We decide up from Half 1 of our Disneyland Christmas 2018 Journey Report throughout the Esplanade in Disney California Journey. As a result of crowds, we spent a great deal of time in DCA, and would’ve spent much more time right here if World of Coloration – Season of Mild have been being proven.
To not be a downer right here, however that’s most likely essentially the most notable factor about Disney California Journey this vacation season–the absence of any main seasonal leisure. Paint the Night time has ended its “restricted run” run for the yr (it’ll presumably return within the spring, no matter whether or not Pixar Fest has one other yr) and World of Coloration – Season of Mild has not been carried out but.
World of Coloration – Season of Mild is the larger blow, right here. There have been a ton of rumors concerning the technical injury to the present’s platform and when it can (or gained’t) return, all with questionable veracity. One factor we’ll say–based mostly upon data we’ve heard that we deem dependable–is that it’s disappointing administration didn’t allocate extra sources to getting the repairs carried out expeditiously. World of Coloration ought to (and will) be again up and operating by now.
With out World of Coloration – Season of Mild, DCA has principally simply obtained decorations, Pageant of the Holidays, and Viva Navidad. We don’t imply to promote that quick, because the decorations have made vital strides in the previous few years, with those in Automobiles Land, Buena Vista Avenue, and Grizzly Peak all being notably good.
Let’s begin with the decorations, as a result of there’s one factor that I’ve been itching to debate on the weblog: the Christmas sweater on the Grizzly River Run Bear. (Some may say this complete put up solely exists to debate the bear.) Frankly, I’m embarrassed that I’ve but to debate this within the three (!!!) years that Disney California Journey has been doing this.
One factor that has at all times perplexed me about this bear is that he has no title, no backstory, and seemingly no significance to the attraction. How might such a large creature (each figuratively and actually) not have like a 74 web page treatise written about him by Imagineering’s Backstory Division?! Apparently, I’m not the one one who’s bothered by this–there are two of us who demand solutions.
Unnamed Large Bear is an icon-in-the-making on the cusp of becoming a member of the vaunted firm of Tony Solaroni, Figment, Sonny Eclipse, Lagoona Gator, and different unique Disney theme park characters. (As the youngsters would say, “legends solely.”) All of the bear wants is a little more character.
As Unnamed Large Bear positive factors character through these enjoyable seasonal overlays, why hasn’t his or her existence spawned extra recognition by Disney? Why doesn’t the bear at the least have a reputation? Maybe a PhotoPass photographer (or field!) assigned to Unnamed Large Bear? Would a stay motion origin story about Unnamed Large Bear be an excessive amount of to ask? (If that’s the case, how about at the least a subreddit dedicated to fan artwork of the bear?)
I’d hazard a guess Solid Members at Grizzly River Run have already got a casual title for the bear, wherein case I’ll defer to that. Nevertheless, within the occasion that no previous or current Grizzly River Run Solid Members chime in, I’m going to suggest that this bear hereafter be formally recognized (at the least as official something on this weblog will be) as “Huge Marc.”
That title may appear too simple and never in line with the pun-filled legacy of Disney California Journey, nevertheless it’s meant as a tribute to Disney Legend–and father of the Nation Bears–Marc Davis, in addition to a nod to Huge Al.
I’m undecided he (Davis, not Huge Al) would approve of the artwork path of Huge Marc, however the title looks like a becoming tribute, nonetheless. Plus, Huge Marc has a mischievous grin so you simply know he’s as much as some vacation shenanigans…and the bear is sort of giant, so at the least a part of the title is apt.
Now that Huge Marc has a reputation, I suggest that, at minimal, he obtain an Audio Animatronics determine within the attraction and his personal line of merchandise directly. I’m not even kidding after I say I’d purchase a ugly Christmas sweater with Huge Marc on it.
Huge Marc’s different bear homies round Grizzly Peak are additionally sporting sweaters.
Bears are so trendy that they’ll make even the ugliest Christmas sweater appear like high fashion that belongs on the runway at Paris Style Week.
Transferring alongside, all the walkways round Grizzly Peak look good; there are rustic decorations, beads, and lights in mason jars. All of this strikes the proper ambiance, and jogs my memory of a quaint city in Northern California (which in flip jogs my memory of my hometown in Michigan).
Grizzly Peak and the Grand Californian are about as shut as I can get to Christmastime at “residence” with out being there, so I really like experiencing each on these November and December evenings. The foyer of the Grand Californian by the fireside is nice at evening, and the ‘again route’ in Grizzly Peak is atmospheric and serene. (My solely grievance is the smoking space.)
For most individuals, Automobiles Land goes to be the larger deal in the course of the holidays, and the overlay there may be unquestionably extra bold. (Sadly, the above photograph is one from my archives–the overhead Christmas lights weren’t but turned on in the course of the nights of our go to.)
As a lot as I really like the seasonal overlays to Automobiles Land, my private choice skews in the direction of the nuance and evocative sense, and peaceable temper of Grizzly Peak. This space of DCA is among the few that has been wonderful since day one; it’s under-appreciated yr spherical, however particularly so at Christmas.
