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’.

No More Wishes? What?!

Head over to wdwinfo.com for this blockbusting news, folks!  As of May 12th, Wishes is out.  Happily Ever After is in!  Find the full article at …

Brand New Nighttime Spectacular to Replace “Wishes”!

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What do you think, my friends?  Are you heartbroken?  Were you ready for a change?  Let us know what you think in the poll below!

 

Happy New Year, WDW Fans! Let The Fireworks Begin!

Welcome to New Year’s Eve, my friends!  2017 is mere hours away.  A brand new year of big Walt Disney World events is just around the corner!

Before we start sending up bottle rockets, though, let me step back to this week’s polls.  We ran two.  First, I asked, “[W]hat are your favorite Epcot Holiday Entertainers?”

Well, it seems that these three have captured your collective fancy …

  • Voices of Liberty (The American Adventure)
  • Father Christmas (United Kingdom)
  • Sigrid and Julenissen (Norway)

All great choices.  We enjoy them too!  Next, we engaged in a slight bit of “re-imagineering”.  Our task?  We were asked to “hire” three new narrators to perform Epcot’s famed Candlelight Processional!

We should all work in Disney’s Human Resources department.  Our selections were outstanding!  Given our wishes, these superstars are gainfully employed …

  • Ellen Degeneres
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  • Jim Parsons

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear The Rock and Sheldon share the story of Christmas with us all!

One last thing … a few words back, I noted that we’re about to embark upon a “… brand new year of big Walt Disney World events.”

For me, there’s nothing that’s upcoming that is bigger than this … Pandora – The World of Avatar – is set to open this coming Summer!

Soon, we’ll all be able to enter into ” … the base camp of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the eco-tour group that is preparing Pandora for future explorers and adventure seekers.”  I can’t wait!

Folks, on behalf of All in WDW and the WDW Main Street Podcast – from Doug, Dennis, John, and myself – have a Happy (and safe!!) New Year!

Now!  Can we light up the sky in celebration?  Of course!  Send up the fireworks!

More Illuminations

Illuminations

More Fireworks

Fireworks

Wishes

“Wishing” for “Hallo”Wishes?!

Hey, Food & Wine!  Pardon this short interruption for a minute or two, eh?

We’ll get back to the rest of your menus – as well as the unveiling of the All in WDW 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival FINAL Top 25! – quickly enough!

My friends, on our last trip, Mrs. All in WDW and I got the chance to witness HalloWishes (from very afar) for the first time.  Wow!  What a phenomenal fireworks display!  Have you had the chance to see it?  I hope so!

Anyway, the experience put me to mind of some of my favorite pictures.  Up until enjoying HalloWishes, I didn’t think there was anything better than watching Wishes from the Top of the World Lounge.

Crowning Disney’s Bay Lake Tower, the Top of the World Lounge provides an outstanding vantage point for seeing “Wishes” come true.

Thanks to Rick Howard of Kingdom Magic Vacations, we were able to enjoy that experience late last year.  Thanks, again, Rick!

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