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CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Sunday, October 14, 2012. Part I takes a look at the Annual CHOC Walk in the Park event. Part II will be a regular park update.

This year marked the 22nd year of the CHOC Walk in the Park. The walk is a 5K route that makes its way through both Disney California Adventure and Disneyland. This year the walk raised over $1.8 million dollars to benefit CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County). There were over 16,000 participants who arrived before sunrise to take part in the event (the opening ceremony started at 6:40am). Since its inception the walk has raised more than $19 million. For the first time the course started off inside DCA then went to Disneyland and ended in Downtown Disney.

I arrived at the Mickey and Friends structure about 5:45am and everyone participating the CHOC Walk was taking a pre-walk walk to the park since there were no trams at this hour.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12


I made my way to DCA for the opening ceremony. There was a stage (float) set up in Carthay Circle.

A DJ was warming up the crowd that was filling Hollywood Blvd and Buena Vista Street.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Looking down Buena Vista Street.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12


Time for the opening Ceremony. Here is a video of it I shot (be warned it is not the best since I was shooting stills with the other hand).

Caroline Sunshine from the Disney Channel takes the stage to make some remarks.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12


The 2012 CHOC Walk Child Ambassador, 10-year-old Adela Jaurequi. She is joined by her mother Norma, father Jesus and little sister Olivia.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Goofy came on-stage for some pre-walk warmups.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The current Disneyland Ambassadors Renee Torrico and Jolie Hales along with the Disney Characters were next to come up to the stage.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

George Kalogridis, Disneyland Resort President

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Kim Cripe, CHOC Childrens President/CEO.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

After a countdown it was time to walk. Fireworks are set off to mark the start.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The walkers begin and confetti is shot from near the starting archway.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Caroline Sunshine is joined by the two newly named Disneyland Resort Ambassadors Megan Navarette and Sachico White and the current/outgoing two for a photo.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The walkers were released in waves. Here is the next group coming up to the starting line. The walkers filled Hollywood Blvd. This year over 16,000 joined the walk.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12


They made their way down the parade route and turned onto Route 66.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Along the way there were cast members and characters out for photos and to cheer on the walkers.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The walkers filled Route 66 and turned right at Cross Street.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

They then walked out toward the Wharf area.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The course then snaked back by Ghirardelli and to the parade route where it continued on toward the Pier.

I went back to the Blue Sky Cellar to get a shot of the walkers making their way down Route 66. There were large beach balls bouncing down the route too. (also notice the new telephone poles on the right hand side of the street, those are for the Christmas decorations going up in less than a month).

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Rejoining the route near the Pier the Phineas and Ferb gang was out. The course turned and went by Ariel's, Screamin', Toy Story and around the Pier.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The World of Color Fountains were on, and the Fun Wheel, Swings, and Zephyr were all cycling too.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The walkers returning from their loop around the Pier, walking past Little Mermaid then turning to go around Grizzly River Run and into Condor Flats.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

At that point they exited out the large gate between La Brea Bakery and the World of Disney and headed for the Esplanade and Disneyland.

The Green Army Men were out in the Esplanade. Here they are talking with some of the kids walking.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

On Main Street the Cadaver Dans were out entertaining guests.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

In front of the castle Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather were out for pictures.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The course circled the hub and went into Tomorrowland. Some Jedi trainers out near Star Tours.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Fight On Buzz!! He was out near the Tomorrowland Terrace.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The course then went around the Matterhorn, through Fantasyland, and around the Big Thunder Trail. Here the walkers are making their way down to the Rivers of America.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Tiana and some of her friends were out for pictures in New Orleans Square.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The course continued on to Critter Country then out the backstage gate by Splash Mountain. Backstage there were several groups. This was a band that was performing and high-fiving people as they walked by.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The course continued backstage behind Splash, Haunted Mansion and Pirates. They were passing out water to the walkers here.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Along the way there were cast members with signs cheering on the walkers.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Also some signs to let walkers know what the various areas did that they were passing and some fun stats.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Thought this was great, these CMs up on lifts cheering everyone on. Would have liked to have gotten a picture from up there.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12


Another group performing along the route, they were great!

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The walkers exited backstage and made their way through Downtown Disney.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The walkers nearest are heading toward the finish, in the background you can still see walkers exiting DCA and heading to Disneyland.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

More supporters lining Downtown Disney cheering walkers on to the finish line.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

The finish line! It featured all four Disneyland Ambassadors as well as the DJ announcing groups and congratulating those who finished.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

After crossing the finish line there were several participant tables set up going out toward the Rain Forest Cafe and ESPN.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Also a band performing on the stage.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Banners hung for the event.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

CHOCO the Bear (the CHOC mascot was on hand)

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Everyone who participated in the walk received a T-shirt. Here is this year's design.

CHOC Walk in the Park @ Disneyland 10/14/12

Hope you enjoyed this look at the Annual CHOC Walk in the Park. A regular Disneyland update will be posted soon. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.


The previous post in this blog was Disneyland's 2013 Ambassadors.

The next post in this blog is Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/14/12.

Comments (1)

Cary Burke:

I'm an east-coaster, so WDW is my more frequent vacation destination, but my family was able to go to Disneyland last February. Since then, I've been living vicariously through your west-coast blog. This looks like a great event. Thanks for all the great pics! If I weren't 3000 miles away, I'd love to go next year!

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