An Early Visit To Disneyland At Christmas

Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home

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An Evening Free?  Nope, Off To Disneyland (Thursday 12/4/2008)

So we had an evening free and decided to go see the parade, the fireworks and the snow!  In 2000, Disneyland premiered a fireworks show called Believe... There's Magic in the Stars to celebrate its 45th anniversary. The show was so successful in its first couple of months that the Disney decided to premiere a holiday version the following holiday season. This version fused together music from various classic Christmas songs in order to create a thirteen minute fireworks spectacular. The holiday version was very popular, especially the finale which culminated in "snow" falling in various areas of the park.

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Believe... In Holiday Magic has run every holiday season since 2000, with the exception of the 2005 holiday season, when Disney opted to continue performing Remember... Dreams Come True in observance of the Disneyland Resort's 50th anniversary. In returning the show for the 2006 holiday season, Disney has updated it to include some of the pyrotechnic effects presented in Remember.... Most notable is the increased amount of pyrotechnics launched from Sleeping Beauty Castle. On November 16, 2007 New special effects were added to Sleeping Beauty Castle to be seen in Believe... In Holiday Magic.

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We sat across from the City Hall and watched the parade

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It was crowded but most people are on their best behavior

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Here comes the parade

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Everybody loves Mrs. Santa Claus

A Famous Golfer Once Asked, "Is Goofy At Disneyland?"

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Goofy was cooking up a storm

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Tasting everything!

The Fireworks Begin

Right after the following announcement...

Can you remember
How Christmas makes you feel?
That special magic in the air,
when all your dreams were real.
Can you remember
The smell of gingerbread?
Candy canes and sugar plums
That dance inside your head.

Remember when the twinkling stars at night
Told you reindeer were in flight,
And jolly Santa Claus was on his way?
The warmth of candle glow,
A kiss of mistletoe,
The magic lives when we believe.
It's in our hearts to stay.

Remember the caring,
A season worth sharing.
Believe in the magic in our lives
Just open up your heart,
And relive the feeling.
Just remember the magic,
Yes remember the magic
One more time.

Let The Fireworks Begin Starting With The Music Of The Season

 1. Opening Medley
    * "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
    * "O Come All Ye Faithful"
    * "Joy to the World"
    * "Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly"
    * "Angels We Have Heard on High"
2. Nutcracker Medley
    * "Marches"
    * "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies"
    * "Russian Dance (Trepak)"
3. O Holy Night
4. Chanukah Medley
    * "S'Vivon"
    * "The Trees in the Field"
5. Let There Be Peace on Earth

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Note how the castle changes colors

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Happy faces even in the sky

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It is snowing on the castle with 80,000 LED lights

It Is Snowing In Disneyland

Did You Know? -

Is it real snow? Yes, indeed! Nights in December in California are generally chilly...in the 50's. This is too warm a temperature for the snow to stick on the ground, but plenty cool enough for the flakes to fly through the air without melting on the way down. It's cold to the touch, and melts in your hand if you catch a few flakes. So, no...it's NOT styrofoam bits, plastic, cotton, nor any other artificial material!

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Sue is dressed warm for the outing

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Paul is in Santa outfit (partially)

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We made it to Catal for a drinkie

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Not a great picture but one can see the moon over the hotel... Next time the tripod!

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