Carousel of Progress

15 Days: Carousel of Progress

Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is a favorite of ours. It’s our choice for #Day15 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Two Weeks!  Two short weeks!  In just two weeks we will leave our home and travel to our halfway point in our journey to Walt Disney World!  I have so much to do, but I also am very excited that our trip is almost here!  Today I’m taking us on a trip back in time, if you will — a trip to Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, the incredible show with the revolving theater that shows us how progress was made during the 20th Century!

Carousel of Progress

The Carousel of Progress started as an attraction for the 1964 New York World’s Fair!

This attraction was actually one of several that Walt Disney had created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair!  After it’s run at the fair, it was packed up and shipped to Disneyland, where it had a lengthy run from 1967 – 1973, and then was moved over to Walt Disney World, where it has been since 1975.  The Carousel of Progress holds the distinction of being the longest running stage show in terms of the number of performances in the history of American Theater!

Carousel of Progress

The Audio-Animatronic characters are great in my opinion, and I really like how the attraction takes us into many different periods of time!

What really sets this attraction apart in my opinion are the great use of Audio-Animatronics.  It isn’t easy to make mechanical people move with realistic movements, but the Disney Imagineers have perfected that.

Quick trivia question: Who can tell me what is written on the back of the Niagara Falls fan that he is holding?  I will post the answer later on using a picture I took on my Facebook Page.

Carousel of Progress

The gentleman you see here is our narrator through the years!

Closing up our look, I just wanted to compliment the Cast Members for putting the characters in the correct clothing for their time period.  As you can see, at this point our narrator is advancing towards his retirement years, and he’s dressing like it.  I like this picture because his clothes remind me of some of the clothing that my Grandpa would wear.

What do you think of the Carousel of Progress?  Do you love it, not like it, think it’s too dated, or what?  Will it sway your vote to know that this was considered one of Walt Disney’s favorite attractions, and that his wish (as I have heard) is that this attraction would never close?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Spaceship Earth

16 Days: Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth was first sponsored by Bell System, then AT&T, but it is now sponsored by Siemens.

Hello everyone, and welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  Today we are continuing our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and we are now down to #Day16 in our countdown!  For this day, we are going to focus on one of my favorite attractions — Spaceship Earth!  This is not just an attraction — like all of the Future World exhibits, it’s also a pavilion, and it is an engineering marvel in my opinion.  The ride is a dark ride, in a slow moving space train that takes you up and into the geodesic dome and tells you all about the way communication has come about on our planet.  It’s a really neat ride because it isn’t just a fun time — it’s a history lesson also, and now, with the changes that have come about since Siemens became the sponsor, you will now be able to interact with and help shape how your future might look.

The narrators for the attraction have been, in order, Lawrence Dobkin, Walter Kronkite, Jeremy Irons, and now, Dame Judi Dench.  To be honest, even though I have been on the ride when Dobkin and Irons were narrating (at least, and perhaps also with Kronkite), I scarcely remember what it was like, and my favorite rendition is this version with Dench.  What about you?

Spaceship Earth

At night, Spaceship Earth is — bar none — one of the best structures to photograph!

In my opinion, Spaceship Earth is without a doubt one of the best structures in all of Disney to photograph, especially at night.  The triangles of the dome really make for some very interesting colors at night, and they capture it and refract it and change it so that it’s almost like a wave of color!

Spaceship Earth

Here you see Spaceship Earth standing tall and proud. This shot was taken from the top of the World Showcase.

Even in the day, though, it’s easy to see how Spaceship Earth is the focal point — the Weenie — of Epcot.  Even from way over by the Italy Pavilion, you can see how Spaceship Earth stands tall over the park, reminding us all that the future and the technology are all there for us to see and learn about…

What do you think of Spaceship Earth?  Is it a must ride, or do you only need to see it every now and again?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Haunted Mansion

17 Days: The Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion

Sophie and Anna Jane after Anna Jane’s first trip on the Haunted Mansion!

Hello, everyone, I am your host — your Ghost Host!  Today we are at #Day17 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and as you might have figured out by now, we are taking a look at the Haunted Mansion, located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom!

