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Old 11-13-2012, 12:06 PM   #3421
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Oh goodness! You guys are all so sweet - what kind words and thoughts! I'm here! When I got home last night, for some reason I thought to post a summary of some things in my TR - which I should have copied and pasted to this thread (it would make sense, as this is the Christmas Superthread!) and yet I didn't. I conked out!

Right now I am in the process of loading some things to Photobucket so I should be able to start posting soon!

StyledSugar - I looked for the mini-trees and found an abundance of them in World of Disney (for the $29.95 price that I think TK was telling us about not long ago).

julieheyer - Those prices and the info about the Jamboree that you received from 10stime are totally accurate.

Heather - I saw characters in holiday gear in both Town Square and at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree. Santa Goofy was at the Jamboree. Goofy in a Winter sweater was in Town Square. Woody, Jessie, reindeer Pluto and Mickey were at the Jamboree. Minnie, Mickey, Pluto, Goofy, Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit were in Town Square. I also saw Cruella there.

The big highlight of the Jamboree is that two of the very rare Country Bear Jamboree characters (including Big Al) are part of the Billy Hill show and they stick around for a few minutes to take photos





Here is what I neglected to post here last night:

Peppermint ice cream is back at Gibson Girl.

Also - there are free peppermint bark samples at Ghirardelli, but no special holiday sundaes or beverages there. (You have to get the holiday beverages in one of the Disney-specific places)

There's a mini-gingerbread Mater sculpture in Flo's! Sooooo cute!

There are gingerbread cone houses in the "office" of the Cozy Cone Motel! Soooooo cute! Look closely for them!

The Cars Land decorations are AMAZING - soooooo detailed, so thorough, so off-kilter.....soooo many new trees for Tree Quest between CL and BVS (hear that, Bret? You've got your work cut out for you!). Trees of all kinds - trees made of cones, trees made of tires, trees made of car parts, trees made of oil cans, trees galore.

Cars Land is playing holiday music - but it's done in the style that you'd expect from Cars Land - wacky songs and kind of '50s/'60s-inspired songs (the Stray Cats and things like that)

Buena Vista Street plays vintage holiday music to fit the theme.

There are some awesome holiday window displays in the shops on BVS. The BVS tree is gorgeous (but I missed seeing the bell ringers).

I did not have time for the Mad T Party, unfortunately.

I saw nothing about the candy cane schedules anywhere, in Candy Palace or in Trolley Treats.

Even though the reindeer are gone from the Reindeer Round-Up, the reindeer motif/decor lives on at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree.

I saw no "Christmas Village" at the DTD skating rink. I saw two "chalets" where you could rent skates and head gear, but I didn't see treats or merchandise. What kind of Christmas Village is that?

Earl of Sandwich was very crowded at night.

There were no decorations up at any of the hotels, at all. One of the PPH guys told me that the GCH gets decorated first, then the DLH gets decorated next, then the PPH last, but everything is decorated by the week following Thanksgiving.

DTD does not have a Christmas tree because the ice rink is taking the space where it would go.

I saw many, many PhotoPass people out in full force today. They were everywhere. There were 3 of them posted around the BVS tree. There was one at the Storytellers statue. There were several in Cars Land (including in front of Flo's at night). They are all over the place - no one can complain that the PhotoPass people are lacking this holiday season.

There are so many gorgeous Mickey-shaped ornaments and interested resin 'ears' sculpture/ornaments. I was in merchandise overload. There are also some really nice vintage-ish stockings.




Okay...back to Photobucket now!
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:30 PM   #3422
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Disney Hotels Christmas Amenities Pics :)

Santas Gift Bag-Adult


Christmas ChEARS to You!


Santas Gift Bag-Youth


Mickeys Christmas Tree Cheer 2012


Mickeys Favorite Things In Room Celebration
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:51 PM   #3423
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Santas Gift Bag-Adult


Christmas ChEARS to You!


Santas Gift Bag-Youth


Mickeys Christmas Tree Cheer 2012


Mickeys Favorite Things In Room Celebration
Thanks for posting these! My brain couldn't figure out how to post the pics from the email!
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:52 PM   #3424
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I got a list of sorts from vacay planning tonight... I say of sorts, because they actually sent me pics without descriptions... so weird. So, I am not sure how to post the pics here... but I'll try and describe for you:
Thanks Mommy2PrincessAbby for bringing up the room amenities and thanks mo3bys for the pictures, I really wanted to know what they offered and what the cost was so I called today and thought others would want to know as well... Also, the CM did mention that some of these items sell out fairly quickly and that today is the first day they are really offering these items for purchase.

