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December 1, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13 - Disneyland Resort

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

Firststop today, Disney California Adventure. I walked down Buena Vista Street.

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In Paradise Gardens as part of Viva Navidad! Mariachi Espectacular performing at the Bandstand.

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The arts and crafts area was not busy this afternoon.

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Goofy was at the meet and greet location.

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Time for the Viva Navidad! Street Party

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The Red Car News Boys have added a couple Christmas songs to their show. Here is a video of the finale and then the News Boys driving down Buena Vista Street.


Next stop, Disneyland. In Town Square preparations for the Candlelight Ceremony are underway. This year the performances are December 7 & 8th only.

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Went for a cruise on Holiday "it's a small world".

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Caught a performance of Mickey and the Magical Map. They have made some tweaks to the show. The most obvious is Stitch is now part of the Hawaiian Roller Coaster segment.

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Then for the finale Mickey has a new outfit since he is no longer an apprentice.

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A video clip from the finale.

Santa Mickey at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

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Pluto

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Santa Goofy.

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Minnie in a holiday dress

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Enjoyed a performance of Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies. Here is a video of a Hillbilly Guitar Lesson.

The Winter edition of the Buena Vista Bugle was hot off the presses Wednesday and hit news stands in the afternoon/evening.

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A closer look at the paper.

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Walked through Cars Land.

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The Pacific Wharf Cafe has holiday treats.

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And of course Turkey shaped sourdough bread

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Spotted a light up Olaf on the way to Disneyland. ($15)

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XBoxOne has taken over Disney Infinity in Innoventions, there were a handful of XBox 360s in the corner with Disney Infinity still.

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Elvis, Scot Bruce, was at the Tomorrowland Terrace and had a packed dance floor.

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Caught a Wintertime Enchantment Holiday Lighting moment on Main Street on my way to DCA.

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Arrived a few minutes before Winter Dreams started and found a spot in the stand by area. I focused on the projections on Screamin.

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Then I went and got in line to use my Fastpass for the second showing. The view this time was a little better.. this is from the Blue section.

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Wish they had a rule you were not allowed to hold anything above your head... kids, iPads, cameras...

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What are the odds.. a kid up on shoulders right in the center of my picture.

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The wind was blowing a great direction and the snow flakes were floating over the show.

A couple were blown up by the water which was fun to see to (I did not get a good picture of that though).

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A snowflake lifting off. This would have been a great shot if it the snow flake would have been rotated some..

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Video of Winter Dreams finale from the premiere night.


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 10, 2013

Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013

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Disneyland's tradition of the Candlelight Processional, featuring a massed choir performing Christmas music, began in 1958. Unlike Epcot, it is only performed on two nights, typically the first weekend of December, making it more of a challenge to see. (Last year it was performed on 20 nights, but they did not repeat that this year.) Some people arrive at park opening to stake out their spots for the processional at 5:30 in the evening!

The risers for the choir are set up at the Main Street train station with a stage for the orchestra and narrator.

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Chairs are placed in Town Square and on Main Street.
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Lee and I had the opportunity to see the processional on Sunday as guests of Disneyland Public Relations. Most of the photos below are Jason's. He saw it on Saturday night and his photos are better than mine. :-)

It had been a long time since I'd seen the Candlelight Processional at Disneyland - like many of you I am much more familiar with the one at Epcot. The Disneyland version is quite different: there are some aspects I like about it and some where I prefer Epcot's version. But either way, it's still a beautiful and moving experience.

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The massed choir is composed of Disneyland cast members and a number of other vocal groups such as high school and church choirs, mostly from southern California. We did not receive a program, so I don't have any of the names, unfortunately.

The choir proceeds down Main Street, singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem", "The First Noel", and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" as they enter and fill in the risers.

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Unlike Epcot, there are no Voices of Liberty at Disneyland. A couple of the songs featured male and female soloists, but otherwise we heard the choir singing - and I really liked that. At Epcot I think the Voices of Liberty overshadow the beautiful sound of the massed choir.

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There were also performances by a hand bell choir and a guitar soloist. The guitar solo during "Silent Night" was quite poignant.

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Several of the songs are different than those performed at Epcot: "The Candlelight Carol", "Sing Noel", and "The First Noel". Even those that are the same generally have very different arrangements, like "Joy to the World", and "We Three Kings". I missed one of my favorite Epcot songs: "Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy" and I also preferred the Epcot version of "Joy to the World". But I really liked "The Candlelight Carol".

The celebrity narrators were Blair Underwood on Saturday and Kurt Russell on Sunday. The passages they read from the Bible were somewhat different than I've heard at Epcot. I must say that I think the song selection at Epcot complements the scripture passages better than at Disneyland. For example, even though "The First Noel" describes events after the birth of Jesus, the song followed the reading of the angel Gabriel's annunciation to Mary. Unfortunately most of them were like that and it seemed a little disjointed to me.

