Traditions are something that we all enjoy but all to often take for granted in our lives. But behind every great tradition is an incredible history that leads to the amazing result we see with our own eyes in the current day. Disney too has many traditions but one of the best ones is the Candlelight Processional and at D23’s Magic & Merriment we were given an in-depth look at the history of the spectacular Christmas event. So if you already checked out Part 1 of this trip report, then you are ready for a special Candlelight Processional history lesson with some rarely seen photographs of both Disneyland & Walt Disney World. Enjoy!
Disney never misses an opportunity to push their new Resort…
…but it is still very cool to hear from Imagineers on just how much preparation and planning goes into the holiday displays at the resort and at all Disney properties.
…every last detail…
Even the smallest details…
…can later add up to truly telling an incredibly deep story.
In this case it is a regional story rooted in the deep and rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands and their traditional Christmas Celebrations.
Two city blocks of garland, why not?
After a quick presentation on Aulani and question and answer session, we are ready for more and this time we are talking Candlelight Processional!
Peace & Joy indeed…
Get ready for a ton of rare black and white photos of Disneyland!
Just incredible to look back like this, kinda makes everything in the modern era all the more special.
The grandeur of these events!
Look at the Christmas Tree over by The Matterhorn!
Of course the Candlelight Processional is famous for its special guest narrators.
Stars on Main Street…
Oh Christmas Tree!
Words can’t describe these sights…
An incredible tradition that would soon be shared with Walt Disney World!
My second home…
The Press release announcing Candlelight at WDW.
Did you know the Candlelight Processional was originally held at the Magic Kingdom?!? That was news to me! Anything with the castle looks brilliant!
I’m starting to wonder whether it was a better event before it moved to Epcot, though I love it at Epcot for many reasons. But when you see pictures like this the thought crosses your mind.
I had no idea this was such a relatively recent move…so much to learn I guess.
Some pictures of the processional you know and love at Epcot!
Who is your favorite narrator of the Candlelight Processional?