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Old 11-13-2009, 04:20 PM   #136
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Doing Disneyland during the Christmas Holidays is absolutely fantastic. Disneyland is magical enough on it's own, so to do it during the holidays is incredible! I'll try to make it home and look for some of my christmas holiday/Disneyland pictures from last year.

Please send me a pm, if I dont get it done tonight because it means I will have forgotten.

You will LOVE your trip!
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:16 PM   #137
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In my opinion, Believe in Holiday Magic is the 2nd best Disney fireworks show I've ever seen only behind (and it's a close competition) Remember Dreams Come True.

I think the show does a tremendous job of celebrating the fun aspects of Christmas while also touching on the spritual aspect of Christ's birth.

FWIW, my rankings of Disney fireworks shows that I've seen in person and remember. I enjoy all of these shows, but this is how I rank them:

1. Remember Dreams Come True (Disneyland)
2. Believe in Holiday Magic (Disneyland)
3. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth (Epcot)
4. Halloween Screams (Disneyland)
5. Magical (Disneyland)
6. Wishes (Magic Kingdom)
Thanks - good to know. I compare everything to Remember, so good to hear I won't be disappointed.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:21 PM   #138
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SherryE, you crack me up each year with your fascination with the 700 trees!!! LOL If you are hunting to find them, don't forget every area of the hotels - lobby, restaurants, shops, and on and on.

Disneyland is gorgeous when decorated for Christmas. I always hold hope that there will be some Channukah decorations somewhere one year.... At least there is a Channukah song included in the fireworks show.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:04 PM   #139
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Surprise Trip!

HI everyone, I usually hang out on the DISabilities board and we are WDW vets. My DH and I decided a few days ago that we wanted to surprise our two youngest children with a quick trip to Disneyland! We are driving from Texas and have never done Disneyland at Christmas and have not done Disneyland at all since our older kids were very small!! I am so excited to share Disneyland with our little ones DS7 and DD4!
We will be staying at the DLH for three nights Nov 17 - Nov 20. I have seen lots of posts about how crowded DLR is the week of Thanksgiving and the week after,but not much mention of how it will be the week prior to Thanksgiving. Our DS7 is in a wheelchair and is a bit overwhelmed in a huge crowd (because he is so low to the ground I guess). Can anyone tell me what we might expect next week in the way of crowds?
Also, can someone tell me what the Princess Faire is and where it is located? My DD4 is a princess fan!
Thanks in advance!!
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:35 PM   #140
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HI everyone, I usually hang out on the DISabilities board and we are WDW vets. My DH and I decided a few days ago that we wanted to surprise our two youngest children with a quick trip to Disneyland! We are driving from Texas and have never done Disneyland at Christmas and have not done Disneyland at all since our older kids were very small!! I am so excited to share Disneyland with our little ones DS7 and DD4!
We will be staying at the DLH for three nights Nov 17 - Nov 20. I have seen lots of posts about how crowded DLR is the week of Thanksgiving and the week after,but not much mention of how it will be the week prior to Thanksgiving. Our DS7 is in a wheelchair and is a bit overwhelmed in a huge crowd (because he is so low to the ground I guess). Can anyone tell me what we might expect next week in the way of crowds?
Also, can someone tell me what the Princess Faire is and where it is located? My DD4 is a princess fan!
Thanks in advance!!
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If you are going during the week, the crowds will probably be reasonable, but since the Christmas season just started, the weekends especially can get a little crowded.
The Princess Fantasy Faire is in the back of Fantasyland, next to IASW & in front of Toontown. There is a meet & greet w/ princesses that I heard can be 2 hrs. long! They might also still have crafts there, but I'm not so sure about that. I usually don't go there. And if you're going to DCA, Ariel's Grotto is a great place to eat & meet the princesses.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:12 AM   #141
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SherryE, you crack me up each year with your fascination with the 700 trees!!! LOL If you are hunting to find them, don't forget every area of the hotels - lobby, restaurants, shops, and on and on.

Disneyland is gorgeous when decorated for Christmas. I always hold hope that there will be some Channukah decorations somewhere one year.... At least there is a Channukah song included in the fireworks show.
Yes, I know, and I also crack you up with being interested in the new holiday merchandise at DLR, which you told me last year. But that is part of my fun at DLR for the holidays, and so I love it! Fortunately, it is not like I am the only one who gets excited to see the new merchandise or see all the different trees! Some folks would like to go 'tree hunting' but didn't know that there were so many around, in so many different themes. So I am letting them know, and now they can look!

I only found out about the 700 trees for the first time last holiday season, 2008. But, yes, as I stated in some of my above posts, the hotels, shops, window displays and restaurants are all part of where the 700 trees are hiding around DLR. And that is why it struck me that it would be an excellent and fun idea - especially after finding the website I found from 2003 with photos of many of the different trees and their different themes - to try to hunt down as many of them as possible, just as people hunt for Hidden Mickeys or the pressed penny machines or the different flower arrangements, etc. It is another fun thing to do at DLR that will only happen during the holiday season.
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What a fun thing to do, Sherry.

We went yesterday afternoon, and never left Main Street! We got there in time to see the Flag Retreat (always good), and right after that they had the tree lighting ceremony. In the past, they used to have Dickens Carolers, and I was sad that they didn't use them to sing Christmas carols before lighting the tree, but still, there was such a nice-sized crowd, and everyone yelled, "HAPPY HOLIDAYS", and then the tree lit up. It was really beautiful.

