... in the 2010’s
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.
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.