Hey, Folks! Stop on By! It’s Monday’s Manic Miscellaneous Mish-Mash!

Podcasts, polls, and park tours.  What a way to start the week, eh, my friends!  First, let’s start with the podcasts!  Yes, John and Doug … they’ve been very busy.  They’ve dropped two – count ‘em, two – weekly news shows!

To find out all about everything going on in Walt Disney World, please pull up a stool in the Main Street Pub.  Let Doug pour you a cold beverage, and listen to …

Episode #403 – Our Weekly News!

Episode #405 – Our Weekly News!

I want to thank all of you who participated in yesterday’s poll.  Your comments told an interesting tale!  Such as … we might want to stay away from Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Splash Mountain!

Basically, I asked, ‘if one of these attractions suffered a mechanical breakdown, on which would you rather get stuck?’  Well, most of you are grim grinning ghosts!  Your response was unequivocal – Haunted Mansion!

To see the list of “contestants”, the final results, or to weigh in with your opinion, visit yesterday’s post … Are YOU Stuck On A WDW Attraction?

Finally, a lot of you caught the fact that I advertised ResortTV1’s epic dash through all four parks this past Saturday.

Beginning with a late-morning stroll through Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and ending with Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom, Josh and Jenna were true four-park “warriors”.

Are you toiling away at work on a bleak and depressing Monday morning?  Well, cheer yourself up!  Catch ResortTV1’s great day by clicking on any or all of the four pictures below!

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!

Have YOU Lived ‘Happily Ever After’? Get Your Show Merchandise! [Polls]

Good morning, folks!  Magic Kingdom’s new nighttime spectacular – ‘Happily Ever After’ – has been up and running (and delighting Guests) for weeks now.

In fact, a close friend of mine got the chance to experience the show over Memorial Day weekend, and she shared that she absolutely loved, loved, loved it!

Disney advertises that this new attraction “… combines the magic of Disney storytelling, beloved Disney characters, fireworks and more.”  In addition, it includes an “… incredible original score.”

Like us, if you haven’t been able to catch the show, check out this full YouTube presentation – presented by The DIS.  How do you think it compares to its predecessor – Wishes!?

In the meantime, check out this post on Disney Parks Blog.  Commemorative merchandise is now available, my friends!  Are you going to buy yourself some gear?!

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’.