For us non-CM's, what's MISICI and CaDCT?
I had no idea Spectro was in such horrible shape. It's a WAY better parade then MSEP and that's terrible they didn't maintain it. I know people have fond memories of MSEP, but its so outdated, it's embarrassing. Nobody even knows what half the floats are. Sorry to say, but Pinocchio and Pete's Dragon don't have nearly the staying power of other Disney movies. My kids could care less about MSEP because they can't relate to it at all. As for me, the horrible 80's synthesizer music playing over and over again drives me insane.
We always go in October and loved seeing the MNSSHP parade and Spectro. They were both extremely good shows with each holding their own in terms of quality. Last time we went we took my in-laws (who had never been before) and saw MNSSHP parade the first night. They were blown away. The second night we saw MSEP and were completely let down. It was nowhere near the quality of the Halloween parade and was literally embarrassing. I found myself apologizing to my in-laws for making them wait 2 hours on a curb for a show that was second rate and obviously outdated.
When you see a first class parade on one night and then the "hand-me-down, you keep it" parade the second night, it makes you wonder who the crap is running the place and why am I paying outrageously over-inflated prices for it. I'm so frustrated by WDW's relentless price increases coupled with lack of upkeep and cutbacks over the last 5 years, that for the first time in my life, I don't have any desire to return. The new fantasyland is an insult when you compare it to the DCA refurbishment. Heck. It's an insult when you compare it to Harry Potter world and that's before their new expansion they're building.
If Spectromagic is truly dead with no foreseeable replacement, then it's a sad day for WDW fans everywhere. For me, it's just one more nail in the coffin.
George... You're our only hope. Tell Meg to shove it and PLEASE start investing again!!
ORDDU: Exactly, MickeyM, duckling. Some people accept lower standards way too easily.
I can understand many of you who think fondly of the old Electrical Parade now running and how much you love Spectro Magic. I know a lot of this has to do with "Nostalgia". However, please understand that aside from being cheap, the management at Disney World appears to use nostagia as an excuse to NOT invest money on new, technically advanced entertainment.
I'm not saying that those old parades are enjoyable anymore, as they still are. But the time to replace and update has long been overdue. It's time for Disney to "show us the money" and offer a night time parade that is equal to or surpasses the jaw dropping majesty of Tokyo Disneyland's Dreamlights Parade. I mean.. The original electrical parade is about 40 years old and Spectro magic is 20 years old.. C'mon. Even Reflections of Earth at Epcot has to go as well. It's time for Disney World's entertainment to reflect advances from the 21st century. Anything that has "Celebrate the Magic", "Remember the Magic", or street party as it's name NEEDS TO GO. Remembering the past only makes me awared of how much better Disney World used to be as opposed to now a days.
Oh I remember Move It Shake It Celebrate It. That's the annoying joke of a parade that happens 25,000 times a day and along with the castle stage shows exists only to make sure that nobody ever wants to attempt to cross the hub.
I liked the old Main Street Electrical Parade. The new one feels like the Star Wars special editions. It's newer and shinier but somehow has less heart. I'd rather have SpectroMagic back.
A well-known poster on another Disney forum basically confirmed that Spectro has seen it's final days, stating that it would cost $2.6 million to fix all the problems its improper storage has caused. They also said that MSEP will run indefinitely. While I can't personally say whether or not this is true, with the way Spectro's rumors sound now, I'd believe this news.
MiSiCi = Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! Street Party
CaDCT = Celebrate a Dream Come True (3:00 day parade at MK)
I haven't heard anything more since my last post in regards to Spectro.
As far as Reflections of Earth, the only update I'm aware of are the new lasers being put in sometime later this year (same for Fantasmic!). If there were any plans to change the show, I would assume I'd have heard wind of it by now. I agree that Reflections desperately needs a refurb, if not a new show altogether. I'm over the globe prop; to me it's not nearly big enough to be seen and enjoyed by everyone watching (also it reminds me too much of Universal's famous globe).
Speaking of new shows though, the buzz backstage is that Wishes! is looking at its last year. They're really about to jump on the projection technology used for the Magic, Memories, and You and rumor has it that they're considering using the castle moat as part of the show. Supposedly they're looking at somehow combining MM&Y, Fantillusion, and World of Color as a brand new castle show. As much as I love Wishes!, I agree that its glory days are over and it's time we get something fresh and different.