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DLR UPdate 11




  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi <Tomorrowland/theatre> closed through Dec 7th for refurbishment.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat <Frontierland/attraction> closed Dec 11th to14th for refurbishment.


  • Splash Mountain <Critter Country/attraction> closed Jan 2nd, for refurbishment. Reopening TBA.
  • Haunted Mansion <New Orleans Square/attraction> closed Jan 8th, to remove the holiday overlay. Reopening TBA.
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant <Fantasyland/attraction> closed Jan 8th, for refurbishment. Reopening TBD.
  • Main Street Vehicles –  closed Jan 8th,  for refurbishment. Reopening TBA.

Disney California Adventure

  • Goofy's Sky School <Paradise Pier/attraction> closed through Dec 20th for refurbishment.


  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail <Grizzly Peak Recreation Area/attraction> closes Jan 2nd, for refurbishment. Reopening TBD.
  • A Bug's Life Theater – closes Jan 8th, for a one day refurbishment following the Coco preview. It's Tough to be a Bug! reopens on Jan 9th.
  • Grizzly River Run <Grizzly Peak Rec Area/attraction> closes Jan 8th, for refurbishment. Reopening TBA.
  • Cove Bar – closes Jan 8th, as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. Reopening temporarily during Spring Break.

The following attractions/stores close Jan 8th, 2018 as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. 

  • California Screamin'
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel
  • Ariel's Grotto and Cove Bar
  • Games of the Boardwalk
  • Sideshow Shirts
  • Boardwalk Bazaar
  • Treasures in Paradise
  • Point Magu Tattoo
  • Don Tomas Turkey Legs
  • Hot Dog Hut
  • Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company

Downtown Disney

  • Ridemakerz – Reduced operating hours.
  • Chapel Hats – closed. The space was converted to a temporary retail home for Vault 28's The Disney Dress Shop line through the holiday season..

Crowd Impacting Events

  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – through Jan 7th, 2018.
  • Candy Cane release dates:
    • Disneyland Candy Palace – Dec 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 24th
    • Disney California Adventure Trolley Treats – Dec  7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 25


  • Lunar New Year Festival at Disney California Adventure – Jan 26th through Feb 18th.
  • Pixar Fest begins – Apr 13th, Debut of the new "Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular" fireworks show.
  • Dapper Day Spring Soiree  – Apr 22nd. 
  • 2018 Grad Nites: May 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th; Jun 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th.

Happiest NEWS on Earth!​


Candlelight on Sunday was beautiful as always! The choir, soloist, harolders, and orchestra were superb as you'd expect.. Chris Hemsworth while festive to look at, falls flat as a host and narrator. My one complaint is with Guest Control.

During the first performance the management of people leaving the park was not well thought out. The middle of Main Street U.S.A. had to remain empty for the processional/recessional. All traffic in and out of the park was funnelled down the side walks. The resort spent months, and some funds, to create the side corridors for exactly this type of event. Yet they were not in use. The resulting throngs exiting the park were extremely dissatisfied, and very rukus. This of course made it all the more difficult for the audience to appreciate the performance. I had initially theorized that the leadership of stores wanted the corridors closed to ensure holiday shoppers visited the locations on Main Street. But, the front doors of a great many of the stores facing the street were not only closed but locked!

The ceremony as well as the lighting of the christmas tree and Sleeping Beauty's Enchanted Winter Castel still signified the beginning of the season for me. Though a little more planning on the part of day guests, but especially guest management leadership would have made all merry and bright.

Holiday Tea Party

The Very Merry Holiday Tea Party at the Disneyland Hotel's Steakhouse 55 returns for a second season.. Here's the information from the Disneyland website, which is also where you can make reservations for the tea:

Celebrate the season at a traditional tea service that's brimming with holiday cheer—from December 1 to 31!
Steakhouse 55 is hosting a jolly version of a traditional afternoon repast of sweets and savories, and of course, pots of tea. The seasonal menu offers a selection of teas accompanied by scones, tea sandwiches and petite sweets. Wines, ports, sherry and cordials are also available for an additional charge. Tea is served Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Tea Menu:
  • White chocolate cranberry scone
  • Smoked trout sandwich
  • Christmas tree-shaped cucumber sandwich
  • Open face cage-free egg sandwich
  • Wreath-shaped Caprese salad sandwich
  • Christmas light and Santa-decorated strawberries
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Choice of gingerbread, apple pie or mulled spice teas
Kids' Holiday Tea Menu:
  • White chocolate cranberry scone
  • Christmas tree-shaped cucumber sandwich
  • Ham and cheddar snowman sandwich
  • Peanut butter and jelly Mickey sandwich
  • Desserts
  • Choices of herbal infusions, juices, milk and classic or peppermint hot chocolate

Please note: gluten-free and vegan options are available upon request. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older.

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