Disneyland‘s annual Candlelight Processional and Ceremony was held over the weekend, narrowly missing rain that could have otherwise washed the show out. The popular event packs in thousands and brings Town Square to life with music, light and the story of the first Christmas, told by celebrity guest narrators. While Town Square hosted Candlelight, the rest of the park carried on with the rest of its regular holiday offerings and various refurbishments. On Main Street, a colorful new flower market has sprung up, paying tribute to the park’s past. Over in Disney California Adventure, a couple shows on Buena Vista Street got some minor updates. Meanwhile, new 2014-dated merchandise has debuted across the Resort, just in time for the new year.
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We’ve got a big holiday-packed update today, so let’s get started!
|Welcome to Disneyland!|
The bases of the decorations were never quite lined up when installed and we’ve been hoping they’d be fixed, but they still don’t look great — it’s not a major issue, but anybody who looks up at the decorations (which is the whole point) can see the issue here.
Inside the parks, flags were at half-staff over the weekend in memorial of Nelson Mandela and also for Saturday’s Pearl Harbor anniversary.
|Rain and Shine|
On Saturday, the Resort was hit with rain through much of the morning and early afternoon that put that evening’s Candlelight ceremony into question. Despite the rain, crowds didn’t shy away from the parks
Saturday and Sunday evening Disneyland hosted its annual Candlelight Processional and Ceremony in Town Square. This year the event returned to its traditional two-night run for invited guests-only after running for 20 nights with plenty of public seating opportunities in 2012.
Even if you aren’t religious, Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional is a really beautiful production and worth checking out if you ever have the opportunity or have the patience to deal with the huge crowds that pack into Town Square for the show.
Our friends at MouseInfo have video of Sunday’s performance with Kurt Russell.
|Main Street Flower Market|
The flower market is a throwback to a similar flower market that was once featured on West Center Street (where the current outdoor patio for Carnation Cafe is) and later here on East Center Street.
You might not be able to buy a bouquet of fake Disneyland flowers to take home, but it’s still really great to have this here. It add a lot of color and a ton of charm to the area – which is nice considering the impersonal, cavernous Market House sits next door.
|Welcome to Disney California Adventure!|
|Limited Time Magic|
[center]Embark on an Adventure for Elf Days
at Disney California Adventure
December 9 to December 15, 2013[/center]
This week Disney will offer special “elf training” activities at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail as part of Limited Time Magic. The holiday-themed event will run throughout the week – below is Disney’s blurb:
Train to become one of Santa’s secret helpers during Elf Days‚Äîa yuletide Limited Time Magic event happening at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure Park. Santa’s elves are looking for a few good Guests to join their ranks‚Ä¶ but only if these recruits can tackle a series of master challenges! From the Jingle Bell Bridge to Stocking Stuffers and Present Tracking, test your bravery by taking on each task. Not only will you receive your own official Elf name and learn the secret Elf Handshake, but you can even take a photo flying in Santa’s sleigh! So slip on those curly-toed shoes‚Äîbefore you know it, you’ll be jingling all the way!
[center]The Santa Clause Screening for Annual Passholders
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
Thursday, December 12, 2013[/center]
- The Santa Clause Screening
- Registration and wristband distribution for the event will begin at 2:00 PM on the day of the event at the Opera House on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park.
- Registration and distribution of event wristbands will continue while event wristband supplies last.
- Each participating Annual Passholder must present their active Annual Passport to the event Cast Member to check event availability and to register and receive an event wristband. Photo ID may be required.
- Registration must be completed in person at the Opera House on Main Street, U.S.A. on the day of the event only; no phone reservations or other registration will be accepted.
- This is an all-ages event. However, all participating Guests ages 3 and older must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event. Children under 3 may attend the movie screening as long as there is space available and they receive an event wristband during the registration process.
- It is recommended that all members of your party register together to help ensure that everyone receives an event wristband.
- For assistance, you may contact the Annual Passport Member Services team at (714) 781-PASS (7277).
In celebration of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, Passholders can join the journey of an ordinary man magically recruited to take the place of Santa‚Äîin the family favorite film, The Santa Clause.
Date and Times
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Main Street Opera House in Disneyland
Event Registration and Wristband Distribution
Holiday Gift Guide 2013
Give some Disney magic this year!
The holidays are here and we have a list of some of the great offerings Disney released this year that any Disney fan would love to have.
So jump in and check off some names from your list with the Amazon links below! By buying through the Amazon links below you’ll also be helping support Dateline Disneyland at no additional cost to you!
Great Disney Books
Spectacular Diamond and Anniversary Edition Animation Blu-ray
New Animation Blu-ray and more
Great Anniversary Edition and New Release Live Action Blu-ray
Amazing Marvel Blu-ray and more
|New Year, New Merch|
|This and That|
It’s too bad Disney no longer hosts the Cast Member holiday parties at Disneyland, which also doubled as Toys for Tots donation drives. Hopefully the community steps in to fill the donation void left by the canceled holiday parties and donates at the Downtown Disney drop-off locations.
The Toys for Tots drop-off bins will be in place through December 14.
Finally, at World of Disney, another new window display has been installed, this time promoting the Glow with the Show ear hats. The display is actually really fun at night, with the lights from Mickey’s Fun Wheel and the ear hats lighting up the display.
Below, a video of the nighttime lighting in the new window displays.
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
December 9-15, 2013
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9 am – 9 pm
9 am – 10 pm
9 am – 12 am
8 am – 12 am
9 am – 8 pm
9 am – 10 pm
8 am – 11 pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
|[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]|
|[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]|
|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
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