December 14, 2012

Candlelight Processional : One Solitary Life

The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional has been a cherished Disneyland tradition since 1958. It can best be described as a Biblical presentation of the Christmas story, the story of Silent Night and an essay, One Solitary Life, all narrated by a notable celebrity, and accompanied by countless talented musicians, in the heart of Disneyland. For the first time, during the 2012 Holiday season, it is being performed twice a night for twenty nights. While there were invitation-only performances, AP contests and special dining packages, I was lucky enough to get a seat by waiting just outside the designated area. As photographs alone cannot do this very moving event justice, I have included both photographs and videos from the performance I attended on December 8, 2012.

December 1-2 : Dennis Haysbert
December 3-5 : Kurt Russell
December 6-8 : Edward James Olmos
December 9-11 : Lou Diamond Phillips
December 12-13 : Dick Van Dyke
December 14 : Marcia Gay Harden
December 15-16 : Patricia Heaton
December 17-19 : Molly Ringwald
December 20 : Dennis Haysbert

December 12, 2012

Wednesdays with Walt : Christmas on Buena Vista Street

Christmastime is my favorite time to visit Disneyland for many reasons. I love the beautiful decorations, the amazing music, the shopping, the special seasonal treats... What's not to love? Here is a recent performance from the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers that I know Walt himself would have loved.

December 5, 2012

Wednesdays With Walt : Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

“What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do." As I write and post online for My Adventures in Disneyland, I am often reminded of this famous Walt Disney quote. How true it is... Today is Walt's birthday and fittingly enough we are packing for Disneyland. Our most recent visit was cut short due to illness so we're headed back. Our adventures on this trip will include meeting up with new and old Disney friends, a special lunch at Club 33, the Candlelight Processional, a few rides on the refurbished Indiana Jones Adventures, a special trip to Walt's Apartment on the updated A Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour and hopefully a couple fresh candy canes. It's a trip in honor of my mentor's birthday and one that I know I will never forget. So, stay posted for photos and more from My Adventures in Disneyland.