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Holiday Fun Facts


  1. During Christmas, when they have the snow at night look on your map and it will have a snowflakes on it where it snows. But, to find the exact place, fide the lights from parades or Fantasmic and go in front of them. The snow comes from these.
    REPORTED: Nathan Burke 17 NOV 01
  2. Disney's decoration department is absolutely amazing. One day its just a park and the next its Christmas!
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 15 JAN 97
  3. Holiday popcorn containers have a decor Mickey
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 12 DEC 98
  4. Holiday candy canes are in the shape of Mickey. decor
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 12 DEC 98
  5. More than one mile of garland is used to decorate Main Street, U.S.A., and other areas of Disneyland.

Main Street USA

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  2. The Christmas tree in Town Square is hand-picked by the Disneyland Horticultural department from the pine forests of Mt. Shasta in Northern California. The 60-foot tree takes two weeks to decorate and is covered with 4,000 colorful lights and over 2,800 ornaments.
  3. I noticed that there are bread rolls inside the garland that is strung over the Blue Ribbon Bakery
    REPORTED: David C. Shadle 21 DEC 99
  4. During the last couple weeks of December, for the New Year, delicious tamales are sold. The only place I've ever seen them is on a food cart that stands at the end of Main Street (on the right coming in) where you can enter Tomorrowland, near the patio area of the Plaza Inn victorian-style restaurant.
    REPORTED: Suz 07 APR 00

Holiday Parades

Candy Palace

  1. Main street does have vents at street level that blow scents of whatever your passing by onto the street. It was actually one of Walt's ideas. Main street does have scents pumped into the street from the Candy Palace. In the summer, you can smell vanilla and in the winter, peppermint. Walt wanted peppermint coming out at Christmas time. This is not done as a marketing ploy, however. It is done in the spirit of Disney, providing you with the best possible experiences in sight, sound, and in this case, smell.
    REPORTED: Eric B 14 APR 96
    CONFIRMED: Darryl Reed 19 APR 96
    CONFIRMED: Jim Goings 11 JUN 96
    CONFIRMED: jeff hanson 27 OCT 96
    CONFIRMED: Cary Kirby 09 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: Holly 23 JUL 99
    CONFIRMED: Erin Deal 18 JAN 00
    The scent of vanilla/peppermint definitely comes from BOTH the Candy Palace and the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. I used to work at DL and on our first day of training we did a walk-through of the park and our guide pointed it out to us, explaining that the scent is pumped in from both places. If you look down, you can see the vents where other shops only have paint.
    CONFIRMED: Sarah 01 AUG 01
    I worked as a candy maker on Main Street at Disneyland from 1985-1987. My co workers at the time, Lee who had worked at the park for so long he had pictures of himself with Walt, and Robbie had been there 15+ yrs (I think he may have just retired in 2005).They told me when I asked how the vanilla smell was pumped on to the street that the fan that did it was so bad it had started numerous little smoke incidents and that it had not been used in years! I asked why the orientation tour still talked about it and they just laughed. Been to Dland thousands of times since I left and have never smelt artificial vanilla. This is a myth that while once true, is false.
    UPDATE: Michael Bergevi 16 FEB 06

New Orleans Square

  1. New Orleans Square's Christmas mascot is an alligator!
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 15 DEC 99
    New Orleans holiday mascot is an Alligator, his name is Holligator! Cast Members wore Mardi Gras beads during the holiday season which had figurings of Holligator on the beads
    UPDATE: calico 11 AUG 00

