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November 10, 2012

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend - Part 1

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We are back in Florida again - this time we're running the Wine and Dine Half Marathon as well as enjoying Epcot's Food and Wine Festival, which is one of our favorite annual events.

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It's the final weekend of the Food and Wine Festival - it ends on Monday. I'll have a lot more to say about what we tried and what we did later, but for now I'll be writing more about the events associated with the race. I've been tweeting, though, so you can follow along with @AllEarsLaura.

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This is a nighttime race - it starts Saturday at 10:00 p.m at Disney's Wide World of Sports. It goes through three of the four theme parks: Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, then ends at Epcot. Following the race there's a party in World Showcase, where we'll be able to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival booths until 4:00 a.m.! (Though I don't expect we will be there that long!)

For once being from the west coast works in our favor, since it's only 7:00 p.m. for us, and we're trying to stay on west coast time in the days leading up to the race.

Our first "race event" was a short training run with our fellow Team AllEars member Mike on Thursday night. We started from the lobby of the Beach Club around 9:30 and ran towards the Studios. There was a special fireworks show going on at the Studios, and we were able to watch it as we were running! It was really cool! Thanks Mike for suggesting the run, and also for this photo.

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Friday morning we went to the Expo at Wide World of Sports to pick up our race registration packets. We arrived before they opened, so there was a pretty long line of people waiting to get in the building. Once they opened things moved along pretty well.

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There's usually some fun photo ops at the Expo...Lee seems pretty unconcerned about the fire-breathing dragon behind him...

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As usual, packet pickup was in one building, and the race expo was in another. More photo ops... :-)

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Most of the usual expo-type vendors - apparel, running gear, nutrition, etc. I thought Disney had a nice selection of official merchandise, though there were more choices for women than men.

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We picked up our "goodie bags" and running shirts. In the interest of saving paper most races have gone to a "virtual" goodie bag these days where the various coupons and flyers are available on-line instead of put in the bag. But I miss the free samples of energy bars and other things that used to be in the bags...This year's shirt is long-sleeved and green, which seemed an odd choice to me. And I don't know why Disney insists on giving us long-sleeve shirts - these are also the heavier weight tech fabric that I don't care for. Oh well.

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We met up with a few of the members of Team AllEars, too!

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One of the best parts of the Expo was signing up for the Princess Half Marathon next year! This will be the 5th one, and there's a new medal. I did the Inaugural with my Evil Twin in 2009, and I really wanted to do the 5th one but Lee wasn't so sure he could get away from work. But I talked him into it, and I think my Evil Twin is going to run it with me again, too! The medal is sooooo pretty! (And you all know how much I love bling!) By signing up at the Expo I got a nice runDisney bag, too. You can see that HERE.

We've been having fun - I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow night!

November 13, 2012

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend - Part 2

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To start this blog I'm going to skip to the end - here we are after the race with our medals! We had a good run, and finished in 2:26:40, including some photo stops. I was especially happy to finish this one, since it completes my set - I have medals from all of the Disney half marathons and marathon now.

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Saturday was race day...er...night. It was different preparing for a night race instead of an early morning race...I have to say that I liked it a LOT better. :-) I felt like I had a lot more time to prepare and I wasn't in such a rush to have to get moving so early in the day. Though we did find it strange on Saturday morning that we WEREN'T in a hurry to get up at 0-dark-30 and go somewhere! We'd tried to stay on west coast time, and that helped a lot - it was 7:00 for us at the start and not 10:00!

We ate our "big" meal around 3:00, and opted for Katsura Grill in Japan - the rice bowls were appealing to get some easily digestible carbs. After that we went back to our room to rest, stopping at the little store at the Boardwalk to pick up some yogurt, pretzels, and gummy candies to eat later. I like to snack on the pretzels and gummy candies the day before a race (or in this case, in the hours prior to), and I usually have yogurt on race morning, so that was my pre-race food.

We had time to take a nap, though I have to admit that I was nervous and didn't sleep well. But I'm always nervous before a race. :-) We'd gotten everything laid out and ready - runDisney had given us a checklist which included items like our race bib, wristband for the finish line party, gift card (we'd all received a mini gift card with wristband pre-loaded with $10), ID if we wanted our free beer at the end of the race, and the plastic bag and numbered sticker to be used for bag check. In addition we'd set out our running clothes, race belts, GU, GPS watches, iPhones, camera, and post-race clothing.

