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Old 06-22-2011, 09:49 AM   #811
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Sherry I have a question for you. We are going vets day weekend (11/10-11/14) and I saw by the title of the thread that it says 11-14 on. Does that mean their won't be any xmas stuff up before that? I know in the past there was but not ALL of it. This was the best time for us to go with the kids break from school but I will be kind of bummed if there is no decs yet. Would appreciate any info. Thanks
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Sherry I have a question for you. We are going vets day weekend (11/10-11/14) and I saw by the title of the thread that it says 11-14 on. Does that mean their won't be any xmas stuff up before that? I know in the past there was but not ALL of it. This was the best time for us to go with the kids break from school but I will be kind of bummed if there is no decs yet. Would appreciate any info. Thanks
I would imagine most, if not all the decor in the parks will be up by then, but the Christmas entertainment (holiday fireworks, snow on Main Street, Christmas parade) will not start until the day of the 14th. I am kind of thinking they might be taping the Christmas parade that weekend though, since historically they tend to tape it the weekend before the official season starts. We will also be in town on those days, coming in on 11/11 and will be in the parks through 11/16.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:08 AM   #813
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I remember Glamma - she has the gorgeous colored scarf/pashmina in the photo with your granddaughter by the Main Street Christmas tree! It was like an aqua color almost, not quite turquoise!

Excellent question about BB! You know, that's a good point - does it close when POTC closes? Hmmm...
Excellent memory, Sherry! Yep, that's my beautiful wife. And granddaughter inherited those glamor genes

I seem to recall another time that POTC was under refurb, and that BB was closed then. But I'm not sure, hence my question.
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Thanks Kim that is kind of what I remembered too. We went on Vets weekend once before but it was years ago and I seemed to remember the decs being up but couldn't remember if they had the entertainment. Kind of bummed that it won't be since we went in Dec this past year and everything was rained out but oh well. I am sure we will still have fun. We have to leave on the morning of the 14th so can't even go to the parks that day
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Let me see if I can find that ElecTRONica thread that's floating around here. Since I'm not a fan of it, it wouldn't be best described by me. That thread might help explain better. I think that mvf-m11c (Bret) might be able to give a better rundown of it, too.

Bret, are you out there?

Basically, it's kind of a street party with dancers and an arcade with '80's-type video games and all kinds of lights, music, etc. It's something to appeal to young visitors, and it's kind of controversial as some folks think ElecTRONica has no place in any Disney park because it's not that typical Disney style, while others think DCA gives a much needed, 'hip' edge.
I am still here Sherry. I just got back from DL yesterday and working on my TR. You know that I will always be on the Christmas Thread and give my opinions during the Holiday season which is the best season at the DLR.

As for ElecTRONica during the Holiday season, the HBL was not decorated during the Holiday season with the ElecTRONica sets and stands. When I first saw the HBL during my trip last year in November, I thought DCA would at least put up some Holiday decorations at HBL even though ElecTRONica was extended towards this year. But the Holiday decorations don't match with ElecTRONica and I understand why DCA did not put up any Holiday decorations at the HBL. I am not much of a party person which ElecTRONica is all about (not being offensive to the people who like ElecTRONica). It is not for me which I am not a partying type person. In the past at the HBL, DCA barely puts up any Holiday decorations out there. There might be some wreaths, garlands, Holiday signs, candy canes and stockings on the light poles during the old days.

Here are some old pics from my past trips during the Holiday season before ElecTRONica came last year.




I was kind of surprise to read that POTC might be down towards Thanksgiving. Hope that it will be open during my Holiday trip. It was neat to see the new Black Beard mist screen during the ride.
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Sherry I have a question for you. We are going vets day weekend (11/10-11/14) and I saw by the title of the thread that it says 11-14 on. Does that mean their won't be any xmas stuff up before that? I know in the past there was but not ALL of it. This was the best time for us to go with the kids break from school but I will be kind of bummed if there is no decs yet. Would appreciate any info. Thanks
Kelly -

Kim answered before I had a chance to answer you, and she gave you most of the info, but what I would add is that the hotels and DTD will not have their holiday decor up prior to Thanksgiving. So what you will be be getting is Phase 1 and one day of Phase 2 of the decor/entertainment for your trip. I explained this somewhere on the last page or the page before, but basically:

Phase 1 is when most of decorations and most of the trees start to go up between Halloween and the start of the holiday season. A lot of merchandise begins to appear and some of the holiday treats are sold. Everything is slowly put up.

Phase 2 is the official opening day of the season, when any extra little touches are thrown in, and all the entertainment starts, like the Round-Up, snow on Main Street, IASW Holiday, etc. Most of the holiday food items are out. ToonTown, NOS, Frontierland, A Bug's Land, etc. all have their holiday decor. Santa appears in DL and DCA.

Phase 3 is when the 3 hotels get their decor - right after Thanksgiving - and DTD gets its tree. Anything food-wise or merchandise-wise that was not on sale before will probably be available now (like tamales). Santa and carolers appear in all 3 hotels.




Honestly, just because the season is starting on such an odd day of the week this year, my personal feeling is that IASW Holiday will open before 11/14, probably in soft openings over the weekend. I would think that almost everything will be up or soft opening (maybe even the Round-Up) before Monday.

If the season were to start on a Friday, like always, then I would assume that all the entertainment would have a hard start date and not roll out earlier. But because there will be many people in DLR for the Veterans Day weekend leading up to the holiday season, this year I suspect that you will see mostly everything in full swing a couple of days early.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:18 PM   #817
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Thank you so much for posting those photos, Bret! I had almost forgotten what the the Hollywood area looked like with some Christmas decor! I liked those garland candy cane and bell things on the posts. I wish there was a way they could keep decorating the area in spite of ElecTRONica!
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:28 PM   #819
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Yay! Pictures! Thank you so much, Meredith!

You gave us such a good array of photos with an overview of what the holidays are like at DLR. I was giddy looking at all of them! The Castle photos are just wonderful - it made me very anxious to get back there and see it, as well as IASW Holiday! And I love the teeny tiny decorations on the Storybook Land cottages - that is something that I bet a lot of people very easily miss because they skip that ride.
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Thanks Sherry. That is kind of what I was hoping too since Vets day will be a 3 or 4 day weekend for a lot of people. I figured it will prob be really busy (the time we were there before they actually closed DL!!) EEK! Had signs on harbor that it was closed and to go to DCA instead. That is the one and only time I ever saw that although I have been at times like this past week when it seemed MORE crowded.

I appreciate all the info and although I wish there would be a bit more we have to take what we can get since that is the only weekend that works for us.

Thanks!!
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I have pictures of the Fantasy Parade up next, just have to pair them down a little and organize!
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:49 AM   #822
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Bumping with some photos from last year.

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Old 06-27-2011, 11:18 PM   #824
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Oh my gosh these pictures are just magical! You are not doing anything to make my Disney fever lessen people :lol:

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