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Topic: Latest: Disneyland's Candlelight Processional Going to 20 Nights in 2012

Wed 8/15/2012 12:18p
This topic is for Discussion of Latest: Disneyland's Candlelight Processional Going to 20 Nights in 2012

From the Official Disney Parks Blog...

The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional has been a Disneyland Resort tradition since 1958, bringing holiday magic to Main Street, U.S.A., with the help of celebrities like Cary Grant, John Wayne, Dick Van Dyke and, in 2011, Gary Sinise.

This holiday season – for the first time in its history – the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional is being extended to a total of 20 nights at Disneyland park, with two performances each night. The first two nights, December 1-2, will be invitation-only events; however, performances from December 3-20 will be open to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders and guests booking special, to-be-announced dining packages for the 2012 holiday season.

The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional is a beautiful evening performance of beloved holiday music and the telling of the first Christmas Story in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. The first performance was in 1958 and has continued every year since. These classic performances touched off another tradition at the Walt Disney World Resort – the popular Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

These are all the details we have at this time, but stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more information on registration for Annual Passholders and booking for the new dining packages. We’ll share more details on the 2012 Candlelight Ceremony and Processional at Disneyland park as they become available.



Wed 8/15/2012 1:04p
<<performances from December 3-20 will be open to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders and guests booking special, to-be-announced dining packages for the 2012 holiday season.>>

I'm confused. Do you think they are closing the park and only allowing in the people that buy dining packages?
Wed 8/15/2012 1:36p
They wouldn't have to close the park if it went back to fantasyland theater.
Wed 8/15/2012 1:37p
...except it'll be on Main Street as I see now.
Wed 8/15/2012 2:35p
Sounds like they're going to make Candlelight a hard-ticket event, kinda like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. I wonder if it'll just be Candelight and it'll be done after Park closing, or if the evening will include all the other stuff we get (got?) with Park admission. We'll see...
Wed 8/15/2012 3:00p
They've done dining packages for APs in the past, using the Town Square format. Generally it's the second show of the night and the fancier the meal was the better your seats are.

It sounds like they are just expanding this for each night and stretching it out for three weeks.

I've never seen Candlelight in its entirety, but have always wanted to. That's a bold move on TDA's part to expand the one overtly religious thing Disneyland does; telling the biblical story of Christmas out in the park. I have no problem with it, but I'm sure the peanut gallery will have a few cranky PC things to say about it.

That said, the cynic in me (who me?!) can instantly realize this is another way to get the APs to spend more money on property, this time with dinner sales.
Wed 8/15/2012 3:02p
Does anybody recall what it was like to "score' a few tickets when it was held back in the Fantasyland Theatre. I can remember waking at 4 a.m. and quietly leaving my Disneyland Hotel room to start standing in line; the line had already begun with a few of the cast members hoping to get extra tickets for relatives and friends. That was probably 10 years ago. It seemed like those few extra tickets were only offered the day of performance??? Does anybody remember and was it 2 weekends back then ?? Thanks

I will be very sad to see it leave the Main Street RR Station location because the experience of watching them walk down the Main Street in Procession is very beautiful and emotional. Hoping that does not happen but eventually with crowds on Main seems inevitable.
Wed 8/15/2012 3:05p
All I know is this is going to cause a hell of a lot of congestion. We are used to one weekend being crowded, but this might be a nightmare.
Wed 8/15/2012 3:14p
"All I know is this is going to cause a hell of a lot of congestion. We are used to one weekend being crowded, but this might be a nightmare."

Im glad i will be arriving a few day after, not like it will be less busy lol.
Wed 8/15/2012 3:25p
If it's running the entire month of December (essentially), I really can't see them doing it in Town Square, as it completely messes up crowd flow for the entire park. The obvious choice would be the Fantasyland Theater, but I doubt it will be ready for any noteworthy-sized audience in time. Plus, add in the congestion that area sees at night during the holidays because of iaswh, I doubt they would want to do it back there.

Instead, I'd bet they'll use the Big Thunder Arena. In the last couple years they've really been pushing to use that space for special events for park guests, including the assortment of activities going on there this summer, while Carnation Gardens is closed for construction. I suspect that the entertainment department was given control of that space, and they're trying to find way to ensure that they maintain control of it in the future, given the stories of internal DLR politics.

What I think is really interesting is that there will apparently be no way for day guests to see it without buying a special ticket. APers seem to have the opportunity to see it for free, but all others will be forced to pay extra. Wihle it's a fantastic event that I've really enjoyed each time I've seen it, I really can't support the upcharge. WDW offers it roughly the same number of nights (possibly even more), with several shows per night (3 most nights, I believe), and still manages to have it available to guests who didn't pay the extra fee.

Speaking of the WDW version, is this related to DL now having its own Voices of Liberty? I know they're scheduled to end their run at the end of the summer, but given the scale of this event, I doubt they'll convince local high schools (or the parents!) to send kids to DL every night for a month. The WDW version uses a choir anchored by the Voices, so it seems like a semi-logical connection

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