The race started at Wide World of Sports and ended at Epcot. No parking was allowed at WWoS, so runners needed to catch a bus from the host resorts or Epcot. The buses started running at 7:00 - we got to ours about 7:30 and the line stretched from the convention center to halfway up the ramp to the Boardwalk lobby! We waited 30 minutes before we were on a bus. We had plenty of time so we weren't worried about getting to the start, but it meant that we missed the Team AllEars meet at 8:15. :-(

It was really a beautiful night for the run - low 60s and not too humid or windy. We checked a bag since we knew we'd want something warmer after the race if we were going to enjoy the finish line party at Epcot, where it gets chilly around World Showcase Lagoon.

Getting to the start corrals was a WHOLE lot easier than it is for the races that start at Epcot. For one thing, it wasn't a half mile walk along a dark and narrow road! From the pre-race area there were different entrances depending on what corral you were in, so not everyone had to funnel through the same area. They also didn't start sending us to the corrals until about an hour before the race, so we didn't have such a long wait in a crowded corral. It was really well-done. Kudos to runDisney.

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We were in Corral B - once inside we met up with Eve, a fellow Team AllEars member, and chatting with her made the time pass very quickly!

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Corral A went off right at 10:00 with a shower of fireworks - each corral had their own fireworks burst, so that was really nice.

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At 10:05 it was our turn, and we were on our way! (We could hear the fireworks as the remaining corrals started.)

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I was a little concerned about lighting along the course, but for the most part there was plenty of light - just a few places where it was hard to see. Usually at the start of a race it's a little narrow and hard to run with people so bunched together, but we had several lanes of road at the start, and that made it easier to get spread out and into a comfortable pace.

Since it was a night race they had brought out a number of floats and characters from the SpectroMagic parade. Goofy was just past mile 1, and the line was short so we took time for a photo.

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The course took us over to Animal Kingdom first. We were about two-and-a-half miles into the race when we saw the lead runners coming BACK on the other side of the road - and they were coming up on mile 7!!!

The course was pretty narrow on the approach to the park entrance, and we got a bit bottled up - fortunately not to the point that we had to walk, though. Once inside they had these lighted tusks along the path, and I thought they looked cool!

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We ran all over Animal Kingdom - past the Tree of Life, to Harambe Village, then over to Asia past Expedition Everest and into Dino-rama, then backstage. They had several of the puppets from the Jingle Jungle Parade out in the park, and a few characters, but we didn't stop.

We came back into the parking lot and there was another Spectro float, with Flora, Fauna and Merryweather.

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Not too long after that was the Mile 6 sign - almost halfway there! I didn't take photos of all the mile signs this time, but they were all themed representing different countries from the Food and Wine Festival. There was themed music playing at some of them.

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There were a couple more characters with a different Spectro float...I think this chick should have been running the race with us - she has the legs for it. :-)

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And Lee danced with this one...

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About 5 miles of the race were along Osceola Parkway as we ran to/from Animal Kingdom. This is about the toughest part of the marathon course, but for this race they had given us some bands, DJs, and multiple character opportunities, so it wasn't too bad. There weren't very many people out cheering for us, though, nor the cheerleaders and high school bands and other groups that we are used to seeing in other races. It was a long time before we heard the welcome sound of cow bells, and they were pretty few and far between. Disney had given the people who purchased the "Cheer" package kazoos and horns, though, so we heard a fair number of those.

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We entered the Studios at about mile 9. There was a short line for Wreck-It Ralph, and next to Star Tours a very long line for Darth Vader.

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We snaked back and forth and on-stage and off-stage so much in the Studios that I lost track of where we were until we came out into the Streets of America and the Osborne Lights. It was so pretty - we walked down the street instead of running so we could enjoy it.

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We were in the Studios for almost two miles, and just outside was the mile 11 sign! Only 2.1 to go - piece of cake. The path narrowed again as we ran along the canal between the Studios and the Epcot resorts. We both noticed that the path was more congested than it is during the marathon, since the runners weren't as spread out as we would have been over 24 miles.

