A Hall of Fame Attraction? Nighttime Spectaculars! What Was YOUR Verdict?

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!

Love Pours Out For All in WDW’s Hall of Famers!

Stunning response, my friends!  Simply phenomenal.  What an outpouring of love you displayed yesterday!  Both of All in WDW’s “Hall of Fame” members have your undeniable support.

Going back to yesterday’s polls – they’re still open if you want to weigh in, folks – I, first, asked you … Frozen Ever After or Maelstrom?  Which do you prefer?

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The verdict, as of this morning?  Well, about 61% of you threw your support to the original Norwegian adventure!  Vikings, trolls, and polar bears rejoice!

Next, we welcomed the Celtic rock band – Off Kilter – into All in WDW’s annals of renown.  Do you think they belong in our “Hall of Fame”?

Landslide!  To date, over 76% of you believe that this much-missed Epcot entertainment option deserves their place of honor!  Congratulations, Off Kilter!  Bring them back, Disney!

Thanks, again, for your participation, everyone.  We’ll be back – with more food! – really soon!

Look Out! It’s an Off Kilter Frozen Maelstrom!

Huh!  What in Walt Disney World are you talking about, Bob?  Off Kilter?  Frozen?  Maelstrom?!

OK.  So, it’s not all about food here at All in WDW, now, is it?  We do talk about other stuff!

Take attractions, for instance.  Hey!  All in WDW’s annual attraction polls ‘kick off’  in less than two months!  Can you believe it, folks!

Anyway, back to today’s topics … a few months ago, I got my first chance to enjoy Disney’s new darling – Epcot’s Frozen Ever After.

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The “After” … pun intended.

After arriving right at opening ‘bell’, at 11 AM one morning, I avoided the day’s intolerably long line and successfully ventured though queue and ride in under 30 minutes.

My friends, I was unimpressed.  Oh, yes, the effects are fantastic.  For me, however, was it a mind-blowing experience that I cannot wait to repeat? No, it was not.

All right.  All right.  Full disclosure. I’m an admitted Maelstrom fan.

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All in WDW’s beloved “Before”. We miss you, Maelstrom!

In fact, on February 24, 2015, I granted that classic attraction entry to All in WDW’s “Hall of Fame”!  To date, it’s still the hall’s only resident.

Well, Disney fans, that fact changes today!  Let me introduce the newest member of All in WDW’s annals of renown!  Please welcome the Celtic rock band – Off Kilter!

Always loved, and very much missed, Off Kilter was formed in 1997 and played in Epcot until their last performance on September 27, 2014.

Disney has tried several replacements since that time, but the buzz amongst us in the “Disney-sphere” always come back to this popular quintet.  Bring them back, Epcot!

Well, Disney might not value you any longer, Off Kilter, but All in WDW does.  Enjoy your spot in our “Hall of Fame”!

Before you go, folks, please weigh in with your thoughts and opinions by responding to the polls below.  Frozen or Maelstrom?  Off Kilter?  What do you think?!