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Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com visited Disneyland on Monday, November 14, the first official day of the holiday season. Events included the special "it's a small world" Holiday lighting ceremony and the first "A Christmas Fantasy" parade of the season.

Beginning at DCA - Santa was out this afternoon on Paradise Pier.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


Over at Cars Land more scaffolding coming down.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

I did not catch these large wreaths at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta on Friday...maybe they were not there (or I just did not look up)

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

It appears only support wires, no electrical going to them.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


The wires that I spotted at Mater's on Friday have been removed, guess they were there to get the pattern/layout right.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

The wires are up for the garland on Main Street (guessing it will go up overnight)

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

There was a small stage was set in front of "it's a small world" for the special lighting event.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


2011 Disneyland Ambassador Jolie Hales was the MC for the event.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Here is a video of the event. (Warning I was shooting stills and video at the same time so watch at your own risk)...


Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


Gunnery Sgt. Derrick Poteat and his family arrived and took their spots on the stage.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

The flipped the switch and nothing happened... oh no...

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Chip and Dale rode in with a special present.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

They had the last light bulb to connect the circuit and make the lights work.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

This time it works!

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


A picture of the Poteat family. Poteat, who enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1996, has completed three tours and recently returned from the latest, a seven-month deployment in the Middle East.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Here he was joined by members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's family readiness team who were in attendance.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Duffy leads off the parade. This marks the first running of the "A Christmas Fantasy" parade this year.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

There were no substantial changes that jumped out to me so here are some random shots.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11



I still miss the old reindeer...

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

It never registered with me but the rabbits on the the finale float pop up and down (or is that new?).

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


Some shots of a wintertime enchantment moment (or as I like to call it, snow event)

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


Time to check out the new "Trains of Disney" exhibit in the Disney Gallery. The sign is very cool. It has smoke and lights up.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Inside there is plenty of merchandise.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

In the vault one of Walt's cars.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


Heading into the first exhibit room.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Now a look around.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


Heading into the back room.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

A model train is circling overhead (great touch!)

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

The trains of Walt Disney World

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


In one of the center display cases.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


Back out to finish the first room.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


Pluto and Minnie greeting guests.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

A shot from Believe...in Holiday Magic which started last Friday.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


One last shot up Main Street before heading to DCA.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Once at DCA headed out to the Pier and watched World of Color from the boardwalk (red zone).

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


No pop-up projection screens tonight.

But they did have the Little Green Alien projected on the loop.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

And leading up to the finale again projecting on the loop.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11

To close, here are the Holiday Guidemaps.

Disneyland Officially Launches the 2011 Holiday Season - 11/14/11


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com



The previous post in this blog was Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/11/11, Part 2.

The next post in this blog is Disneyland Hotel Update - 11/18/11.

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