Are You Getting All Charged Up About Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? [Poll]

Good Monday, everyone!  For those of you here in the States, let me extend you an early Happy 4th of July!  Stay safe, all!

Before I move on, have you VOTED in this past weekend’s polls?  Click the links below to do so.  Time is running out!

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

On to today’s business, eh?  Well, we expected it, didn’t we?  In fact, every WDW Main Street Podcast fan knew what was coming.

Last week, the news dropped that Disney will close the Magic Kingdom at 6 PM to non-partygoers – one-hour before the beginning of every Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – on event nights.

OK.  So, that revelation was destined to get at least one podcast host all charged up!  And … it did.

Catch Doug Davis as he delivers an epic rant on WDW Main Street – Episode #372 – Our Weekly News!

A long-time burr under Doug’s saddle, he has emphatically maintained that closing Mickey’s kingdom in benefit to those that have purchased party tickets is unfair to WDW’s other Guests.

Hmm.  The party-goers did fork out a ton of cash (nearly $100 per person, actually!) for that privilege, didn’t they?  Don’t they deserve the exclusivity?

Truthfully, Doug’s point can be best-described like this … his next visit to The World comes in December.  Of the six nights he and his wife are staying, four of them are home to a Christmas party.  Four!

Bad timing?  Maybe.  But, the truth is, he scheduled his vacation long ago.  Now, he finds out he can’t go to the Magic Kingdom two-thirds of his evenings?

What if he had already scheduled an ADR for Be Our Guest for one of those nights?  Would they unceremoniously escort him out with a “doggie bag”?  Would he have to cancel the reservation?

This truly is a bit of a hot issue, folks.  Should Disney close the park in order to separate the “privileged” from the masses?  Or, are they “out of bounds”?  Let us know what you think – with your comments on social media and – in the poll below!

It’s Undeniable! YOU Stand Fast with the Land!

Good Friday, my friends!  Right to business!  Earlier this week, I challenged you to …

“Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

Living with the Land.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?”

Wow!  What a response!  Thanks for your support, folks!  Your voices were heard en masse and loud and clear!  Plus, a number of you put a lot of time and thought into your comments.  THANKS!

Almost 94% of you declared “Leave it Alone” or Keep it and “Rehabilitate”.  Your explanations were heart-felt.  Do you hear that, Disney?  Read below.  We have spoken!

So, what did you say?  Well, you certainly were out-spoken.  I’ll let you take it from here.  It’s a bit long, everyone, but filled with passion and creativity.  Please click through and enjoy!

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I wish it was longer!  I really enjoy this attraction.  It could use some plussing.  That’s for sure!

My son would be absolutely devastated if they took away Living with the Land!  We both adore it.  It is not to be missed for us!

Rehab!  It’s a great ride and full of wonderful information.  I like watching the scientists at work.

This is a “must do” … every time.  Definitely a keeper!

I love Living with the Land.  I experience it on every trip.  Yes, I thought it was better when actual people narrated the ride.

I love it.  Always motivates me to grow something.  Rehab!

I’d hate to see them change it … especially since, if they did, it’d probably be Maelstrom-style ‘rehab’.

Leave it alone.  You may screw it up like you did with Journey into Imagination.

Rehab!  I would love more greenhouse and less-dated photos at the end.

We love this ride!  I hope they don’t eliminate it, and I guess rehabilitation to update the tech wouldn’t be a bad thing – except it would be down for a certain time period and that would stink for people who will miss it during their trip.  I especially love it because I refer to it during my science lessons with my 3rd graders each year.  Any opportunity to insert Disney into real life, and I take it!

I love that ride.  Always found it interesting and peaceful.

Definitely one of my favorites.  I’d love to see them add some technology and updated info on farming.  The lab, itself, is doing real research which is very cool.  To me, this attraction defines my love of Epcot, and the idea of eliminating it makes me incredibly sad.

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Living with the Land … TRIVIA Revealed!

Good Monday, folks!  Are you enjoying your “journey” through Epcot’s living laboratory?  For instance, did you tackle our trivia blast?  No?  Then, by all means, please jump back to …

Let’s Have Some Fun “with the Land”! This Week’s Trivia BLAST!

Eight questions.  Can you conquer them all?  Do it quick, my friends.  The answers are revealed below!

Of course, we didn’t stop with trivia.  Yesterday, we all put on our re-imagineering “hats” and returned to our “positions” at Walt Disney Imagineering.  Please check out …

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Living with the Land

Living with the Land.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?  What’s your vote?

OK.  Last chance to jump back to trivia, everyone!  The answers are just below the next pictures.  C’mon!  You know you want to go back and take the challenge!

#1 – Living with the Land was originally opened in 1982!

#2 – In the prairie scene, how many buffalo roam free?  3!  See?  Two adults and a ‘itty bitty’ baby!

#3 – In the farm scene, what sits atop the mailbox?  A rooster!

#4 – In cooperation with the USDA, during the ride, Living with the Land presents a peek inside their Biotechnology Lab!

#5 – There are five distinct areas of Epcot’s “living laboratory”.  Laboratory Greenhouse is not one of those areas.

#6 – Living with the Land replaced a former attraction called Listen to the Land!

#7 – Each ride through Living with the Land takes 19 minutes and 55 seconds!

#8 – The attraction is currently sponsored by Chiquita!

How did you do?  Did you ace the “test”?  If so, leave us a comment and tout your feat!  Hey!  Don’t forget the ‘Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate?’ challenge, all.  It’ll run for a few more days!

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Living with the Land

Do you remember this feature, folks?  Rehabilitate?  Eliminate?  I’ll admit it.  It has been a long time since I’ve run one.

Well, if you need a reminder – or are new to the site – let me tell you how it works.  Warning, my friends.  It’s time to “make believe”!

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company!  I hope you are enjoying your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need your help!

Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

Living with the Land.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your vote?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  What’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, my friends!  Have some fun!  What should we do with Epcot’s “living laboratory”?

Let’s Have Some Fun “with the Land”! This Week’s Trivia BLAST!

Good Wednesday, folks!  One has to wonder … with Disney pretty much refurbishing everything in sight, is Epcot’s Living with the Land on their ‘hit list’?

As attractions go, it’s not the most exciting experience in Walt Disney World.  Having said that, it’s one of our family favorites.

It sure does serve a purpose, though, doesn’t it?  Hey!  What else are you going to do while you’re waiting for your Soarin’ FP+ to come to life?

Like us, I bet you’ve enjoyed Living with the Land dozens of times.  Have you paid attention to its detail, however?

Tackle these trivia questions, folks.  Are you an expert in each of The Land’s nuances?  Yes?  Let’s see!

The answers will come in a few days, my friends, so stay tuned!  Oh!  And, by the way, I’ll unveil yet another exciting “challenge” tomorrow!  Stop back!