PICTORIAL: Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony marches on as heavy crowds soak up soggy holiday magic

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It’s a short pictorial this week. We didn’t hop into Disney California Adventure but we soaked up the magic of the Disney Holidays at Disneyland. Candlelight Procession & Ceremony was on the agenda for many guests this week but we’ll also take a look at a slew of projects including Mickey and Friends elevator construction, Tomorrowland Project Stardust, and we’ll enjoy a rare blue hour sunset washing over Main Street and Sleeping Beauty Castle. We’ll stop for dinner at the Carnation Cafe which has two special holiday entrees and a tiny merch run for you at the end.

All of this and more in our latest park pictorial. ENJOY!

Christmas Tradition

Every year, Disneyland continues a cherished tradition of Candlelight Procession & Ceremony to thank partners in the community with a special presentation of the nativity story with hundreds of choir members, live band, and soloists accompanied by a celebrity narrator. This year, Lin-Manuel Miranda took up the mantel.

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Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

MORE INFO: News and information about Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

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Around Disneyland

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The Candlelight Procession & Ceremony draws a big crowd of attendees each year who vie for limited spots outside of the seated areas to be able to take part in the special tradition. Loyal devotees will get to the park at opening to claim their spots for the evening spectacle.

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Heavy holiday crowds on Main Street in the afternoon.

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Tomorrowland’s new entrance was ready for the crowds.

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Looks like they roped off parade viewing to wrap around the new Tomorrowland planter.

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These rocks will likely be disappearing in the coming year.

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They take up some prime real-estate for parade and fireworks viewing.

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Work continues on the entrance walls.

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Work continues on the new stairs near Space Mountain.

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Disneyland Band in Tomorrowland.

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A man-eating plant makes a wonderful wreath, as long as you don’t get caught in its teeth!

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Jack’s holiday vision was unlike no other, so ring out the bells!

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There’s more cheer to uncover.

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Now what better gift on my friends to bestow than a graveyard that’s covered in ghostly white snow.

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Welcome to Oogie’s holiday tricks and treats! Round and round she goes. What’s your gift? Oogie knows!

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Baked Potato Soup ($7) at Carnation Cafe with Bacon, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Sour Cream, and Chives.

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Fried Bologna Sandwich ($14) at Carnation Cafe features Fried Bologna, Pullman Bread, Mayo, Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato, and Pickle Stackers, served with Fries.

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Pork Chop TV Dinner ($24) includes a pork chop with seasoned apples, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, and a cheddar and chive scone served with caramel bread pudding

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More refurbishments at the Small World mall.

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The trees in Fantasyland are still being covered.

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New hydration droid units have landed on Batuu. They are Coca-Cola and Sprite branded.

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The droids are numbered, J1, J2, J3, J4.

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They are selling chocolate popcorn at each of the carts.

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The queue for the Rise of the Resistance is nice and bright. The attraction just opened at Walt Disney World and is set to open the middle of next month at Disneyland.

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Spotted another Porg nest at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

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All six colors of Kyber Crystal are available, $14.99. You don’t need to buy a holocron or lightsaber to acquire. Limit 10 kyber crystals per person, per color.

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Around the Resort

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Elevators are still under way.

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Merch Run

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We noticed that some of the Stitch Extremely Sours candies seem to be using name-brand candies but re-packaged without the logos. We spotted both Mike and Ike and Warheads.

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Star Wars X TOMS

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If you’re at Curl Surf in Downtown Disney, you can pick yourself up one of several different kinds of STAR WARS X TOMS shoes. The kind folks at TOMS sent us some shoes in return for sharing it with our readers here on MouseInfo. After we got them in the mail, we couldn’t help but to take them with us straight to Batuu!

MORE INFO: The Force is strong with the new #StarWarsxTOMS collaboration

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New Happily Ever After

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Snow White’s Scary Adventures at Disneyland is prepping for a huge dose of TLC and it seems like a heaping spoonful of magic is being added during the attraction’s refurbishment with a completely re-thought finale that should promise to be a sparkling and magnificent ending to the classic princess story.

MORE INFO: Disneyland confirms new details, scenes for SNOW WHITE’S SCARY ADVENTURES

Dark Days Ahead

Disneyland After Dark is back once more for early 2020 bringing FOUR different opportunities to rock the night away in special after-hours parks experiences at the happiest place on earth. Each event will offer a different theme complemented by unique entertainment, specialty food, collectible merchandise and more!

MORE INFO: Details, Dates, and Pricing revealed for 2020 DISNEYLAND AFTER DARK; 80s, Sweethearts, Pixar, and Villains

Into the Unknown

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You can now meet Anna and Elsa in their new FROZEN 2 costumes at Disney Animation in Disney California Adventure.

What’s This?

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Sandy Claws has decided to drop on in for the Disney Holidays at Disneyland! Now through the holiday season he and Sally can be found in New Orleans Square greeting guests.

Holidaze!

There’s a special magic at Disneyland each year, the spirit of the season can make all dreams come true and now through January 6, 2020 you can experience the Disney Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.

MORE INFO: COMPLETE LOOK: Everything to experience for the 2019 #DisneyHolidays

Wish to go to the Festival?

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Next year is shaping up to be another year full of food and festivals at the Disneyland Resort as Disney California Adventure welcomes back the popular Lunar New Year celebration as well as Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

MORE INFO: 2020 promises return of favorite eats, treats, festivals, and surprises at DCA

Magical Savings on Admission

It’s one of the questions we get asked the most, how can you save a little money on Disneyland tickets? Below is what’s available now.

  • 2019 US Military discounts for tickets and hotels; Disneyland, Walt Disney World. Through 2019. (MORE INFO)
  • 2020 US Military discounts for tickets and hotels; Disneyland, Walt Disney World. Through 2020. (MORE INFO)
  • Canadian Resident discount for multi-day tickets: Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. Through 2/7/20. (MORE INFO)

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Author: Joey Inigo

I have been a part of MouseInfo.com since 2003. I enjoy visiting the Happiest Place on Earth and am happy to talk about Disney Parks all day long.

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