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There were more people to cheer us on as we ran along the path and then in front of the Yacht Club and Beach Club resorts, and that was most welcome at that point. I was still feeling really good, though I was looking forward to the finish!

We ran mostly backstage at Epcot, entering the park next to the Imagination Pavilion, and then exiting near Innoventions east. Mike, one of our Team AllEars runners, had finished earlier (personal record for him - yay, Mike!) and was in Future World to cheer us on.

As we neared the finish we had to make a left turn, and at the corner were these lasers in the sky. It looked really cool!

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We sprinted the last quarter mile or so, and Mickey was standing just in front of the finish line - we ran on either side of him and gave him a high-five (or high-four, in his case). Our time was 2:26:40, which is pretty good for us in a Disney race with photo stops.

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We got our medals and picked up bottles of water, but passed on the silly boxes that they were giving out in lieu of REAL food. They did that at the Disneyland Half and Tower of Terror runs, too. I don't like that practice at all - we pay a lot of money for these races, and they should provide us with something more substantial. Though at least this time they had some bananas available at the finish. Lee says there were bagels, too, but I didn't see them - or I would've grabbed one!

We had heard that bag retrieval had been an issue last year, with long lines and disorganized bags, but it was no problem this year. Disney also recognized that because of the party runners would probably want to change into different clothes, and had provided men's and women's changing rooms. Nicely done.

We had a tear-off drink coupon on the bottom of our bibs - there was a pass-through area where could turn in the coupon and grab a small beer or sangria out of one of the tubs. No line for that, so that also worked well.

The finish was in the Epcot parking lot - we didn't stick around very long since there was a party going on inside the park! We still had to go through the silly bag check at the entrance, though at least since all most of us were carrying was our clear plastic bags, it was easy for the guards to check them. For entrance to the park we showed our pink Wine and Dine wristbands.

Once we were in the park we had to cross the race course to get back to World Showcase. That was a pain, though they had established a crosswalk and tried to handle it about as well as they could - short of building a temporary bridge across I'm not sure what else they could have done. It took us at least 5 minutes to cross, though.

They had cast members in the cranberry bog, which was surprising - but I guess they were there to make sure that guests *didn't* decide to go for a swim...At least the guys in the bog seemed to be enjoying themselves. :-)

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Team AllEars had established a meeting point back at Germany, and that's where we went. All of the food booths were open, as well as some of the regular food/beverage kiosks, and a few of the counter service restaurants. (Though we were very disappointed that the funnel cake stand was closed - while the Kaki Gori stand was open!) They had also established several additional temporary bars around the lagoon. Some attractions were open, like Soarin', Spaceship Earth, Mission Space, Maelstrom and Gran Fiesta tour. There was a DJ on park-wide audio and a band in the America Gardens theater. In addition, Off Kilter, British Revolution, and Mo'Rockin were performing sets at their usual venues.

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There were already a lot of people (lots of non-runners, too) enjoying the party, and the lines for the food booths were longer than I expected - like a regular busy day at the Food and Wine Festival, though not totally packed.

We hung out with the Team until about 2:45 - despite my jacket I was starting to get chilled, and we had to get up in the morning to go to Sweet Sundays. I wanted to get a little bit of sleep!

It was really interesting how quiet the Boardwalk was - ALL of the restaurants were closed, though we saw some of the bakers at work in the Bakery. Other than that we only saw a few other people returning after the party. A hot shower felt good, and we went to bed about 3:30 (after putting in a wake-up call for the next morning - I can't remember when I've ever done a wake-up call for 9:00!!!)

All-in-all this was really a terrific race - I really enjoyed running at night, and it was a lot easier for me than I expected. Of course it helped that the weather was just about optimal running conditions for me. The whole start line experience was so much easier than most of the other Disney World races I've done - after this I'm really not looking forward to the "start line shuffle" in January. Ugh.

I enjoyed the course, and the opportunity to run through three of the four theme parks. I think the highlight for me was the Osborne Lights in the Studios. For the most part the lighting on the course was pretty good, though there were a few places (mostly in Animal Kingdom and other backstage areas) were it was uneven, narrow, and not as well-lighted as I would've liked.

