Is it too early to send Santa my Christmas wish list for this year? How about a wish list for Christmas 2023?
Do not worry. This wish may take a little while to come true, so I want to throw it in early: how about some new holiday entertainment at Disneyland next year?
Disneyland Resort has announced its vacation plans for 2022. It’s a familiar lineup, with the return of the resort’s traditional holiday parade and fireworks display at Disneyland, as well as the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure. The holiday overlays for It’s a Small World, Haunted Mansion, and Cars Land are back, along with the return of World of Color – Season of Light.
World of Color had not resumed performances this time last year, so this season will be the first opportunity for fans to watch Season of Light since before the pandemic lockdown. Disneyland did well not to make any major changes as it began bringing back its Christmas celebrations last year after being closed for the 2020 season. Fans wanted a confirmation of beloved traditions after a year without her.
But I have a feeling that next year could be the right year for something new at Disneyland. The A Christmas Fantasy parade started in 1995 and hasn’t changed much since 2008. The Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks show has been running since 2000. Small World’s Christmas overlay was introduced in 1997, followed in 2001 by Haunted Mansion Holiday.
People love them all, and as long as fans continue to fill the parks throughout the holiday season, Disneyland has little incentive to change. Next year will bring a new Toontown as well as the West Coast debut of the Dark Ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, so fans will have new things to entertain them in 2023 at Walt’s original park.
But Universal Studios Hollywood is coming up with its biggest addition since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter next year with the opening of Super Nintendo World. With its DisneylandForward proposal, Disney is attempting to build the community goodwill it takes to expand to stay ahead of the growing competition among Southern California attractions. Some fresh new entertainment during its most popular season could help Disney quell some of the growing discontent among Disneyland fans after the end of the old annual pass program and free Fastpasses.
Disneyland doesn’t need new Christmas shows to draw fans to its parks. But a smart use of fresh holiday entertainment could help Disneyland better handle the crowds that always fill the parks this time of year and send them home happier than ever. Maybe it’s time for Life Day shows in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to draw fans out of the new Toontown next year? Or a new soundtrack for the Christmas parade, which is again a must for more visitors? A holiday drone show on nights without fireworks?
The best gift Disney can give fans is to unleash their creative talent to create something new and magical for them to enjoy. We hope for more of this in 2023.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/08/09/niles-an-early-christmas-wish-from-disneyland-fans/ An Early Christmas Wish from Disneyland Fans – Orange County Register