The Haunted Mansion is a crowd favorite, full of fun, mild thrills and chills, and, best of all, 999 Happy Haunts!  They are always looking for more guests, do you volunteer to become number 1,000 in the house?

Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is home to 999 Happy Haunts — will you become number 1,000?!

My favorite part of the ride is when we ascend up into the attic and see the bride with the hatchet!  Then, descending down into the graveyard is quite a bit of fun as well.

Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion has a very somber atmosphere about it, don’t you think?

What do you think of this attraction?  Did you know that it’s a Magic Kingdom original attraction? Does it scare your young children, or do they love it?  Do you ride it multiple times, or are you getting sick of it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Would Walt Disney Approve of Modern Disney?

I don’t really know how many times I’ve heard a Disney employee say: “I think Walt would have liked this (or that)!” But I think it’s safe to say that it happens often. A new Promotion comes along, and it’s just what Walt would have thought up. A new Attraction is built, and it’s just what Walt would have designed. A new balloon color is chosen, and all of a sudden, it’s Walt’s favorite color!

Top Executives and Imagineers alike are apt to claim that they are certain that they have Walt’s stamp of approval. But if Walt Disney were here today, would he approve of the Modern Disney?

To answer that, we need to look at another question: Did Walt Disney approve of everything in his day? After reading more books on the man than I can remember, I feel safe in saying ‘No’.

Starting in the early 1930’s, Walt always argued with his brother Roy about how to build their fledgling company. And almost always got his way. On into the 1940’s, Walt pushed the boundaries of Animation his way, often against the will of his staff. Many of these early Animators claim that the only way to get your idea approved was to make Walt think that it was actually his idea. On into the 1950’s and television, Walt reinvented the medium to reflect his vision of what it could be. And then went on to reinvent the Amusement Park, turning it into his own thing: The Theme Park.

I think we get the idea!

Walt Disney did things his own way. So if he walked down Main Street at Walt Disney World (which he never got to do as he died in 1966, with the Park opening in 1971) one must believe that the first thing he would do would be to notice some little thing that should have been ‘plussed’. Then he would likely launch into an elaborate description of what the whole thing could, or should, be!

Does this mean that Walt would disapprove of the Modern Disney?

He definitely hated corporate structure, even in his day. So it is likely that he wouldn’t enjoy how involved the Hierarchy of his company has become. But I believe that as he would look at the overall results of his legacy, he would be proud of how it has all turned out. But would he be satisfied?

He might look at Soarin’ and say: “Why not have it fly over the world?” He might look at Splash Mountain and ask: “Where’s Uncle Remus?” He might look at… just about anything and say: “We can make that better!” And knowing him, he could! So the good thing about worrying if Walt would approve is that the final product is bound to be the best it can be, without Walt’s direct supervision. But can we ever claim that Walt would approve, without even one suggestion to improve it?

No. But kudos to the Modern Disney for trying to gain Walt’s approval anyway!

Finding Nemo

18 Days: Finding Nemo – The Musical

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo – The Musical is our choice for #Day18 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Welcome to #Day18 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at one of the best shows on any Disney property — Finding Nemo – The Musical!  This is a family favorite, it’s a great blend of characters from the movie, skillfully maneuvered by the extremely talented Cast Members on the cast, and it does a great job of keeping true to the movie.  During the show you’ll meet Marlin and Nemo and Dory and Bruce and Dude Crush and Squirt and Mr. Ray and all of your other favorites!

Finding Nemo

“Hello, my name is Bruce.” The way he says it is one of my favorite lines in Finding Nemo – The Musical!

In addition to Bruce, you’ll also meet Chum and Anchor as they have their “meeting” with Marlin and Dory.

Finding Nemo

Dude Crush tells us all about the EAC in Finding Nemo – The Musical!

One of my favorites is Dude Crush and all the other sea turtles.  Dude is so cool, every time I see him I get a smile to my face!

What do you think of Finding Nemo – The Musical?  Like it, skip it, must see it every trip to Animal Kingdom?  One bonus — especially during the summer months — is that the theater is a very cool, relaxing place to watch a show and get out of the extreme Florida heat!  Let me know what you think, please, and thanks for stopping by!