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Old 12-16-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Smile Review of the Holiday Time at Disneyland Tour

I know we are half way through December, but I'll still make a little review of our experience on the Holiday tour this year.
It was our second time visiting DL, but first time at Christmas and first time taking a tour.
I'll tell and show everything, so if you don't want to know, leave this thread now and let me just tell you, that I will recommend this tour to everyone. It was fantastic!!!


So, is anyone still here, or did you all leave??
I guess some of you couldn't stay away, so here we go.

I booked the trip in advance, 30 days before going. I called Disneyland and spoke to Melissa who was so excited about it, which made me even more excited. I had to give the name on the guests, so they could make badges and I had to give credit info as well.
We booked the trip for the 3rd of Dec at 2.30 pm. We were told to get there 15 min before so we could get headsets. Total cost for 2 adults: 150 USD.

We picked up the tickets the day before the tour because we wanted to make sure, that everything was OK. I didn't get a confirmation e-mail, so I wanted to make sure that we were booked. But everything was fine. All the tours start at the tour pavilion, which is on your left, when you enter DL.

The next day we were welcomed and got our headsets and receivers.
A little tip: bring your own ear plugs from your phone, ipod etc.! We also got our badges with our names on them. And if you need to use the bathroom, there is one there as well. Then we just had to wait for the tour to begin.





When the tour was about to start, our guide, Mia come around and introduced herself to all of us. Right from the beginning we felt so welcome. All the CM's were so nice and made sure everyone was ready for their tour.

Then off we went. There are a bit of walking on this tour and even though Mia kept saying that we should tell her to slow down if we couldn't keep up, I still think some in our group had trouble with the speed.
First we went to DCA. Mia took us through a gate on the side, no waiting in line for the VIPs. She told us, that every time we had special treatment we should all shout Happy Holidays to the CM helping us, and so we did.
We walked down Buena Vista street and Mia told us about the decorations and the Christmas tree.
This is Walt's barn:




Then it was time for a snack... Mia told us that they made them especially for this tour. It's marshmallow covered with caramel and chocolate. It tasted awful... NO, I'm joking, it was the best thing EVER! And they do make them in the shop, just not in this size.



Mia asked if anyone had noticed the nice smell on Buena Vista Street and Main Street. Of course we all had. That's because some of the shops has small ventilations, that spray candy smell out on the street. (I want that at home!)



Then we went back to DL and into Main street. Mia showed us were Walts apartment is (I already know, cause I'm a Diser) and then she showed us the decoration for Hanukkah.









We went down Main Street, down to the castle. It's so beautifully decorated.







Then it was time for some action and more VIP treatment. We went over to Adventureland to ride Jingle Cruise. This day was a busy day in the park, so the line was very long but we only had to wait 3 mins and then they had a boat ready for us! I'm not a big fan of Jungle Cruise, but our skipper, Arvin was the best. He was so charming and funny, he made the best trip. The Christmas part of this ride is mostly the jokes, but it's OK when you have a skipper like Arvin.



Then we went to New Orleans. Mia told a little bit about the decorations and then she told a touching story about the Christmas tree at the Disneyland Hotel. A few years ago the CMs found a small angel on the tree, it was not a part of the decorations, but inside it they found a letter from a family with a little boy who died from a life threatening disease. The family wanted to thank Disney for giving them lots of memories with their boy when he was alive. The CMs decided to leave the angel on the tree and each year it goes back on as part of the decorations. We all almost cried to this story, Mia included.









Then it was time to ride one of my moms favorite rides (Did I forget to tell you, that I took the tour with my mom? I gave it to her as a birthday present)
We went on HM again with almost no waiting time. And let me tell you, the Christmas overlay on this ride is AMAZING! There are so many cool details that you need to ride it more then once to get everything.







After HM we walked down to Jingle Jangle Jamboree, where we had a little break...

I'll have a little break as well and be right back with the last part of the tour!
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:55 PM   #2
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Part 2

Soooo, after our small break we headed down to IASW. When we were walking around in the park Mia played music in our headset. On the way to IASW she played Jingle Bells and told us to sing as loud as we could. We made so many people smiling when we came walking through Fantasyland singing out loud. Others started to sing with us when we walked past them, it was so much fun.

