Disneyland's Christmas Tree can now be seen backstage from the Mickey and Friends Tram Route as it gets ready for the upcoming holiday season, but its not just backstage where Christmas is popping up. Holiday merchandise is hitting store shelves throughout the Resort and the first Christmas decorations are now up in a far corner of New Orleans Square. Still, Halloween Time chugs along, despite the first signs of Christmas and on-going construction in both parks. In California Adventure, the sun is setting on the one of the park's opening-day icons and the Maliboomer thrill ride is now completely gone from the Paradise Pier skyline. And over in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Mickey is now dancing to slightly questionable beats in a new stage show.

As always, more information on the construction projects featured in today's update can be found in the MiceChat Project TrackerMac Daddy for some additional help with photos this week.

There's always lots to see at Disneyland, so let's get started!

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  • <a href="#DD1">Welcome to Disneyland!</a>
    Disneyland gets ready for Christmas
  • <a href="#DD2">Mickey Dances</a>
    New hip-hop dance-themed show at California Adventure debuts
  • <a href="#DD3">California Construction</a>
    A look at the park's on-going $1 billion expansion and remodel.
    • <a href="#DD3-1">Sunshine Plaza</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-2">Cars Land</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-3">The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-4">Goofy's Sky School & Paradise Garden dining area</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-5">Maliboomer</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-6">Red Car Trolley</a>
  • <a href="#DD4">Disneyland Hotel Remodel</a>
    The major Disneyland Hotel remodel continues...
  • <a href="#DD5">This & That</a>
    Cupcake Store returns to Downtown Disney, Toon Town refurbs continue, Duffy treats in DCA
  • <a href="#DDAROUND">Around the Park</a>
    Photos from around the park...
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information Round-Up</a>
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments,


Disneyland has added Captain EO Tribute posters to the east entry tunnel.

East Center Street is getting some facade refurbishment work.

While Disney quietly sneaks in Christmas lights in trees and bushes around the Castle and in the Central Plaza, the first set of Christmas decorations has gone up back in New Orleans Square's Court des Anges.

It looks like the area will once again be a merchandise location during the holiday season.

Over in Fantasyland, Christmas lights are now appearing on "it's a small world's" facade. The ride is now closed to install the holiday overlay and will reopen November 12 as part of Disneyland's holiday offerings.

<a name="DD2">MICKEY DANCES</a>
The new Disney Dance Crew show debuted last week in California Adventure's Hollywood Pictures Backlot, replacing the long-running, fan-favorite Drawn to the Magic show.

The show is as far from Drawn to the Magic as you can imagine.

The show features two groups of kids in hip costumes talking "street" and dancing to remixes of popular Disney songs from films like Mulan and The Lion King CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION</a>
A look at California Adventure's ongoing $1 billion remodel and expansion...

<a name="DD3-1">SUNSHINE PLAZA</a>
The west side of California Adventure's tile mural is completely gone. All that's currently left is a section of the steel framework.

The buildings that were once covered by the tile murals will soon become richly-themed shops on a 1920s Los Angeles street.

Across the way, the east mural and facades are still intact for now. The signage at the Greetings! from California is showing some bad wear and tear, but why bother refurbishing it when it's going to be removed soon anyway?


Further into Sunshine Plaza, the former sun icon continues to be dismantled.

The Carthay Circle Theatre will soon be built here.

<a name="DD3-2">CARS LAND</a>
Work continues at the former location of Bountiful Valley Farm as Cars Land's Cadillac Range rises in the background.

A look at the rock work from Pacific Wharf

From above, the Bountiful Valley Farm land is all cleared and ready for the construction of the entrance to Cars Land and Tow Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.

Construction workers form the ridges of the Radiator Springs mountain range


They've really made progress in the Pizza Oom Mow Mow and Burger Invasion area. The entire area in front of the dining areas has been completely cleared and work is underway getting the restaurants ready to be re-themed.

<a name="DD3-5">MALIBOOMER</a>
The Maliboomer is completely gone now, nicely freeing up the Paradise Pier skyline and drastically helping the view look cleaner and more appropriately themed.

It's definitely a nicer view now.

The Maliboomer marquee is gone

All that's left are a few shade structures and lighting fixtures

From the OC Register's Around Disney blog:

<a name="DD3-6">RED CAR TROLLEY</a>
Work continues behind Red Car Trolley construction walls in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot

Scaffolding still surrounds the Hyperion Theatre marquee

Construction continues at the Disneyland Hotel.

<a name="DD5">THIS & THAT</a>
The former Compass Books newsstand is once again home to the Cupcake Store.

Holiday merchandise is now hitting resort store shelves

Inside DCA, Duffy treats are now being sold in dining locations in the park.

Back in Disneyland, Toon Town continues to get some TLC. Its entry sign is gone for refurbishment.

...and the Mickey Mouse fountain is behind construction walls

We'll finish today's photo update with a couple photos from New Orleans Square...

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
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Disney California Adventure
</td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="" valign="top">Monday - Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 9 am - 8 pm
Friday: 8 pm - 7 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Sunday: 8 am - 7 pm
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Friday: 10 am - 11 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 11 pm</td></tr> <tr><td colspan="2" bgcolor="">
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar

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Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
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Disneyland Park
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  • Village Haus Restaurant: Closed until December 19 for refurbishment.
  • Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin: Closed through December 16 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world": Closed through November 11 to install holiday overlay.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Closed November 2 -3 for refurbishment.
  • The Blue Bayou Restaurant: Closed November 2 -3 due to Pirates of the Caribbean refurbishment.
  • The Jungle Cruise: Closed November 15-18
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: Closed November 29 through December 2 for refurbishment.
  • Star Tours: Closed for Star Tours 2 overhaul. Reopens May 2011.

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Disney California Adventure
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  • It's Tough to Be a Bug!: Closed through October 25 - 29 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed November 1-18
  • Maliboomer: Removed. Space will become new park-like area.
  • Mullholland Madness: Closed to be rethemed. Reopens May 2011 as Goofy's Sky School.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mow: Closed for retheme to Boardwalk Pasta and Pizza
  • Burger Invasion: Closed for retheme to Paradise Garden Grill. Reopens May 2011.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction. Opens Spring 2011.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
  • Red Car Trolley: Track under construction in Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Attraction set to open spring 2012.

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Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
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  • Arcade, Jungle Cruise Remote Control Boats, Hook's Pointe, The Wine Cellar, The Lost Bar, and Croc's Bits & Bites (Disneyland Hotel): Closed permanently for removal as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel.

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