WDW Main Street – Episode #360 – Our Weekly News!

Howdy, folks!  Join Doug, Dennis, and John on the train headed over to the Main Street Pub!  There’s food.  There’s beer.  And, all the latest news from around Walt Disney World!

In this week’s show, they cover the latest on Pandora, the Wilderness Lodge’s poolside eatery – Geyser Point Bar & Grill – and much, much more!  So, pull up your stool, grab a refreshment, and enjoy the show!

WDW Main Street – Episode #360 – Our Weekly News!

A Mini “Tutorial”: Doing Character Meet and Greets … as an Adult!

By John Peters

Let’s face it, folks, if you’re spending your vacation at Walt Disney World without kids, you’re a big kid yourself!

My wife and I live in the Central Florida area, and we choose to spend every vacation at Disney!  It gives us a chance to escape the stress of the “real world” and just have fun.

As an adult couple touring the parks, we do things a little different than those “Commando Families” you hear about – in the parks from dawn ’til after Midnight.  We set a much slower pace.

We take time to see more shows, enjoy dining out more often, and even hit some of The World’s better lounges and bars.  However, one thing we still enjoy is meeting Disney’s characters!

Hey!  No matter how hot it is, who just cut you off in line, or if your Soarin’ FastPass+ didn’t work, you can’t meet Mickey Mouse and not come away happy!

If you’re like us, and decide to do character Meet and Greets as an adult, try to keep these guidelines in mind …

1. There will be children.  If misbehaving children or crying babies drive you nuts, maybe this isn’t the activity for you.

2. Don’t be rude … but, don’t be surprised if others are.  Sometimes, kids butt in front of you!

3. Remember to have fun!  Going to WDW is about escaping everyday stress, so, no matter what you face while you’re waiting to have your picture taken with Goofy, relax and enjoy yourself!

An Opinion: The “Retirement” of Wishes!

Good morning, folks!  Before I go any further with my “two cents”, I’d like to direct you to our latest show … Episode 358 – Happy Mothers’ Day and Our Weekly News!

In this episode, like every other Sunday, Doug, Dennis, and John discuss all the latest news from around Walt Disney World.  This week, though, they also covered the end of Wishes and the beginning of Happily Ever After.

It got me to thinking … how do I feel about the “retirement” of Wishes?  A future member of All in WDW’s “Hall of Fame”, perhaps?  Hmm.  Maybe.

Actually, up until a few years ago, our family liked the nighttime spectacular.  We didn’t love it.  We were turned off by the throng of people one had to endure in order to witness the event.

In addition, we held much, much fonder memories of Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.  An umbrella table in Italy.  A glass of wine.  The soundtrack.  The fireworks.  Way more enjoyable, for us.

Then, we “moved” to Orlando.  Yeah, I wish.  Actually, for two years, Mrs. All in WDW and I leased an apartment just off Disney property.  It was a wonderful place … with a balcony that faced the Magic Kingdom!

There, we got the opportunity – night after night – to view Wishes countless times!  Did we miss the soundtrack?  No.  I downloaded it to my iPhone and made a game of pressing ‘play’ at just the right time.  Just when the show should start.

From the comfort of our own “home”, we got to enjoy phenomenal shows at New Year’s Eve and 4th of July.  We enjoyed HalloWishes and Holiday Wishes many, many times.

So, how do I feel about the “retirement” of Wishes?  Well, to tell the truth, so much is changing in The World these days, I’m kind of numb.  Its “termination” was destined to happen sooner or later, no?

You know what I’ll really miss, though?  Illuminations – if they take that out next.  Oh, the rumors have been flying around for years, so I think I have a right to be worried.

My friends, change – as Disney has demonstrated in multitudes of ways – is inevitable.  Wishes is just the latest example.  Having said that, I hope its memory will last ‘… ever after’.

“Magical” Trivia Revealed! A Video Answer To Yesterday’s Question?

I want to thank Pat Jeanetti of the The Mickey Dudes Podcast for the lead in to today’s post.  In a comment, yesterday, he said …

“Now I see the ‘trick’ in the wording … as many of these were Opening Day attractions.  Four out of the five, in fact.  But, actual ‘physical age’ … that is the key to unlocking this answer!  Great question!”

Thanks a lot, Pat!  You are exactly right!  What I asked was … “in physical age, what is the oldest attraction in Magic Kingdom?”

Folks, currently closed for refurbishment, from late April through mid-May , Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, is not your everyday ‘merry–go–round’!

Yes, formerly known as Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel, it was built in 1917 for the Detroit Palace Garden Park.  It was later moved to Maplewood Olympic Park in New Jersey.  That’s where Disney designers discovered it!

Of course, they turned it into the wonderful attraction it is today.  As a matter of fact, it’s one of Mrs. All in WDW’s favorites!

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So, my friends.  Was the question, itself, too “tricky”?  Was it much too hard?  Most people think about Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress being designed for the 1964 New York World’s Fair and think … that’s old!

There were two potentially correct answers to our trivia question.  Carrousel, naturally.  I think that’s the right answer, for the record.

However, one of the Walt Disney World Railroad’s locomotives – the Roy O. Disney – was built in 1916.  The rest of the attraction, though?  Well, let’s just say it can’t beat Prince Charming!

If you chose Magic Kingdom’s ‘Regal Carrousel’ when you selected an answer, give yourself a ‘gold star’.  The railroad?  Humbly accept a ‘silver’.  Great answer, but not quite the park’s oldest attraction!

“Quick Magic” Trivia! How Well Do You Know Mickey’s Kingdom?

Good morning, everyone!  We all know that Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened its doors for business on October 1, 1971.  Over 45 years ago, folks!

Having said that, how well do you know the ages of the park’s attractions?  Got ’em memorized, do ya’?  Well, let me ask you this … in physical age, what is the oldest attraction in Magic Kingdom?

I promise, folks.  It is not a trick question.  The “video” answer to this challenge comes tomorrow, my friends!  Drop back in to see!