You know, I think I’ve finally figured out what Disney is doing. They’re creating “Hall of Fame” candidates at a break-neck speed!
For those that don’t know, the All in WDW “Hall of Fame” was established in 2015 with the entry of the first of its two current occupants – Maelstrom.
A little over a year later, that wonderful Norwegian attraction was joined by another Epcot icon … Celtic rock band – Off Kilter (2016)! Two family favorites, folks!
What gets an attraction, entertainment act, restaurant, bar, or any other Walt Disney World trinket into our so-called “Hall of Fame”, you might ask? Well, first, it has to be “retired” by Disney. Second, it has to have left the All in WDW family with tons of very fond memories.
In Maelstrom’s case, it was a must-do ride that we dearly loved and sorely miss. As for Off Kilter, its memory calls back many enjoyable strolls around World Showcase – walks made pleasurable as the band’s upbeat music wafted over the lagoon.
Then, there’s Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. Oh, Wishes. I’ve mentioned this before, on the WDW Main Street Podcast, but Mrs. All in WDW and I kept an apartment in Windermere – just North of the Magic Kingdom – for two years. Sadly, we gave it up last Labor Day.
The importance of that little fact is that our balcony faced the Magic Kingdom. Oh, we couldn’t see the park, per se, but we could see the very top spire on Cinderella Castle! We could also view Wishes every night we were in Orlando, if we liked.
One of our favorite things to do was to sit on our balcony – just Mrs. All in WDW and I – and push play on the Wishes soundtrack at just the right moment. It was our own personal, private viewing area.
We have countless memories of viewing Wishes, HalloWishes, and Holiday Wishes with friends and family. We witnessed extravaganzas on both the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve each year we “lived” there.
That, everyone, is what I call leaving the All in WDW family with tons of very fond memories. And, the attraction is retired, yes? So … Wishes Nighttime Spectacular? Welcome to the All in WDW “Hall of Fame”! You are the “Class of 2017”!
Now, after all that, let’s close by popping back to the polls we ran a week or so back. First, I asked you … have you seen Wishes’ replacement – ‘Happily Ever After’? 68% of the respondents said, “Yes”!
I, then, dug further and asked, which [of Wishes or Happily] do you like the best? With 74% of the vote, you overwhelmingly supported the Magic Kingdom’s new show. Great job, Disney! It looks like you’ve got yet another winner on your hands!