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One of Lee's favorite parts of the Candlelight Processional is the herald trumpets - and they were featured often. Their placement on top of the train station was very effective.

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It was a wonderful show - it brings home "the reason for the season" in a way that you don't see very much these days. It's unfortunate that it's so difficult to see at Disneyland, though maybe that makes the experience all the more meaningful.

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Disclaimer: Laura Gilbreath was an invited media guest. Her opinions are her own.



Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 12/07/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Arrived at the Disneyland Resort before park opening this morning. Across from La Brea Bakery/World of Disney a new kiosk is being built.

No signs of what it will be.

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First stop of the day Disney California Adventure. In Condor Flats the stage for Minnies Charter Airlines has been removed.

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After picking up some Fastpasses and circling DCA crossed the Esplanade and headed to Disneyland. They put some characters up on the train station on the backside of the Candlelight preparations

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There were guests already waiting on the benches (which were first come first serve).

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The stage looked the same as always.

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A flower market has sprung up at Center Street.

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I did a quick walk through.

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First stop the Jingle Cruise

As we waiting the rain started to come down (weather.com said 9am and it was pretty much dead on!).

The tiger has returned to the ruins.

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The gorilla scene has been changed since my last trip.. it now features some Jingle overlay items...

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Next up Haunted Mansion Holiday

It has been quite a few weeks since I visited. Almost through the advent calendar now.

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The rain was coming down again/still.

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A fair number of guests still arriving. Seems they were all putting faith in the weather forecast of it clearing up this afternoon.

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2014 Merchandise is out in the stores now.

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Hollywood Blvd, still raining..

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Found this interesting.. because of the wet pavement it appeared.

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The Racers were down.

Seems this was the car that caused the issue.

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Hermanos Herrera performing at the Paradise Garden Bandstand as part of Viva Navidad!

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Today was a candy cane day at DCA. Here they are packaging a batch

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Disneyland and DCA each make fresh candy canes on select days throughout the season. They are $12.99 each and no discounts apply. You need to get a wristband at park opening and it will tell you which batch and when to come back to pick it up.

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The weather was finally clearing and looking promising now. Just cold.

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The Storybook Canal was closed for renovation.

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Time for the Holiday Hillbillies. Only a few more weeks to enjoy their show.

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My favorite part of the show.. the Country Bears!

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Main Street was alive with activity.

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Replacing a light for the Candlelight. Wonder if the rain caused a problem.

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Blair Underwood out for a walk through.

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One of my favorite moments of the show when the lights come up and the trumpets and choir hit that first note!

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The guest narrator this evening was Blair Underwood (Sunday is scheduled to be Kurt Russell)

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Candlelight Carol video clip, this year I just enjoyed the show and took some stills and this one video clip. Last year I did several video clips if you were interested check out our YouTube channel

Silent Night

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I was not in a good spot for this.. a pole in the distance in my way. Here is a video clip from last year of this segment of the ceremony.


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This year the ceremony seemed shorter to me. It clocked in around an hour which is normal according to those that record the entire event. They cut the solitary life section, here is a clip of that from last year.

Walking down Hollywood Blvd at Disney California Adventure

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No Mad T Party Band tonight.. just a DJ on stage.

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Closed out my evening with World of Color Winter Dreams. Here are some pictures from the show.

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This evening some of the snow flakes floated down on the audience.

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As you entered DCA there were flyers announcing the Fun Wheel Challenge game.

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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 11, 2013

"Saving Mr. Banks:" Press Conference with the Cast

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One of the most anticipated movies for fans of Disney history is rapidly coming up on release: "Saving Mr. Banks," a fictionalized account of the machinations and negotiations that went on behind the development and creation of the classic film "Mary Poppins."

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Featuring a star-studded cast, the film marks the first time Walt Disney has been portrayed in feature-length drama. Academy award winners Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson take the lead roles of Walt and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, while Jason Schwartzman and BJ Novak play the Sherman Brothers, who did the music and lyrics and book adaptation for the film. Colin Farrell plays P.L. Traver's father in flashbacks, while Bradley Whitford depicts screenwriter Don DaGradi. Last month the cast, along with Director John Lee Hancock, Writer Kelly Marcel, and Producer Alison Owen all gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel for a press conference.

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Here are some excerpts from the good-humored cast's press conference. Among the things we learned:
---Both Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson did extensive research into their characters to try to make them authentic to life.
---Emma Thompson can put on P.L. Traver's voice at the drop of a hat
---Tom Hank's granddaughter is maybe not a fan of Pooh
---BJ Novak had never seen Mary Poppins prior to working on "Saving Mr. Banks."
---There will probably not be a third "Nanny McPhee" movie.

"Saving Mr. Banks" will be out in limited release December 13, 2013; and in general release December 20, 2013.

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