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#1 Christmas ChEARS to you: Mickey Christmas Ears, Minnie Mouse Stuffed Animal, Christmas Malt Balls, Snowman lollypop, and an autograph book--looks like the kind that doesn't have the picture holders.
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The CM did not talk about this option... Maybe I need to call back



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#2 Santa Gift Bag--Adult: A Santa bag with Peppermint Roca, Ghiradelli Squares, Perry ornament or maybe its an antenna topper, Mickey ornament, and a Mickey vinylmation.
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Cost = $89.95 + tax and delivery... Also includes two collage coffee tumbler, mouseketeer ear hat, classic mickey pen/notebook, 2012 Mickey Ornament, Ghiradelli truffles... The CM said the dark chocolate Peppermint was a drink mix for the mugs (did not mention Roca) but in the picture its obviouly Roca.



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#3 Santa Gift Bag--Kids: Santa bag with a Duffy dressed like Santa, sour gummi santas, and a chocolate snowman.
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Cost = $89.95 + tax and delivery... Also includes acrylic tumbler mug, puzzle, coloring book and crayons, an autograph book and mickey glow in the show ears (the CM originally said "Flashing Glow ears" so I had him confirm it was Glow with the Show ears).



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#4 Mickey's Christmas tree cheer: Super cute mini-tree all decorated--looks like it has one bigger ornament for your tree at home.
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Cost = $200 + $3.50 delivery + tax = $219... It's a 3-foot tall tree, includes a box of handmade chocolates, santa mickey hat, Ornaments that are gold/medal mickey head, shatter proof ball ornaments of varying sizes, large mickey head oranments and smaller mickey icon(?) ornaments. Includes a box to take the tree home and for an additional fee they will arrange for shipping.



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#5 Mickey's Favorite Things in room celebration: Tree advent calendar, little cookie plate and mug for milk, toy story book, mickey throw, Disney Uno, Stuffed Santa Mickey with its own little Duffy doll, multiple round lollypops, Mickey vinylmation, and there is a couple other things in the picture that I can't tell what they are or if they are just decoration.
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Cost=$350 + tax = $377.12... round lollipops are supposedly chocolate pops. The CM said the package includes Christmas storybook collection (so multiple books). Mickey Santa is a 15" santa. Other items not listed are shortbread festive cookies, christmas candies, ghiradelli chocolates, santa mickey/pluto ornaments, snowflake light-up lumanaries and an exclusive wreath door banner they will place on your room door so "when you come to your room you know there is something magical inside."



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Old 11-13-2012, 01:23 PM   #3425
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I'll add that when I called today, and asked if I can switch something around in a basket, I was told no--they are pre-made-up. But for an extra $40 I could custom my own basket.

So, that is what I did... we chatted about what I wanted... a specific "Disney Parks Authentic" ornament I saw online, plus the Disneyland Uno that I saw in one of the pics... the Ghiradelli holiday squares (also in one of the pics), another Christmas candy (I told her to see what they have and pick something fun), and she told me there is a sparkly holiday headband that my dd might like, so we threw that in. So, we'll have a fun surprise, with no stuffed animals or extra ears (dd will likely fall in love with a stuffed animal at some point, so I'd like her to pick that out.) And we need glow ears for the fireworks on arrival night, and probably won't be in the room to see the surprise beforehand... so we'll just buy those ourselves.

Anyhow, I do not know the total yet for my basket... she is going to "shop" for me and then call me with a total. But just the ornament I want is $40 on disneystore... so my guess is $140 lol!!
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I just received an email from Vacation Planning and here is the price for the Christmas Chears to you

The total price for the "Christmas ChEARS" to You is $57.32



Santa’s Gift Bag-Youth or Adult $100.42 each



Mickey’s Christmas Tree Cheer $219.00



Mickey’s Favorite Things $377.13
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This is the item list for the Tree and the Christmas in room celebration

The contents of Mickey’s Christmas Cheer Tree are as follows:

1. Small Mickey Head Ornaments (Set of 8)

2. Large Mickey Head Ornaments (Set of 3)

3. Shatterproof Ball Ornaments (Set of 20)

4. Gold Metal Mickey Head Scroll Ornaments (Set of 3)

5. Santa Mickey Hat

6. Box of Handmade Chocolates

$219.00


The contents of this celebration are as follows:

1. Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

2. Book - Christmas Storybook Collection

3. 15” Santa Mickey Mouse

4. Santa Mickey Milk & Cookie Set

5. Santa Mickey & Pluto Ornament

6. Santa Mickey Mouse 3" Vinylmation

7. Mickey & Minnie Fleece Throw

8. Uno Card Game

9. Christmas Wreath Door Banner

(Exclusive to DLR)

10. Snowflake Luminaries (6)

11. Bag of Mini Ghirardelli Chocolates

12. Bag of Christmas Ribbon Candy

13. Christmas Chocolate Pops (3)

14. Box of Shortbread Festive Shaped Cookies

Mickey’s Favorite Things $377.13

*Merchandise subject to change without notice.
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Hope this is a good place to ask this question. I'm a little confused by the new layout of DCA. I've looked at the maps online, but couldn't find the answer.

