The FATE of IllumiNations! What DID You Decide? What’s MY Take?

Happy Friday, folks!  It’s finally here!  Hey, I really want to jump into Food & Wine “frivolity”, but we’re not quite done with poll recaps, I’m afraid.  Good news?  Just a few more to review!  First, let’s deal with …

The FATE of IllumiNations!

Can I chime in with my two cents?  Let me share my feelings.  On the last night of any trip to Walt Disney World, IllumiNations has always found a way to energize my courage to return to “real” life.

A few years ago, wanting to bring that strength home with me, I purchased the soundtrack.  By the way, if you’re a Spotify user, search for this playlist – Epcot IllumiNations Pre-Show.  Good stuff.

Anyway, when rumors of replacement popped up again a few weeks ago, I began listening to both the playlist and the soundtrack multiple times per day.  Plainly said, the loss of IllumiNations simply horrifies me.

In our recent poll, what did you say about this phenomenal attraction?  If we focus on the votes, 55% of you want the show to be ‘Retained’.  45%, on the other hand, support ‘Replacement’.  Not the landslide of support for which I had hoped.

When I read your comments, however, a different pattern emerged.  The most popular statement I saw was “Replace!”  It makes me sad.  Here’s a short and quick sampling …

  • “They’re replacing everything else. Might as well do this.”
  • “I loved the previous show better than the current one.”
  • “Replace. I like the music, but I felt bored during the show because of the lulls.”
  • “Replace. With the evolution of drone technology, having a choreographed drone light show above World Showcase Lagoon makes so much sense.”

The comments were so numerous, my friends, that I can’t ignore them.  Voting gets thrown out the window when you add, what seems to be, the true voice of the Disney-verse.

The verdict?  I’d love to say it’s a split decision.  However, I’m compelled to give the comments greater weight.  So.  What did you decide?   IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth?  You gotta go!

Retain? Or, Replace? – IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Good morning, folks!  Did you register your opinions on yesterday’s post?  How would you rank World Showcase’s pavilions?  Go back and weigh in – before it’s too late!

In the meantime, I have another burning Epcot item to address.  In fact, I want to settle this emotionally-charged, superhot issue once and for all!

A few days ago, we learned that Siemens will be ending their sponsorship agreement with Disney Parks.  That raises several questions.  Like, what does this mean for Spaceship Earth?  Or, what happens to IllumiNations?

We’ll come back to Spaceship Earth – and the rest of the rumored re-imaginations of Epcot – at a later time.  For now, let’s focus on Illuminations.

Catch WDW Main Street Podcast – Episode #370 – Our Weekly News! to hear what the group thinks of the rumored big changes coming to Epcot!

A little over a year ago, I ran a similar poll to the one you’ll find below.  It concluded with, what I would call, mixed results.  Today, I’m going to be much more direct and blunt with my “challenge”.

My friends?  IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.  Retain?  Or, Replace?  Cast your VOTE but also give us your thoughts.  You can leave them, here, in the comments on this post or on social media.  Do you want to replace?  Then, please tell us why!

The 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Top 15 Epcot Attractions!

Good morning, my friends!  I would absolutely love to start previewing “Food” & Garden’s Outdoor Kitchens in more detail, but I guess that’ll have to wait until tomorrow … or the day after!

Why?  Well, Mrs. All in WDW reminds me that I never brought last week’s Epcot Readers’ Favorite tournament to its proper end.  I still owe you a 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Top 15 Epcot Attractions!

Without delay, here they are!

  1. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  2. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
  3. Soarin’
  4. Spaceship Earth
  5. Test Track
  6. Living with the Land
  7. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  8. The American Adventure (includes Voices of Liberty)
  9. Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  10. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  11. Mission: SPACE
  12. Holidays Around the World at Epcot (includes Candlelight Processional)
  13. British Revolution
  14. The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  15. Turtle Talk With Crush

There, you have it.  If one of your friends asks you what they should do on their “Epcot day”, just give them this list!

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So, a few days ago, as I announced that IllumiNations had just become the 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Attraction, I asked you for an opinion.

Rumors still pop up now and then.  In fact, for years, the talk has been that a new fireworks extravaganza is being developed for Epcot.  What?!  I am shocked and appalled!  Well, evidently, you are not!

When asked for your opinion as to whether or not Disney should replace our Epcot “champ”, over 75% of you voted to “Tweak Illuminations” or declared that you’re “Ready for a Replacement”!  75%!

I am stunned!  Personally, I cringe at the thought of, yet, another Walt Disney World “icon” biting the dust.  Clearly, however, you have spoken.  You’re ready for a change.  You’re looking for an upgrade.  Wow!

See ya’ real soon, folks!

Hey, Disney! Here’s an Illuminating Result! We Have a Winner!

Good morning, my friends!

I truly hope that someone at Disney takes note of the result we’ve just delivered.  In fact, put away your market research, Disney.  We’ve done the job for you.

Rumors still pop up now and then … Disney is plotting and planning.  Diabolical park managers have decided it’s time for change.  Imagineers have obediently gone into development.

Of what, you ask?  Well, sadly, it has been rumored for years (I googled it, and the oldest report I found was dated 2008!) that a new fireworks extravaganza is being developed for Epcot.

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What?!  Actually, the fact that this has been rumored “for years” gives me hope.  Maybe all these reports are just groundless speculations –  bunches of smoke.

Maybe Disney’s own market research efforts haven’t let us down.  Maybe we’ve already told them what we really want.  But, if not, let the world of All in WDW scream it loud and clear …

Congratulations, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth!  You are the 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Attraction!  May Disney take note of your victory, and may your reign last for a long, long time!

Folks, what are your thoughts about the potential replacement of our Epcot “champ”?  Please weigh in, below.

In the meantime, thank you very much for all your votes and support these past few days!  We’ll visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom to crown its “king” in March!

World Showcase “Challenge” – Italy Trivia Revealed!

Did you “play” our World Showcase “Challenge” yesterday?  I hope so.  Well, here’s the “solution” to that “puzzle” …

In some ways, it would have been fair to answer “all of the above” (though, that wasn’t a choice), but the response I was really looking for was Venice!  Why?

Wikipedia tells us that, “The Italian Pavilion features a plaza surrounded by a collection of buildings evocative of Venetian, Florentine, and Roman architecture.  Venetian architecture is represented by a re-creation of St Mark’s Campanile (bell tower) and a replica of the Doge’s Palace.”

Let’s face it, when we think of Italy’s World Showcase pavilion, we think of that tower.  Yes?

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Interestingly, Wikipedia continues to say, “The original plans for the pavilion called for an expansion that would be built in Epcot’s ‘Phase II’ of construction.  The expansion would have included a gondola dark ride and a Roman ruins walk-through.  When ‘Phase II’ was canceled, the pavilion was left incomplete.”

Does anyone know what brought the pavilion to its long-awaited completion?  Nothing other than the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Table Service Restaurant – Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria!

Have a great Sunday evening, folks!