)Come to think of it, I dont remember seeing any decorations around Grizzly Hall in the MK like years past.
Also, looking at things like the hitching posts on Main Street, they used to be perfectly clean painted.Now it looks like every time theres a chip missing, they just paint over the missing chip and let it go.The quality isnt there any more.Something else I just thought of is that the Emporium on Main Street is usually open until the last guest is pushed out of the park, for last minute gifts.Now, if the park closes at 10, and you have not made it in to the store for that last minute gift, your out of luck.