... in the 2010’s

WDW Magazine - - Content - BY KIM­BERLY MASIMORE

The decade of 2010 wel­comed the tag line “What Will You Cel­e­brate?” The slo­gan changed to “Let the Mem­o­ries Be­gin!” in 2011, “Limited Time Magic” in 2013, and “Show Your Dis­ney Side” at the end of 2013 into 2015. In the fall of 2015, Walt Dis­ney Parks’ new­est slo­gan be­came “Un­for­get­table Hap­pens Here”.

Just like the chang­ing of slo­gans, many at­trac­tions and en­ter­tain­ment changed as well. In early 2011, Magic, Mem­o­ries, and You! was a pre-show that was pro­jected on Cin­derella Cas­tle and fea­tured pic­tures taken by Dis­ney Pho­topass Phot­g­ra­phers through­out the day. This show was re­placed in 2012 by Cel­e­brate the Magic.

As we get closer to the present, it’s hard to imag­ine that there are many re­cent Dis­ney fa­vorites that are gone. How­ever, there are sev­eral short-lived at­trac­tions, which opened and closed dur­ing the 2010’s.

Magi Kingdo :

One en­ter­tain­ment op­por­tu­nity was added to (and sub­tracted from) the Magic Kingdom in 2010, the Tan­gled Play and Greet.

Tan­gled Play and Greet was an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence from 2010-2011 where you could meet Ra­pun­zel, Flynn Ry­der, and Pas­cal in the Fairy­tale Gar­den. The brick back­drop was the per­fect set­ting for this play­ful meet-and-greet. While wait­ing in line, guests were able to color pic­tures of a scene from Tan­gled. Cast Mem­bers also played games with kids to keep them oc­cu­pied while in line. Tan­gled Play and Greet ended in 2011, and Flynn Ry­der stopped meet­ing with Ra­pun­zel.

Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­woo Stu­dios:

It seems that the Imag­i­neers have been try­ing for quite some time to make Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios bet­ter. Five at­trac­tions opened and closed within the 2010 decade.

In 2014, Frozen Sum­mer Fun took over the Stu­dios, and it re­ally was a fun ex­pe­ri­ence! The Frozen Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar, which was pre­sented from 2014 un­til 2015, was more than just your typ­i­cal fire­works show. It be­gan with a stage show fea­tur­ing Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff and tran­si­tioned into fire­works set to the sound­track for Frozen. Af­ter a 4-5 minute fire­works dis­play, the stage show re­sumed and Elsa joined her friends of Aren­delle. And then, in a stun­ning fin­ish, Elsa set off an­other se­ries of amaz­ing fire­works fol­lowed by snow! Yes, it snowed in the Stu­dios!

Also part of Frozen Sum­mer Fun was the Frozen Royal Wel­come Cer­e­mony. Anna pa­raded down Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard to­wards the Sorcerer’s Hat in a horse drawn car­riage fol­lowed by dancers on roller skaters, and sev­eral floats that were also a part of the royal fan­fare set to the Frozen sound­track. Elsa ar­rived in snow-queen style on her own “ice” float and of course she brought snow with her. Elsa and Anna, along with their royal en­tourage, pa­raded around the front of the Sorcerer’s Hat to “Let it Go.”

Dur­ing Dis­ney Chan­nel Rocks! from Oc­to­ber 2010 un­til April 2013, guests danced the day away to a con­cert in front of the Sorcerer’s Hat. A mov­ing stage set the scene for this rock­ing cool show. Young dancers and singers in “hip” out­fits per­formed songs from Dis­ney Chan­nel sit­coms and movies such as Shake it Up, High School Mu­si­cal, and Camp Rock. Vol­un­teers were able join the cast half­way through the show and learn some dance moves. Dis­ney Chan­nel Rocks! pre­sented per­for­mances sev­eral times a day.

The Pixar Pals Count­down to Fun! pa­rade, which ran from Jan­uary 2011 through April 2013, fea­tured char­ac­ters from many Pixar films. The pa­rade opened to a re­ally fun, en­er­getic dance­able song called “Count­down to Fun” with Fro­zone and the In­cred­i­bles lead­ing the way. Mr. In­cred­i­ble was fol­lowed by Flik and his friends from “A Bugs Life” and Remy from “Rata­touille”. Next, there was a “2319” with Boo, Sully, and Mike from “Mon­sters, Inc.” fol­lowed by Dug and Rus­sell from “Up.” “Toy Story’s” Jesse, Bulls­eye, Woody, and Lotso rounded out this en­joy­able af­ter­noon pa­rade. With the high-en­ergy mu­sic paired with some of your fa­vorite Pixar char­ac­ters, you couldn’t help smil­ing and mov­ing along with this fun pa­rade.

The Le­gend of Cap­tain Jack Spar­row, which was pre­sented from late 2012 un­til 2014, was ded­i­cated to the film “Pi­rates of the Caribbean”. Lo­cated in one of the Sound­stages on Mickey Av­enue, this walk-through at­trac­tion fea­tured pi­rate ships, skele­tons, spe­cial ef­fects and of course, Cap­tain Jack Spar­row. A talk­ing skull wel­comed guests to ex­pe­ri­ence “a pi­rate’s life” through a se­ries of in­ter­ac­tive ad­ven­tures.

Dis­ney’s An­ima Kingdo :

Dis­ney’s An­i­mal Kingdom only had one en­ter­tain­ment of­fer­ing open and close dur­ing the 2010 decade, The Jun­gle Book: Alive with Magic.

The Jun­gle Book: Alive with Magic opened May 28th as a last minute re­place­ment for the much-an­tic­i­pated Rivers of Light—when it was sud­denly not ready to open as promised. In­dian-in­spired sing­ing and danc­ing com­bined with im­ages from the film and live mu­sic brought the evening air to life in a wa­ter­side set­ting. The 20-minute show was per­formed two times a night, which added to the evening hours of An­i­mal Kingdom. The Jun­gle Book: Alive with Magic is ex­pected to close be­fore the end of 2016.

Look­ing For­war

It’s hard not to get at­tached to beloved at­trac­tions, shows, and pa­rades. For some, it’s the first time in a Dis­ney park and that first ride holds a spe­cial place in their hearts. Walt Dis­ney once said, “Dis­ney­land will never be com­pleted. It will con­tinue to grow as long as there is imag­i­na­tion left in the world.” I think he would say the same thing about Walt Dis­ney World if he were here to­day.

Change is in­evitable. We can still hold dear to our hearts these Gone But Not For­got­ten at­trac­tions while still look­ing for­ward to­wards what’s to come. If you’re feel­ing a lit­tle nos­tal­gic consider this:

“Around here, how­ever, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep mov­ing for­ward, open­ing up new doors and do­ing new things, be­cause we’re cu­ri­ous…and curiosity keeps lead­ing us down new paths.” – clos­ing cred­its of Meet the Robin­sons.

It might be hard to say good­bye but we have to keep mov­ing for­ward. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what’s next just around the river­bend.

Photo by Stepah­nie Shuster

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