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  • PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

    A quick update of lots of Christmas decorations.... I'll keep the words to a minimum 'cause I'm tired


    WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
    The Harbor Blvd marquee is getting clouds painted on it...





    New billboard designs at the Mickey & Friends tram stop... Yawn







    And new lamppost banners in Downtown Disney...






    New AP ad at the Security Check billboard. Whoever designed this needs a new job. Talk about boring...



    New floral Mickey:





    SLEEPING BEAUTY WINTER CASTLE
    Lots of pictures of the Snow Castle overlay....
    The following images are from November 3












    Pigeon!


    Seriously, this is gross. Can somebody clean this mess up?!








    The trees and bushes around the Castle are covered in lights




    This bridge by the Castle needs some TLC..







    The following Castle photos are from November 4:


    Questionable icicles...


    A banner pole was missing...






    ...Yikes... are the exposed plugs and tackiness considered bad show?


    Embedded LEDs









    A FRENCH QUARTER CHRISTMAS
    New Orleans Square decorations are essentially the exact same as last year... Lots of lights, maybe too much for my taste. But the lamppost dressing, hanging ornaments, and the garlands throughout are excellent.
























    I really liked these stars for some reason...


    ...The stars at night...






    I hadn't seen this before... but Oogie Boogie works in the New Orleans Square popcorn cart during the Holidays...



    RIVER BELLE TERRACE
    Part of the River Belle is out from behind refurb walls with new paint...







    WELCOME TO DISNEY'S DREAM ADVENTURE!
    So much for losing the tacky Year of a Million Dreams decorations. I don't know what's worse - the pastel-colored graffiti from Florida, or this muck that now graces the DCA turnstiles. Yikes.










    ...At least the CALIFORNIA letters are golden again, for a while.



    HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAZE
    Inside DCA, the Hollywood Pictures Backlot is decked out in its Holiday ..er... finest...



    ...I don't even think they really try with the decorations back here...









    SAN FRANCISCO STREET
    ...On the way to San Francisco Street, the Golden Vine Winery has one wreath for the holidays. Yup. One.


    Palace of Fine Arts










    FINDING NEMO SUBMARINE ... WHAT?
    All of the merch for the Subs has been wiped out of Tomorrowland. So if you missed out on that attraction poster t-shirt, I doubt you'll ever have the chance to get it again.

    The Tomorrowlanding shop which proudly advertistes "Gifts from Outer and Liquid Space" only sells hats now.




    Lots of hats.


    But no fish.


    Except for the posters... that you can't buy.



    The Star Trader still has its Nemo window display.


    But inside... no Sub merch is to be found... but if you like Pirates, you're in luck!





    ...Alright... that's about it. Thanks for looking
    Last edited by MasterGracey; 11-05-2007, 09:22 PM.

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

    Thanks MG! I didn't get close to see the castle and I'm glad I didn't. A LOT needs to be done. I guess if my lights on the house look like crap, I'll just show these pictures to my wife and say "see, it looks better than the castle!".

    Nice shots MG, great detail as always.

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      Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

      The decorations that are in Hollywood, look like the real thing that is in the city of Hollywood. I say that's a bit of realism!
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      - March 1, 2006

      She screamed, cried, and laughed...
      - me too!

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        Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

        Well, the decorations in the Hollywood Backlot, I think are supposed to mimic the decorations actually in the area. Because I always love seeing those stockings on the lamposts. kinda works for me. It will hopefully get a little better detail once the park gets its overhaul.
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          Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

          Originally posted by WannaCub View Post
          The decorations that are in Hollywood, look like the real thing that is in the city of Hollywood. I say that's a bit of realism!
          I've heard that excuse before, and I think it's a cop-out. I'm sure every window on Main Street in Walt's hometown wasn't lavishly decorated with decorations. I'm sure that some shops just didn't get into the act, or there were some scrooges here and there.

          Does that mean some of Main Street should be left bare or cheaply-decorated to maintain "realism"?

          No, I don't think so.


          The Hollywood Pictures Backlot doesn't need the cheap junk that plagues real Hollywood. Give it something well-designed. Perhaps individualized garlands or Christmas lights for each facade on the strip. They do it in New Orleans Square and Main Street. Why not in DCA, too?

          Oh, because its just DCA. Nobody will notice.. afterall, the rest of the park is cheap, right?

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            Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

            As always, you take amazing photos!



            Mums and Christmas decor don't go together for me! But, I LOVE the Courtyard of Angels.

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              Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

              Originally posted by MasterGracey View Post
              ...The stars at night...

              "...are big and bright :clap:*clap, clap, clap, clap* :clap:deep in the heart of Texas!"

              Sorry, couldn't help it.

              When I was down south 2 weeks ago, I saw all the Nemo merch in the Store Command as I was exiting BLAB.

              I don't know if it is all still there now, but it was 2 weeks ago..

              Thanks for the update.
              "If you build it right, they will come." - Bob Iger

              "I'm not a literary person. As far as realism is concerned, you can find dirt anyplace you look for it. I'm one of those optimists. There's always a rainbow." - Walt Disney



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                Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                Originally posted by ROBONICS95 View Post
                "...are big and bright :clap:*clap, clap, clap, clap* :clap:deep in the heart of Texas!"

