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    Our First Candlelight!

    Bear with me, this is my first trip report!

    Well, the family and I were lucky enough to be selected to attend the 7:30 Candlelight last night (Our first). We arrived around 2:30pm and checked in through the main gate ticket booth (specifically booth 4 closest to DCA). They first checked the email and highlighted portions of it, sent us a little further down the line where they checked all the adult ID's, and then the last folks in line put on the ID bands. Ours were Yellow, indicated the second show (I think the first show was orange). I asked about line up points and was directed to ask the CM inside the park at Main street.

    So into the park we go and they are just putting out the ropes for the show lines. I asked a CM what time the line up was allowed for the second show and they said no earlier than 6:15. Now in the past some events have said a specific line up time but never kept it. So my husband and I were doubtful, but we did not want to wait in line too long. After all, our seating was already reserved, so the line was simply where in the seating we would go.

    We walked through the park enjoying the ambiance. The Christmas decoration were wonderful as usual. We strolled down main street in time to watch some candy cane making. What fun it is to watch them create the beautiful canes. We walked through Frontierland and rode BTMRR. the park was nice, because although it was somewhat busy, the crowds were very manageable. Yay for Mondays!

    We went over to New Orleans Square and rode the HMH and Pirates. We had wanted to ride the train, but just missed the last one prior to them shutting it down for the Candlelight performances. So we walked back through Main street and had fun riding Space Mountain and Star tours. By then it was about 5 and the 6 year old was starving. Since we had time to kill until our performance, we stopped at Plaza Inn and got her the kids chicken dinner plate. I like the changes with this, as now it comes with mashed potatoes and green beans and is more of a meal. It's something I might get too, next time I am here if I want a lighter meal. This break that took us to about 6pm. We left the restaurant and made our way slowly up main street. The first performance was going on, and while I heard the music, I tried not to pay attention to much. I really wanted to take it in as we did it.

    We arrived back in the front of the park by the ticket booths. There are two sides you can choose. Each going under a tunnel. We decided on the left side by City hall, because that would put us on the side with our narrator. At about 6:15 they walk us to the end of the rope waiting area to await entering our seats. The first show had just finished. My family was about 8th in line and where we stood was right across from where the tour building is. Well suddenly there is a flurry of CM's holding back people. Then passing about 10 feet from me and being escorted was Kurt Russell!! He was being taken to the back to await the second show I think. That was pretty terrific! Now we were super excited and were chomping at the bit to sit. First they led the disabled and the VIP seating folks in and then finally our turn. We were led single file to our seats only to find we were in the front of the whole show and almost in line with the narrators seat. (I will post the few pictures we took later today). The VIP section is further back but they are raised up so in fact their view is a bit better. I would describe the show, but since there are many looking to see it, I do not wish to spoil it. The choirs walked in singing (and I am told it is a much shorter processional than years past). The music and singing were beautiful and Kurt read the selections with great feeling and it was all very moving. I wish we had been a couple rows back, as we would have seen Kurt a bit better. But our daughter could see everything without someone in front if her, and that allowed her to quietly sit there and enjoy it which was a blessing. Although almost an hour long, it seemed to end way to quickly. Before we knew it, we were standing for the Hallelujah chorus and applauding all the performers. It truly was a special, magical night.
    Here You Leave Today and Enter the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy.

    “To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America...with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” - Walt Disney, Disneyland Opening Day Speech 1955


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    Re: Our First Candlelight!

    Sounds great! Thanks for sharing your experience. We're going on the 12th and can't wait!

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    Re: Our First Candlelight!

    First TR? It is well written! I really enjoy when ppl add their POVs and details.

    I do have questions. How was the exiting of Main St when you were done with the CLP? It was a Monday, but was it a total mad-house in that area? How long did it take you to either exit the park, or to walk back towards the hub? I am try to figure out how to plan our day with our small party, one of whom really wants to see the show. And crowds have been very unpredictable for us in the recent past.
    ~Jay

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    Re: Our First Candlelight!

    Quote Originally Posted by JMazz View Post
    First TR? It is well written! I really enjoy when ppl add their POVs and details.

    I do have questions. How was the exiting of Main St when you were done with the CLP? It was a Monday, but was it a total mad-house in that area? How long did it take you to either exit the park, or to walk back towards the hub? I am try to figure out how to plan our day with our small party, one of whom really wants to see the show. And crowds have been very unpredictable for us in the recent past.
    Why thanks!

    Lets see....

    They had us exiting mains street by the tree, you then had the choice of walking left and going out by City Hall and out of the park or staying right and heading deeper into the park. Since the park closed at 9pm, most were heading out since it was almost 8:30. Even so, it only took us about 5 minutes to make our way to the exit turnstiles. This might be different for anyone at the 5:30 performance, since it is earlier and leaves time for more park fun.

    We got into the park at around 2:45pm. At that time, we found it somewhat busy, but moderately so. Not dead like the end of January, but nothing near the massive crowds that will be there later this month. I was frankly surprised it was not busier, considering the AP thing going on. When we checked in for the wristband there was absolutely no line. It took us longer to walk from the ticket booth to the turnstile then it did to get into the park and to the CM's setting up the line for the performances to ask my questions. We did not go to DCA, so I cannot speak to how that might have been.
    HTH!

    Oh I should also add that at that when we arrived we actually went to the Parking structure rather than our first choice of Toy story lot. There was AMPLE parking at that time (a little after 2), which should tell you how the crowd levels were.
    Here You Leave Today and Enter the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy.

    “To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America...with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” - Walt Disney, Disneyland Opening Day Speech 1955


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    Re: Our First Candlelight!

    Thanks!
    ~Jay

    "Ahh-chooo!" ~ Walt Disney
    "Bless you." ~ My Grandfather
    (Disneyland, circa 1957)


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    Re: Our First Candlelight!

    Glad you had such a nice experience!

    Question: When you were checking in, did they enforce the policy that all of the APs had to have been effective on or before Nov. 12th?
    I imagine they could pretty easily by scanning each AP?

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