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’.

What’s YOUR Favorite WDW Nighttime Spectacular?! [Polls]

My thanks go out to John Peters for his two great posts – published yesterday and the day before.  With …

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… he’s inspired me to ask you a few quick questions.  What questions, you ask?  Well, what is your Favorite WDW Nighttime Spectacular?

The “landscape” is changing, isn’t it, folks?  For example, as John pointed out, Wishes nighttime spectacular ends in a few short weeks – on May 11th.

In its place, starting May 12th, the Magic Kingdom will present the Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular.

What in “The World” is that, you wonder?  Described by Disney Parks Blog, it will … “inspire guests to seek out and find their own ‘Happily Ever After’ by showcasing some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams.

The show will feature the latest fireworks and pyrotechnics and original animation, plus a heart-tugging original score.”  Also, “more Disney characters than ever before will be featured in the show.”

In addition, it will include “moments from Moana, Brave, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, The Princess & The Frog, Aladdin and many others.”

Wow!  Sounds great, eh?  Well, I guess we’ll have to wait until May 12th to see.  Hey!  Maybe if we’re lucky, John will pop in on Opening Night to give us a live report!

In the meantime, I’d like you to answer me this … of the FIVE attractions that John listed in yesterday’s post, what is your favorite?

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Now, let me complicate things a bit.  You’ve read the description above.  What is your favorite when I replace Wishes with Happily Ever After?

Three new attractions.  Two old favorites.  Which will win?  One of the shiny, new, exciting “newbies”?  A beloved, traditional “gem”?  Let’s see!

WDW Main Street – Episode #341 – Dining on the Magic Kingdom with $80!

Doug, Dennis, and John discuss how they would eat their way around the Magic Kingdom on an $80 budget.  Sit back, relax, get hungry, and enjoy the show!

WDW Main Street – Episode #341 – Magic Kingdom on $80!

The WDW Fans’ Favorite Magic Kingdom “Land”!

Good morning, folks!  We talked about it on the WDW Main Street Podcast on Sunday, but the results are, now, final!

Your Favorite Magic Kingdom “Land” is – drum roll please – Tomorrowland!

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It was, by no means, unanimous, my friends.  Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Adventureland all laid claims to the “title”!

We’re consistent, I’ll say that much!  Back in 2013, I asked you to make the same choice.  It was the same result!

Of course, it leads me to ask … why Tomorrowland?  Is it Space Mountain?  TTA?  Buzz Lightyear?  Uh, Stitch?

For me, by comparison, the other lands have much more to offer.  Take Adventureland, for instance.  Pirates.  Jungle Cruise.  Frontierland boasts Big Thunder and Splash.

Fantasyland is relatively newly expanded and delivers Seven Dwarfs, Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and a host of other attractions!

So, I’m interested to hear your comments.  Why Tomorrowland?

I think we’d all agree that it is the Magic Kingdom “land” in most need of a refurb.  Yet, it seems to consistently be “all that”!

Leave us your comments @itsallinwdw on Twitter or on Facebook.  We’d love to know!

Snack Attack? Take a “Trip” out West? Favorite Magic Kingdom “Land”? Let’s See!

Good Saturday, folks!  How about a quick and simple POLL to start your weekend?  Let’s see a show of hands.  Who, here, loves Magic Kingdom?

Oh, OK.  Everybody loves Walt Disney World’s “flagship” park.  Well, let me ask you this … which one of the kingdom’s lands is your favorite?

Personally, I’m partial to the Wild, Wild West feel of Frontierland.  With a focus on a great snack venue – Westward Ho – check it out!

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So, what’s our task for today?  Simple!  Grab a Frozen Lemonade Slushy at Westward and mosey over to the poll below.  What’s your favorite Magic Kingdom “Land”?!  VOTE!