Disneyland at Christmas/Holiday Season Superthread #2 (Closed)

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  1. Vala

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    *takes a bow* Thank you Sherry.

    I didn't really know which thread will be my main home for this year for a couple of months and that was really annoying. :laughing:

    I'll still be posting my photos from last year in the Halloween topic of course, and I know I'll really miss my usual trip in late October.

    The few Christmas pics I have are really old, so we'll see what I can post here. ;)

    Yes, I'm there two weeks with the weekend of 18th to 20th spent at a convention at LAX. I booked my flight Monday and I even managed to come in on the 7th now - yay me! :banana:

    I've usually caught the very beginning of the Christmas season because we normally stay late October until November 10 or 11, but that were really just the first glimpses of the transfer. I've been for one day during the real Christmas season in 2007, but I wasn't even close to taking all in.

    Yeah, that's what I am hoping for, some days before the Christmas season starts. I would really love to possibly catch the Soundsational parade, this one looks very promising.

    With two weeks I am not that bothered about crowds. As long as I get my daily Buzz ride in I am happy. ;)

    My friends always laugh at me: "Two weeks in Disneyland? I'd be bored to death!" But I like taking it slow. People watch, take pictures... get my frequent flyer miles on Buzz and take the 26th picture with Goofy. :laughing:
     
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  3. mrsmoore

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    I hope the Christmas time veterans don't mind 101 questions from me!! Do the same restaurants that do Christmas Day dinner do it on Christmas Eve? I see the parks closed early last year, is there anything special either of those two days that does not happen any other day in the season?

    We are close to booking our hotel. Either Anabella or Red Lion. Red Lion has a great price that includes breakfast and parking! But, Anabella has the seperate room for DD (which DH prefers!!!)
     
  4. Sherry E

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    Marsha - Okay, so I wasn't losing my mind about you having a Goofy's Kitchen meal in the past!:rotfl2:

    When you say Christmas Day reservations, you mean for dining? We sure need some of our Christmas Day DLR visitors (lapdwife, where are you??) to jump in and tackle the Christmas Day dining questions!

    I would assume that you'd have to book at least a few weeks in advance (if not sooner) for dining on the actual holiday itself. I recall lapdwife talking about the reservations people no longer taking names for one holiday - I think it was Christmas - and they were not going to be taking walk-ups without reservations, either. They were booked up. So the specific holiday meals are less flexible, it appears, in terms of allowing people without reservations.

    Thank you so much for the bump and for the kind words, PHXscuba!:goodvibes:goodvibes

    And "scheming" is the right word! I tend to think that the majority of folks who go to DLR for their first holiday season there will fall in love with it and end up scheming to go back again. I'm sure there are some folks who say "never again" but, for the most part, I think the Christmas season - done Disney style - is kind of addictive and many of us find ourselves plotting ways to get our next fix!:rotfl2: It's all that pepperminty and gingerbready goodness everywhere - it casts a spell!:rotfl2:

    Vala - We definitely want you in both threads, so we will always welcome any contribution you have to HalloweenTime or to this thread!:cool1:

    Two weeks is not sounding like such a stretch to me anymore. If someone had told me back in 1988 that they were doing a 2-week trip to Disneyland (because at that time, it was only Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel and that's it), I would have thought they were crazy. Now...not so much!

    You know, one of our DIS'ers (who seems to have vanished from this thread) - Mariezp - tends to do 2-week trips to DLR (or WDW). It just works well for her family's interests and needs, I suppose. They can do everything they want to do. They can take things at a leisurely pace. If it's busy on one or two days, it won't matter because they will be there for 13 more days! They have time to enjoy DTD and GardenWalk, too.

    These days, with everything there is to see at DLR and depending on what your interests are, 2 weeks can really fly by. Last year in December I spent 3 nights/4 days at DLR. Now, I have stayed 3 nights for DLR trips before so that was not unusual, BUT I spent two entire days doing nothing but taking pictures and walking around. And I was not even done. I could have used a day of rest and then spent another 2 or 3 days snapping photos everywhere...and I didn't even go on rides during those 2 photo days. If I had wanted to ride things too (I went on rides on Day 1), I would have needed even more days to take photos. So, basically, all in all, I can easily see how I could have wasted at least whole, full 7-day week. If I did a couple of days with friends, a couple of days taking photos, a day of rest and then back at the rides and photos for a couple of days, that's a full week right there, and I bet I still wouldn't have looked in every shop I wanted or done all that I wanted to do.

    So, 2 weeks is not that far of a leap anymore. I can't say whether or not I would be in DLR overkill after a certain point during the 2 weeks, but if I set out to accomplish a bunch of things in that time, I would be plenty busy!

