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December 10, 2012

Disneyland Candlelight Processional - 12/01/12

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from the parks on Candlelight Processional at Disneyland on Saturday, December 1, 2012.


Main Street is ready for the Candlelight season to begin. This year instead of only two nights there will be shows on twenty nights. It will be interesting to see how that works, since it is still being held at the Main Street Train Station. One change: The Christmas Fantasy Parade does not go around Town Square - it turns at the Christmas tree.

Disneyland Candlelight Processional - 12/01/12

Disneyland Candlelight Processional - 12/01/12

Disneyland Candlelight Processional - 12/01/12


There are seats for the Candlelight Processional (for the opening weekend seats were for distributed as they normally have been to Club 33 members and community supporters as a thank you. But the other 18 nights the seats were made available to Annual Passholders via a lottery), but there is standing space available around Town Square and on Main Street on a first come, first serve basis for those who do not have tickets.

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Spotted some Candlelight merchandise. Here are the sweatshirts and t-shirts.

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As well as an ornament and mug.

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Some photos from the standing area of the first Candlelight Ceremony of the season.

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The guest narrator this evening was Dennis Haysbert (he was in The Unit as well as AllState Commercials). Unfortunately he did not look up that often while reading so all my pictures look like this more or less.

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A couple video clips from the ceremony including some of the narration, What Child is This and Silent Night. Note this was shot freehand with my DSLR camera so the zooming and panning are nowhere near smooth!

The Voices of Liberty are part of the show this year, but the song selection and arrangements are still those that are traditional to Disneyland, and not the version from Epcot. (You can see both song lists HERE.)

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Another clip from the show, this one with my small video camera, enjoy mostly for the audio because the video is not that good.

From where I was I could just barely see one of the trumpet players on the roof.

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A closer look

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Another video clip.


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Silent Night

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A video clip of the Silent Night segment.


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Disneyland Candlelight Processional - 12/01/12


A wide shot of the area during Silent Night.

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As the show was wrapping up I made my way around to the City Hall side of the street.

Managed to get one nice shot showing where the trumpets are. The plan is next time I see the show to watch from this side.

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Soon after the second show cast members were busy stacking the chairs from the Candlelight and clearing the street.

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One last look at the Castle before heading out.

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One side effect of the Candlelight running is the impact on the rest of the park schedule. For example on Saturday, the Christmas Fantasy Parade has to be over in time to set up so it runs at 1:00 and 3:30 (on days with a single run it is scheduled at 4:00pm). Also it pushes Believe back to its 9:30pm time slot and most of the Wintertime Enchantment (snow moments) are cancelled. This has a ripple effect and over at DCA World of Color is pushed to 9:00 and 10:15 and the Mad T Party to 7pm starts.

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. 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.



December 11, 2012

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 12/07/12

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, December 7, 2012.

First park today, Disneyland.

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Guests in the few stand by seats already waiting for the Candlelight.

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The reserved seats are not even set up yet for the day.

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A Christmas Fantasy Parade making its way toward Town Square.

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Had a request for more of the Candlelight merchandise. So here are a couple pictures.

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Still wish they sold a CD of the Disneyland version. Wonder how many guests buy this and then listen and realize it is not the show they saw.

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Indiana Jones was in a soft opening phase today, official opening is Saturday. So that meant no Fastpasses and a smooth moving line.

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I opted for single rider (which I think turned out to be a longer wait than the regular line)

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Now some random pictures from on board. The changes were mostly routine, lighting, and some safety items from what I have seen/read.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 12/07/12


The rock work along the Big Thunder trail is out from behind the scaffolding and looks as good as new. Interesting they only did a small portion. Wonder if this is a test for the larger Big Thunder project next year?

What a contrast.

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Stopped by the Jingle Jangle Jamboree. Minnie and Goofy were out for pictures.

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The Fantasyland Theater sign is being redone.

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The new control booth is receiving its roof.

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The Dapper Dans of Disneyland performing Christmas in Killarney

The crews were starting to set up the chairs for this evenings Candlelight.

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Next stop Buena Vista Street.

Stopped by the Cafe to see if the gingerbread creation was out.. it was not. Also the garland that was over the counter is all removed too.

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Stopped by the Grand Californian to relax a bit and take in a concert by the Dickens Carolers.

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A clip of Jingle Bells.

A clip of Carol of the Bells


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They performed for about half an hour taking requests the entire time. Only a couple they did not know.

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A clip of Mary Did You Know?

On the way back to the parks walked through World of Disney, noticed this banner.. not even a generic DisneyParks. It actually says Walt Disney World and has Cinderella Castle.

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Stopped by Taste Pilots for an early dinner. Noticed holiday desserts available for purchase.

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Then it was off to Cars Land for the lighting event.