                .
                :lol::lol:

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                  Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                  Originally posted by ROBONICS95 View Post
                  Sorry, couldn't help it.

                  When I was down south 2 weeks ago, I saw all the Nemo merch in the Store Command as I was exiting BLAB.

                  I don't know if it is all still there now, but it was 2 weeks ago..

                  Thanks for the update.
                  Ah... then that's where it all must be hiding. I noticed a whole wall of Cars merch in Store Command a while back... is this shop becoming Tomorrowland's Pixar central?

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                    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                    Originally posted by MasterGracey View Post
                    Ah... then that's where it all must be hiding. I noticed a whole wall of Cars merch in Store Command a while back... is this shop becoming Tomorrowland's Pixar central?
                    Pretty much...Toy Story, Cars, Nemo, and Incredibles were all located in the Store Command.
                    "If you build it right, they will come." - Bob Iger

                    "I'm not a literary person. As far as realism is concerned, you can find dirt anyplace you look for it. I'm one of those optimists. There's always a rainbow." - Walt Disney



                    "I don't care about critics. Critics take themselves too seriously. They think the only way to be noticed and to be the smart guy is to pick and find fault with things. It's the public I'm making pictures for." - Walt Disney

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                    • #11
                      Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                      HPB used to have a little better set of decorations anyone eles remember when they put those star things on the lamp posts?

                      Anyways great pics as always!
                      "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney

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                      • #12
                        Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                        Originally posted by WannaCub View Post
                        The decorations that are in Hollywood, look like the real thing that is in the city of Hollywood. I say that's a bit of realism!
                        It's just like Your Town, USA. All I have to do is go to my local mall and see all the decorations and tell myself: It's like being in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot @ DCA.

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                        • #13
                          Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                          Originally posted by I Heart Disneyland View Post
                          :lol::lol:

                          Oh good! I am not the only one!
                          "If you build it right, they will come." - Bob Iger

                          "I'm not a literary person. As far as realism is concerned, you can find dirt anyplace you look for it. I'm one of those optimists. There's always a rainbow." - Walt Disney



                          "I don't care about critics. Critics take themselves too seriously. They think the only way to be noticed and to be the smart guy is to pick and find fault with things. It's the public I'm making pictures for." - Walt Disney

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                          • #14
                            Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                            Nice pictures!! Castle is coming out nicely!!

                            Originally posted by MasterGracey View Post

                            Well, it's good to see that they are still selling the spray bottles. I mean who needs a spray bottle in the middle of Fall, when it's COLD!?!?!?! LOL :lmao:

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                              Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                              Great Pictures, the Castle is coming along

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                              • #16
                                Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                                wow thanks the pictures look so nice.

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                                • #17
                                  Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                                  with running the risk of sounding like a broken record here.... the castle snow just looks weird to me... really un natural looking... maybe growing up in Lake Tahoe my whole life and seeing mountains of REAL snow every year has jaded me

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                                    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                                    Originally posted by GrimmGreen View Post
                                    with running the risk of sounding like a broken record here.... the castle snow just looks weird to me... really un natural looking... maybe growing up in Lake Tahoe my whole life and seeing mountains of REAL snow every year has jaded me
                                    I grew up in Bakersfield, so snow isn't something I saw often.. however, I saw snow enough times on our family's once-a-year daytrip up to Tehachipi during the winter to know what real snow looks like.

                                    I don't think they're necessarily trying to make the snow look realistic. That would just be silly goal - as it would be pretty much unattainable. I do think the stylized look is a logical way to approach this, however, I feel that the snow as I saw it on Saturday and Sunday was only effective on certain parts of the Castle. The center rooftop looks far too flat, whereas, much of the rest of the snow looks more dimensional and... there.

                                    My main problem is not with the snow... I think, overall, the snow looks good so far. What I don't like is the icicle lights. They're tacky and clash terribly with the snow.

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                                      Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                                      spectacular!!! thanks for the pictures!
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                                      -Walt Disney


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                                        Re: PHOTO UPDATE 11/3-4: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... +MORE

                                        Originally posted by WannaCub View Post
                                        The decorations that are in Hollywood, look like the real thing that is in the city of Hollywood. I say that's a bit of realism!
                                        LDF had a pic of Hollywood that showed all of the different banners and tinsil things in it and to me it looked tacky (and I love me the DCA). MGs pics really show how they two together (tinsil and banners) dont mesh well. I think they are trying to have different banners like they do on Hollywood blvd but I think in the real life edition it is to honor different celebrations (christmas, chanukah, etc). Why make a mish mash of banners all with the same "seasons greetings" message. They could have done a lot more.

                                        In addition, I do not like the ball ornament displays in San Francisco, they look cheap and seem to mimic what is already glorious in NOS, nit very original IMO.

                                        As far as the castle goes, hopefully they are still working on the lighting and will hide the pulgs from plain sight once it is completely installed. Although I can honestly say, my house always has exposed plugs but then, thats why I am not Disney I guess.

                                        Great pics as always MG!.

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