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    So yesterday was a weird day for me. Many firsts! My first time parking in Pumbaa lot, my first solo visit in over a year, my first viewing of a DL Christmas Parade, my first ride walk-off, my first Bengal BBQ, etc...

    I dressed up in a dress and tights, my prettiest flats, and my new plaid coat because I knew I would be doing WAY more standing than riding. I love how in the 50s everyone dressed up because Disneyland was a special occasion, so I did too!





    Sign refurb: everything was covered up, so I couldn't tell what they were doing. Dreamifying it?





    Lots of characters in the park yesterday. They were expecting a big enough crowd to have to close off parking, but it didn't seem very crowded to me at all! In addition to these guys, I saw Buzz in Tomorrowland and Pluto riding Dumbo with some friends.









    I got there at about 9, so I missed Josh Groban's rendition of Silent Night
    But I did get to catch the High School Musical! The cute CM said I was probably around the 400th person in line. Luckly, I got pretty near the front on stage right.





    I took a ton of pictures. Half of them that showed Vanessa had her messing with her hair in the same way as shown here. I think that Corbin and Kaycee put the most energy out of all of them into the taping, and they certainly were the most friendly to the fans. I was a little bummed that I didn't get to see Zefron and Lucas there, because I'm curious as to what kind of "live" performers they are too.













    Here's some shots that show the set up better, including camera cranes, teleprompter, silly white trees, etc. Why they needed a teleprompter so bad for a variation of a song they've been singing for a year, I don't know but they didn't appear to use it, at any rate. Don't be fooled by the mics, the only time they were on was for the shot when they wished everyone a merry Christmas. The director even told us that we could stop applauding once the music and vocal track started, showing that they'll be adding in audience cheering later over the pre-recorded vocal track. These kids are fairly good lip syncers, too!









    They had a TON of adorable back-up dancers. I was given the impression that these were dancers who already worked at Disneyland. While the stars were wearing minidresses and had an assistant with a shade umbrella and got to leave the stage between takes, the dancers sat in the sun on stage in full winter gear. They put so much energy into every take and re-take, so matter who was actually being filmed.











    My favorite park; it was so think you can't even see the Matterhorn here!





    TO BE CONTINUED THIS AFTERNOON (after I work)
    I've got parade pics, etc.

    ETA: Parade Pics are up, see below!
    Last edited by StrikeYerColors; 11-11-2007, 04:49 PM.
    "And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by" (John Masefield)



  • #2
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    WOW awesome shots and you look very nice all dressed up for the park

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    • #3
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      Looks like fun. Too many people in the park for my liking though.
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        EEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!

        Looks like they also filmed an add for McDonald's: "We're Lovin' It"
        Critter Country's a mess ev'r since the Country Bears were kicked out. Ya can't cover pooh with honey and 'spect people ta like it.
        An Adventurers It's Time to Put the Spotlight Back on Bring Back the REAL Disney Gallery
        Life for Me! ~ ~ ~ Melvin, Buff, and Max!!! ~~~~ Dump the Dream Suite!
        Meese-ka Moose-ka Mice-Chatter!

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        • #5
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          ^ oh no i thought Disneyland wanted to promote anti-obesity

          jk

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          • #6
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            Great pictures Cool to see it from the other side of the stage.

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            • #7
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              wow nice pictures. Vanessa looks hot.

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              • #8
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                Thanks for getting all these shots. I had no desire to get mixed up in that crowd and am glad I can enjoy it in the comfort of home through you. Looking forward to the rest.
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                • #9
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                  Love your photos! Cant wait to see the parade shots.

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                  • #10
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                    PARADE:

                    They filmed it in segments. Completely out of order, I think, or at least a little mixed up (I certainly wouldn't have organized it like this, plus it seemed they were recycling performers from one segment to the next, like the elves).

                    Sadly, I didn't get any shots of the dancers at the beginning, but it was certainly a sight to see: Hundreds of girls from dance studios around the state (country?) in their sparkley little costumes, lined up in perfect rows as they cheered/walked/danced down Main Street.

                    Toy Story floats: Woody, Jessie, and then Buzz:












                    "NEW" Ratatouille float w/ even more Chefs!





                    Then came the Wintery floats. I got really nervous watching the snowflakes as they carefully skipped their roller skates over the (very wheel sized) trolley tracks. The ice skating Tinkerbell was WONDERFUL. Anyone know who she is? She's the best Tink I've seen in anything.

















                    At this point, after these balloons had gone by, there was a very long pause before the next segment was ready. A large portion of the audience left (by the time the parade was done, almost no one was watching and they had to rearrange people to fill in the empty space), and I was able to move from my spot further back (I got there late) up to the corner by the Emporium where I was in the line of a lot of the cameras and could see Ryan Seacrest.