    Marsha - I don't think we ever mind questions in this thread! We encourage people to come here and 'ask the experts.' We only hope that we can actually answer the questions or that someone will pop in and answer them!

    Again, this is a perfect time for our Christmas Eve and Day DLR visitors to jump in (lapdwife!), but I don't recall seeing anywhere that there are special meals on Christmas Eve. To me, it seems like it would make sense to have something, but maybe not since the hours are shorter? The meals on Christmas Day are definitely special (at the restaurants which serve them) and not year-round meals.

    Oh, and of course, don't miss the Christmas Eve Goodnight - see the cute pajamas they wear to come out and wave goodnight?

    Photos courtesy of lapdwife:

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  5. TheColtonsMom

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    I can't even after 20+ Christmastime trips answer your dining question since although I have been there for Christmas Day I have never been there for Chrristmas EVE! Christmas 2010 was spent in a Mission Suite at the Anabella and we loved that hotel. Not only did DH love Colton (DS6) having his own room...Colton did too!

    Last year we had Christmas Dinner at Goofys and the Ham & Prime rib were wonderful as was the dessert buffet!

    Scheming is right...We have the Halloween trip this year and for 2012 The Diva trip in February and a trip to see Carsland in the fall before our APs expire (we are buying them on the Halloween trip) and even with 3 trips in the pipeline I am trying to figure out how to add Christmas in there too!

    Where has mariezp been? maybe she is over on the WDW side doing a PTR?
    But really up until our last trip I had never done more than 2 days at DL but since we now live in Montana and it was such a long trip we went for 4 days at Christmas and now our next trip is going to be 8 days so I can see us escalating to 2 week trips in no time at all.

    Can you believe I have still never seen them all wave in their PJs except in pictures???
     
  6. Sherry E

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    So when I was planning to bump this thread today, I was trying to think of something interesting to post with the bump...something informative to help with planning.

    I am still afraid of Photobucket at the moment, since I think that all the IMG code copying and pasting I did when I posted my last round of photos here helped contribute to my computer troubles. I am scared that if I go into Photobucket to gather another group of pictures for you all (and Lord knows I've got plenty!), my PC will crash again. So that may have to wait a bit.

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    And then I discovered this article (below)....somehow - and I could be totally wrong - I think this piece may have slipped through the cracks on this thread.:confused3:confused3 How could this be?:rotfl2: You mean none of us noticed this anywhere? I'm not sure if anyone saw it. I didn't see it until now, so unless it was posted somewhere else (another official Disney site) and I don't remember (which is possible), then I think this may be new to us...maybe??:confused3 Possibly?:confused3

    In any case, it can't hurt to bring it up again - even if all of you have already seen it 100 times!

    This blog/article is from the Disneyland News website (also known as the Disneyland Resort Newsroom), and it appears to have come out last year, on November 11th - one day before the holiday season officially began.

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    It is full of stats and numbers and interesting bits if info on all things holiday-esque at Disneyland Resort.

    Here is one small snippet:


    The reason I chose that paragraph to post is because, as you may remember, I have many times pointed out that there are 700 Christmas trees scattered around Disneyland Resort - in window displays, in restaurants, in shops, at the Reindeer Round-Up, in the hotels, inside rides, in Downtown Disney, in both parks, etc. There are white trees, green trees, blue trees, pink trees....some of them are enormous while some of them are tiny. Some are skinny Charlie Brown trees, while others are full and lustrous.

    I got the '700 trees' figure from a local news channel's segment on DLR during the holiday season a couple of years back, and it stuck in my mind ever since. I watched that segment a few times, and there was no mistaking that they said 700 trees - in fact, it came straight from the mouth of a Disney employee who took the reporter to the warehouse where they store all the trees.

    Anyone who has been to DLR during the holiday season and has seen the different kinds of trees like the examples I mentioned knows that 700 makes sense, when you consider that in places like the Round-Up there are many, many trees and 'tree plants' concentrated in one spot. It is not a far stretch to imagine that there are 700 trees in the entirety of the Resort. Many places within DLR have more than one tree and the trees add up quickly!

    Also, WDW has something like 1500 trees (give or take) spread out over all the parks and hotels, etc., so it makes sense that DLR would have 700.

    Anyway, my point is....how did this Disneyland News piece get the "100" number for the trees when there are clearly way, way more than 100? Maybe their wording is the key: "lit and fully decorated." Perhaps only 100 of the trees are lit and fully decorated, while the other 600 are not?


