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.
Pluto with his holiday gear on.
Made my way down to Cars Land next.
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!"
Everything in Cars Land has been decorated.
Sarge's is a nice cross between Fourth of July and Christmas.
Thought all the air and oil filters on the garland were fun.
Santa Mater out for pictures.
Over on Buena Vista Street the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers are performing for the season.
Afterwards the group posed for a picture.
Returned to Cars Land to continue my look around. The Christmas trees in front of the shops reflect each owner.
Flo's, Notice how the oil can is connected to the pole. Great detail.
The courthouse is all decked as is Stanley.
Inside Ramone's, the doorway to the expanded portion of the store looks ready to go.
An oil can tree in front of Flo's.
A tree inside.
Bugs Land looks to be the same as the last several years with giant lights and ornaments.
This year Santa is a department store Santa, sitting in Elias and Co.
The night before Christmas is told with a series of scenes ringing the room.
The stores have a nice set of decorations that work, even decorations up above.
A closer look at the tree.
Los Feliz has a lot of garland inside.
The Men's room garland has no lights...
But the Women's room does...
Time to walk through the other side of the street now.
Trolley Treats features a lot of candy overhead.
A closer look at the candy garland in Trolley Treats.
Clarabelle's has ice cream garland of course.
Phineas and Ferb feature a Holiday overlay.
Paradise Gardens features the same decorations as last year (as did the Mermaid building).
Donald is out on the Pier for pictures this year since Santa is on Buena Vista Street.
Back to Buena Vista Street for the Tree Lighting.
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.
Next up walked through Cars Land. They are playing Winter Wonderland as the lights come on.
They had some light issues this evening so not everything came on as planned and many were still not lit later in the evening.
A short clip as I caught the end of the lighting event.
Not all the lights were on. Notice the snow and winter sign.
There's a gingerbread display inside the Cozy Cones office.
Christmas lights on Buena Vista Street.
The windows of Elias & Co Window.
The Mad T Party has received some Holiday extras.
Here is a video of the opening.
The projections on Monsters now feature snow flakes and every now and then Santa flying by.
The Mad T Party band.
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.
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.
The Brave segment has remained in the show.
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).
Inside the main lounge of the Carthay Circle restaurant is a gingerbread dwarfs cottage.
Some garland lines the room.
A look at the tree on the way out.
Next up a stroll through Cars Land. Snowy is out front to greet you.
Sarge's trees were on this evening.
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).
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.
The previous post in this blog was Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Disneyland Christmas .
The next post in this blog is Disneyland Candlelight Processional - 12/01/12.