This weekend marks the annual tradition at Disneyland Park where the resort holds its annual Candlelight Processional ceremonies. Dating back to 1955, this annual tradition was started by Walt Disney as a thank you gift to those who had contributed to the Company in various ways. The ceremony includes a live orchestra, various choirs from the Orange County area including the Cast Choir, and a celebrity narrator that will read the Christmas story.
The dates for this year’s ceremonies are:
Saturday, December 7 (Blair Underwood, narrator)
Sunday, December 8 (Kurt Russell, narrator)
Show times for both dates are 5:30pm and 8:00pm.
Attractions that are effected:
Captain EO (closed from 1pm-8pm); Disneyland Railroad (closed from 4pm-9:45pm); Main Street Opera House (3pm-10pm); “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade- 1pm and 3:30pm; All stores in Town Square will close between 4-5pm and will reopen at 9pm.
Now, seating is very limited for this event. Bench seating will be on a first-come, first serve basis. There will be benches for those who have a disability, but most of the viewing area will be standing room only.
The standing areas will be on both sides of Town Square (Disney Gallery to in front of Disney Showcase/ City Hall to Disney Fire Department). Standing areas for the first show at 5:30pm on the east side of Main Street (City Hall side) will be available once the park opens at 8am and the west side of Main Street (Opera House/Showcase side) will open at the conclusion of the 3:30pm “A Christmas Fantasy” parade. For the second show, guests may line up between the Magic Shop and the Emporium immediately following the first choir processional, starting around 5:20pm.
All shows are weather permitting and may be cancelled a few minutes prior to show time. (Rain is in the forecast for Saturday night)
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