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    In any case, here is the link to the complete Disneyland News article - it is very interesting reading!

    http://www.disneylandnews.com/fact+...or+a+merry+disneyland+holiday+celebration.htm


    And, for anyone who is interested, if you would like to see what some of these trees look like (or any other DLR holiday decorations), check out our Table of Contents!


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  7. KCmike

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    Sherry that's terrible that you had troubles with your computer. I use photobucket and have never had any issues. Here's another bump from last year. We are going to miss D'land this year. We are three weeks away from Disneyworld this time around but plan on being back in California in 2012. Here's some good memories...

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  8. Sherry E

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    Great photo, Mike!

    Ahhh...I miss Main Street during the holiday season. That photo you posted reminds me of how darn crowded it was over that November weekend last year (first weekend of the seaon). But it still doesn't take away from the beauty of it the parks.

    I think hitting DLR again in 2012 seems like a sensible thing to do. That way DCA will be all finished and transformed. The construction hasn't even really begun on the entrance to DCA yet, and when that starts - which I assume will be before the holiday season commences this year - it will be a big mess. You might as well wait to make the return to DLR when that stuff at DCA is all out of the way and a bit more photogenic!

    I hope you have a great trip to WDW in a few weeks!

    My computer was about to die, anyway - it's old - but I think I pushed it over the edge when I did my last round of photo-posting here in this thread, and it crashed within a day!! So I am reluctant to start posting photos again until I get a new PC.

    I thought of you the other day, Mike, because this year Catalina Express is offering a similar promo to what Disney offered a couple of years ago, with the 'get in free on your birthday' idea, except in this case it's 'get a free round-trip boat pass to Catalina Island on your birthday.' It's basically the Catalina equivalent of the Disney Parks' idea. You get to the Island for free. They have never offered anything like this before, but they saw how successful the Disney birthday thing was and decided to follow suit.

    The reason this Catalina Express thing made me think of you was because I remember that you and your wife were very close to hopping a boat to Avalon last year - and almost worked it into your California trip - and if this free birthday thing had been happening then, it may have made a difference and gotten you guys over there for that (even though I don't think you guys visited SoCal over anyone's birthday?)!
     
  9. TheColtonsMom

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    Sherry Here's what stood out for me in that article you posted.

    Perhaps what I bolded is what changed the number of trees? Alot of the smaller trees at DLR (at Reindeer Round-up for example) are live potted trees not artificial ones. Then if you add artificial AND fully decorated like you said that may make up the difference.


    How sad that the Candy Cane letters have seen their last Holiday season for at least the forseeable future.

    I do really love those tiny ornaments in Storybookland especially at night so pretty! Last year was the first time we saw the giant ones in Bug's Land but you know I was really more entranced with the benches made of popsicle sticks and the kleenex box "secert bathroom" that was the ONLY place/ride/food service anything without a line in all of DCA the day we went.
     
  10. Sherry E

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    It is very odd the way they phrased that sentence about the trees. Or the number is off. It's not clear, given what we know about the trees!

    Obviously, as we know, there are many more trees than 100 overall in DLR (700 total sounds right now that I have gone tree hunting in DLR), but I don't think that only 100 of them would be artificial in the whole Resort, even taking the potted plant trees into account that are real. There are way too many trees in window displays, inside rides and shops and things. Most of those would be artificial. If anything, I would think there were more artificial trees and only a small percentage of real ones, in comparison.

    So I was very perplexed by that whole paragraph!! I want clarification!!:rotfl2:

    Don't you sort of wish - secretly - that DLR would say "back by popular demand for one final year, the candy cane CALIFORNIA letters!!!!!"? Not that the crowds of people surrounding the letters would be any less this year than last year, but I kind of wish they would trot them out again, like if they were running behind schedule in getting the entrance to DCA redone or something. I know it won't happen, but it would be nice!
     
  11. mvf-m11c

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    Sorry to hear about your cpu trouble. I don't know how photobucket works, but I have no problem with flickr. It will be sad to not see the CALIFORNIA letters which are very decorated during the Holiday season.

    I'll post a holiday pic which I can't get tired of. As you know Sherry that I have posted this about a couple of times now, it is just going to be so different when I enter DCA during the Holiday season.

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  12. TheColtonsMom

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    Oh Bret I love that one!

    Would you mind if I printed it for Colton's room? He was so very disappointed that the crowds wouldn't part so I could back up far enough to even get the whole letter C on our last trip (we did this pic after 1am on our last night and it was the best one I got and really it is terrible but still precious since it was the last shot I ever took of any of the letters).

