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Disneyland Resort Updates - 12/30/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, December 30, 2016.

Arrived at the Mickey and Friends parking structure just past noon with clearing skies.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

A video overview of the Star Wars Construction. For an in-depth look check out my full picture set at https://disneygeek.com

Looking to the right, behind Critter Country, parallel to the tram route you can see they have put a layer of asphalt down for the backstage perimeter road. Also looks like a parking lot off on the right through the trees.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Tower of Terror is fully covered again.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

The foundation work for the show building nearest the structure is moving along. You can see the outline for the building taking shape.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

A look at where the train will come out from Critter Country.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Hard to see the new walkway between the Hungry Bear and river now with the wall.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

The wall looks complete to the left of the Fantasyland tunnel now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Concrete has been poured in the basement portion of the show building.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Demolition work on the former House of Blues, future Splitsville continues.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

You can now see through the building.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Sleeping Beauty Castle has lights and screens for New Years also notice how the blue skies have disappeared.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Was hoping to be able to walk the Big Thunder Trail today, but unfortunately the park is not crowded enough for them to open it.. the one time I wanted a big crowd!

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

The Castle Heraldry Shoppe is closing in January.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Went for a cruise on it's a small world holiday since there was no line.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

A New Years Eve stage set up in the Small World Mall area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

In Town Square they were setting up for a Pep Rally by the Spirit of Troy, the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band. Donald warming up the crowd that was waiting for the rally.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Here are several video clips from the USC Band performance. Below a few pictures, I posted many more in my full set.

Tribute to Troy starts off the event, as you would expect. FightOn!

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

A wider look at the USC Band, USC Song Girls and USC Spirit Leaders in Town Square.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

After their performance the band turned and marched the parade route.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

On the Rivers of America a stage was set up for New Years Eve festivities since the Island stage is still being worked on.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Making my way to Critter Country. The rock work is filling in along the train path and the Rivers of America.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

A band was from Mexico and in town for the Tournament of Roses Parade on Monday. Today they marched through Disneyland.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

It was 4:24pm, some guests waiting for the 4:15pm parade to start. They kept announcing it was delayed because of weather.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Stopped by the Emporium to get out of the rain. They had a selection of 2017 items.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Celebration Buttons were available at the Opera House today, not City Hall.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

The parade stepped off at 4:30, only 15 min late, and ran without and dancers/performers on the street. Only the floats came out and they were packed a little closer together than normal.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

The rain picked up as the parade went on (I was under a tree and fairly dry).

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

In DCA walked through Grizzly Peak Recreation Area. Noticed the back of the sweater lights up too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Paradise Bay was being prepped for World of Color.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

A little after 5:00pm and they were playing the cancellation announcement for the 5:15pm Viva Navidad! Performance.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Walking through Cars Land. They were set up for New Years Eve. This is a control console. Lights and assuming a stage will be added in the middle of the street.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

All the cousins at Luigi's covered up due to the weather.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Really surprised only three Frozen performances on the schedule.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Another stage in HollywoodLand for New Years Eve

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Over to Disneyland. I assumed they were going to cancel Paint the Night, but as I entered they made the announcement that it was starting in a couple minutes.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

No dancers but they did have limited characters walking.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

The parade felt very different without performers.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Stopped by Sleeping Beauty Castle to see if there would be a Wintertime Enchantment moment at 7:30, there was not.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

"it's a small world" Holiday

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Then headed for the Haunted Mansion Holiday. There was a posted 5 minute wait. It turned out to be a literal walk on...I did not break stride till I was in the foyer.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

A video clip of the singing pumpkins since I was stopped there for a few moments.

2017 light up headbands.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Tomorrowland walkways were calm too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

Found a spot for Believe in Holiday Magic just before 9pm.

The show started 5 minutes early at 9:25pm.. ok since it was drizzling..

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

I returned to DCA. Had a Yellow Fastpass, but there was a low turnout and they opened blue to anyone. I opted to stay in Standby for World of Color - Season of Light.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 30, 2016

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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







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