Monday, December 03, 2007

COTW, Enchanted, El Capitan, & Candlelight

Today is a post firmly rooted in the present & the future; no fears, I will return to the past tomorrow! First photo is from May 31, 1956 and shows the iconic entrance to Tomorrowland, featuring the Clock of the World. I have included a close-up of the plaque in front of it, reading “World Time of Timex July 17. 1955.”

Now it’s time to transition to the present; yesterday I saw “Enchanted” for the 2nd time, and pardon the pun, but I’m still enchanted. Seeing it at the El Capitan just added polish to an already brilliant movie. Seeing a movie in this restored movie palace harkens back to the golden age of movies. Your matinee begins with an organ concert featuring a medley of Disney favorites.

Again, I can’t say enough good things about this film and especially Amy Adams’ performance. Her character owes much to Snow White, but also the magic of Mary Poppins. I also can’t remember the last time I left a theater with the songs continuing to replay in my a good way...not like “Small World.” Patrick Dempsey provides the perfect counterpart to Adams’ cartoon princess. GO SEE IT!

Here are a few photos from the Enchanted Experience exhibit featuring Disney’s princesses and props from the film.

The Disney marketing machine is doing a bang-up job of hammering in the fact that Giselle is joining the ranks of her famous counterparts from the past, and rightfully so:

See more photos from the El Capitan on my regular website. After the El Capitan, it was a quick trip back south to Disneyland to catch the annual Christmas tradition of the Candlelight Processional, with Jane Seymour as the featured speaker. Tickets are hard to get, but even without it would be a beautiful site to see from Town Square on the sidelines. The choir, featured singers, and Seymour worked together to bring in the Christmas in a most traditional and welcome way.

See more vintage and contemporary Disneyland Candlelight photos at my main website.


Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Nice post Dave. Thanks for bringing the Candlelight Processional to us that couldn’t be there. It looks like great fun. Was it cold? Jane looks bundled up :-)

I gotta see Enchanted, I trust your review. Did you take that picture of the Organist on the El Captain Stage? It looks like a pro shot! THANKS AGAIN!

Stub Winged Bilge Rat said...

The Candlelight Processional was really nice last night, even though we were watching from a little ways away. It was chilly but not too bad.

Daveland said...

Other than the one Enchanted still (and obviously the 1956 COTW shot), all the photos were taken by me. And yes, it was pretty cold last night, but definitely a great experience!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Wow, Nice shot Dave. My indoor shots never come out like that! What, you didn't take the COTW 1956 Shot?? LOL! I'm glad you had a great time.

Anonymous said...

Those Candlelight pictures bring back memories of singing in the choir back in the 70s. A couple of hours of rehearsal backstage, some Disney magic in the form of extremely good organization, suddenly walking into the Park as part of a procession, singing in the Square (goose-bump time), more fantastic organization processing out and then a night at the Park. Quite unforgettable.

Daveland said...

Hey Disneyland Fan - If you'd like to share some of your Candlelight memories for me to post on my site, that'd be much appreciated! Feel free to email me:

Mr. Mouse Monthly said...

Great shots! In the COTW shot, you can see a 'Phantom Boats' sign, just over the middle boys head. I understand that they closed in 56' after less than a year in operation, so this must be one of the last days that sign was up.