    I know he would LOVE this for his Disney board (our last glimpse of them was also rainy but was surrounded by about a thousand people) We waited in line for this shot longer than we waited for any ride during our whole trip (close to 45 minutes) and to have not really gotten what we wanted was so disappointing.

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  13. mvf-m11c

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    I have no problem with it Sherri. :) I'm glad that your son Colton would like this picture for his room. I'm sorry to hear about the CALIFORNIA letters photo shot.
     
  14. Sherry E

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    Bret, that CALIFORNIA sign and the rain-soaked pavement has always been one of my favorite pictures of yours.

    And Sherri, even though you couldn't get a clear shot of the CALIFORNIA letters, it looks like you had better luck than I had. I just didn't choose the right times, and when I did get there it was impossible to get even one letter without people climbing all over it. I think I literally had my camera aimed at one of the sign's letters at one point, clearly about to take a picture, and some people emerged from the darkness and climbed on the letter and stuck their heads through the opening before I could shoot. It made me so mad that I gave up. That's the same sort of thing that happened to me in NOS, at the Jack/Sally/Maleficent photo spot. I could not get 10 seconds without people climbing all over that statue to shoot a photo.

    We are all in the same boat at DLR - we all want photos and we all want photos without strange people in them. It wouldn't take a huge chunk of time to just practice a little photo courtesy and let everyone take a few seconds to get their shot without us sticking our hands, feet and heads in the frame. It's just proper etiquette - but some people are ruthless and totally inconsiderate about such things at DLR, aren't they?

    Don't even get me started on the time during the DLR holiday season of 2007, when my 2 friends and I were trying to get photos at the Teacup photo spot in FL (you know the one, with the stationary teacup that is there specifically for photos?). There was this one girl sitting in the Teacup, leisurely chatting on her cell phone - arms resting on the edge of the vehicle, legs propped up on the wheel in the middle, just chatting away like she didn't have a care in the world. We stood around the Teacup ominously, waiting for her to stop talking on the phone and realize that someone wanted to use the Teacup photo spot TO TAKE PHOTOS (imagine that)!!. She saw us and wouldn't move. We finally left and then had to revisit the Teacup later.

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    Anyway, on the subject of photos, I am still tweaking the Table of Contents/Index on Page 1 (Post #2) here and there. I have added in some new categories and I have alphabetized everyone's listings under each category. This way, if you would like to post a photo and you can't recall if you have already posted it or not (which I think happens to many of us), you can easily check the ToC under the correct category and see if your photo might already be there.

    You can also see in which categories we have an abundance of photos, and which ones in which we are lacking (Candlelight Processional photos, anyone??), just in case you have something you'd like to contribute in any specific area.

    Even if we have an abundance of photos in one specific category, please don't let that stop you from posting. One person's Winter Castle photo or one person's Main Street photo or Grand Californian photo will not be the same as another person's photos in those areas, so we want to see them all!

    Once I added in new categories I realized that I would have to take some listings from other categories and move them or copy them to the new ones, so that is what I have yet to do. But, overall, the ToC is 90% complete and ready to have more photo listings added to it!:cool1::cool1:
     
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    Sherry, what an undertaking you had with organizing the photo section! And with your computer on its way out, too. A job well done. I took a look at some of the photos I took, and found one where the link was broken. I fixed it and a picture is now showing.

    Good work Sherry. A splendid job indeed.
     
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    Sherry you are surely the heart behind these holiday threads you work so hard for us Thanks! And a new pic for your trouble....wouldn't want you to be truely finished would we?

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    Here's a few more since I already had Photobucket open

    Colton sitting in Santa's chair at the DLH

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    At Goofy's Ballroom DLH

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    Another miss on capturing that PPH christmas tree's real pixie dust glow

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  18. mvf-m11c

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    It's been awhile since I have seen the ToC to be updated. Thank you Sherry for looking at all of the photos on the thread and put the links on all the posts by the other DISers. Looks like I didn't put too many photos on some certain parts at the DLR, so I might look at my pics and see what I can put on the threads.

    So here are some more that I haven't posted on the thread.

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    Very nice photos Sherri of your DS Colton.
     
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    Can't believe it was just over a year ago that I started planning our Christmas visit! Time flies. Thought i'd add in some pics for the people starting to plan this year!

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    Oh, I love the pictures! Thank you to all of you for taking the time and effort to post them. It makes me even more excited to get to DL in December, although the idea of the crowds Dec 15-20 make me a tad nervous.....

    Can I ask about this Catalina island thing? Normally we just do DL and a beach, but with my DD getting older and having her birthday on this trip, I'm womdering if that's something she would like...
     
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