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Sarge's Flag was at half staff in memory of Pearl Harbor Day.

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Still wish they would keep the red and green lights on or sequence them on for some songs. As of now I have only seen them on during the lighting event.

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Random picture of Ornament Valley from Flos

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As I stood there taking pictures heard O Holy Tractor come on and thought I would grab a quick video clip to share the audio, so here is the tail end of the song.

Red passing by.

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Arrived on Buena Vista Street just in time for the Tree Lighting.

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Found a spot on Main Street with a few minutes to spare before Candlelight was to begin.

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A wide shot of the scene in Town Square this evening.

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Show time...

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The guest narrator this evening was Edward James Olmos

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A video clip of Candlelight Carol


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What Child is This? Video clip.


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Video clip of Joy to the World and Silent Night

Video clip of Edward James Olmos reading from A Solitary Life essay.

Nancy taking her bow at the end.

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The scene on Main Street as the Candlelight guests head back into the park.

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There were lanes set up for those waiting for the next show and to keep traffic flowing.

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Looking back at the tree with the Candlelight spotlights still on.

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A very poor video of the Small World quarter hour projection show. The show itself was a shell of its former self and this video makes it look even worse (but you can get the drift.

A couple stills from the show.

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I arrived on Main Street as the 7:30pm Candlelight Processional was getting started. Here the choir is making its way onto Main Street.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 12/07/12


I arrived in Town Square just as the show was starting.

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Since I had seen the show earlier I headed across the Esplanade to DCA.

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The Schmooties sign has seen better days.

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Stopped by the Animation Building. The Cars segment is one of my favorites and it was on as I entered.

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A clip of This Christmas being performed by the Mad T Party Band, the Mad Hatter, and Alice.


Walked down Sunset Blvd.

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Next stop Cars Land.

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Another look at the lights on the oil can (the red/white lights hanging off the Flos Cafe sign)

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 12/07/12

A picture of snow on Main Street to end with.

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Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. 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.



December 24, 2012

A Star-Studded Christmas

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Happy Holidays!

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If you haven't had a chance to take a look at it already, AllEars put a slideshow out last week showcasing many of the beautiful seasonal sights around DCA.

For my Christmas offering this year, I'm presenting a handful of video clips of some of my favorite celebrities I've seen performing in the parks this season.

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First up is Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible, Harold & Kumar,) doing the introduction to the Candlelight Processional, as it is performed in EPCOT.

The next clip is a little bit of a departure, as it actually comes from Universal Studios Hollywood. As part of their "Grinchmas" celebration, they had different celebrities each day for their Grinchmas Tree lighting.

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The narrator here is Raphael Sbarge, who currently plays Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket on the Disney-owned hit series, Once Upon A Time.

Finally, we'll close with John Stamos (Full House, ER,) concluding his evening performance at Candlelight Processional, this time at Disneyland.

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As we cross the finish line this week into Christmas, I'll join my holiday wishes to Stamos'. From the West Coast to the East Coast, and all points within and without, the Merriest of Seasons, everyone.

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December 30, 2012

"Destination: Cars Land" Makes Its Way to Pasadena

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After a several-year absence from the famous New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, Disneyland Resort returns with a spectacular float celebrating its new Cars Land expansion.

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Measuring in at over 125 feet long, the float is constructed in two parts. The first half leads with a floral depiction of the big Cars Land sign, and then goes on to show ride vehicles from Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi's Flying Tires.

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Bradley Kaye, Senior Designer with Disney Creative Entertainment, spoke on how all the designs were carefully scrutinized to be as true and detailed as possible to the actual structures, given the limitations inherent in floral construction.

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As an example, while the Flo's V8 Cafe sign is actually teal-colored, that shade fails to appear in Nature. The resulting green compromise was signed-off on by Pixar who worked in conjunction with Disney to make the float a good representation of the land.

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Up top, Lightning McQueen and Sally will be racing through Radiator Springs. McQueen is covered with the components of some 2,000 carnations.

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Meanwhile in the back half, platforms will be present for entertainers to perform amidst a recreation of the Radiator Springs mountain range complete with iconic rockwork.

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Actual cacti from Cars Land will be placed on the float, and every surface will be decorated, including the myriad of hubcaps.

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Up top, Guido and Luigi cheer on miniature cars racing around the Radiator Springs Racers track.

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On hand to help out was René Torrico, 2012 Disneyland Ambassador

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...and Social Media and Print Manager, Erin Glover.

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Finally, Randy Wojcik, Senior Show Director of Disney Creative Entertainment, was kind enough to say a few words for us on his experience developing the float.

This year's Rose Parade is scheduled to run at 8AM, January 1, 2013 in Pasadena. The theme is "Oh, The Places You'll Go," and clearly one of those places for the next year should be Cars Land.

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Happy New Year everyone!

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