Happy Holidays! Hopefully you aren't still too full of turkey and pumpkin pie, and you haven't been mauled too bad from the Black Friday shopping crowds - cause it's time for our very first "Dateline Disneyland" photo update!

The toll booths at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure are sporting Christmas wreaths.

The billboards at the tram stop announce the holiday festivities at the parks.

The new marketing campaign for this year's holiday season is really nicely done. The snowman from last year is missed, but this year's designs are really great.

The billboard near the security checkpoints is pushing APs for Christmas gifts.

New park maps.

Disneyland park is decked out in its holiday finest.

The poster for "Remember... Dreams Come True" is still up in the entry tunnel, despite it being on hiatus to make way for the Holiday show.

Poinsettias swirl in the flower beds

And of course, the Disneyland Christmas tree rises high above Town Square

The Christmas tree in Walt's Apartment is up

The following Main Street photos are linked to their respective flickr pages and are available there for high-res download, if you're interesed.

Main Street Carolers!
You can watch a video of the carolers, by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk3kmqsLvmc

The Disneyland Band has their Christmastime uniforms on.

Frontierland is decked out for the holidays, too.

Inside the Golden Horseshoe:

Over in Critter Country, Pooh and Brer Rabbit have decked out the place quite nicely. The balloons holding the garlands up in the sky is a clever touch, and overall, Critter Country is a nice little corner during the holidays.

A small, but nice touch:

Of course, the talk of the town is Sleeping Beauty Castle's new winter overlay.
For a video of the Castle lighting ceremony, click here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...80727655893957

The Castle projector boxes have been open all week. Talk about bad show. Guests shouldn't be able to see this sort of stuff.

On paper, the idea of Sleeping Beauty Castle covered in magical snow is pretty awesome, but the reality of the concept is quite lacking in several areas. Overall, the entire overlay seems incomplete. There are patches of snow that are missing. The icicles are incredibly tacky. And at night - only half of the Castle is lit, so if you're in Fantasyland, the illusion of magical, glowing snow is shattered.

This turret didn't even get snow.

Missing snow

Did it melt?

This is just cheap. Forget about being able to immerse yourself in the illusion - You can clearly see where the snow ends.

At night, the lighting effect looks great from far away. But up close, not so much.

Sections of icicle lights and snow don't work.

First year glitches are many.

Magical? Not really.

And it's not like the snow and icicles that aren't working are kind of hidden from view.. The wreath and icicles on the front of the Castle above the drawbridge aren't working, either.

And despite the trees around the Castle being covered in lights for Christmas, none of them are ever turned on.

The most unfortunate part of this overlay is that the back of the Castle is not lit. At night, from Fantasyland it is glaringly obvious that there's something missing from the overlay. No lights at all, and you can see where the snow lights and icicle lights stop. Bad show.

The DCA guide map has a blurb about the Snow White 70th Anniversary exhibit in the Disney Animation pavilion.

The exhibit is set up in the lobby of the Disney Animation attraction in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. It's done very nicely. The animation loop on the overhead screens has been changed to nothing but Snow White clips and audio.

A wall shows "how animation works" and includes flip books with reproductions of original Snow White animation art for guests to flip through. This is a great touch, an is a great little thing for the Disney Animation attraction.

Overall, the exhibit is done exceptionally well. It's a perfect use for the big lobby area, and hopefully this will become home to more exhibits in the future now that the Disney Gallery at Disneyland is gone. The use of the screens and audio is an amazing touch that compliments the exhibit material perfectly. Using the lobby as gallery space is a smart move and it feels completely natural.

Anyway, over in the Character Close-Up room the Wall-E glass case has a new backdrop:

And the case that previously advertised Meet the Robinsons now features a big teaser for 2008's Bolt.

The Off the Page store next door is selling loads of new Snow White merchandise. Here's some of it.

The new Enchanted pre-parade with Princess Giselle is now rolling out before the Christmas Fantasy parade.
For a video of the "Enchanted" pre-parade, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8I8D0r3CtU

The last remnant of the old Disney Gallery is now gone. The signs that were on the base of the stairs are now gone.

And a look at elevator construction...

And finally, a look at some of the seasonal goodies available at Blue Ribbon Bakery and the candy shop in DCA's Greetings From California.

Holiday biscotti

Pumpkin muffins are still available, too.

What a delicious way to wrap up our very first Dateline Disneyland. We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving - and for the record, the thing that we are most thankful for around here is you, our wonderful readers. See you next week for more visions from Disneyland.

- Andy Castro