I didn't think there were as many characters out on the course in this race. Though it was interesting that people didn't seem as interested in getting their photos taken, either - the longest line we saw was for Darth Vader in the Studios. Most lines were 6 deep or less, I think the longest we waited in was Chip and Dale, where we had about 8 people in front of us.

The volunteers were terrific and we really appreciated all of the cast members who were in the parks to cheer us on - since spectators weren't allowed in those areas it was very nice that the cast was there to encourage us.

The finish line party was fun - between attractions and entertainment and characters and food there was a lot to do! If we hadn't had Sweet Sundays the next morning we would've stayed longer. For those who were not running the race and had a lot more time to enjoy the park (they could use their ticket to enter at 7:00) I think it was a pretty good deal - I'm sure it wasn't too crowded between 10:00 and midnight!

It was a really fun experience, and I'd definitely run this one again!

November 15, 2012

The Holidays come to Disneyland!

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Now that Halloween's out of the way, the Disneyland Resort has begun its full swing into the Christmas Holidays.

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This week, David Caranci, Manager of Resort Enhancement at the Disneyland Resort, gave us a quick walking tour of the all the new holiday decorations abounding in Buena Vista Street (BVS) and Cars Land.

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The main goals they had when designing the decorations for BVS (a process that started some eighteen months ago,) were to be accurate to the time period and to hide the existing infrastructure. Because the era overlaps with the Great Depression, they reasoned people would be decorating with a degree of restraint dictated by the economy.

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The garlands on the buildings are brand-new cedar garlands they had made for them, with a seven year life expectancy.

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Pretty much all their ornamentation was custom made for DCA--the Mission Bells and even the wrapping paper. A distinct effort was made to make the decor here stand out from anything that would be found at the other Disney parks, and Disneyland in particular, to avoid having guests feel that they had already seen it all on the other side of the Esplanade.

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One particularly cute display series shows Silly Symphony scenes in a pop-up book fashion.

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The tree decorations were similarly custom designed, the ideas from which came in large part from everyone on the team polling their grandmothers about their trees. The tinsel garlands have apparently never been done before at Disneyland.

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Around the bottom of the tree are many Walt references, including a replica of the train Walt took to Los Angeles, and the Carolwood Barn, along with re-manufactured toys from the 30's.

Meanwhile, over in Elias and Co, a genuine department store Santa holds court.

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Surrounding the tops of the displays inside the store are storybook depictions of "A Night Before Christmas," which continue outside on the storefront windows, as well.

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Inside Carthay Circle, a miniature Seven Dwarves gingerbread cottage sits inconspicuously in the lounge area.

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As far as the holiday musical loops, Caranci said they worked closely with both WDI and Pixar who each had approval over the music in BVS and Cars Land, respectively.

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Speaking of Cars Land, Caranci talked about the process they went through to come up with holiday concepts that Pixar (and John Lasseter in particular) would sign off on. The first pass they made was rejected on the basis that it looked like what humans would do to decorate Route 66--Pixar wanted it to look as it would if the cars themselves were in charge of the decorating.

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While they had many different iterations of Snowy the Snow Car, the final one seems to be a success, as people line up to take photos with it day and night.

Each car's area has a different tree, suited to their distinct personalities. Fillmore has the only car angel, fitting his hobby of making lawn art.

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Sarge has "Fourth of July times ten," with thousands of lights hidden under a scrim during the daylight--a huge improvement over the construction-zone look of the Streets of America under the Osborne Lights wiring each year.

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Over at the Cozy Cones, Sally has a whole gingerbread replica of the Cozy Cones Motel inside the lobby...

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...While Flo decorates the stacks of oil cans she stocks for hungry cars.

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Stanley got a carefully-sculpted santa hat and sack for the season, while the tree next to him was inspired by one Lasseter saw and liked out on Route 66.

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While that certainly only represents a small fraction of the holiday touches adorning DCA, it was then time for us to regroup down at "it's a small world," where Marine Corps. Staff Sergeant Mark Plummer and family were to flip the switch and officially start "it's a small world" Holiday for the season. Disneyland Ambassador Jolie Hales was on hand to officiate.

