History & Heritage: “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade Rings in 25 Seasons; Cast Members First to Experience the Holiday Classic This Year

Ever before because its best in 1995 at Disneyland park, “A Christmas Fantasy” ceremony has actually been a must-see for visitors checking out throughout the vacations. Whether it’s Santa Claus and his reindeer or the cherished toy soldiers, every family member has a preferred part of this traditional ceremony.

Cast member Kelsie Blackwell, that has been operating at Disneyland Resort for 11 years, began doing in “A Xmas Fantasy” ceremony her very initial year. Over the years, guests have seen Kelsie as a Candlelight Round Professional Dancer in the “Christmas Round”; as a Candy Baker in the “Sweet Store”; at the rear of the ceremony during the large finale featuring Santa’s sleigh; or perhaps on Eco-friendly Army Patrol.

“It’s a ceremony that I didn’t know much about when I began,” she confesses. “Now, 11 years later, it’s become a tradition for me, also. When you watch out, and you see parents that are claiming, ‘Oh look, below come the snow people!,’ or ‘Right here come the gingerbread cookies!’– and also they’re pointing out the characters to their kids … it’s really trendy that we can be a part of passing that practice on, generation to generation.”

Kelsie is most pleased with the community of cast members– performers as well as professionals alike– that come together to bring vacation glamour to guests daily. “It’s a lovely, enchanting parade,” she claims. “However it takes a lot of individuals to make that magic happen … all the hair and also makeup individuals, the costuming individuals, the float vehicle drivers, and all the maintenance individuals– there actually is a whole lot of pixie dust going on. Nevertheless these years, it’s still frustrating to me that everyone’s making this occur like clockwork. It is among my preferred points about functioning right here!”

This year, Disneyland Hotel cast members were welcomed to an unique, cast-exclusive sneak peek of “A Xmas Fantasy” parade. Virtually 1,800 cast participants appreciated the possibility with hot cacao and also sweet walking canes. The seasonal ceremony goes through Jan. 6.

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