In order to prepare for the future of Disney Parks, the weekend of April 2, 2016 was chalk full of closures of some popular (or not-so-popular, depending who you consult) attractions. I had so wished to be there in person for the finale shows, but between fighting a cold and the consistent rain on Saturday, it just wasn’t in the stars for me this time. Since I wasn’t able to be there in person, I decided to look back and reminisce on what just closed and what is ahead. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Over at Magic Kingdom, the popular castle stage show, “Dream Along with Mickey” had its final performance after nearly a 10 year run. The show is being replaced with “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” which will feature Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy and some of the newer Disney friends from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and of course, Frozen. Really not hating, I just wish Cinderella had something to do with her own castle again as it seems she is always getting the boot to Frozen lately. I mean, I know that Frozen doesn’t have an attraction of its own or anything coming…oh wait.
Enough of the snark, back on the topic of Dream Along with Mickey, I will admit, I only saw the show a handful of times as when I was vacationing at WDW, and I never really stopped to take it in with so many other attractions to get to, plus I will admit, I thought it was dare I say, childish to “Dream Along with Mickey.” BUT after setting aside time to actually watch it, I now kind of regret not seeing it more because it really was a well executed show. I think what I learned to love most about it was that is was classic Disney. Mickey and the gang were in their classic outfits and original squad of princess royalty (Cinderella, Snow White and Aurora) and their main squeezes were there too. Not to mention, Peter Pan and some classic villainous friends joined in the fun. The message of Dreams Come True and taking a dream with you wherever you go also hits home. I hope the new show has just a catchy of a tune and a heartwarming message as well. You will be missed Dream Along with Mickey, I am sorry for taking you for granted!
While Mickey led the chant of ‘Dreams Come True!’ one last time, over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, an entire portion of the park was closed down and walled up to make way for the new Toy Story and Star Wars themed lands. The 11 year run of Lights, Motors, Action stunt show came to an end as were the nearby Streets of America. The Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area was also closed down as was the quick service location, Studio Catering Co. The Mike and Sulley meet and greet was also shut down, I am sad I never too the opportunity to meet them! Hoping they show up somewhere else, perhaps the Magic Kingdom near the Laugh Floor.
Not taking into account the Osborne Lights, out of everything that closed this weekend at DHS, I will most miss Lights, Motors, Action. It was always exciting and amazing to see the stunt drivers perform, but there is a lot of space back there that will need to be utilized, but I will miss walking through the Streets of America and hearing the cars zip by. And while the show was hard to catch with only 2-3 performances per day and with it being all the way in the back of the park, I will miss seeing the good ol’ fashion stunts and pyrotechnic finale, but I guess I can get my stunt fill at yet another performance of Indiana Jones Epic Stunt spectacular to fill the void.
The Streets of America, while a fun concept for the 90’s, was now just a large area of very empty real estate, aside from Christmastime when the Osborne Lights were dazzling and dancing, there was really nothing going on there anymore, especially after the popular band Mulch, Sweat ‘n Shears ended their run. Lately, it seemed besides the holiday season, the only time I really stepped foot in the Streets of America was to get from Muppets Vision to Toy Story Mania or to catch a rare performance of Lights, Motors Action.
Now The Osborne Lights were like nothing I had every experienced before. It was truly Christmas magic and I could sit on the curb of the Streets for an eternity taking it all in. However, I think I mourned the fact the Lights were not returning this holiday season when they shut them off for good so the fact that Streets are now officially gone doesn’t sadden me that much. I guess what I am trying to say in this rambling is that I will miss the Osborne Lights immensely, but not the “Streets” if that makes any sense whatsoever.
And so, the period of rebranding Hollywood Studios is among us. I am looking forward to see what is to come and while it will be years before any guests can step foot in these new lands, it nice to see that one of my favorite parks is getting the refresh it deserves.