                    Next came two Parade of Dreams floats: They didn't have their own music playing; instead it was the train-with-fairies float music over and over. Is Jimeny Cricket always on the Pinnochio float? What about the White Rabbit? I've never noticed them before.















                    Toy-themed floats:









                    The beloved banner dancers and parade marshal truck. I always loved those blue-patterned skirts. The family who was parade marshal won 47 years of The Disney Vacation Club membership, according to Ryan's teleprompter. Then came some carolers. I guess that's what they were... it wasn't like they were doing anything but waving. Their stage at the top is empty... what is supposed to go there?









                    These silly white trees were sporadically placed around the filming areas... I think they look kind of silly next to the normal trees that still have their green leaves. They were also kind of wobbly as people tried to lean on them. I was wondering all day if they would edit the sky and lighting to look cloudy and wintery in post-preduction, because it was clear and blue and hot all during filming.



                    Next was the princess ball floats, and then a straggling Toyland book float, haha! The dancers in gold impressed me more than any parade dancing I'd ever seen; they were very nice. And I was so happy to see Mulan and Shang!

















                    Finally came the Dwarves and their jeweled tree, the (same?) carolers again, but dancing this time, some creepy reindeer, and Goofy as Santa. There was a HUGE delay when Ryan and Goofy were supposed to have this really cheesy conversation, and it took them a while to get the audio or something to work. The little Santa girls were standing there for so long, the poor things.













                    It was quite anticlimactic after this. They asked us to stand behind Ryan to fill in the crowd, and he read the little advertisements for the different channels. "Christmas Morning at 9, on ABC 7" "Christmas Morning at 10 Eastern, 9 Central, on (insert local ABC channels)", etc etc...
                    The sun had already gone down and everything.. The parade shoot started at 12:30 and went until about 4 or 4:30. But I stuck around because I was standing beside this adorable little girl (in a Snow White dress, of course) who was sitting on her daddy's shoulders. She'll probably be in the shots behind Ryan, but he was blocking my view of the camera the whole time, so I doubt I'll be seen much over his shoulder or anything.





                    More on the rest of my day later, there were a couple other interesting elements, and I've got some pics from my Indy walk-off
                    "And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by" (John Masefield)


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                    • #11
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                      Neat parade pics, so there was no Belle and Beast, or Cinderella and Prince Charming?

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                      • #12
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                        they were filming in florida

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                        • #13
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                          Creepy Reindeer?? I love them!!!!

                          Anyway, you had some great pictures! Glad you had fun!
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                          Will trade husband for Disneyland and DCA Pins!

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by Oswald the Rabbitt View Post
                            Neat parade pics, so there was no Belle and Beast, or Cinderella and Prince Charming?
                            Sometimes there shown at WDW for the taping after all there is only one of each

                            Looks like theres a new float for "Toy Story" as opposed to the previous years blocks with Buzz standing on the top and Woody sitting on one of the lower blocks.

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                            "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney

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                            • #15
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                              Great parade photos. I like the reindeer too. I think they're cute. Looking forward to more good stuff from you.
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                              • #16
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                                great trip report

                                Orlando doing good
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                                • #17
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                                  Originally posted by twobluestripes View Post
                                  PARADE:
                                  Looks like a good parade this year!

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                                  • #18
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                                    I love the santa goofy thanks.

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                                    • #19
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                                      Is this on the same float that Jessie is on?


                                      This is the float where Pinnochio usually sits in front.
                                      Geppetto and Jiminy Cricket usually are a little further
                                      back on either side of the float.




                                      This is the float that Mrs. Claus is alway on ~ usually sitting.




                                      There used to be Two Toy Block Towers, one used to
                                      have the Little Mermaid on top. This is the only one
                                      that was changed substantially. The Spaceship, batteries,
                                      Little Green man look new.

                                      It's not too unusual for them to mix up the floats and
                                      Characters a little for filming of the Christmas Parade,
                                      especially since they tend to go back and forth from
                                      DL to WDW. Since they were using the Pinnochio float
                                      from the 50th Parade, that explains why they had Toy
                                      Story Characters on the Christmas float which is used
                                      for Pinnochio.

                                      This is a good sign that the princes might be back for
                                      the Christmas Parade.
                                      Pinno
                                      Critter Country's a mess ev'r since the Country Bears were kicked out. Ya can't cover pooh with honey and 'spect people ta like it.
                                      An Adventurers It's Time to Put the Spotlight Back on Bring Back the REAL Disney Gallery
                                      Life for Me! ~ ~ ~ Melvin, Buff, and Max!!! ~~~~ Dump the Dream Suite!
                                      Meese-ka Moose-ka Mice-Chatter!

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                                      • #20
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                                        Originally posted by twobluestripes View Post
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                                        HEY! There's me!!! Yeah that was soooooooo fun. Plus everyone good a good gander at Ryan's behind haha
                                        "behind the orange curtain it's not so bad"






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