Rain washes out the first nights of Candlelight at Disneyland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on December 03, 2012 at 5:05 am with 225 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • Trumpet

    Great Update Andy

    I can’t believe how far the entrance has come. I remember thinking that Buena Vista Street wiuld ever be built in the same area as Sunshoine Plaza due to the large amount of work. Also, the Little Mer,maid was under construction, as was Cadillac Range. And the Maliboomer was being removed. Personally, I think that it shold of been rethemed, but I supose it looks better without it when looking at Paradise Pier from Cars Land

    Thanks Again Andy


  • jsanch2

    Great Update! I’m Lovin the flashback stories, it’s amazing to see how far the resort has come in just a few short years!

  • r1hert2

    Great update! As always! Isn’t it a bit strange that Captain EO would close mid day for the Candlelight Ceremony at the other end of the street. Strange indeed.

    • Pammer

      I wondered the same thing…what is the relationship?

      Enjoyed the column as always & wishing I was there for the holidays again!


      • RatherBeAtDLand

        It’s used as a staging area for the performance.

  • mratigan

    Thanks for the update
    I really like the Snow White gingerbread house

  • SanDiegoAl

    It’s amazing when you look back when the construction was just starting for DCA 2.0 and what they have accomplished. Just amazing. Hope this will be a life lesson for the company. Great update. Going to Candlelight on Wednesday. Hope to have some pictures.

  • rstar

    Yes, I agree, great update as usual! Looking back at the old photos reminds me of what it felt like to have to wait so long to see it all. But it realy didn’t seem that long a wait, and now we are enjoying it!

    Oh, and I did see the Mater Ginger Bread at Flo’s V8 (from about two weeks ago)! I have a couple of pictures I could share.

  • Bee14

    Thanks for another great update!

  • Terrytiger

    I am still surprised that they decided to stage Candlelight for so long on Main Street. I really thought it would move back to the Fantasyland Theater and expect that will be the case in future years.

  • tymantyman

    Not much happening lately!

  • jcruise86

    Thanks, Andy!

    I agree that the Buena Vista Street Bell Ringers are most excellent! Get there early to be in front. (Their name is misleading–they are more about singing than bell ringing.)

    I also recommend hearing the quartet of Christmas carolers in the beautiful lobby of the Grand Californian. A concierge there can tell you when they’ll perform. Their first show at the Grand CAian was at 3pm on Dec. 1. I believe they also sing at the DLR’s other two hotels.

  • Donnyabear

    I love these updates. Happy 5th year! I’ve only been reading for the past year and a half or so, and reading these updates has quickly become a weekly tradition for me. Thanks for all the hard work, how can I get a job with you? :)
    I had forgotten about the golden gate bridge entrance to DCA, what an improvement the current entrance is. Thank again Dateline for giving me a bit of magic from today and a bit of remembered magic from yesterday.

  • Caspian


    Congratulations on five years. Dateline Disneyland is one of my favorite parts of micechat.

    Christmas crowds and twenty nights of Candlelight will be interesting to say the least. I don’t see how they are going to handle high volumes with the width of Main Street blocked off. Where did the decision to run the show for 20 nights come from?

  • jmichael79

    Makes me want to fly to California! Another great update.

  • ogso

    Thanks for the weekly update. This is my favorite commentary! Looking forward to my Christmas time visit next week!

  • bamato

    Thanks for another awesome update!!