Of course, if you want to see really good photos of the holidays at Disneyland, I advise everyone to check out Jason's photo blogs both here and at his site, disneygeek.com

I'm sure we'll have more to share from the parks as the season progresses, but Disneyland and DCA look to be off to a jubilant start to the Holidays.

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November 16, 2012

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Disneyland Christmas

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, November 9, 2012 and Monday November 12, 2012..

The Christmas season officially kicked off Monday November 12th this year but most of the decorations were up and much of the entertainment started the Friday before. In this posting we take a look at Downtown Disney then into Disneyland to see the new Jingle Jangle Jamboree.

Earl of Sandwich has opened since my last visit and it was crowded.

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The line stretched out the door.

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The banners have gone back to the Cars Land ones. Guessing Christmas will go up next week.

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One of the World of Disney Christmas windows.

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In the evening I made a quick pass through Disneyland.

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Main Street is only partially decorated, they still have some garland to go and some was not lit yet.

The castle icicle lights were not on this evening either.

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Small World Holiday is open. The line was longer than the time I had so no ride through this evening.

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Toontown is decked out for the season (no cab yet)

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The painting of the Goofy Gas station is done. The Christmas decorations are not up on it.

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Most important the Goofy Water is not back yet either.

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Still working near Minnies

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Pirates League is long gone and the Christmas gift shop is back in the courtyard.

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Caught the opening of Soundsational, the parade runs till Sunday then Monday Christmas Fantasy starts.

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Mickey with his holiday sweater on.

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Time for Believe in Holiday Magic.

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Noticed they had not switched out the tram stop billboards to Christmas yet even though today was the official start.

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Working on the tile on the third floor of the garage.

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First stop today, Disneyland!

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The Holiday park guides.

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Thought this was bad show.. first thing you saw today was a closed pop corn cart.

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A quick look around Town Square on this peaceful afternoon.

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Donald and Goofy out in Town Square.

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Pluto with his star and hat for the season.

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Mickey was near by too.

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The garland has not been strung yet.. but the cables are up so probably by the time you read this it will be up.

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Main Street transportation was in full swing this afternoon.

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The castle is all decked out now.

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A check of the Fantasy Faire progress.

The facades are really taking shape.

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Not much visible progress on the theater.

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Stopped by Toontown. Still no cab.

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Some random shots from around Toontown.

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No decorations on the Goofy Gas station yet.

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Curious if they are done or if there is more to come.. for example the Powerhouse does not have its power inspired garland.

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The Goofy Water fountains are back but still being finished up.

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The Holiday popcorn bucket for this year.

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Never know who you will end up walking behind when you roam around Disneyland.

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Next stop the Jingle Jangle Jamboreer at the Big Thunder Ranch.

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No turkeys this year... just a donkey out front.

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Santa has moved from the cabin to the Jamboree so its nice and quiet inside.

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While I was taking pictures had three different families come in and ask me where Santa was.

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No reindeer this year either.. instead Christmas goats.

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The Jamboree was alive with activity this afternoon.

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To the left when you enter is an area for Reindeer Games.

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Nice to see they re-used some of the decorations that used to line the reindeer area.

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Pluto trying out the games.

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In the center of the area was Mrs Claus Tasty Treats.

A look at some of the food.

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And cookies to decorate too.

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Santa is out in the far left corner as you enter. This is the queue for him.

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Here he is...

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The far side was set up for Holiday crafts.

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Time for the Billies.

A video clip of the Orange Blossom Special Holiday Edition

They did a fun Beatles holiday tribute.

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A video clip of the Beatles medley.

To close the show they did a sing along and the a couple of the Country Bears joined in.

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Video of the Country Bears and sing a long.

A new popcorn bucket this year... Santa Mickey (last year was a snowman).

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The Holiday cups are out (the napkins are still plain, wonder if that is a sign they will not be adding a design anytime soon, it has been a while now).

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The Holiday Season officially kicked off with a lighting ceremony at Small World. Jeanine is posting a full recap of the event, but here is a quick video and a couple pictures.


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The 1st Christmas Fantasy Parade of the season making its way toward Small World.

Nothing drastically different jumped out at me this year. So the next several pages are just some random pictures from the parade.

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Caught the 6:30 Wintertime Enchantment (snow fall moment).

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Then made my way to the castle for some pictures.

