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Welcome to our special fourth anniversary edition of Dateline DisneylandThanksgiving holiday week. With the holiday season in full swing and the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend upon us, the parks are set to be packed to the gills. We've got a look at more of this year's holiday offerings including the new World of Color holiday pre-show and the seasonal version of "The Magic, the Memories and You!" projection show at "it's a small world." Of course, there's always some sort of construction progress to report on, and this week we see progress at the upcoming Luigi's Flying Tires attraction in Disney California Adventure's major Cars Land expansion. Over at the Disneyland Hotel, the newly remodeled E-Ticket Pool is now open and progress continues at the Fantasy Tower's lobby remodel.

As we mentioned above, we're celebrating our fourth anniversary and this week's Thanksgiving holiday is appropriate for our little column's birthday. We're especially thankful to you, our readers. We wouldn't be here every week if you weren't reading, so big thanks to you for your continued support! It's been a fantastic four years and we can't wait to bring more Disneyland to you in the future!

A special thanks to Daniel K. Lew for help with some World of Color photos this week.

Of course, you can always click on any photo featuring a Project Tracker watermark to learn more information on the project or join on-going discussion on the MiceChat forums!

It's another busy week in the parks! Let's see what's new...

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  • <a href="#DD1">Welcome to Disneyland!</a>
    Touring Plans holiday crowd forecast
  • <a href="#DD2">Holiday Round-up</a>
    A round-up of Disneyland's annual holiday goings-on...
    • <a href="#DD2-1">Christmas on Main Street</a>
    • <a href="#DD2-2">Festive Frontiers</a>
    • <a href="#DD2-3">"it's a holiday world"</a>
    • <a href="#DD2-4">California Christmas</a>
  • <a href="#DD3">California Construction</a>
    A look at the on-going construction at Disney California Adventure...
    • <a href="#DD3-1">Buena Vista Street</a>
    • <a href="#DD3-2">Cars Land</a>
  • <a href="#DD5">Disneyland Hotel remodel</a>
    The Disneyland Hotel's E-Ticket Pool gets water
  • <a href="#DD6">This & That</a>
    Downtown Disney gets in the holiday spirit
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information Round-Up</a>
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments, D23 member event lineup, Star Tours wins award, Bob Iger joins Apple board.

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<a name="DD1"></a>WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
The Thanksgiving holiday always brings huge crowds to the Disneyland Resort theme parks. If you're planning a visit, check out the Touring Plans crowd forecast below and then get detailed information on crowds and attractions wait times with a Touring Plans subscription. It'll definitely help out with navigating the parks this weekend.

<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>If you're heading to Disneyland this week, expect incredibly dense crowds and high wait-times as Thanksgiving week is historically one of the busier weeks of the year. Because of these heavy crowds, it's more important than ever that you have a good Touring Plan. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/crowd-calendar?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_s ource=dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Crowd Calendar</a>, <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-app?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_source =dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Lines - Mobile Wait Times App</a> that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/touring-plans?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_sour ce=dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Touring Plans</a> detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. With holiday crowds on the horizon, it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/crowd-calendar?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_s ource=dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Crowd Calendar.</a>

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DISNEYLAND RESORT
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</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top" rowspan="4">Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
  • Full AP blockouts all Thanksgiving-weekend.
  • Disney California Adventure's low day will be Monday, when it's a 4.1.
  • Disneyland park's lowest days will be Monday, when it's a 7.2.
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10/10
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10/10
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<a name="DD2"></a>HOLIDAY ROUND-UP
A look at the holiday goings-on around Disneyland...

<a name="DD2-1"></a>CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET
The holidays are in full swing at Disneyland with the season officially starting last week.


The garlands over Main Street weren't quite up for our update last week, but with Mickey's Soundsational Parade dark for the rest of the year, the garlands went up without danger of being hit by the parade's tall floats.










The popular "A Christmas Fantasy Parade" is back for its seasonal run.




Santa rounds out the parade






The recently remodeled Emporium is decked out for the holidays. A festive red glow and Christmas garland in the main room.





The Fortuousity Shoppe on Main Street has their unique holiday decorations up as well.


Fancy Christmas stockings and shelves lined with countless holiday tchotchkes and trinkets.







At night, the holidays light up Main Street and Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle.







<a name="DD2-2"></a>FESTIVE FRONTIERS
Frontierland is also decked out for the holidays.





Santa's Reindeer Roundup is back for the season.


This is one of my favorite parts of Disneyland's holiday line-up. The area has great decorations that make for a wonderfully festive atmosphere. Also, great are the arts and crafts and opportunity to meet Santa for kids.


A nice photo-op


Long lines for Santa











Next door, Big Thunder Barbecue also gets into the holiday spirit.







<a name="DD2-3"></a>"IT'S A SMALL WORLD" HOLIDAY
Disney's "The Magic, The Memories and You!" projection show on the facade of "it's a small world" has been updated for the holidays and now features some holiday-themed sequences. In addition to the regular quarter-hourly mini-projection show for the holidays, there's a lot going on at "it's a small world" during the Christmas season.