Talking of issues which are underrated, we flip our consideration to Pageant of the Holidays. We’ve lined this at size up to now, most notably in our Information to Pageant of Holidays at Disney California Journey put up, however we’ll contact upon our expertise this yr right here.
First, there’s the meals choices on the Pageant of Holidays. It’s been some time since we’ve taken the time to benefit from the meals at one among DCA’s seasonal occasions. Whereas the meals is usually good, we’ve discovered issues to be overpriced and undersized.
It is a grievance that we might (and do!) levy on the varied Epcot festivals, however the distinction there may be that readers are actually fascinated with Epcot’s occasions. Against this, in the case of Disney California Journey’s seasonal occasions, it’s just about crickets.
Regardless of that, we determined we have been simply going to have some enjoyable, so on a weekend evening when Disneyland was bursting on the seams, we determined to purchase the Sip & Savor Cross. At $49 for eight meals tickets, this meant we have been paying ~$6.13 per ticket. With a number of savory objects above $7, breaking even can be straightforward. (I nonetheless keep in mind when Disney launched one among these a few years in the past priced above the attainable break-even level…and there was nonetheless a line for it!)
To be sincere, shopping for the Sip & Savor Cross was as a lot about saving cash because it was about not interested by cash. Yeah yeah yeah, I do know that is one thing we admonish readers towards doing in like 735 totally different posts concerning the Disney Eating Plan, however generally that psychological disconnect is sweet.
Suffice to say, it was a ton of enjoyable snacking our manner round DCA. I’m undecided each merchandise we tried was value $6.13, however at the least half have been, and we additionally bought a number of desserts–a few which have been incredible. DCA’s pageant meals cubicles are typically extra bold than Epcot’s, and that is true of the vacation occasion, as properly.
We’ll do a put up about maximizing worth on the Sip & Savor Cross and/or one of the best objects at Disney California Journey’s Pageant of the Holidays if there’s curiosity (tell us within the feedback).
The leisure at Pageant of the Holidays is likewise distinctive. From Viva Navidad to the assorted Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas acts, there’s a whole lot of tradition provided. It’s a bit ironic that the park tied to a particular state would do that arguably higher than Epcot, nevertheless it is sensible whenever you take a look at customer and native demographics–Los Angeles and Southern California are actually various.
Viva Navidad stays one among Disneyland Resort’s nice, unheralded gems nevertheless it does (fortunately) appear to get a bit of extra common with annually. We have now an entire put up overlaying the greatness of Viva Navidad, so we gained’t rehash that right here. Suffice to say, it alone is extra EPCOT Middle than something present-day Epcot is doing, save for Pageant of the Arts.
There’s some merchandise accessible for Pageant of the Holidays that’s been barely controversial on-line, because the “On a regular basis is Magical” is (doubtless) grammatically incorrect.
I didn’t plan on shopping for this within the first place, but when I did, this wouldn’t cease me. My perspective is that English is ever-evolving. The transition of compound phrases from separate to hyphenated to single entities via use/misuse is a standard one.
It’s additionally not as if this weblog is the paragon of correct grammar; my perspective is that as long as you possibly can confirm that means from context, typos and grammatical errors are not any massive deal. (Nonetheless, it’s not precisely a “good look” for errors like this on official merchandise.)
By way of free, grammatically-correct objects, the above magnet is offered for Annual Passholders at a vacation station under Foolish Symphony Swings.
In non-holiday information, the Luxo Jr lamp is lastly put in and shifting round. This factor took perpetually to get put in, then was underneath a yellow bag for a pair weeks, and is now lastly “revealed.” At the least it strikes a bit.
Nonetheless no phrase on the Bing Bong show, which higher be essentially the most superior Audio Animatronics determine of all time (I’m guessing it’ll simply be a static determine) in spite of everything this delay.
Lastly, ‘a bug’s land’ is completely gone. Though it’s not evident from this photograph, you possibly can see the mostly-cleared land from the queue of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.
I couldn’t get a clear photograph from there, so that you’ll simply should take my phrase for it.
Total, that’s about it from Disney California Journey this Christmas. We’re nonetheless holding out hope that World of Coloration – Season of Mild will run sooner or later in December, because it’s an enormous void in DCA’s in any other case surprisingly sturdy vacation lineup.
Within the meantime, in the event you do head to Disney California Journey for a night this Christmas season, remember to get pleasure from some Pageant of the Holidays snacks (give attention to desserts except you purchase the Sip & Savor Cross), sit all the way down to get pleasure from full performances of Mariachi Divas and the Viva Navidad Avenue Occasion, and take the time to savor a leisurely loop round each the common and again route of Grizzly Peak. None of this has the identical excessive profile of Disneyland’s Christmas choices, nevertheless it’s collectively a incredible method to spend a vacation night within the park!
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Have you ever skilled Christmas at Disney California Journey but this yr? Are you visiting quickly? Do you miss World of Coloration, or is the opposite leisure ample for you? Do you assume Huge Marc is a worthy title of the large Grizzly River Run bear, or do you’ve a ‘write-in’ proposal? Are you high-quality with On a regular basis is Magical or do you insist that or not it’s Each Day is Magical? Any questions? Listening to from you is half the enjoyable, so when you’ve got extra Christmas ideas, meals suggestions, and so forth. for DCA, please share them within the feedback!