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  • Howard 3:10 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Disneyland Survival 

    We didn’t make it to Disneyland on Leap Day but a couple of our friends survived the capacity crowds Wednesday and were there also for the park closing on Saturday morning where a paper towel shaped object with a “spiritual message” caused quite a scare.

    Trams were blocked up with crowds of people not knowing that it is a short walk to the Mickey and Friends parking lot where you’ll find scariest ride at the park:

    Apparently there was an unreported incident or accident on the M&F escalator requiring a cleanup crew in “Ghost Buster’s” white environmental suits to mop up a nasty mess.

    We nearly took a spill on the same “ride” when it seized so we avoid it and now walk down the stairs; cut across the parking lot to Downtown Disney and enter the park at the Monorail station.  Coming back we don’t mind taking the escalator up since climbing back up the five flights of stairs after spending a day at park is troublesome.

     
  • Howard 11:29 pm on December 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2010 (VIDEOS) 

    Many thanks to 3catower to recording the Saturday December 5 8:00 PM Candlelight presentation. With rain predicted on Sunday, we decided to skip Candlelight.  It was raining in Ventura Co. and from the radar map, it looked like it was raining during both the at the 5:30 and 8:00 shows.

    Pre-show

    Begins Tom Skerrit reading Lk 2:8-12, followed by “He is born”. Next reading is Lk 2:13-14, and then “Angels We Have Heard on High”. 3rd reading is Lk 2:15-17 and “What Child is This”

    Reading from Matt. 2:1-8, “We Three Kings”, Reading Matt. 2:9-11, “Sing Noel”, “Joy to the World”

    “Silent Night”
    Noche de paz, noche de amor,
    Todo duerme en derredor.
    Entre sus astros que esparcen su luz
    Bella anunciando al niñito Jesús.
    Brilla la estrella de paz,
    Brilla la estrella de paz.
    Then in English with the audience.
    “One Solitary LIfe” based on writing of James Allan Francis, 1926 read by Tom Skeritt. Followed by variation of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”

    Reading Isaiah 9:6 followed by “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah”. We all stand when this number begins. Then Thank you’s and closing remarks by Tom Skerrit.

     
    • Richard Mynderup 1:16 am on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Greetings Howard,

      Thanks for sharing the video clips. Splendid as ever!! I was thinking about Candlelight last night as I was up on my roof installing my Santa clad Mickey, Minnie, and Tinkerbell, Goofy and new additions this year…Donald, caroling Pooh and Piglet.

      Glad you were able to attend and enjoy the beautiful sounds…

      Richard Mynderup

  • Howard 5:01 am on October 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    2009 Disneyland Candlelight Audition Tape 

    Thursday we heard the Disneyland candlelight audition tape that was submitted for the 2009 Processional.  It sounded very good indeed!  Of course, we participated in the 2008 Candlelight, so we knew the music by heart.  There is a high probability that we’re heading back to Disneyland for a second time.  But you never know since Disney tends to rotate new Choirs in for better area participation.

    Regardless, we’re going to watch the Sunday Night 2009 Candlelight since our Disneyland Annual Passport is not blocked out that for that day.  If we do make it this year, we’ll probably sing in the mass choir on Saturday and spend the night down in Anaheim either at the Grand Hotel or another hotel in the park.

    It was a very tiring day spending 3 hours in the backlot plus 2 hours of singing.  By the time we got out of the park it was nearly 9:30 PM and had enough time to go back to the car and re-enter for a few rides and fireworks.  Next time, I’m going to be prepared, relaxed and enjoy it.

     
  • Howard 1:15 pm on June 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    The Grand Hotel and Spa at Disneyland 

    We celebrated my wife’s birthday in style this year at Disneyland.  We decided to spend the night at a hotel near Disneyland and stayed at the Grand Hotel and Spa.

    I can tell you that this is a very impressive hotel to stay at.  The six-story foyer is truly grand and lives up to its name.  The walnut stairs will take from the first floor all the way up to the top with a magnificent view of the hotel.