We then got a spot for the 6:30 parade, and two of Kelly's friends joined us. People were already lining up for it (I'm thinking 1- first night of the Christmas season, 2- Friday). Kelly's friend, Shou, brought a blanket, so we sat on it, and her other friend, Gareth, was especially interested in hearing about the Dapper Dans, since his friend is one of them (cool). They always sing at the Flag Retreat.

It was crowded for the parade, and this year they have a new addition: Tigger, Pooh, & Eeyore. Tigger & Pooh ride their sleds, but poor Eeyore's sled is broken, so he drags it along. It was also fun noticing that the tree after the 7 Dwarves is decorated with glittering pick axes & pails. We loved the parade and sang along with it.

Here's a clip of the parade we saw


After that, we did some shopping on Main Street, and then just hung around. We saw the special lighting at the castle at 7:30, and it was so beautiful. Everyone just watched it and oohed and aahed.

The street got really crowded. We were between Corner Cafe & the China Closet. We were too far left, and one of the trees partially covered our view of the fireworks. We could see them fine, but for pictures, we should have stood more on the right side of the street. Better planning for us next time. I would say if you want to get a good view of the fireworks, then make sure you have a good view of the left area of the castle.

After the fireworks, snow fell to the tune of I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas.



So, we were at Disneyland for about five hours, and spent the whole time at Main Street.

My video of a portion of the Disneyland parade is uploading on YouTube. As soon as I can, I will include it in this post.
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:49 PM   #143
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Oooooohh!!! That tree is beautiful! I assume the blue lights/color of the tree happened only at the culmination of the Castle/Main Street lighting, right? In other words, the tree is not blue the rest of the evening, correct? It is supposed to look 'icicly' in conjunction with the Winter Castle being lit? See, last year we were not standing there right when the Castle and tree lit up so I never noticed if the tree changed colors! In fact, I was determined to get a PhotoPass picture of myself in front of the Winter Castle at night in 2008, and just as soon as I got up there and it was my turn in line, the darn 'icicles' turned off and it went back to the regular nighttime lighting!!! Grrrrrr.......... I am bound and determined to try again this year and catch it at just the right time!

Thank you so much for the recap, Mary Jo! It is great for you to be able to have APs, so you can do things like hit only Main Street on one night, then venture into other portions of DL and DCA on other nights! You are able to take more time and leisurely soak everything in (hunt trees, etc.!!!). I also wonder why there were no Carolers this year. I wonder if they will appear at the ceremony a bit later in the season, or if their absence is due to 'cutbacks.' Anyway, I can't wait to begin hearing whether or not there are any new holiday surprises and treats to be found throughout the Resort. I am chomping at the bit to get there - Halloweentime at DLR is great, but it's got nothing on holiday time at DLR!

I don't know about anyone else, but when I see the DLR holiday commercial that is currently running, with the IASW song playing (sounds like a choir is singing it) and the IASW Holiday lights glowing, I get choked up! But I am a big mushball that way anyway!!! I just love it when the pretty lights of IASWH turn on at night!! I stare at it with my mouth hanging open!
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I don't know about anyone else, but when I see the DLR holiday commercial that is currently running, with the IASW song playing (sounds like a choir is singing it) and the IASW Holiday lights glowing, I get choked up! But I am a big mushball that way anyway!!!
Oh, I'm right there with you, total mushball! : Just reading your description the song caused my eyes to tear up.

Less than three week until our trip! When I told DH that it's only 3 1/2 weeks away, he exclaimed, "No, it isn't! Really?!?" He good-naturedly laughs at my "obsession" with the DISBoards and our upcoming trip and I think the time crept up on him more so than it did me!
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Yes, I know, and I also crack you up with being interested in the new holiday merchandise at DLR, which you told me last year. But that is part of my fun at DLR for the holidays, and so I love it! ...
Ah, but I remembered specifically that (and you) when I was at DLR last Saturday night. I went solely to see the "Remember... Dreams Come True" fireworks. I never left Main Street. On the way out, I went into the shops to do some pin trading. I saw Christmas merchandise and thought, "SherryE!"

Today is the first chance I've had to sort through and upload these pictures. They were taken for you and the other DISers who like to see what's in the shops at this time of year. Enjoy!























Some less-traditional colored items that caught my eye:


And... a little chocolate food porn to close:


YUM!


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Old 11-14-2009, 09:44 PM   #146
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Yummmmmmmmmyy!! I LOVE Chocolate Food Porn!! Show us more!

I also love the Christmas pics. I'm getting so excited about our very first DLR trip!
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Ah, but I remembered specifically that (and you) when I was at DLR last Saturday night. I went solely to see the "Remember... Dreams Come True" fireworks. I never left Main Street. On the way out, I went into the shops to do some pin trading. I saw Christmas merchandise and thought, "SherryE!"

Today is the first chance I've had to sort through and upload these pictures. They were taken for you and the other DISers who like to see what's in the shops at this time of year. Enjoy!
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Thankyou a thousand thousand times!!! Like Sherry...I LOVE seeing merchandise pics...and of course who doesn't love food porn!!
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Mary Jo thank you for posting the video of the parade! I love the changes!

Disney Dreams thank you for posting the photos of the xmas merchandise! It's awesome! I wish I could go there to buy some new ornaments right now!
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Thank you for posting the video and photos!
We havnt been able to go at Christmas time for the past couple of years and we go Friday!!
So needless to say we havnt seen the ice castle and havnt had some of the newer Christmas treats so we are all very excited!
And DH said I can take the Holiday tour if space is still available so Im calling on that today!
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I have some more pics to post, but here's a little video I took of just the castle at night.

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