Here's the regular two-minute projection show that traditionally runs during holiday evenings every quarter-hour following the chiming of the "it's a small world" clock.
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And below is the 10-minute "The Magic, The Memories and You!" projection show that highlights daily photos from guests in the park. The show now features a segment specially created for the holidays.

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<a name="DD2-4"></a>CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS
Across the esplanade at Disney California Adventure, some modest, but additional holiday decorations are up in the Paradise Pier and Golden State areas of the park.


Nice, new garland at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail




Garland up on some of the light posts alongside the Little Mermaid attraction




Poinsettias and wreaths up at the San Francisco Street facades



Over at Paradise Garden, a Christmas tree greets guests entering the new Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta


Poinsettias help add a festive touch to the landscaping in the area...





At night, the World of Color water show on Paradise Bay now features a short holiday pre-show featuring Wayne and Lanny, two elves from ABC's hit animated holiday special "Prep & Landing."


It's a short segment (just under two minutes long) that amounts to a nice "Happy Holidays!" message before the main show gets underway. It's nothing to make a trip for, but its a nice bonus to see if you're already planning on grabbing a FASTPASS for the show.




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<a name="DD3"></a>CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION
Work continues on the remainder of California Adventure's $1 billion-dollar remodel and expansion...

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<a name="DD3-1"></a>BUENA VISTA STREET
Work on the park's new Buena Vista Street entrance complex continues...


New shade awnings were installed last week on the ends of the new Pan Pacific Auditorium-themed entrance turnstiles.


The new awnings are only installed on the ends of the new structure where the roof is at a higher level.


It's not a prettiest solution for the harsh sunlight issues Cast Members working at the end turnstiles were dealing with.






Hopefully this is a temporary solution until a more attractive fix can be worked out.





















The upcoming Elias and Co. department store










<a name="DD3-5"></a>CARS LAND
Progress continues at the new 12-acre Cars Land area... More new trees have arrived...




More steel up at Sarge's Surpluss Hut





Mater's Junkyard shack


Electrical posts around Mater's Junkyard...




New light posts for Mater's area





A leaning tower of tires and signage for Luigi's Casa della Tires is up




Looks good!











Cozy Cones




Flo's V8 Cafe and Luigi's Flying Tires



Radiator Springs Racers progress...










The Paradise Pier-side of the Cars Land rock work...









<a name="DD5"></a>DISNEYLAND HOTEL REMODEL
The Disneyland Hotel's Fantasy Tower continues its remodel with repaving in the drop off and valet area out front and progress in the Hotel's main entrance area






The fountains have a new semi-metallic blue/silver paint job




The main entrance area with remodeled bell services counters





New plants add some life to the newly remodeled main lobby and registration area







The new Fantasy Tower marquee has been installed, joining the Frontier and Adventure Tower signs that we showed you last week











The E-Ticket Pool is also now open for business.


From the OC Register:
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Disneyland Hotel opens E-Ticket Pool[ FULL STORY ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>





The walkways around the pool areas are now fully open as well.


New signage for Goofy's Kitchen















<a name="DD6"></a>THIS & THAT
Back in Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens this week following its lengthy refurbishment.






Over in California Adventure, the Paradise Pier parade gate has been repainted...


It's a lot plainer now.




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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP
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  • Disneyland Monorail: Running on a shortened schedule due to Buena Vista Street construction. Monorail opens late at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Monorail operates normally Saturday and Sunday.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean and Blue Bayou Restaurant: Closed through November 23 for refurbishment.
  • Opens January 2012 in location of the former Plaza Pavilion.
  • Blue Ribbon Bakery, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Palace: Food service locations and shops close January 2012 for major restaurant and shopping expansion projects affecting current spaces.

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  • Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.
  • Cars Land: New 12-acre land in former Timon Parking Lot opens summer 2012.

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Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
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  • Fantasy Tower lobby areas: Areas closed for remodel and re-theming. Hotel remodel set to be completed in November 2011.

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<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5" width="670"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#263778" width="100%">D23 announces amazing 2012 member events
D23 announced some really special member events for 2012. They're pricey, but look like excellent events:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>

D23 Sprinkles Disney Magic Across the Country with a Year of Spectacular EventsFull story: D23: D23 Sprinkles Disney Magic Across the Country with a Year of Spectacular Events</td></tr></tbody></table></center>


<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5" width="670"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#263778" width="100%">Star Tours, Imagineer Joe Rhode win awards
Disney won recently won some TEA Awards. Details from the Disney Parks Blog:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Full story: </td></tr></tbody></table></center>

<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5" width="670"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#263778" width="100%">Disney CEO Bob Iger joins Apple, Inc. board
Bob Iger is now part of the Apple, Inc. board of directors. Details from the ABC News Technology Review blog:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger Joins Board of AppleFull story: ABC News: Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger Joins Board of Apple</td></tr></tbody></table></center>


<table style="border: medium none;" border="0" cellpadding="5"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" valign="top" align="left"><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3874837"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/dustysage/FridayVisions/supportsmalltop.gif" width="100" align="left"></a>Alrighty, that wraps up our column this week! Thanks again for your continued support over the last four years. Happy Thanksgiving!

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