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  • Trip Report 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

    Here's my review of 2009 Candlelight Processional

    I arrived at the park on Saturday around 11am. Already all the bench seating was taken. I overheard a cast member saying that the policy for holding seats was that each person can only hold one seat. So for a party of 2, one person must stay there to hold a seat. For a party of 3, two people must stay, etc.

    On the right side of the hub, near City Hall, people started lining up in the streets a little before 3pm. Lots of people laying down blankets.
    On the left side of the hub, near Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, people had to wait until the 3:30 parade moved out of the area before they could start camping in the streets.

    Around 4pm, Jon Voight came out and did a quick rehearsal. Walking up to the podium and getting familiar with the stage. Afterwards he came down to the right side of the hub and walked the entire length around the roped off area, greeting, shaking hands, and taking photos with all the people who had been waiting. Everyone in my area commented how this was a nice of him.

    The Candlelight processional started at 5:30 with the cast member choir and the rest of the choirs moving down Main Street. They slowly filled in areas on stage. Jon Voight read the Christmas Story from the book of Luke.

    It was a really great program. Seeing the trumpeters on the top of Main Street Railway was awesome!

    Jon Voight ended the night thanking the choir, conductor, and everyone else who put the program together. Finally he pointed up to Heaven and thanked his mother. He asked her to say "Hi" to Walt, and to thank him for all of this, and to also wish him a Happy Birthday.

    This ended the first performance. Afterwards, cast members cleared out the entire hub area including the benches and the streets. They started a line extending down Main Street towards the castle for people who wanted to see the second show. Around 7:20pm they started letting people back in to the section, first to the benches, and then to the streets.

    They started the 2nd show at 8pm. Nothing significant was different between the two shows.

    Here are my photos from the entire Candlelight Processional.

    Also, if you have friends or family who were up on stage, let me know and I can look through my photos and see if I can find them for you.
    Last edited by mre200200; 12-09-2009, 07:56 AM.
    Also check out:
    Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report

    Joe's Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report - 15 days
    Disneyland Candlelight Processional Photos - 2014 (Beau Bridges), 2012 (Kurt Russell), 2012 (Edward James Olmos), 2012 (Dick Van Dyke), 2012 (John Stamos), 2011 (Gary Sinise), 2010 (Tom Skerritt), 2009 (Jon Voight), 2008 (John Stamos)

    Or visit my blog at http://flowerstales.blogspot.com/

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    Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos


    Jon Voight during rehearsal


    Jon Voight talking with the crowd after rehearsal


    The Disneyland Christmas Tree



    Jon Voight narrating the Christmas Story


    The Disney Cast Choir with Conductor Nancy Sulahian's silhouette in the foreground


    One of the featured soloists


    The entire stage


    The trumpeters on the top of the Main Street Railway Station




    Jon Voight thanking the choirs



    Pointing to Heaven and thanking his mother. He asked her to "Say Hi to Walt for me. Tell him Thank You for all of this."



    "Merry Christmas and Good Night"
    Also check out:
    Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report

    Joe's Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report - 15 days
    Disneyland Candlelight Processional Photos - 2014 (Beau Bridges), 2012 (Kurt Russell), 2012 (Edward James Olmos), 2012 (Dick Van Dyke), 2012 (John Stamos), 2011 (Gary Sinise), 2010 (Tom Skerritt), 2009 (Jon Voight), 2008 (John Stamos)

    Or visit my blog at http://flowerstales.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

      Wow, wonderful pictures. Thank you!!!

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      • #4
        Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

        It was really neat to finally see it, after hearing about it all these years. I was walking with friends who were leaving and I was telling them about the event. Just after I said Join Voight was narrating, we looked to our left and saw him shaking hands in front of City Hall. After walking with my friends to the gates, I decided to say goodbye to them and stay for the show. I ended up sitting/standing in front of City Hall, it wasn't the greatest view (because I was so far off to the side), but it wasn't bad for an hour before the show!

        Great pictures, thanks for sharing!!

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        • #5
          Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

          Mre200200 - Thanks for those WONDERFUL photos and welcome to Micechat!

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          • #6
            Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

            Dude, those pictures are so professional. Nice report

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              Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

              really great pictures! your description of the show gave me goose bumps. I really should have gone. Oh well, Next year I'll be there. thank you.
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              • #8
                Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

                wow, those pictures were just of amazing quality! good job!

                may i ask what lens you have?

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                • #9
                  Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

                  Gorgeous pics!
                  We were so impressed by Mr Voight coming out to shake hands with the crowd. My daughter was the little girl who he talked to and signed an ornament for. He was so kind to her! Your photos came out so much better than ours did!

                  It was a wonderful night that we feel blessed to have been able to share!

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                  • #10
                    Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

                    Thanks for all the great comments and praise. As some other people have said, I was also very impressed with Jon Voight coming down and greeting everyone who was waiting. Here's a few more photos just showing what a great guy he is.










                    Originally posted by ryanvalle View Post
                    wow, those pictures were just of amazing quality! good job!

                    may i ask what lens you have?
                    I have a Canon Rebel XTi. I was using the 70-200 f/2.8 IS for the most part. Some shots might have the 2x extender on it. I also used the Canon 10-22 for some of the closer shots.
                    Also check out:
                    Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report

                    Joe's Epic Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report - 15 days
                    Disneyland Candlelight Processional Photos - 2014 (Beau Bridges), 2012 (Kurt Russell), 2012 (Edward James Olmos), 2012 (Dick Van Dyke), 2012 (John Stamos), 2011 (Gary Sinise), 2010 (Tom Skerritt), 2009 (Jon Voight), 2008 (John Stamos)

                    Or visit my blog at http://flowerstales.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

                      It was a wonderful show! Sitting their since 8am yesterday was well worth it. The association, sharing of food, and stories. Jon is a class act. You could tell he cared for Disneyland with all of heart. He was honored by narrating. His tribute to his mother and Walt was amazing.

                      Merry Christmas!


                      ...And I was there for you little girl emitopher, she was so lucky to get a picture and autograph! Good Luck with her career in Hollywood!! OH and thanks for the Beignets, they were delicious!

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                      • #12
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                        You got great shots of Mr. Voight. Awesome shot of the stage staright-on
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Mousears5505 View Post
                          ...And I was there for you little girl emitopher, she was so lucky to get a picture and autograph! Good Luck with her career in Hollywood!! OH and thanks for the Beignets, they were delicious!
                          No problem on those Beignets DH was happy to spread the wealth!

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                          • #14
                            Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos

                            Beautiful pictures!! Its nice to see pictures of the actual event. I was there Sat. night, but at the other end of main street, and as soon as the carolers went by I headed to Fantasyland... didn't want to fight the crowds. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures with us!




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                            • #15
                              Re: 2009 DIsneyland Candlelight Processional mini review and photos


                              This is the best PART of the Show!
                              Thank You for shareing! Great Picture's!!!!!!!
                              Soaring like an EAGLE !

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