Haunted Mansion

featuring Nightmare Before Christmas
Order Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise: VHS (NTSC or PAL) or DVD (North America or Europe) or the movie soundtrack. More merchandise is available at the Disney Store Online.
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  2. Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise cart outside the Haunted Mansion and the Port D'Orleans store are the only places where you can buy Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise in the park from October through December. Order Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise online: VHS (NTSC or PAL) or DVD (North America or Europe) or the movie soundtrack. More merchandise is available at the Disney Store Online.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  3. Special funnel cakes are for sale -- with chocolate syrup "web" and gummy spider from October thru December.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org pict from hiddenmickeys.org pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  4. Clock in place of funeral wreath-- the Nightmare Before Xmas Halloweentown clock that counts down to Halloween-- in this case, "Halloween" is replaced by "Xmas."
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
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  6. Stretching room paintings are all new -- one starts out displaying the Haunted Mansion itself. Stretching room painting-- hearth, fireplace, stockings and a sleeping children painting. Paintings change when room stretches - clomplete with black light effects. Zero, the ghost dog, is in one of the stretching paintings as is a ghost and a jack-o-lantern.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
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  8. There is a new attic scene. Instead of the hanging man, it's a giant Jack Skellington-as-Sandy-Claws hologram that grins and swoops down.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  9. IT is Jack dressed as Sandy Claws instead of The Hanged Man
    CONFIRMED: Kim Cornwell 27 MAY 06
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  11. The changing paintings in the corridor are all new. From right to left: Jack as Sandy Claws flying in sky, Jack holding jack-o-lantern in pumpkin patch, snowman made of pumpkins, Haunted Mansion exterior, and Sally with her Christmas tree vision. Then alternate/changed versions of these are, in order: don't remember, Jack dressed as Sandy Claws holding something Christmasy, snowman made of snow, Haunted Mansion decorated for Nightmare Before Xmas, and Sally's Christmas tree vision (in the movie, she sees a pretty Xmas tree, then it erupts into flames.)
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  12. The busts that follow you are now draped in spiderwebs and a tombstone sign reads "Free Sleigh Rides."
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  13. Inside of the Haunted Mansion Holiday, after you get off of the elevator, look straight ahead. You should see two busts that follow you. Once you get close you will see that there are spider webs on each of them. In the weaving of the left spider web are the words "Ho Ho Ho." In the weaving of the right one, is the word "NOEL."
    REPORTED: Andrew Passarotti 23 OCT 01
  14. Doom Buggy boarding area: big display banner that reads "Merry Christmas" and then changes to "Scary Christmas." Jack as Sandy Claws, Lock/Shock/Barrel, ghosts.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  15. Instead of the floating candlestick in hallway, it's Zero the ghost dog. At the end of the hallway is a big pile of dog bones!
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  16. The clock in the corridor of doors has a tag on it reading to Leota.
    REPORTED: Jared 24 OCT 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  17. The guy trying to escape the coffin is now joined by Halloweentown characters. IMPORTANT DETAIL: you know how the raven recurs in lots of places? He has been replaced by a specific character from the movie-- the little bat-doll-boy-come-to-life that Jack Skellington leaves for the little black children on Christmas Eve. So where the raven once was, this boy is now.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  18. New decorations in the corridor of doors-- bunches of man-eating Venus fly traps (think Little Shop of Horrors [Order DVD (North America or Europe) or VHS (NTSC or PAL)]) They're singing.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  19. Madame Leota's room has been redone. She has a new head in her ball and new spiel. The new voice doesn't match the old Eleanor Audley very well. Her head looks faker now. Instead of floating instruments, there are giant tarot cards. (These are seen in the movie, when Jack is performing experiments and he builds a house of tarot cards that collapse during his song.) The boy-bat-doll thing replaces the raven on the back of the chair.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  20. In the ballroom, the ghosts are now having a great Christmas party. The place settings are made of new (black) china.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
    CONFIRMED: Kayla Sampson 10 OCT 01
    CONFIRMED: Joe Fletcher 29 OCT 01
  21. The attic scene: the attic is now stocked with Christmas packages. There are lists of names everywhere. "Leota" is on the "Good" list! A giant yellow/purple snake encircles the attic and his tail is curled into an Xmas tree. He's flanked by candy canes. And skulls. Snake's mouth, holding a list. "Megan" is the third name down! (Between "Keith" and "Roxy.")
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  22. In the Attic scene, there's a huge scroll representing Santa Claws' "naughty and nice" list which includes the name "Leota"... Madam Leota, of course.
    REPORTED: anon 16 OCT 01
    Yes indeed Leota's name is on Santa's list. As naughty of course.
    CONFIRMED: Jared 24 OCT 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  23. In the graveyard, there's the curly little mountain thing from Halloweentown. It's been snowed upon, and there are jack-o-lanterns everywhere.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  24. In the mechanical trees (when the Doom Buggy goes backward down the small hill.) the Bat-boy-thing is in place of raven.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  25. The graveyard caretaker and his dog are on vacation -- so here's Jack and Zero!
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  26. The graveyard ghosts surrounded by snow. Skeletons hanging from trees. Instead of singing busts, there are singing jack-o-lanterns. Ghost angels trumpeting carols. The new soundtrack of the Mansion is mainly Nightmare Before Xmas music, but the graveyard retained a newly mixed version of Grim Grinning Ghosts.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  27. Instead of the hitchhiking ghosts, there's this new tableau. It's the stuff Jack delivered on Christmas Eve in the movie-- jack-o-lantern headed jack-in-the-box, etc. Instead of hittchiking ghosts in the mirrors, there is a skull and the jack-o-lantern headed jack-in-the-box - also a black cat.
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  28. Instead of Little Leota, it's Sally -- with a caption of "Merry/Scary Christmas to all, and to all a good fright!"
    REPORTED: Meg 08 OCT 01
  29. Once, when I was in the park at Christmas time. I was standing in line for the Haunted Mansion and I saw a tombstone on the hill (by the train tracks) that said Ebonezer Scrooge!
    REPORTED: Crow T. Robot 03 JUN 99

