Steve recently posted images of holiday decor around the Walt Disney World Resort and I thought that I would follow suit by adding some images of holiday happenings through the years at the Disneyland Resort. All images are clickable for larger views. Enjoy!
Sleeping Beauty Castle adorned with snow and other seasonal decor is a focal point for Disneyland’s holidays.
At night, Sleeping Beauty Castle glimmers in thousands of sparkling light designed to look like icicles.
A look from the Hub towards the entrance shows the Disneyland Christmas tree in Town Square and holiday garland strung between the shops of Main Street.
it’s a small world gets a holiday makeover every year including a Santa hat on the iconic clock face.
Another attraction that receives a holiday makeover is the Haunted Mansion. Jack Skellington dressed as Sandy Claws welcomes guests.
Mickey’s Toontown gets a healthy dose of holiday decor in both the residential and downtown areas. Here a toon tree bends from the weight of an overly heavy tree topper.
The Christmas parade is an annual favorite. This is a photo of one of the gingerbread men who parade from it’s a small world to Town Square on Main Street.
Santa Claus heads up the anchor float of the Christmas Fantasy Parade, complete with plush Mickey and Minnie dolls in his sack of toys.
Disney’s California Adventure used to have a beach theme to its holiday decor. Here they carted in tons of sand for local artists to make sculptures from.
The water tower in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot section of Disney’s California Adventure sported an oversized Santa hat.
Tinker Bell served as a tree topper for the massive Christmas tree at Paradise Pier in Disney’s California Adventure.
This is the first year that Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure is able to be dressed for the holiday season. The Carthay Circle Theater Restaurant looks festive with a wreath attached to its tower.
Cars Land, too, is celebrating its first holiday season. They had to bring in telephone poles on one side of the street in order to string automotive-themed garland across the Route 66 thoroughfare.
The Welcome to Cars Land signage in front of the new land has been updated to reflect a holiday theme, including a snow car to welcome visitors.
In Episode 7, as we were discussing the different Christmas offerings at the Disney parks, I mentioned a video of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here it is, with the lights dancing to the song “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/14″ by the Trans Siberian Orchestra:
As I said in the podcast, watching the video really doesn’t do it justice, because there is just something special about standing in the middle of all those lights as they “dance.” But if you haven’t been there in person before, this will give you some idea of what it is like.
Oh, and sorry about the ad in the video. That was put there by the music publisher. Just click the “X” to minimize it.
At long last, Beyond the Berm Episode 7 has arrived! Missed us, didn’t you?
The Christmas season is definitely here, and we look at some of the holiday happenings at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. We talk about a few of our favorite things while trying to cover just about everything that is offered.
Also, New Fantasyland just opened at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, and we take a look at that. Matt also offers some memories of when Disneyland got a New Fantasyland, too.
All that and more can be found in Episode 7! Be sure to give it a listen.