Friday, July 18, 2014

Night Time Shows at Disney World

here is my revision/proof read:

To me the one of the most magical events that happens at Disney is their night time shows.

Each park has their own entertainment, besides for Animal Kingdom (for now).  These shows vary in length and in what the theme rotates around. I will go through each park, and talk about each show in this article.

Picture from WDW Guru

Let me start with my least favorite, but it's still a great show, Illuminations in the World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot. This show has a lot going for it. A LCD covered rotating globe is the center piece for this show, along with a flame barge. The show itself centers on the story of the past, present, and future of the Earth and the spirit of humanity. If you wish to view this show, it's recommended that you get a seat around the World Showcase Lagoon about an hour before the show starts. The overall soundtrack is great and entertaining, keeping your involved in the story and moves the story along. The show itself involves the before mentioned LCD earth, showing clips of nations, animals, and landscapes from around the world. Lasers, fireworks and of course the Flame Barge, are all essentials to the show and help highlight important parts of the show. It's important to note that there is a special holiday tag that gets added after Thanksgiving to celebrate the different holidays around the world.

We will head to the busiest park next when it comes to night time entertainment, Magic Kingdom. There are three shows in this park, The Main Street Electrical Parade, Celebrate the Magic, and Wishes. Once again, if you are wanting a good spot, usually on Main Street or the Hub, get there about an hour before the Electrical parade.

It's also good to note, that on most nights during the busier seasons, the Electrical Parade and Celebrate the Magic will both have 2 showings. One before Wishes and one soon after Wishes.

Let's start with The Main Street Electrical Parade. This is one of the most iconic parades to come through Disney. The music is addicting and the floats are beautiful. It should also be said, that the Main Street Electrical Parade took a break from 1991-1999 and 2001-2010 where Spectromagic was the night time parade in the Magic Kingdom and was arguably a better parade.  The Main Street Electrical takes you through a lot of different Disney Movies in thousands of sparkling lights.

Soon after the Electrical Parade finishes, Cinderella's Castle comes to life in Celebrate the Magic, this show replaced The Magic, The Memories, and You in 2012. Celebrate takes the different movies and projects memorable and new scenes. The music highlights a lot if the memorable songs from the Classic Disney movies. Disney has created special shows for summer, Halloween, and Christmas.

To round out the Magic Kingdom, we have the firework spectacular, Wishes. This awe inspiring fireworks display, telling the story of your wishes coming true. Jiminy Cricket is your host, with Genie, Tinkerbell, and The Blue Fairy making some of the many vocal appearances. This is a fireworks show to see, and will most likely put your home towns 4th of July fireworks display to shame. The best thing about this show, is you don't have to actually be in the park to watch. There are multiple spots to watch this show outside the gates, Top of the World Lounge in Bay Lake Tower, California Grill at the Contemporary, and the beaches of the Polynesian resort. While the majority of the year is the same show, they have special shows for 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

Finally, my favorite show, Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Fantasmic! is a show where we get a look at Mickey's dream, but the Evil Queen has something else in store. The spectacular show is staged in front of a big rock wall and behind a small body of water and uses fireworks, water screens, live action characters, fire, and animatronics to tell the story. You will travel through different scenes from the many Disney movies. Along with animations shown on the water screens. Throughout the show characters will ride in boats and on barges to make use of all the space. The music is what brings it together, but it's the different styles of Mickey that makes this my favorite. From wearing his tux, to his appearance in SteamBoat Willey, and his best role of Sorcerer Mickey you will see many if his memorable roles.

Which Night time spectacular is your favorite?

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