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  • TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

    This year at TDS.. the mood is jazzy for Harborside Christmas 2007.
    While TDL turns the season into a fun Disney romp for everyone in the family, TDS approach has always been one of more restrained and solemn moments. This year is no exception... except for the slight shift in theme this year.

    While Mediterranean Harbor keeps the solemn feel, American Waterfront is vibrant with jazz, while Cape Cod prefers a more subdued and sentimental approach, reminicent of Dickens.

    TDS has always decorated with a classy and subdued feel. Guests are welcomed in to the park with a tunnel of lights reminicent of the famed Luminarias from Europe. This year though... I missed not seeing the obligatory photo spot that always featured a Xmas scene with the characters at Med Harbor.. That decorative fixture is not here this year.. and I wonder if it has to do more with the jazzy themes that are more apropriate to American Waterfront... and probably the reason why we have those new photo spot statues in the waterfront park area instead.

    Still.. does not matter. Those looking for a more adult Disney approach to Christmas, a la EPCOT Center, won't be disappointed. I for one am glad they have chosen to highlight the jazz aspects of American Waterfront, simply because the featured show here, "Big Band Beat Christmas" is NOT to be missed and possibly the highlight of your TDS visit at this time of the year.
    The show (which can't be photographed or videotaped by strict orders) is simply stunning. Mind you, the regular version of the show is simply FAB, but the Xmas version is downright an "event". From the music, to the cast, to the sets, to the chorus line of lovely girls performing a Radio City Rockettes-style routine, to the in-theater snowfall, Mickey playing drums, and the scorching choreography.. etc etc, "Big Band Beat Xmas" is worth the admission price to TDS.

    Other shows around the park are also featuring Xmas versions... such as "Over the waves", "Salsa, Salsa" and few others. New this year is a Dickens' style fable show at Cape Cod called "A little Tale of Xmas", where Scrooge's heart is once again treated to a dose of Xmas charm. No, there is no tiny Tim here, but the story is similar in feel and features a xmas tree that simply won't cooperate.

    The Holiday merchandise this year, like at TDL, is plentiful and highlights the Big band Beat theme...Do you want a Mickey plush in his holiday Big Band beat Xmas costumes? No prob. Likewise for many other items such as stationary, pins, ornaments etc etc...

    Holiday food menus are great (try the special set pasta dishes in med harbor for this ocasion) and the seasonal treats in souvenir cups and saucers will put a smile on your face, with their presentations and taste.
    To top it all.. TDS does not short-change their holiday guests, and full versions of the daytime and nightime spectaculars "Legend of Mythica" and "BraviSEAmo!" still play daily.

    But to cap off the night..TDS also proudly presents their Xmas lagoon salute "Candlelight Reflections", on it's 5th season, the show is as simple minded as can be, but visually stunning in the most of understated ways. Electrical chandeliers float on the water and light up in choreographed unison to the music...then the characters, in their holiday finest costumes, appear magically to light up the spectacular electrical tree in the center of the lagoon. Fireworks shoot out from the lagoon perimeter towards the top of the tree, as if they were to light it up. And it does. That particular moment is so well executed, my jaw drops every time I see it. The "gasp!" of the audience is priceless. Then, the final "Welcome to Christmas" greeting will do you in if you are not crying tears of joy by now. All in all, a most enjoyable and sentimental 10-minutes presentation.

    Minutes later, Disney Xmas Dreams in the Sky fireworks, caps the night.
    It is a magical time to visit TDS and I hope you get a feel of it via these photos featuring most everything I have covered above. Hope you enjoy them.

    Have a happy holiday everyone... and "welcome to Chritsmas", TDS style. Photos here:

    http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/Albu...a=32611336&f=0

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    Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

    Great photos as usual. I miss being there already-I just got back last week and had the best time. Saw just about everything, but never got to see Over the Waves since it kept getting rained out each time I happened to be there- so much for putting stuff off- but I did see it last year. I also saw both versions of the show in Cape Cod area- the regular version and rained out shorter version. Also for the first time I caught some of the shows and parades in the rain, so was a little excited seeing the characters in their raingear looking like they had been shrinwrapped before the parade, and although I caught the Christmas parade in TDL 3 times- the last day was rained out and saw the rain parade with the really strange music- at least it was something different.

