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First Tree Lighting Ceremony teaser released!

Saturday, 10th October 2009 at 23:57

Tree Lighting CeremonyThe first winter chills creeping into the air, Disney have chosen the perfect time to stoke our anticipation for the Christmas season with a brand new publicity image for the return of the Tree Lighting Ceremony.,

Announced as part of the Disney’s Fairytale Christmas press release, the Tree Lighting Ceremony will not only move back to Town Square but become an event in its own right once again, after several years spent as merely a background to the Castle’s illumination at Central Plaza.

It looks like we’re not the only ones eagerly anticipating the return either, as the resort’s publicity department have just released this rather lovely new image to advertise the “new” event:

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Featuring a young girl with Mickey Mouse, the tree itself is shown glowing in blue as trails of pixie dust surround it, the buildings of Main Street enclosing the cosy scene.

The use of blue might be interesting, since the old tree — which has been spotted backstage and is assumed to be returning — has no lights of the sort. So could the old tree be given a new lighting overlay? After all, with the event now based solely around it, it has to compete with the extravagance of the several hundred-thousand lights over on Sleeping Beauty Castle, which will still be illuminated — separately — as part of the final “Party Time” show of the day.

This slightly too modern, slightly cold blue LED-type display is already used for the 2005 Princess Chandeliers which line Main Street during the season. It would be a shame to see the warm and colourful old tree fall to this apparently fashionable colour for Christmas lights, even if it does need to be given a more impressive light-up programme.

Gushing with confidence, the press release states: “Every evening, guests are invited to a stunning brand-new show around the majestic Christmas Tree in Town Square. Enchanted illumination orchestrated by Mickey and Minnie Mouse in person promises to dazzle young and old alike with loads of magical Christmas surprises.”

Like any wonderfully clichéd Christmas movie, we’ll just have to wait for those days to fall from the calendar…

Image © Disney.

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  • Matthew Hibbs  11th October 2009, 13:32

    it will be interesting to see how the crowds will fit in around the tree in its ‘new’ location. Previous years have seen the ceremony infront of the castle, with guests expanding through the ‘crossroads’, spreading out through the castle, through frontierland, discoveryland and back down main street, Can’t wait to see how the ceremony is orchestrated!

  • ooo I can’t wait to see this Nov 8th. They really have chosen a wonderfully enchanting image to sell the Christmas season, I would love to see it as a Christmas card.

  • That’s a good idea. I have never seen Christmas cards for sale in Disney- do they do them? There was such a rush of people heading down Main Street to the tree after the parade, that we decided to go on rides whilst they were quieter. You would get a good view from Main Street Station if you got a place early.

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