It was an opportunity for annual passholders and happened in November. The info was on the "news for Passholders" page on the Annual Passholder link of the Disneyland website.Quote:
When was the lottery draw? I never get e-mails from Disney any more except for movie stuff.
As we creep closer towards the busiest weeks of the holidays it will be more likely that they'll open the gates to the backstage path that runs parallel to Main Street for overcrowding relief although, in my opinion, they should really have been doing this on day one. On the first day of candlelight there was a huge influx of guests coming in from DCA and traffic got really congested. Furthermore it takes away from the show, as a viewer, when you have to endure the noise levels of backed up guests and the shouts of CMs commanding them to keep it moving.
Hello! Thanks for all the great info. I've never been but was fortunate to get tickets through the AP lottery. As such, does anyone know if there is an advantage to checking in at 12noon vs. 4pm? I'd like to check in early but my friend may not be able to get there until later. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
I missed the lottery, but I was able to see tonight's show anyway. Got to stand just behind the seats and got a really good view of everything. What a beautiful and amazing show, and it was cool to hear Kurt Russell read scripture.
DyNAH438 - I have the same question - I have never been and am sooooooooooooo excited - we have tickets for one of the Dick Van Dyke shows. ;) But we cannot really get there to check in until about 6 - can anyone tell me if that's going to be a problem?? is the noon check in just because some people would plan to spend the day there?? Thanks for any info!! Cannot wait!!
I watched the 4:00 Christmas parade from the hub, then walked up to Town Square when that ended. Stood for about an hour, but got a really good view of the show.
We checked in at 2:30ish on Monday and there was nobody in the check in line except the CM's. There are only two wristband colors, one for the early performance and one for late, no matter when you check in.
The crowd control on our night was really on top of it, perhaps because it was the last performance and the park was closing in 30 minutes. I imagine it will be worse as the days get closer to Christmas and the park is open later.
QuiGonj-you are so right! When we saw Kurt on Monday, his reading was very moving. We have never seen it before and it seems fitting that one of our last trips under our passes was to see this.
For those of you APs that have attended this year, what time did you get in line to be seated? How did they determine what section you sat in? Does the time you picked up your wristband have any determination on where you were seated?
Sorry for all the questions, but I am going on the 13th AT 730PM, and just want to be prepared so that I am not sitting in the last row or behind a light pole or tree :) THANKS!!
As I said in the post before yours, no matter when you check in you get the same color wristband as it depends on the performance time not the check in time. Then it is line up, first come, best seats. We got in the line to get into the official line around 6pm and we sat in front (you can line up for either the right or left side of the stage and line up is in the front near the ticket booths). We were there on Monday the 3rd. It might be busier as it is later in the schedule and a popular narrator. They will not let you in the official line for the 7:30 performance until 6:15. (At least on our day) HTH!:)
Where exactly are the viewing areas for those who camp out to watch?
Are they only on the sides? Or is there space behind the chairs to stand during the show?
Where is the best viewing spot?
How long do you suggest camping out for that spot on a popular narrator night?
Also, how likely do you locals think it is that there will be rain this coming week? On weather.com it looks like 30% chance on Thurs. which is the day we wanted to try for. I'm having a hard time deciding whether it is worth the gas/hotel expenses to drive 400 miles (800 round trip) and find out that Thurs. is canceled. I really really really wanted to see Dick Van Dyke, though.
I really can't speak for the weather other than the golden rule that if rain is expected at some point of the day then there's a chance that the performance will be cancelled if the slightest bit of drizzle hits the stage.