    We are planning to go back and stay a few nights to have mini-vacations this year since we both have busy work schedules.

    Regardless of if I participate in the 2009 Candlelight Processional this year (12/5 – 12/6/2009), we are spending the weekend there.

     
  • Howard 1:31 am on May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2009 

    Jim Wilber mentioned to me today that the 2009 Disneyland Candlelight Processional is December 5th and 6th.  I don’t believe that we’re going to audition this year, but I believe that George Swanson’s Camarillo SDA church may audition.

    If that’s the case — and we’re accepted — we’ll be singing on Sunday the 6th.  We’ll know sometime in October if we’re going back.

    The amazing thing is that I was listening to the arrangements today and I can still sing the Tenor part.

     
    • LuxHumilis 2:00 pm on July 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      AHHH! how’d you know the arrangements. I want to audition but I’m definately an amateur, I’ll go anyways.

      • Howard 5:09 pm on July 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Disneyland gives you the arrangements once your Church or School is accepted. You have to memorize your part — which I have — but there is a recording by a Santa Barbara Church that floats around which will help with the memorization.

  • Howard 11:27 pm on March 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Disneyland, , Mickey and Friends Parking Structure,   

    Scariest Ride at Disneyland 

    Photo of the 5 Story High Mickey & Friends Escalator

    Without a doubt, the scariest ride at Disneyland is the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure escalator.  When you first step onto the escalator, you’re looking down a steep 5 stories starting at the Donald parking level.

    If you’re afraid of heights, it’s a the point where you know if you fall, you’re going to split open like a watermelon and die.

    The first time I rode the scariest ride at Disneyland, I had an uneasy feeling that if this escalator stopped suddenly, everyone would take a terrible tumble down to the bottom.

    I had this same uneasy feeling as my wife and I started downwards to the waiting trams at noon on 3/20. Without warning, the terrifying feeling manifested when the escalator malfunctioned and jolted to a complete stop. Hundreds of passengers surged forward flying downward into the guest in front of them.

    The screams of terror were deafening as I landed feet first on the next step below.  My one handed grip on the rail saved me from what would have ruined the near perfect day at Disneyland.

    The scariest ride at Disney is indeed the Mickey & Friends Escalator.

     
    • Thomas Mayhew 1:29 am on March 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      In regards to “the scariest ride at Disneyland”, maybe Mickey needs better friends or at least mechanics?

      Glad you and your wife were not hurt.

      Thomas

    • desconlu 2:56 am on March 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      that’s scary all right. I’m terrified of heights!

    • A Boone 5:01 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I agree that it’s the scariest ride in Disneyland! On March 3, 2012 I was riding the escalator with my family and 75 other people downward when the escalator lurched then started free falling super fast. Because it was going 5 times the normal speed, people were being ejected at the bottom into a large heap. The emergency stop button didn’t work either. I was thrown onto the heap and burried by the 30 people behind me. Approximately 8 people were injured requiring emergency treatment- 3 seriously. Luckily, my family sustained only minor injuries: twisted ankle in my 9 year old, bruised elbow in my 16 year old, hip and knee bruising in my 12 year old, and I tweeked my neck. My 72 year old mother hurdled the heap of people and came out unscathed. That’s the last time I use an escalator!

      • Daniel Morales 11:52 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        a time to remember my and my family were there that day and i was one of the ones that got seriusly injure, still unable to go to work do to a broken finger that may need surgery, its been dificult, but i hope your family is doing good

        • A Boone 3:31 am on March 16, 2012 Permalink

          So sorry to hear about your injury. I hope you recover soon. We are all recovered now.

    • Howard 5:20 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      A Boone, OMG I am speechless. I am glad to hear you and your family ONLY sustained minor injuries and my prayers and thoughts go out to those who were injured.

      It was nearly three years ago when we experienced that “awful ride,” but no one was hurt when the escalator seized. Ever since then we take the stairs.

