We may live in Tennessee but our hearts are in Walt Disney World every single day! Constantly planning our next trip to our happy place, we share a personal Disney pic a day from our over 16 years of traveling to “The Most Magical Place on Earth”! You can find us on Instagram @disneypicaday or on Twitter @disneypicaday. This blog is our place to write extended articles with stories, recommendations, critiques, and tips to help you plan your visit!
In our new episode, we discuss the difference between Magic and Imagination, most importantly from the standpoint of what Disney delivers. The song ”You are the Magic” that is a part of the Enchantment fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom says we can go anywhere with our imagination because we are the Magic (they say you, meaning me, naturally). The anthem for the 50th Anniversary is ”The Magic Is Calling”, which I guess means we are calling ourselves!
How much of onus of the magic is really on the person at the parks? Do kids really need all the beauty of Galaxy’s Edge to see it as another galaxy? If that isn’t interesting, our Figment In Time this episode is Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween party. We are going to Boo Bash this week and will definitely show you some of what see there too.
In addition, since our previous episode, I have posted a video of the Jammitors:
As well as ValPalMickey’s changing opinion on Mickey’s Runaway Railway:
Want a daily dose of short Disney videos? Check us out on TikTok along with a LOT of other fun Disney content. What I have found I like about TikTok is it is it is like video Twitter. Easy to pick up, get a bit of content, and move on.
We have some fun ideas for where to take that (some of which we are filming this week), but it will always be a lot of what I have tried to bring to #Distwitter… simple views of Disney World to take you mentally away from your day and into your happy place for a few minutes a day. https://www.tiktok.com/@figmentsintime
We are back with season 2 of our vlog on our Figments In Time Youtube Channel. The primary post is our first full episode (and if you aren’t into the whole video thing, the episode is available as a podcast on Podbean. I will be trying to expand where the podcast is published in the next few episodes as well).
In this episode, we talk about our last trip to WDW, discuss our feelings on the upcoming Genie+ (which will be updated in next week’s episode!), had pictures of Club Cool and Mouse Gear to celebrate their replacement, and had some video from the Jammitors:
Also on the channel, I put out a couple of other videos, including this one of a favorite ride that is going away for real:
And this one with the full video of Happily Ever After from the California Grill Balcony:
And if you don’t tell anyone else, Val and I did a few quick #FigmentsInTheCar episodes on our last trip and this is the result of one of them. https://youtu.be/Pk6ZpnI2YsA. None of our worsts were gross, so never fear, it is always PG rated in Figment Land.
Disney and I have been on a break…well not exactly…but sort of. @DisneyPicADay and I have been DVC Members and Season Passholders for many years. We typically visit Walt Disney World three (and sometimes more) times a year. January or February for our anniversary, the fall for the Not So Scary Party, and then we fit one other visit in sometime. (It used to be May for Star Wars Weekend…play sad music here for a moment of silence and then go watch our Figments In Time episode on SWW)
Obviously, there were several months last year when no one could visit because the pandemic closed the parks…but that is not the break that I am referring to as we actually went for Christmas last December…no, we had to take a break this year because of some personal health issues.
A long time ago Walt Disney World became our favorite place to vacation – there were a lot of reasons. The first and most important reason is because @DisneyPicADay is addicted to roller coasters (editors note: all thrill rides!). Disney was one location where he could ride every attraction. Another reason was that it was the one place we could actually disconnect and just have ridiculous fun. We both had very intense jobs (and side jobs!), and before we found Disney, no matter where we went on vacation, we found ourselves working. At Walt Disney World we did not check our email or look at the news – we just had fun.
Over time, Disney also because the place for me to make decisions and decompress when life was difficult. Walking all day, looking at the amazing scenery, laughing, riding thrill rides…it cleared my brain, helped me process, and gave me time to think. I do some of my best thinking while at a Disney Park.
We have had a lot happen over this past year…really over the past few years. I have missed my thinking spot…my get away from everything and process spot. I know people don’t understand why adults love Disney – but quite honestly everyone really needs to just be kid and have fun sometimes. I am looking forward to reuniting with my happy place.
Due to my health issues from this year, I will become close friends with a scooter…and hang out at the resort way more than usual…but I am super excited about it. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday! Plus, I get to see Happily Every After fade off into the happily ever after… happiness mixed with sadness mixed with happiness!
Ok…so maybe that title is a little dramatic, but it is the way I am feeling at the moment. I have a lot of Walt Disney World attractions that are very important to me that I would never want to lose (I am looking at you Haunted Mansion!) but shows, especially fireworks shows, are not typically on this list. I understand stage productions can become stale or dated over time and they need to be refreshed. And honestly, some things can run for too long. So, I will typically try to visit one last time to bid a show a fond farewell and look back on pictures fondly.
