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How To See And Hear The 2018 Candlelight Ceremony This Weekend

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Source:Orange County Register
Author:Brady Macdonald
Dateline:November 27, 2018
Posted:December 03, 2018
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There's still an opportunity to see and hear the 2018 Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland this weekend even if you still haven't received your VIP invitation yet.

The 600-member candlelight choir will parade down Main Street U.S.A. on Saturday and Sunday for two performances each night in Disneyland's Town Square. Expect the main entrance to the Anaheim theme park to be busy and crowded both nights between 5 and 9 p.m.

The Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony tradition began in 1958 as a way for Walt Disney to show his gratitude to the Orange County community that was home to his first theme park. Each year, the singers include Disney employees and members of local community choirs performing along with a live orchestra, handbell players and fanfare trumpeters. A celebrity narrator, kept a surprise until the first show, tells the story of the first Christmas between songs.

Past narrators have included Cary Grant, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Dick Van Dyke and James Earl Jones. "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth was the 2017 narrator. Ginnifer Goodwin of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" did the honors the year before.

Reserved seating is limited to a few hundred invited guests that include community members, civic leaders, media representatives and VIPs.

Holding a private event in the middle of a theme park during operating hours presents a number of challenges for Disneyland, from attraction operations to show scheduling to crowd management.

Crews set up the Candlelight stage beneath the Main Street train station and arrange hundreds of folding chairs in Town Square between Disneyland City Hall and the Opera House.

In years past, the Candlelight Ceremony has limited the attraction hours of the Disneyland Railroad, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Jungle Cruise and the Main Street vehicles. Similarly, shop hours around Town Square, including the Mad Hatter and Disney Gallery, have been affected by the ceremony.

Disneyland's "A Christmas Fantasy" parade navigates around the sprawling setup of the Candlelight Ceremony. Backstage passageways behind the Main Street U.S.A. shops are typically opened during the Candlelight performances to ease congestion in the high-traffic area.

Disneyland does little to promote the Candlelight Ceremony to uninvited guests, but it is possible to catch the shows if you don't have reserved tickets.

Candlelight fans have been known to wait all day for the limited standing-room-only spots behind the seating area. For those not willing to wait, it's possible to hear the ceremony along Main Street U.S.A. and see the choir arranged on risers in the shape of a Christmas tree.

Past choir processions down Main Street U.S.A. have begun around 5:20 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. each night, according to MousePlanet, the Disney fan website.
 

 
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Mad Hatter Main Street U.S.A.

 
 
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