  • Howard 6:15 am on December 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster, Disneyland, Level 4, Level 4 Space Ranger, To infinity and beyond   

    Level 4 Space Ranger 

    To infinity and beyond! I’m now a Level 4 Space Ranger.

    Buzz LightYear Level 4

    Ranger 1: Howard Young; Ranger 2: Sue Smits

    After the Candlelight Procession, we (three sopranos and a tenor) had two hours before the Disneyland closed. We rode Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster and I made it to Level 4.

    We got lots of pointers from Jim and Suzy Wilber, who are in the Disneyland Choir (and also Choir members of Holy Trinity Lutheran). Suzy has a personnel best of Level 6.

    Jim and Suzy shared their Astro Blaster secrets with me.  I didn’t include one of Jim’s favorite hitting the target in the last room as you pull away backward cause I just haven’t figured out which Astro Blaster target he’s talking about yet.

     
  • Howard 4:46 am on December 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    The 2008 Disneyland Candlelight Processional (Videos) 

    The 2008 Disneyland Candlelight Processional was spectacular! Words simply cannot explain the experience. If you want to know more about the 2012 Processional, please visit this page here.

    Hear and see for yourself from a Disneyland Guest.

    The Processional

    The 600+ member choir proceeds down Main Street USA singing O Little Town of Bethlehem, The First Noel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. We get to sing these over and over and over until we’re up in the risers. (BTW, I’m the tall Goofy guy at 1:50 in this video)

    Sing Praise to Him, Our Lord

    The First Noel

    Candlelight Carol

    He is Born (Il Est Né)

    Doh! He edited out my solo…

    Angels We Have Heard On High

    I’m in the top row, 3rd one from the right. If you’ll notice, there’s a set of stage lights just behind us. Even though it was a cool 50 degree night, after standing there for about 20 minutes, we were drenched in sweat from the 100+ degree heat from the lights.

    What Child is This

    We Three Kings

    Sing Noel

    Joy to the World

    Peace, Peace (Silent Night), Let Us Adore Him

    Hallelujah Chorus

     
    • Alan Lutz 4:24 am on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Howard, I just did a search on Candlelight Procession to find out details about 2009 event and found your site via Google search. Read about your rehearsals for your Lutheran Church in T.O. participating again. Then I saw the link to the 2008 videos and lo and behold, it was MY YouTube videos that you linked to your site. I’m flattered. Thanks, No wonder It got so many hits. I am Lutheran here in Orange, CA and hope (plan) to go again this year.

    • Alan Lutz 8:05 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      OK, Howard, I was there tonight, second show. Got a free seat by City Hall at the last minute so was able to use tripod and get better video, albeit, limited view. In the process of uploading them now on 3catowner site.

      • Howard 12:32 am on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Alan!. I walked by you in your second video at about 1:50. I could make out the second guy behind me and you can clearly hear Jim Wilbur (the Disney Employee Director) who was about 6 in front of me.

  • Howard 3:53 am on December 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Disneyland, , , French Restaurant, , Oboes,   

    Candlelight Processional T-1 Day 

    Tomorrow is the big day for our Holy Trinity Lutheran Choir. I’m starting to get butterflies about the 2008 Disneyland Candlelight Processional.

    The funny thing about today is that we took a new-hire candidate at a French Restaurant and Il Est Né kept running through my mind. When the waiter ask what I wanted, he gave me a strange look when I accidentally blurted out:

    “Il Est Né le divine enfant! Jouez hautbois résonnez musettes.”

    I had to repeat my simple order of crepes in English. I guess they didn’t have Baby Jesus with a side of Oboes …

     
  • Howard 6:50 am on November 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2008 Regional Rehearsal 

    The Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2008 regional rehearsal at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, CA went surprisingly well.  Four choirs meet with Nancy, Disney’s Candlelight director.  The students in the San Marcos High School choir are very impressive and know their parts by heart.

    John Stamos is the narrator for the 2008 Candlelight Processional who is apparently still popular with High School-aged girls.

     
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