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?!

Post “Game” Analysis: Epcot

There’s no question about it … the contest we just completed was a “top shelf” effort on your part.  Thank you, all, for your votes and support!  Thank you, all!

We, of course, “crowned” Soarin’ as the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Attraction!  Congratulations, Soarin’, for a battle well won!  The finale was nothing short of classic.  And, it was a real “nail-biter”!

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But, what’s the story behind the numbers?  Let’s see …

As voted by you this past Tuesday, the FINAL Top 4 were:

  1. Soarin’
  2. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  3. Spaceship Earth
  4. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

29%, 27%, and 26%.  These were the percentages of your votes that the Top 3 “competitors”, listed above, scored in the finale.  Can you say “incredibly evenly matched”?

And, even though Soarin’ slipped past the competition by two tiny votes in this four-way match up, here’s the Final Four if we were to list them by overall vote totals received for the entire competition:

  1. Soarin’
  2. Spaceship Earth
  3. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  4. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Almost the same result, except for Illuminations dropping a spot.  But, if we reveal the numbers, this competition wasn’t as close as Tuesday’s finale made it look!  See?

  1. Soarin’  –  173 total votes
  2. Spaceship Earth  –  161
  3. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth  –  156
  4. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival  –  105

Big win for the aerial tour of California!  My poor Food & Wine, however?  Not only did it finish 4th in the official final balloting, but, seeing these totals, we could say it never really was “in the game”!

This is quite surprising, actually.  The food-fest was not just the defending Epcot “champion”.  It is also the reigning All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Attraction!  Wow, what a fall!

Here’s another surprise … if we were to use the overall vote totals going into the final round, as opposed to the results of the Round 2 head-to-head match ups, this is what the finale would have looked like:

  1. Soarin’
  2. Spaceship Earth
  3. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  4. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

What?!  Where’s Food & Wine?  See what I mean?  Epcot’s fall “food frenzy” never had a chance to retain its “crown”.

So, what does our 2014 All in WDW Readers’ Top 15 Favorite Epcot Attractions look like?  Here ya’ go …

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

I think we’ll all agree … there’s a lot to like in Epcot.  Or, love!  And, for my part, I’ll say that I enjoy most of our Top 15.

Having said that, what would my personal Top 15 look like?

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

What?!  Soarin’ at # 9!  Yes, folks, in its current form, I can “take it or leave it”!  Time for a major refurb, maybe?  Hmm.

Thanks, again, for your support this week!  Great job!

Epcot “Soars” to New Heights!

Can I tell you what I liked most about this week’s tournament?  Consistency.  What do I mean?  Simply that 2015’s “Final Four” attractions comprised last year’s finale as well.

Yesterday, my friends, we witnessed a four-attraction re-match!  And, what an epic Epcot “battle” it was!

In my opinion, in total, this entire three-day “competition” was phenomenal!  Proving that Epcot is loaded with a collection of evenly-matched, top-shelf, stand-out attractions, any one of FIVE experiences had a real chance to win it all!

Now, here’s one of the things I loved about yesterday’s finale … up to virtually the very last minute, it was a dead tie between our Top 3 finishers!  In fact, I went to sleep last night with no idea whatsoever of what I’d be writing this morning!

Would it be a “repeat” victory for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?  No.  I knew that my food-fest was running solidly in fourth place and was out.

But, would it be a second win for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth?  Maybe.  It was in the hunt.  Spaceship Earth, on the other hand, at one point yesterday morning, held a bit of a lead over everyone.  Could it sneak to victory?  Hmm.

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No.  It was Soarin’ that squeezed out a narrow two-vote victory when all was said and done!

So, let me describe what I really love about our annual Epcot polls.  All in WDW has run these “competitions” for the last three years.

In Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest holds a three-year-long chokehold on that park’s title.  In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has “three-peated” its way into our hearts.

When it comes to Epcot, as evidenced by yesterday’s finale, anything can win!

Fans, in 2013, we “crowned” IllumiNations.  In 2014, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival took the prize.  This year?  Well … Soarin’?  You are now the “king”!  You are the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Attraction!

Epcot’s BIG “Norwegian” Finale! VOTE!

Admit it.  Deep down, you really loved the film.  You never slipped through the theater and skipped “The Spirit of Norway”, did you?  Of course, you didn’t.  We’re true Disney fans!  In fact, we’re the truest of the true!

When it comes to Maelstrom, in the spirit of “Frozen”, some of my friends and fans tell me that I should “Let It Go” already.  I just can’t.

Look, we know that Maelstrom was nothing more than a four-minute mildly-thrilling, musty-smelling boat ride.  The movie was a too-loud and simple Norwegian travelogue.  Nonetheless, we loved it all!  Especially the polar bears!

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After a “death-defying(?)” drop into the “North Sea” and past an oil rig, Maelstrom delivered its Guests into a small, calm harbor village.  In that village, the ride’s narrator announced, “Norway’s spirit will always be adventure.”

As a last tribute to this “fallen” experience, I am very proud to announce the opening of the All in WDW Hall of Fame!  And, I’m very delighted to reveal its first honoree – Maelstrom!

Live on, Maelstrom!

Today, you have two jobs, my friends.  TWO!  First, vote for ONE in this group immediately below!

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Which one of these experiences will become the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Attraction?!

Then, please stick around to take care of the Consolation “Bracket”!  I’ve placed yesterday’s cast-offs into a battle for 5th through 8th place.  Same drill.  VOTE for ONE!

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TWO votes in total today, fans.  In Group #1, above, what is your ultimate Epcot favorite?  In Group #2, what attraction is the “best” of the rest?!

Happy voting, my friends!  VOTE!

Oh, and by the way … when you’re done, go watch this GREAT video!  Take one last ride on Maelstrom!  Then, watch “The Spirit of Norway”!  Don’t skip the movie, folks!  We’re true Disney fans!