Wednesday, February 23, 2011

10 Months Til Christmas, Pt. 2: 1984 Holiday Memories

The Disney Holiday Press Kit for 1984 trumpeted out a ton-o-fun for guests who wished to celebrate Christmas.


Tradition will blend with something new during the Christmas season at Disneyland this year, as the Park’s ever-popular holiday pageant Fantasy on Parade will be highlighted, along with a newly created “Audio-Animatronics” show, the “Country Bear Christmas Special.”

During the Dec. 22—Jan. 6 holiday season Disneyland will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with seasonal decorations and musical entertainment adding to the festivities. Fantasy on Parade will be showcased daily, featuring marching toy soldiers, prancing reindeer, snowmen and snowwomen, and classic scenes from favorite Disney motion pictures. The lively procession will also bring together two of the world’s most beloved characters—Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse.

During the Christmas season the Magic Kingdom will also display its dazzling holiday centerpiece—a 60-foot-tall tree in Town Square embellished with 3,000 sparking lights and 2,800 ornaments. A turn-of-the-century Christmas will be re-created along Main Street, U.S.A., with strands of garland arched over the street and with lampposts, doors and windows trimmed with della robbia wreaths. Enhancing the atmosphere will be the harmonious melodies of strolling Dickens carolers.

A variety of talented entertainers is also scheduled to perform during the Christmas season. Orrin Tucker and his Orchestra will appear at Plaza Gardens Dec. 22 and 23, and Jack Morgan and the Russ Morgan Orchestra will perform at the same location Dec. 25–30. Rock ‘n’ roll entertainment will be provided by Krash at the Tomorrowland Terrace and Papa Doo Run Run on the Space Stage on Dec. 22–23 and 25–30. The Magic of Christmas, a musical variety show performed on the Space Stage, will also be featured. A Christmas version of the Fantasy Follies, which stars many of the Disney characters, will be performed at Main Street’s Plaza Gardens.

All this holiday entertainment will be presented at no additional cost for Disneyland visitors who may also enjoy the Park’s 55 major attractions.

Finally, Disneyland’s annual New Year’s Eve Party will behled on Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Helping to ring-out-the-old and ring-in-the-new will be special entertainment, complimentary hats and noisemakers distributed to partygoers and a spectacular fireworks extravaganza presented at the stroke of midnight. As this is a perenially popular event, tickets should be purchased as soon as possible. New Year’s Eve Party tickets will be available at all Southern California Ticketron and TicketMaster outlets for $20 per person.

Disneyland’s hours and Fantasy on Parade times for the Christmas season are Dec. 22 and 23, 9 a.m. to midnight (2 and 9 p.m. parades); Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (4 p.m. parade); Jan. 1—5, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (4 p.m. parade); Jan. 6, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (4 p.m. parade).

As a believer in "less is more," the photo of the castle shows that there’s something to be said for understatement. I’m just saying...

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Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

"Less is more" can we transmit that to the folks at TDA????

Why did they stop putting the trees in the moat? I'd exchange all the current castle "bling" to get those trees back!

Major Pepperidge said...

When I DO go to the park, it tends to be around Christmas time, and I view the parades as something to be avoided. Because I am mean and crotchety.

Connie Moreno said...

Oh, how I love the castle with the white trees!!! Gorgeous!

JG said...

Those trees are great, someone posted a night shot of those a while back. It's a great screen backdrop.


Disney On Parole said...

I don't know how I missed this post last year... but I'm in 3 of those press photos!
That's me in the Sleigh... it was my first year as Santa... I've never seen that pic... THANK YOU!
and the other 2 I'm in Goofy!
Those I have...

Davelandweb said...

Very cool—thanks for letting me know!