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’.

No More Wishes? What?!

Head over to wdwinfo.com for this blockbusting news, folks!  As of May 12th, Wishes is out.  Happily Ever After is in!  Find the full article at …

Brand New Nighttime Spectacular to Replace “Wishes”!

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What do you think, my friends?  Are you heartbroken?  Were you ready for a change?  Let us know what you think in the poll below!

 

“Wishing” for “Hallo”Wishes?!

Hey, Food & Wine!  Pardon this short interruption for a minute or two, eh?

We’ll get back to the rest of your menus – as well as the unveiling of the All in WDW 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival FINAL Top 25! – quickly enough!

My friends, on our last trip, Mrs. All in WDW and I got the chance to witness HalloWishes (from very afar) for the first time.  Wow!  What a phenomenal fireworks display!  Have you had the chance to see it?  I hope so!

Anyway, the experience put me to mind of some of my favorite pictures.  Up until enjoying HalloWishes, I didn’t think there was anything better than watching Wishes from the Top of the World Lounge.

Crowning Disney’s Bay Lake Tower, the Top of the World Lounge provides an outstanding vantage point for seeing “Wishes” come true.

Thanks to Rick Howard of Kingdom Magic Vacations, we were able to enjoy that experience late last year.  Thanks, again, Rick!

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