Hopefully the MK tree will be in place when we arrive on the 12th of November.
To be absolutely honest, in regards to the stage performances - I understand why.
One day, many years ago (I want to say 2007ish?) I am walking through the Magic Kingdom and I hear someone singing "Silent Night". I turn the corner and...Beyonce is standing there in front of the Castle, singing her lungs out in this pristine white dress. I was probably 10 yards from her. She finished. Went backstage. Then came back, and sang it again. Then the process happened a third time, and it started to rain a bit.
(Note, this is actually the moment I really began to have real respect for her as a performer, because she just kept going and didn't stop until the director told her to - she kept singing while being rained on for several minutes. She also acted completely graceful and grateful through the entire time she was out there, waving to little kids in between, etc).
Then after a brief pause, she came out - for the fourth time, to start again. Keep in mind, she probably already had done it several times before I was on the scene myself.
Now, as all this is going on, it was probably 60-65 degrees out at the time, not really sunny - so while I was happy as a clam in my T-shirt and shorts, half the audience was bundled up in mittens and hats and coats like they were at a fricking ski resort. And the moment a drop of rain was felt, half of them again started using up umbrellas and throwing those cheap plastic ponchos over their heads. It looked awful, and none of the audience paid any attention to the director with the bullhorn saying "don't do that". It was barely raining at all - I mean, a few droplets landing on me per minute.
Anyway, at this point, people in the audience - even in the front - started to walk away, while she is singing. They had their Beyonce experience, now they wanted to go on rides. So all the PA's are furiously trying to fill the audience with passerbys, because while all the precious little people who thought they were alternatively going to melt or freeze ruined enough of the earlier shots, having big gaping holes ruined a whole different set of shots.
Finally, the sun broke through - they filmed it once or twice more since people were again willing to stop without looking like freaks in snowgear in Florida, or covering themselves in garbage bags to avoid a few sprinkles, and that's the version that ended up on TV.
Watching how frustrating it was for the production staff, and long it took, and how many times she had to redo the song - mostly because the audience was so uncooperative, ruining all those crane shots that are expected in a filmed performance at the Castle like that - I completely understand why they would only use invited guests and fill in with CM's who can follow basic instructions. And as it says - guests can still view it - in fact, I was closer to Beyonce than the actual audience, anyway, from where I saw it (though I did wander down there at one point, I left and went back up because the view was better).
A theme park just is a very difficult place to film something like this, and when the crew has so much to film in a relatively short amount of time (and with talent that they likely only have for an hour or two at most), I really can't blame any of them for doing it this way.
It’s very doubtful they’d attempt live performances today even if they wanted to. They don’t need a Mariah Carey moment on Christmas day in the MK. I’ve been there for taping and now it usually consists of the actual star running through once or twice followed by a stand-in lip syncing over and over to get all those fake crowd shots.I know that this may go against what you might think makes sense logically, but I actually think that this is exactly why LIVE is better in the long run. It's one and done, and the whole production deals with it, weather and all. That's how the Macy's parade works. And it worked well here for many years. Film a few cutaways ahead of time, but not the whole thing. The kinetic energy is much more fun, even with some quirky audience moments. The "Today" show pulls it off nearly every Friday in the summer with their concerts on the plaza... and by being live, the audience is seeing it only one time... not over and over (with the exception of sound check), and it shows in their excitement.
In the case of a true rainout, you can have a plan either to cut to last year's show (like the National Memorial Day special did on PBS when lightning came and the show had to be stopped) or simply record the previous day's parade as a run-through (like Elvis did for the famous "Live Via Satellite" broadcast from Hawaii in the '70s just in case the live feed broke). So, the weather can be dealt with, but live is the way to go, for many reasons, not the least of which is the true kinetic energy that is the opposite of the plastic infomercial feel it has today.
An extremely packed, but fun time if your in good health .. glad we did it once , saw awesome entertainment... but once was enoughMyself and my parents are visiting the resort for the first time and this taping happens to be the weekend in the middle of our two week holiday. As we were not aware of this taping, could any regulars elaborate on what impacts or disruptions we might be likely to notice if any (changes to entertainment, cut off areas of parks, crowds etc)?
Great. Our last 3 days at WDW, they will be filming in the same parks that we will be in for those three days. How much disruption to the average park guest does this cause? Do the filming areas close off walkways and make foot traffic unbearable? The last thing I want is some D-list celebrity or some brown-nosing PAs to impact ours, or anyone elses, vacation. They are getting paid to be there, the rest of us are paying to be there.
Yes, walkways close, but there is a way around.Great. Our last 3 days at WDW, they will be filming in the same parks that we will be in for those three days. How much disruption to the average park guest does this cause? Do the filming areas close off walkways and make foot traffic unbearable? The last thing I want is some D-list celebrity or some brown-nosing PAs to impact ours, or anyone elses, vacation. They are getting paid to be there, the rest of us are paying to be there.
As soon as I know where the filming locations are for each day, I am going to avoid those areas like the plague, unless I have an ADR or FP. Not really impressed with the timing of this.Yes, walkways close, but there is a way around.
Personally, I'd switch to different parks, but I know that's not necessarily reasonable with ADRs and FPs given that you were only given 3 week's notice. Would've been nice to have this schedule out 60 days in advance.
It should mostly be in park entrances. It's unfortunate that you miss a Christmasy Main Street USA during the daytime, but they'll open the backstage walkway so you can get to the lands. Rides shouldn't be impacted and the filming will end by evening, so you can still see a Christmasy Main Street at night. It may not be ideal but it can only impact you to the degree that you allow it to.As soon as I know where the filming locations are for each day, I am going to avoid those areas like the plague, unless I have an ADR or FP. Not really impressed with the timing of this.
Well, if I like her, then I guess I'll have to put a ring on it, but my wife might not like that too muchIt should mostly be in park entrances. It's unfortunate that you miss a Christmasy Main Street USA during the daytime, but they'll open the backstage walkway so you can get to the lands. Rides shouldn't be impacted and the filming will end by evening, so you can still see a Christmasy Main Street at night. It may not be ideal but it can only impact you to the degree that you allow it to.
What if you get to see Beyonce?!
It's actually a spectacular transition to witness. Someone missed the opportunity for a $300/person 1 night only Nightmare Before Christmas Party where the Boo to You Halloween Parade is followed by Holiday Wishes and the Sanderson Sisters interrupt Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration.Well, if I like her, then I guess I'll have to put a ring on it, but my wife might not like that too much
From what you've said, I think we'll be fine. Our first day at WDW is the Monday before the filming, so I guess the good news is that I'll be able to see the MK in Halloween and Christmas mode all in the same week.
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