I was not a huge fan of Wishes and I totally understand that I just lost many of you with that statement. It was a great show, but because of some silliness from my husband, I really struggled with the music, and I didn’t love waiting for it. We had just seen it so many times that we often just worked hard to be on Big Thunder Mountain or Splash Mountain for a special view of the fireworks. I didn’t like to wait in front of the castle, with a sea of people for Wishes – so I was excited to hear we would receive a new nighttime spectacular.
I thought I might enjoy Happily Ever After and watch it occasionally, but I was not prepared for what I experienced the first time I saw this show. There was something uniquely special about this production. It is not just that the projections are amazing, which they are incredibly so, or that the fireworks are timed well…they are, it is something else. The music…the music is incredibly emotional…unlike any other fireworks show I have seen. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular has an incredible score with music that we are familiar with…that reaches the fans nostalgia. (And I do love that show.) However, Happily Ever After uses its music in a more unique way to tug at our heartstrings. They utilize songs that we are familiar with (some more than others) but in an incredible arrangement that utilizes versions of songs that I have never heard in another setting.
Bear with me, I am going to make another controversial statement – I am not a huge Tinkerbell fan. I know…now you really hate me. (When I was a kid, I thought she was too mean to Wendy, and it just stuck with me…but I digress.) When Tinkerbell took flight in Wishes I thought it was really cool, but it didn’t strike me that much in the feels – it was early in the show. I remember watching Happily Ever After the first time and thinking…oh something must be wrong tonight and Tink is not flying. But then…when she took off from the castle…I started crying. The timing is spectacular… when Tinkerbell makes her flight…it is just perfect. I have never cried so much in a show with fireworks – not in all of these years of visiting the parks. (Even seeing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular was amazing, but I did not burst out into hysteric tears.) Happily Ever After became a must do for me. I would gladly wait in the heat, with a crowd, to get a great view.
I say all of this to say – Happily Ever After is going away too soon. We were not ready…we didn’t have enough time. I know the pandemic kept us from visiting as much over the last couple of years, but I don’t think more viewings would change my feelings of loss right now. I am not angry, and I do not hold it against Disney because I am sure they have their reasons…but I have a request. Walt Disney World…please at least give me an official soundtrack.
This is my first attempt at writing a blog with a clickbait title. I expect on that aspect it will fail to take me to the viral levels of most clickbait (I suppose I could have said “Why I am Glad a Disney World Attraction is ending” so you wouldn’t know what I meant until you clicked, but I am new at this. Keeping with the clickbait tradition, I will reveal my reasoning at the end of the blog, but I won’t make you read two pages of text explaining to you what Happily Ever After is, WaltDisneyWorld.Com will do that for you just nicely.
I read a lot of people who Happily Ever After for various reasons. The music, the magic, the wonderful fireworks, or even a personal attachment. A good friend was proposed to during this show. That is a strong attachment. It was one of my grandaugther’s favorite memories from her first trip to Walt Disney World (okay, it was second next to the dessert party we went to first.) There are tons of amazing memories of this show out there. I personally love the show very much, and largely use pictures from the show in my sorta weekly #FollowFriday posts.
On #Distwitter and various YouTube channels, back room Discords, and probably around the water cooler in the Utilidors (has anyone actually worked at a place that had a water cooler that you stood around talking?), comparing “Happily Ever After” to “Wishes” to “Fantasy in the Sky” and other nighttime spectaculars. If you want to listen to one such debate, check out episode 160 of our Monorail loving friends at the Morning Monorail.
On that episode of the Morning Monorail podcast, my answer was read and I liked Wishes better, but that is not why I am glad to see Happily Ever After ending, I don’t even want Wishes to come back. I clearly love the visuals because for something that you have to wait an hour or more for that only happens once a day, I have a lot of pictures of it (and have spent a decent amount of money on dessert parties and camera equipment to get better views and pictures of it too!)
I did slightly prefer when the projection show was distinct from the fireworks, but that is a minor quibble. No, the one reason I am happy it is going away is for the simple reason that I want more memories. I love the familiarity of going to a theme park and seeing the same sights, hearing the same sounds, smelling the same smells, riding the same rides… But it is nice to get new sights, smells, rides too.
When I am scrolling through my pictures preparing for FollowFriday, I often hear the crescendo of the songs from “Wishes” and “Happily Ever After” in particular. I don’t remember the words of the songs, but I do remember “Star light, star bright… Wishes” and “Happily Ever After” (made all the easier since it is right there in the title). I selfishly want more memories to squirrel away in my brain.
As you can see here on Disney World’s website:
I can’t wait to see this. And after the 18 months they tell us that the 50th celebration will go on, I look forward to the next spectacular “Enchanted”. After all… the title of the current show is more typically heard in the phrase “and they lived happily ever after” … at the end of the story… The memories of seeing this the first and last time will still be there without seeing it again.
And while watching fireworks on TV can’t compare to the real thing, if you need your memory refreshed… Disney already has that for you.