IASW is one of those attractions that I really love to hate, but at Christmas it's much better. They do a really good job showing Christmas from all over the world.



















I must really like this attraction at Christmas because I took a million pics inside it.
Once outside again it was already getting dark. Mia told us to wait for a few minutes.
First IASW looked like this:


And then suddenly it looked like this:




AMAZING!!!!

Then we met up with the other two groups of the tour and all the CMs from the tour pavilion. They were all there to help out at the parade where we had FRONT ROW SEATS! While everyone else had been waiting an hour, we walked straight up to a closed off area with seats. The chairs were in two rows, but even though we sat in the second row, we still had perfect seats.
And not only did we have a great view and chairs to sit on, we also got cookies, hot chocolate in the cutest cup and a beautiful pin. I'm a pin collector, so I was so excited about it.

I'm sorry that the pics are so dark, but they are taken on location!






Here another little break, not on the tour but in this review because I have a lot of pics to show you from the parade...
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
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Then the parade started. I hate waiting around for the parade because by the time it starts, my back and leg will hurt and I always want it to end soon, so I can sit down. OK, that's not true, I don't want it to end, but you get the picture of waiting too long for something... But this time we could sit, relax and enjoy the parade with our hot chocolate. I need this VIP treatment every time I'm going to the parks!


The parade was beautiful









































See... Even in second row we had a great view and with IASW in the background, it couldn't get anymore like Christmas.
After the parade Mia came over and said goodbye to all of us. I almost felt said that the tour was over because it was such an amazing experience. Mia was a great guide. She included everyone and she was so good with this little girl, who was in our group. She was personal and warm and made everyone feel special. If you get her on your tour, you are in good hands.

So this is it... My little review of the Holiday at the Disneyland tour. Do I have to say that I highly recommend this tour. I think you already know!
Here is a link to my highs and lows on the trip with picture :-) http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3208354
Happy Holidays everyone
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:15 PM   #4
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Yay!! I loved reading your report! We are taking the tour on the 28th but I'm a little nervous about the sound and my daughter's bone anchored hearing aids. What was your experience with the sound like? Staticky? Just fine?
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:30 PM   #5
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What a beautiful report the Angel story was very touching. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:30 PM   #6
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thanks for sharing, it looks wonderful!
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:43 PM   #7
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We are going on the 23rd and are so stoked that they added the Jingle Cruise to the tour. This is our 5th or 6th tour and have thouroughly enjoyed everyone!
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:53 PM   #8
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Thank you! We went on Saturday and were so thankful for being able to go to the front of the line on rides because the lines were CRAZY!!! The parade is amazing and what a treat to be able to walk over, sit down on a nice chair with fabulous views and enjoy goodies while watching it! IASWH in the background is incredible, as you said.

I loved all your pictures!! I'm terrible at taking them.

This was my 5th HT and I find it well worth the money. You get 20% off with an AP, btw.
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Does anyone know the dates for the tour? Does it stop after Christmas? We are going Jan 2-4. We've done many of the other tours, and this one looks great!
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:25 PM   #10
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I'm going to be there Jan 3-6 and I'm doing the tour on the 3rd.
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Thank you, I loved reading about your experience and all the pictures put a huge smile on my face!
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:02 PM   #12
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Wonderful report! I went on the tour years ago, and your report makes me want to go again. I love the pictures, and now I want to go to the Disneyland Hotel and find that angel on the tree. That was really touching.
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We are doing the tour on the 3rd. I believe the tour goes through the 6th.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:55 AM   #14
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Thanks for that awesome report. I'm more excited than ever about doing this tour on Christmas Eve.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:03 AM   #15
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Great report, we loved it too!

We were there on the 6th and also had Arvin as our Jingle Cruise skipper. I've sort of been off of JC in recent years, mostly because the skippers haven't been that good. He was awesome and renewed our love of that attraction!

We will definitely do the tour again when we go back.
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