Matt Paul’s 11/19 – 11/23/09 WDW Photo Report

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Matt Paul also spent a few days at the Walt Disney World Resort recently and is sharing some newsworthy photos he collected over the weekend:

We’ll start Thursday Night at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

The Dapper Dans are in their Holiday Best this year, show off new outfits

The Tomorrowland Noodle Station serves as a Hot Chocolate and Cookie counter

The “Rusty Cutlass” Pirate Band is back this Holiday Season, as you’ll see in the video below

The Diamond Horseshoe is being used as a Hot Chocolate and Cookie Counter and has been thematically “renamed” as “Woody’s Hootin’ Holiday Open House”

The Piano Player on Stage was very good.  Does anyone recognize him from Main Street U.S.A.?

Woody and Bullseye were out for Meet and Greets, but where is the line?

Let’s take a glimpse at Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Everyone poses for a quick photo

The snow falls during the whole parade this year, instead of just the finale as in previous years

The Christmastime Parade is the only place you can see Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen during the Christmas Party

Horace Horsecollar’s Gingerbread House has new LED Lights this year

The crowds start to thin after the first parade

Before we leave, let’s take a look at the new holiday windows moved to Main Street’s Emporium from Downtown Disney

They tell the story of “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”

The Christmas Party is over :(

Starting our day Friday at Epcot in Innoventions

Tom Corless tries his hand on the new IBM Smarter Planet exhibit

The Touchscreens also have a card match memory game

Brandon Struve was also there to try his hand at the new exhibit

As we head into World Showcase, a Mexico Food and Wine Festival booth has become a permanent fixture

Mexico is all prepared for Holidays Around the World

Mexico is decorated for the Holidays, both inside and out

Norway decorations

Not a long wait for Maelstrom.  Then again, when is there one?

From World Showcase we can see Characters in Flight ACTUALLY in flight!

A HUGE Hopscotch game set up in the United Kingdom by Cast Members

Let’s take a stroll through the Boardwalk on the way to Hollywood Studios

Cat Cora’s new Restaurant, “Kouzzina” has been open for a while now

A sign with more information on this new venue has been placed outside

Model Room for Disney Vacation Club are “Now Open!” on the Boardwalk

The Christmas tree outside the Studios has changed a little since last year

There are no longer scenes from various Disney Films on the film strip around the tree, instead it’s a holiday train

Goofy hitches a ride in one of the train cars

Poinsettias grace the entrance to the Studios.

A new Holiday version of the 3 Months Free Annual Passholder Ad has been placed outside all of the Parks

Let’s head over for a look at Pixar Place

The Jonas Brothers Poster has been replaced by a much more appealing Princess and the Frog poster

A Toy Story 3 ad  outside Pixar Place

Pixar Place, like the rest of the park, is also decorated for the Holidays.

This “Hot Set” has been sitting for a while.  It doesn’t seem so hot anymore

An “Up” billboard has been placed across from Soundstage 1

The Muppet Vision courtyard is all decked out.

New Muppet Merchandise is now at the cart outside Muppet Vision 3-D

A very cool hat

The queue posters unveiled at the D23 Expo are now located in the rarely used extended queue

We had quite a big turnout for our WDWNT Fan Meet!

A look at the decorations on Sunset Boulevard

The Citizens of Hollywood compete to see who is in fact the most talented Citizen of Hollywood

It’s time to light the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!

The lights seem to get more and more amazing each year

A last look at the Studios Christmas Tree before we head back to the hotel, and come back to the Studios in the Morning for Extra Magic Hours

Here we are back at the Studios

The Toy Story Mania team looks very heroic as they make their way to Park Opening

The Tin Toy Book has been moved to re-route the Toy Story Mania exit

It’s no surprise that Tom Corless won in Toy Story Midway Mania

And also beat everyone else that had played so far that day

The Green Army Men now do a Streetmosphere style performance in Pixar Place at random times during the day

They were extremely entertaining

Mr. and Mrs. Potato head plushes now sports some rather familiar headwear

A new Toy Story Mouse Ear hat can be found in Pixar Place, and all other headware locations

Your name can be embroidered on the Etch a Sketch on the back of the hat!

This Toy Story Midway Mania light-up hat was on sale for only $6.99 in Pixar Place. We all bought one!

Let’s take a peek at the Animation Courtyard

New Banners with Characters from The Princess and the Frog are located in the courtyard. Here’s Dr. Facilier

Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen

Raymond the firefly

Louis the alligator

A larger billboard up as well

The Studio Store has been updated with Princess and the Frog decor

A very cool film strip is on the ceiling of the Studio Store with scenes from the movie

New Merchandise is also available

The neon sign on the right of the Great Movie Ride is being refurbished

The first showing of High School Musical was canceled, so performers from the show came out to Meet and Greet

Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner is currently closed…

Maybe this very dirty Echo Lake could be the reason? Looks like a pipe broke…

The Christmas Tree at Animal Kingdom is garnished with African decor.

Disney Characters and presents are all underneath the tree

It had just finished raining and Dinoland was looking spectacular

This cool hidden sign was pointed out to us while in Dinoland

A Snowman lights up Dinoland

New Lights have been put up on all of the streetlights as we head to Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest is a totally different experience at night.  Make sure to check it out!

Thanks for joining us!

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About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
Contact Tom at [email protected]

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