Christmas Eve At Disneyland (Page Two)
Did You Know? - The area opened in 1956, one year after the opening of Disneyland Park. Prior to the selection of the Tom Sawyer theme, two other ideas were considered; "Mickey Mouse Island" and "Treasure Island." Ultimately, the Tom Sawyer theme was selected to coincide with the Frontierland setting.
Prior to the debut of Fantasmic! in 1992 when the south end of the Island was re-built to facilitate the night-time show, Tom Sawyer Island saw very little change. The Island received major upgrades, new show elements, and a complete re-theming in 2007 when it re-opened as Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.
The re-theming eradicated much of the previous Tom Sawyer theme in favor of characters and elements from and inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.Guests visit the island, surrounded by the Rivers of America, by traveling on a motorized raft which is piloted by a Disneyland cast member.
While aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia or Mark Twain Riverboat, Disneyland guests travel clockwise around the island. Looking to their right they can see the many areas and adventure opportunities of the island. To the left they see Disneyland itself and from time to time will see a Disneyland Railroad train passing by.
At the northern end of the island, inaccessible to guests, is the Burning Settler's Cabin, a cabin that used to actually burn by spewing fire from its roof. Despite guest complaints, the park no longer ignites the roof of the cabin with propane each time a watercraft passes by.
The Disneyland Christmas Parade
The "A Christmas Fantasy Parade" is an annual parade presented at Disneyland Park in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. The parade is a holiday parade that runs (usually) from the weekend before Thanksgiving until the Sunday after New Years. It debuted in during the 1994 Holiday Season, replacing "the Very Very Merry Christmas Parade." The parade features several Christmas themed floats along with your favorite Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Max, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Gepetto, Aladdin, Jasmine, Belle, Beast, Snow White and her Prince, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Prince Philip, Cinderella, Prince Charming, and Ariel.
Christmas Tree is part of the "Winter Wonderland Unit" which consists
Aladdin and Jasmine ride on the Magic Carpet, driven by The Genie.
8 Snowflake performers skate down the parade route on roller skates.
A snowy Christmas Tree rolls down the parade route.
8 Snowpeople scurry along, 4 male, 4 female.
Mickey and Minnie ice skate atop the Ice Rink float.
Some years the Christmas Tree even snows on the crowds as it goes by.
A Christmas tree, Yule tree or Tannenbaum (German: fir tree) is one of the most popular traditions associated with the celebration of Christmas. It is normally an evergreen coniferous tree that is brought into a home or used in the open, and is decorated with Christmas lights and colourful ornaments during the days around Christmas. An angel or star is often placed at the top of the tree, representing the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity story.