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    TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    Last July 25th, I had the chance to go to TDL to check out this summer's new short term offerings at the park... The new summer castle show "Cool the Heat" and a very small one-float parade which I will call "Goofy's Cool Service" but that is not the correct name. Forgive me.

    Anyways.. it was not a good day at TDL to see these offerings since it happened to be a rainy day. So getting more water dumped over my head was not my idea of fun at TDL during inclement weather. However... If I was here on a sunny, muggy and humid day, these new shows at TDL would have been a welcomed relief. Nevertheless, the new show and mini parade were lots of fun to watch and enjoy!

    First up, the castle stage show "Cool the Heat". This is a short 7 minute show which is presented 4 times daily. The kicker is, each show through the day is slightly different and features a different character. One version features a rapping Mickey, the other version features Minnie, the 3rd version features Donald, and the last version features Mr. & Mrs. Incredible. The version I saw was the Incredibles and that is the version photographed in my album. However, if you want to see all 4 versions, you have to come and see the 4 shows presented throught the day.

    The show revolves around Goofy trying to fix water leaks around the castle... but then, this being Goofy, you know mayhem will ensue. And it does in grand style. Once the opening sequence of the show starts, the 2nd act features the character presented on this particular version. Today, I got to see Mr & Mrs Incredible shaking their tush along with 4 other dancers in a medley of songs like " I need a hero" and "Cartoon Heroes" etc etc.. Once Act 3 starts.. the show music turns into a frenetic eurodance number which I will call "Splash! Splash! Splash! Splash!" (note every "SPLASH!" scream comes accompanied with a water blast of varying degrees of preassure, so be advised to keep your cameras and expensive equipment protected)

    After a huge watery finale, the show quickly ends.

    Some technical aspects of this presentation here... The show lasts only 7 minutes and while Act one with Goofy and the 3rd frenetic SPLASH! finale are essentially the same, Act 2 is what makes this show unique, as I previously stated... there are 4 versions of act 2, each offering a different Disney character. It's a very clever idea for a small short term summer show and a well thought out twist that exceeded my expectations, since you never know ahead of time what version you will get to see. Also... about the water effects.. they appear to be simple but trust me, this is where the show is a little gem from a technical point of view. The castle has been equipped with very well conceiled water cannons and fountain equipment that is not apparently visible to the guests. Water and mist is shot off the castle turrest and stage below with furious blasts or elegant swirls of fountains, or clouds of mist, or any combination of the three alone. I can only imagine all the work it took to install all of this plumbing to reach the highest parts of the castle, plus to make sure the water shoots off with such preassure from the top of the castle is just awesome to see. And here at home I can't get decent preasure from my 2nd floor shower heah in my master bathroom...

    The performers get soaked and it is admirable that they perform on a very wet stage with water coming down at them for most of the time. Likewise, guests get a good amount of water tossed at them again. Hoses shoot water from the castle towers on either side of the stage area, or from either side of the stage ends, or simply from the CM's themselves who at one point in the show come out with hoses and spray the audience. It's a cute little show with a lot of water flying around and it is perfect to cool off while at TDL.. if you do not mind getting wet that is. A show CD containing all 4 versions of the show is on sale at TDR now.

    Likewise the small one-float parade with Goofy is cute as well.. and with a float that seems to be some rain catching gizmo machine of sorts. The float, used daily for now (but becoming the park's rainy day parade float later after the summer ends I am told) is very whimsical and sprays water from many areas, including an intermitent water blast from the top of it. Goofy again seems to be having a hard time making sure his water machine operates perfectly. This frenetic pace of the show on the float has Goofy moving energetically all over the float..as one moment Goofy is on top of the float, and the next he's sliding down a pole or jumping off a trampoline that shoots water off to the guests as Goofy jumps on it. Very cute but very small and brief show. Ths CM playing Goofy must be in very good shape to maintain such a frenetic pace for the 25 mins or so that it may take the float to go around the entire parade route.

    However...bottom line is.. these two shows are unique to TDL at this time and they are fun! fun! fun! in the most simplistic of ways. So try to catch them or get an idea of the show and mini parade by looking at these photos... Enjoy.

    TDLFAN says 3 stars! Go check it out before the summer season ends in Aust.

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...824&p=74589341
    Oh what a nice shot. Normal.

    Those gothic girls...notice the mom behind them like shielding her kids view almost? Lol.

    Really was a smaller scale show than I was expecting.

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    Quote Originally Posted by tloolgb
    Really was a smaller scale show than I was expecting.
    Yes it is a small show. This is just a side show to give the masses a little something to enjoy, rather than a full blast special event spectacle. Also, you must understand... there is a LOT of water coming down on the stage area. Having too many dancers or even props is simply out of the question. Too many logistics and safety issues to put on a show of a bigger magnitude. Besides, the real show here are the fountains and water effects. The fact that they DID have performers dancing on stage with all that water flying around surprised me and exceeded my expectations... Plus, there are 4 versions of this show! When have we seen efforts like that at WDW?

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    I guess the question is whether this worth going out to Tokyo to see, especially compared to all their other seasonal promotions? If I could only make one request, it's that you rate whether it's worth a trip. Sounds like this isn't just by it's design, but I know you like it too, so, uh..

    You know, in the future, say whether it's a "fly to Tokyo for this NOW" event, or a "if you're coming anyway then this is worth seeing" event, or a "this isn't special but if you're a TDR veteran it is worth looking for" event, or maybe the ultra-rare "this is not up to standards" event.

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    TDR itself is worth a visit to Japan regardless, reason why I don't engage in such vanalities as to rate any specific event a "must go see" or not. Not my style. But let me put it in persepective for you... That little water show is more than what the MK is offering right now in terms of live entertainment. I sure did like it better than "Cinderellabutchered".

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMania
    I guess the question is whether this worth going out to Tokyo to see, especially compared to all their other seasonal promotions?
    MickeyMania, I wouldn't venture to TDR from out of country solely on this seasonal event. It will most likely be an annual thing for the next few years.

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    Thanks, Joe. When planning, I'm balancing ride refurbs with seasonal events and my work and so many other things. I figure there's a couple events during the year that are especially worth the trip.

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    Great report and photos! This looks like to much fun. I was half expecting Shamu (or Nemo) to pop out of the Castle!

    Were there any warning signs that you could get wet if you were in the audience?

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    No warning signs visible. No.

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    Awesome report thanks for sharing


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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN
    I sure did like it better than "Cinderellabutchered".
    Lmao...and that says what exactly?

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    Quote Originally Posted by mikelan6
    Were there any warning signs that you could get wet if you were in the audience?
    There are no signs but the Cast Members repeatedly remind guests of the wet areas for one hour before the show begins. The main reason for this is to warn people to protect their cameras and/or other belongings from getting wet.

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    And I have to say... I *LOVE* those camera ponchos some guests put over their expensive videocams...

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    End of September through October is a great time to go. Not too hot, not too rainy, and the Halloween event at Tokyo Disneyland rocks and ROCKS HARD. If pumpkins and ghoulies are your thing, just mix that with Disney magic and characters. Then you get Halloween in the House. . . The moust house,

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    Re: TDLFAN reviews "Cool The Heat" (photos)

    Someone posted a video of the Mickey show and I thought it was really cute.

    Why can't WDW get on the bandwagon?

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