opps--I commented in the wrong thread.
I like the idea of keeping some on Main Street but having it also at the Hyperion to accommodation of larger audiences.
I think Disney has already firmly broken with tradition with this by having 20 performances instead of making it a special one-weekend event.
Having said that I think that moving it to the Hyperion would be a good move, if they intend to keep it for 20 nights. They can do the special invite-only performances in Main Street and then relocate. Locking up Main Street every evening for the month at the busiest time of the year seems problematic.
I agree it clogged up main street and main street station but it wasn't such an issue when it was only 2 nights before instead of 20. Making it 20 really made it a problem and now they wanna move the problem out. Should have just kept tradition to 2 nights and not cause more trouble.
All these vanishing traditions that were started when Walt was around gave the park a richer history and helped us connect to a time when Walt was alive. They are severing that connection more and more and its sad.
What I think will happen are two things: A. It'll move to the Fantasyland Theatre, not the Hyperion, or B. It will stay and the back alley of Main Street USA will be built to help alleviate the congestion caused by Candlelight.
I still don't understand why Disney is marketing this as such a main stream event.
Honestly, cut it down to 3 nights, don't do any marketing and let the diehards enjoy it. Otherwise, its simply too disruptive of an event and I don't see the appeal for the general audience (aka ALL annual passholders)
As much as I hate saying this (because I LOVE traditions), I think the move to the Hyperion or even the Fantasyland Theatre would be a good thing if they're going to continue doing 20 performances in future years like they're doing this year.
I do like the idea of keeping a couple nights on Main Street each year to keep at least part of the tradition alive. I think this would satisfy the purists who like seeing traditions carried on (I would consider myself one of them).
But ultimately I'd like for them to keep it to just 2 nights only and have it on Main Street. Unfortunately I don't have much faith in this happening though, seeing as they ended the traditional CM parties plus the rumors of an upcharge party coming next year. I'll try to stay optimistic though.
If this is true, then I'm hopping mad — because the next step will be to make it a HARD TICKET event, just like Disney does with everything else, taking the whole spirit of GIVING BACK TO THE PARK PATRONS right out of it! And if that comes to pass, then my suspicions are correct and THIS is who really runs Disney Parks:
Makes sense.....because if Disneyland is going to make Christmas an Event...then they need to move this so that the crowds seem lower because thats kinda the point of these Holiday events to make the parks seem less crowded
It's just Florida shaping the DLR version to be like the WDW version; gutted and stripped of any personality, character and emotion. And tradtition? bah humbug!!!
While I love the performances on Main Street, I think it's ultimately a good decision for the average guest to give them a better opportunity so view the show. Look how many AP's here and on other sites were unable to get tix. This would alleviate alot of that as well. What will be most interesting is how they package it should it move. Will it be an AP only event, open to all guests, a pay event with maybe the top tier as stand-by?
At this point it's probably a done deal that they're ruining this tradition. It's not going to go back to the simple one weekend special event that it was. I guess the question now is how to minimize the fallout for the guests who don't want to partake and how to maximize traffic flow around it.
And yes, that in itself is very sad. I was interested in seeing Candlelight from a curiosity perspective - it's not my religious tradition - but I know it means a lot to many and it's sad to see it destroyed this way.