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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 Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



November 17, 2012

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Disney California Adventure Christmas

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trips to the parks on Friday, November 9, 2012 and Monday November 12, 2012.

The Christmas season officially kicked off Monday November 12th this year but most of the decorations were up and much of the entertainment started Friday. In this part we take a look at Disney California Adventure and how Buena Vista Street and Cars Land are celebrating their first Christmas season. Plus a check in around the park.


Buena Vista Street is all decked out for the holidays.

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Pluto with his holiday gear on.

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Made my way down to Cars Land next.

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When you walk through Cars Land be sure to really look at the decorations... they are all car-inspired of course.

A snow car out front. "Seasons Speedings!"

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Everything in Cars Land has been decorated.

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Sarge's is a nice cross between Fourth of July and Christmas.

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Thought all the air and oil filters on the garland were fun.

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Santa Mater out for pictures.

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Over on Buena Vista Street the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers are performing for the season.

Afterwards the group posed for a picture.

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Returned to Cars Land to continue my look around. The Christmas trees in front of the shops reflect each owner.

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Flo's, Notice how the oil can is connected to the pole. Great detail.

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The courthouse is all decked as is Stanley.

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Inside Ramone's, the doorway to the expanded portion of the store looks ready to go.

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An oil can tree in front of Flo's.

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A tree inside.

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Bugs Land looks to be the same as the last several years with giant lights and ornaments.

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This year Santa is a department store Santa, sitting in Elias and Co.

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The night before Christmas is told with a series of scenes ringing the room.

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The stores have a nice set of decorations that work, even decorations up above.

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A closer look at the tree.

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Los Feliz has a lot of garland inside.

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The Men's room garland has no lights...

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But the Women's room does...

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Time to walk through the other side of the street now.

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Trolley Treats features a lot of candy overhead.

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A closer look at the candy garland in Trolley Treats.

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Clarabelle's has ice cream garland of course.

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Phineas and Ferb feature a Holiday overlay.

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Paradise Gardens features the same decorations as last year (as did the Mermaid building).

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Donald is out on the Pier for pictures this year since Santa is on Buena Vista Street.

Disney California Adventure Christmas

Back to Buena Vista Street for the Tree Lighting.

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Disney California Adventure Christmas


There was no show this evening, just a simple count down and lighting. The Cast Members said the show will start mid next week it looks like.

Disney California Adventure Christmas

Next up walked through Cars Land. They are playing Winter Wonderland as the lights come on.

Disney California Adventure Christmas

Disney California Adventure Christmas

They had some light issues this evening so not everything came on as planned and many were still not lit later in the evening.

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A short clip as I caught the end of the lighting event.


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Not all the lights were on. Notice the snow and winter sign.

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There's a gingerbread display inside the Cozy Cones office.

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Disney California Adventure Christmas

Christmas lights on Buena Vista Street.

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Disney California Adventure Christmas

Disney California Adventure Christmas

The windows of Elias & Co Window.

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Disney California Adventure Christmas

Disney California Adventure Christmas

Disney California Adventure Christmas

The Mad T Party has received some Holiday extras.

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Here is a video of the opening.

The projections on Monsters now feature snow flakes and every now and then Santa flying by.

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The Mad T Party band.

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The first 2/3 of the set are their regular songs. Then the finale features the Unbirthday Song as well as a couple Christmas ones.

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Video of the Christmas additions.


World of Color features the Prep and Landing preshow segment now. It appeared to be the same as last year, nothing different jumped out to me.


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The Brave segment has remained in the show.

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On Monday I made a second night time pass through Disney California Adventure, below are some pictures from this brief trip.

The garland was lit this evening at DCA (also noticed the flag was still up).

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Inside the main lounge of the Carthay Circle restaurant is a gingerbread dwarfs cottage.

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Some garland lines the room.

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A look at the tree on the way out.

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Next up a stroll through Cars Land. Snowy is out front to greet you.

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Sarge's trees were on this evening.

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Disney California Adventure Christmas

The tree made out of oil cans at the entrance to Flo's has garland now (guess they are still putting finishing touches on since Friday).

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Santa Stanley.

Disney California Adventure Christmas

Disney California Adventure Christmas


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 Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



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