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Disney California Christmas Attractions

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Disneyland is well known for its holiday attraction overlays, but Disney California Adventure is poised to take some of the holiday spotlight away from its older sibling. We’re going to have to wait until 2014 for “Santa Soarin’ Over California” and the much-rumored “Tower of Tinsel,” but several more subtle Christmas additions have been made to attractions this year.

The ornament-firing game in Midway Mania is probably the most high-profile overlay, and the hint of jingle bells in the California Screamin’ launch noise the most subtle. Our favorite, though, is pictured below.

Holiday Mike

Crabby Carols

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The holiday version of the Billy Hill and the Hillbillies show has a strange addition this year — a passive-aggressive song leader. During certain songs, this cast member stands at the side of the stage and, when the audience is asked to sing along, holds up signs insulting their singing ability.

Passive-aggressive song leader

Jingle Cruise!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Disneyland spared only a certain amount of expense on this year’s transformation of the Jungle Cruise into the generic-winter-holiday-but-mostly-Christmas-themed Jingle Cruise. Today, we are going to share a few photos of the merriment added to the attraction’s queue, and we’ll show you some of the elements from within the actual attraction in a couple of days.

The first thing that many guests will notice is that the Jingle Cruise is not in Adventureland, it’s in Advent Land! It’s amazing how much theming can be done by just nailing up a few boards.

Jingle Cruise sign

Another simple holiday change, the attraction’s upper-level exit lights are now a holiday-appropriate red and green, instead of just the stodgy, Scroogey, legally required red.

Jingle Cruise signs

While we’re upstairs, let’s take a look at the animatronic bird above the stairs. He is certainly ready for the holiday!

Jingle Cruise bird

Many items were added to the ground floor of the queue as well. Our favorite was these packages:

Jingle Cruise packages

They’re all addressed as gifts and sport snazzy Albert Schweitzer stamps (named for that famous postal worker, Dr. Albert Stamp). You can even peel back a corner to see the back side of postage!

That’s all for now. See you on Wednesday with more photos!


Thursday, December 5th, 2013


Want to be on the cutting edge of Disney-guest trends? Get an elfie!

What’s an elfie? Santa knows!

Selfie + Elf = Elfie

Apparently, castmembers in the role of Santa’s elves in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have been inundated by requests for “elfie” pictures. This has led to a few problems because a) they are a little wary of handling guests’ cell phones, and b) many elves wear gloves, making it impossible to operate a touch screen.

For these reasons, many guests are holding the phone for the elf and, if the elf can’t take the picture, pushing the button themselves. This leads to a philosophical question — if the guest helps take the photo, is it a legitimate elfie, or must the elf both hold the camera and take the picture for it to be official? At this point, despite copious requests from the media, the Walt Disney Company has not taken a position. We at are committed to keeping you abreast of this issue, and will post updates as need be.

In the meantime, if you are able to take a successful elfie in one of Disney’s parks, please forward it to us so we can add it to our database (and, perhaps, share it with the other blog readers).


Monday, November 4th, 2013

Is this a photo of bigfoot in line for Space Mountain?

Bigfoot in a Disneyland ride queue?

Just asking.

Tiny details

Monday, October 28th, 2013

One of the things we love most about Disneyland is the little details. In the new Fantasy Faire area, we noticed this for the first time on our last visit:

Rapunzel tower

Off in the distance, behind the Royal Theater, it’s Rapunzel’s tower peeking over the top of the canopy! This is such a lovely bit of statuary that we immediately went to City Hall and requested that it be moved somewhere to make it more centrally visible, but even if Disney keeps it where it is it’s a delightful treat when discovered!

Autograph mania hits a new low

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

When we were young, characters wandered the streets of Disneyland with the same happy, care-free abundance that rodents wandered the streets of London before it was learned that they spread the plague. True, the analogy suffers because we like Disneyland characters but dislike plague rats, but the point stands.

All of this changed when guests realized that characters would politely sign autographs for those who requested them. Today, characters are often mobbed to the point of inaccessibility by autograph seekers, and the line to wave a pen at Peter Pan might be an hour long (or half that if FASTPASS is available).

Not long ago at the park, we witnessed a scene that made us realize that the autograph situation had completely lost control:

Ariel asks Aurora for his autograph at Disneyland

Yes, you can believe your eyes: Ariel is asking Aurora for her autograph.

Why, you ask, would a princess need another princess’ autograph? Particularly a princess who lives beneath the ocean and therefore can’t take an autograph book home without it becoming instantly waterlogged? And if this bizarre perturbation of roles is allowed, what next? Guests performing safety inspections? Shops staffed entirely by feral cats? Disneyland executives actually seen in the park? The mind boggles.

Please forward, Facebook, tweet, post, re-post, Instragram, Spotify, blog, pin, e-mail, link to, and share this photo as much as possible. We hope that, should it gain enough publicity, we will be able to get an official statement from Disney of their policy on character-to-character autographing interactions.

Five-Legged Goat

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

On our most recent trip to Disneyland, we noticed that the park was showcasing its famous “five-legged goat” for Halloween. Nice to see it back!

Disneyland's five-legged goat

Photoland: “it’s a small snapshot”

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Our last picture in this series is of an attraction that needs no introduction. In fact, it’s so iconic, that we don’t even need to tell you it’s name (“it’s a small world”):

Photoland: it's a small snapshot

At the time we took this picture, the attraction was closed (which is why there are grumpy and/or crying children stomping through the foreground), but the older picture shows it in happier days, filled with laughing children and with a train passing through. Sharp-eyed readers may even be able to catch a glimpse of one of the old topiary hedgehogs in the flowerbed (which are no longer produced, since they are too difficult to cultivate and were often “borrowed” by mischievous guests).

We hope you’ve enjoyed this photo tour through Disneyland history. Thanks for visiting the past with us!

Next up: Nothing

Photoland: Now You’ve Seen Most Everything

Friday, March 15th, 2013

This photo…

Photoland: Now You've Seen Most Everything

…is one of only a very few that we have of Fantasyland. It’s very difficult to match up photos of the original Fantasyland with today’s Fantasyland, since the current version was a completely new design and construction, made necessary when the original Fantasyland was packed up and moved to Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom.

Next up: One last little thing