I noticed that the tree lighting for Carthay Circle is at 5 p.m. How early do you have to show up to see it on a crowded day (Sunday after Thanksgiving). Is 30 minutes too late? (I know it might be too early to know this since it is a new thing and hasn't seen a crowded day yet).

And if I got there by 4:25 to wait for the tree, would I be able to see the Red Car News Boys show (I don't really have a good concept to where they actually do their thing).

And finally, if I get there early enough, stake out a spot to catch all that, will I be able to see the pixar parade from the same spot too?

Trying to see as much of the entertainment offerings on a busy day so we can take advantage of the short lines for rides on our less busy days.
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Hope this is a good place to ask this question. I'm a little confused by the new layout of DCA. I've looked at the maps online, but couldn't find the answer.

I noticed that the tree lighting for Carthay Circle is at 5 p.m. How early do you have to show up to see it on a crowded day (Sunday after Thanksgiving). Is 30 minutes too late? (I know it might be too early to know this since it is a new thing and hasn't seen a crowded day yet).

And if I got there by 4:25 to wait for the tree, would I be able to see the Red Car News Boys show (I don't really have a good concept to where they actually do their thing).

And finally, if I get there early enough, stake out a spot to catch all that, will I be able to see the pixar parade from the same spot too?

Trying to see as much of the entertainment offerings on a busy day so we can take advantage of the short lines for rides on our less busy days.
This is a good place to ask. Sherry just went yesterday and saw the Tree Lighting in DCA. She can tell you more when she gets back on. She is downloading pictures to photobucket which takes forever on her computer so it may be a bit, but be patient, she should be able to answer at least that question.
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I just wanted to clarify - no, I did not see the tree lighting. I had planned on it, but somehow ended up missing it. I didn't see the bell ringers either. I saw the Buena Vista Street tree once it was already lit up. I think I missed the lighting of it by a short bit of time.

So I can't answer the questions yet about where to stand, etc. It was very crowded at DCA yesterday (remember, it was a holiday), but because the tree lighting is still a very new thing I am guessing that some people didn't know when or if an official lighting (with any kind of ceremony) would be happening. At Disneyland, the lighting is an established tradition so people know to expect it and wait for it. I think people are still figuring out what's what on Buena Vista Street and in Cars Land - in general, and especially for the first holiday season.

I've finally loaded everything to Photobucket, but I have to figure out what to post. I can't post everything - and I haven't looked at any of the photos I took since the moment I took them, so I kind of have to skip around and pick some!
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I just wanted to clarify - no, I did not see the tree lighting. I had planned on it, but somehow ended up missing it. I didn't see the bell ringers either. I saw the Buena Vista Street tree once it was already lit up. I think I missed the lighting of it by a short bit of time.

So I can't answer the questions yet about where to stand, etc. It was very crowded at DCA yesterday (remember, it was a holiday), but because the tree lighting is still a very new thing I am guessing that some people didn't know when or if an official lighting (with any kind of ceremony) would be happening. At Disneyland, the lighting is an established tradition so people know to expect it and wait for it. I think people are still figuring out what's what on Buena Vista Street and in Cars Land - in general, and especially for the first holiday season.

I've finally loaded everything to Photobucket, but I have to figure out what to post. I can't post everything - and I haven't looked at any of the photos I took since the moment I took them, so I kind of have to skip around and pick some!

Sorry Sherry, I knew you missed the bell ringers, thought you saw the lighting. I bet the tree was beautiful after it was lit. Can't wait to see the pictures.
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We leave next Sunday and I feel SO unprepared! DH has a couple of meetings in Las Vegas on Monday and then we arrive in Anaheim on Tuesday. I haven't really had time to think about our plan yet. We will be in the parks on Wednesday, Thursday (with a late Thanksgiving dinner at Storytellers), Friday and Saturday.
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Just a sneak preview...


SPOILER ALERT - Cars Land photos below!

























Mater gingerbread sculpture in Flo's...







Gingerbread cone houses in the Cozy Cone Motel "office"...








Tire tree outside of Mater's Junkyard Jamboree...








Stanley with a Santa hat and sack of goodies...








A new "snow car"...








Season's Speedings...








Another crazy tree (one of the many crazy trees) in Cars Land - this one is from inside Sarge's Surplus...

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Love the pictures, keep them coming! I love the gingerbread they did, can't wait to see it myself.
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There were no decorations up at any of the hotels, at all. One of the PPH guys told me that the GCH gets decorated first, then the DLH gets decorated next, then the PPH last, but everything is decorated by the week following Thanksgiving.
Oh darn! That's a little disappointing. We're headed out tomorrow and were really looking forward to seeing how both GCH and DLH would be done up, but I guess that won't be happening. I'm surprised they don't time the hotel decorations to go up at the same time as the parks. But I'm sure we'll enjoy seeing everything else.
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