Critter Country



  1. Last Christmas, I went on the Matterhorn. The monsters both had Santa Claus hats on!!!
    REPORTED: malcolm 13 MAY 06

It's A Small World

  1. Everyone knows about the new Christmas set-up for It's a Small World where they sing "Jingle Bells" and, at the end, "Deck the Halls". But some of the nationalities sing/play a slightly different tune. The Scottish bagpiper plays "Scotland the Brave", the National Anthem of Scotland, which is a perfect counterpoint to "Jingle Bells". And the mermaids sing different lyrics!:
    Jingle shells, jingle shells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh what fun it is to ride
    In a seahorse-open sleigh, oh!
    Jingle shells, jingle shells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh what fun it is to ride
    In a seahorse-open sleigh
    Dashing through the foam
    On a seahorse we sashe
    Or the waves we go
    Laughing all the way (ha ha ha!)
    Shells on bobbles gleam
    Making treasure bright
    Oh what fun it is to sing
    A mermaid's song tonight, oh!
    REPORTED: Becky Richards 06 SEP 00 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  2. In the underwater/Oceania room, the mermaids have put out their fins instead of stockings. Two are labelled Aquata and Andrina (Ariel the Little Mermaid's sisters) and one is labelled Willa (I don't know who that is.) One of the fins has a Flounder Beanie in it. The girls have left out fish instead of cookies for Santa. Also, listen when the girls sing, they have unique lyrics to "Jingle Bells" that begin "Jingle shells, jingle shells..."
    REPORTED: Flora 06 DEC 98
    This can only be seen in the Christmas version of It's a Small World. I found it when I went to the park in December. In the scene with the three mermaids (I think it's just before the Hawaii scene) there are three stockings hung below them. Each one has a name on it. The names are actually the names of three of Ariel's sisters in The Little Mermaid. Listen to them sing "Daughters of Triton" at the beginning of the movie to hear all the names. The names on the stockings that I remember are Atina and Aquata. I forgot which of the other names was on the third stocking because all of Triton's daughters have names that begin with the letter 'A' and they all sound very similar.
    CONFIRMED: Scott Kaiser 09 JAN 01
    Two of the mermaids are named after Ariel's sisters-- Atina and Aquata. What's more, Aquata's stocking has a little toy Flounder doll in it! The third mermaid is named Willa, and I have no idea where that comes from. (Ariel's other sisters are, by the way, Andrina, Arista, Adella, and Alana. Alana is named after composer Alan Menken, and Atina is from "Little Shop of Horrors," which was also written by the Menken-Ashman duo.)
    CONFIRMED: Meg 10 JAN 01
  3. It's A Small World Holiday uses more than 300,000 twinkling lights.
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