    Too bad I can't get out there as often as you do, once a year is even pushing it for me- all I have to look forward to is Disneyworld in 2 weeks & I'm sure not much has changed, but I am looking forward to seeing the castle all lit up in person- it looks great from online pictures but are sure it looks better in person.

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      The WDW castle display is stunning. You will not be disappointed. Much better than TDL's castle display. I am posting my pics from there tonight.

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      • #4
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        Lovely pictures and commentary! I especially liked your conclusion, with that perfect picture of the steaming Mount Prometheus and the crescent moon.
        ~ Tokyo DisneySea’s Arabian Coast at nighttime ~

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          Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

          Great tdsea PICS the last shot looks great

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          • #6
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            Wow, now THAT'S a popcorn bucket I want... mostly because it's expandible. But I wonder why they Duffy dolls don't have his white sweater that he was wearing in the Santa Photo spot.

            Great pictures as always! I especially love the composition of the last shot. Very nice.
            WARNING: Any opinions expressed by this user are wrong.

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            • #7
              Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

              Tokyo doesn't miss a thing with Duffy- they actually do have a white sweater that matches that you can buy to dress up your Duffy & I bought the smaller keychain/pinback plush of it as well. I still liked him dressed as Santa last year, but they do have to change his wardrobe from time to time to keep sales going

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              • #8
                Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

                Originally posted by jedimaster7313 View Post
                I still liked him dressed as Santa last year, but they do have to change his wardrobe from time to time to keep sales going
                ..and driving sales is something they do so so well..
                Anyways.. glad you all are enjoying the photos. Just posted my MK dream lights one in the WDW section, with review. Check those out as well.. but now I am leaving for Paris tonight. Will be at DLP for Turkey day, so look for me if any of you are there. Bye!!

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                  Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

                  Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
                  I am leaving for Paris tonight. Will be at DLP for Turkey day, so look for me if any of you are there. Bye!!
                  Is it just me, or does TDLFan seem to lead a charmed, charmed life?

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                  • #10
                    Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

                    Not to derail the thread, but I've always wondered how big a deal Christmas really is in Japan.
                    There is no right or wrong in this debate. It is simply a matter of perspective.
                    -Dr. Strange

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                      Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

                      Originally posted by Wren View Post
                      Not to derail the thread, but I've always wondered how big a deal Christmas really is in Japan.
                      Strictly commercial but indeed commonly celebrated. It's relatively common but not even close to as significant as the US. New Years is the biggest holiday in Japan.

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                      • #12
                        Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

                        Originally posted by DisneySeaFan View Post
                        Strictly commercial but indeed commonly celebrated. It's relatively common but not even close to as significant as the US.
                        It's starting to not be "as significant" here in the US. In fact, the only places I've seen where the holiday is "significant" is in the pockets of Old World Europe.
                        WARNING: Any opinions expressed by this user are wrong.

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                        • #13
                          Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

                          gretttings from tokyo. i'm typing this perched high in my hotel 27 floors above tokyo with views of mount fuji. i'm enjoying the sights of the city (and of course disney) Can't belive i ran into TDLFAN at disney last week purly by accident we met at the end of his busy day collecting photos for another great trip report...

                          Great to meet you TDLFAN, I've got 3 more days next week at the resort and will endevor to post some pic's next weekend

                          SW

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                          • #14
                            Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

                            Yes, It was great meeting you, and I wish I have had more time to hang out and talk "Disney" stuff. I can't believe you are still in Japan, and me? Well... since you saw me, I have been to WDW, and just got back today from DLP. Keep an eye out of their Xmas photos in a couple of days!

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                              Re: TDLFAN's TDSea Xmas report/photos

                              Originally posted by TomGirl307 View Post
                              Is it just me, or does TDLFan seem to lead a charmed, charmed life?
                              No, not really. I am not going to HKDL or DLR this Xmas...and I am bummed.

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