It was a seemingly lazy weekend at the Disneyland Resort as we enter the calm before the storm before the masses ascend on the Happiest Place on Earth for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

As we continue on through the Disney Holidays season, we stopped to take a look at the holiday decorations at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa including the massive new Gingerbread house. The new Sprinkles location in Downtown Disney has finally opened while CurlSurf and Pandora remain under wraps.

We also walk around both parks for on-going work at Tower of Terror, Star Wars Land, and more. Plus, of course, a merch run!

All of this and more in our latest pictorial update! ENJOY!

Ready to gobble?

If you’ll be spending Thanksgiving at the Disneyland Resort this year you have TONS of opportunities to stuff yourself with turkey and all the fixings. Reservations are already filling up but there’s still options for last minute plans.

Read More: THANKSGIVING bounties at select locations across the Disneyland Resort, RSVP early!


Meet Moana!

Disney has been pretty mum on the appearance of their newest princess at the Disney Parks but now it’s been confirmed that MOANA will most definitely be greeting guests at Disney Parks! She arrived at Aulani, a Disney Resort Resort & Spa in Hawaii this week to meet and greet with guests and later in the month, she will make her way to Disneyland park in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Read More: Meet MOANA character at Disneyland, Disney World


Some new magic has been sprinkled on Downtown Disney…

The Sprinkles cupcake location has finally opened

A variety of tantalizing treats are available.

No Disneyland specific treats, at least not yet.

There’s also cookies if that’s more your speed.

Downtown Disney Sprinkles menu.

Around Downtown Disney

Walls have gone up around the former House of Blues Anaheim location.

Looks like some artsy coverings have gone up to spare diners at Tortilla Jo’s the sights of construction walls.

Looks like facade work is goign on at both Pandora and Curl Surf shops.

Gas problems

A small gas leak at the construction site for the new Star War themed land prompted a several hour closure of Disneyland Drive and halted tram and shuttle service from the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.

Read more: Minor gas leak at Disneyland prompts halted service, road closures, traffic backups

Mickey and Friends, Western Gateway

The former loading area and planters have been completely smoothed out.

Now the two loading areas on the north side of the loading area are being used for loading and the one remaining southside loading station is for unload.

The new walkway from the loading area is right by the escalators.

If you’re walking to the park, you’re routed around the construction zone.

It’s a little bit longer of a route for now.

California Christmas

The Christmas tree has arrived at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Magical!

Giant wreath over the hearth.

Gingerbread is back!

It’s still being assembled.

Backside is looking neat and pretty.

Hidden Mickeys, of course.

A new vending location has opened up in the lobby.

More Disney Holidays

Have you been yet for the Disney Holidays?

Red and green as far as the eye can see.

Clippety Clop clop!

The horses of Main Street jingle courtesy of their little sleighbells. A poinsettia in the mane helps complete the look.

More Disney Holidays merchandise

Peppermint Bark in a cute little tin.

Shortbread cookies inside a tree tin that is also a music box. My new favorite #DisneyHolidays piece of merch!


Crispy Treats.

Candy Apples.


Holiday classic… GINGERBREAD MEN!

Red and green, instant holiday transformation.

Dapper Dannies!

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Happy Holidays!

Reflections on the past year…

A candy cane big enough for Grizzly Peak.

Ho Ho Ho! A holiday sweater for Mr. Bear.

Decorate a cookie at the Festival of Holidays.

Holiday Toy Drummers march to their own merry beat as part of the enetertainment offerings for Festival.

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You can meet Santa at Redwood Creek.

Hi little guy!

Santa waits anxiously for his next visitor.

Caught Santa taking a swig of Coca-Cola on the tree at Coke Corner at Disneyland’s Main Street.

No snow today Mr. Bunny.

The merriest cruise that ever sailed has returned.

Cranes visible from Mickey’s Toon Town.

Star Wars Land

A look at the on-going work for the Star Wars themed land.

A wide look.

Trestle time for the Disneyland Railroad.

Construction visible inside the park.

Tom Sawyer Island

Work continues on Tom Sawyer Island which is expected to return to service next year.

Miss the Mark Twain?

Around the Parks

In preparation for Disney’s upcoming Moana next week, there’s a few tie-ins! The skewer comes with one jumbo shrimp plus a piece of sausage and a piece of pineapple.

Pineapple parfait is back.


Moana Sipper!

Chocolate covered pineapple spears.

Moana merch in Advevntureland.

Mickey’s Toon Town sign is back.

Numbers aren’t spinning though.

Five and Dime is looking neat and pretty following its touchup.

Gag Factory under wraps.


Weather seemed undecided as to what mood it was in.

Tower of Terror even more boxed in with scaffolding.


Work, work, work, work, work.


Minnie! That little purple coat, so cute!

Mini Merch Run

Sparkly backpack.