Magic Kingdom 50th Anniversary Plans

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
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I’m just going off memory from 3 years ago, if I searched through the forums I’m sure I can find it but I’m 99% sure it’s been designed and was just waiting on the green light
Perhaps here...

Expect another night parade in the MK again. They aren't gone forever. RoE will see updates, and it should make people happy.
A nighttime parade is currently scheduled to debut in 2021.
How many of these threads do we need?

New parade for the 50th.
As a minor distraction from all the mitching and boaning (in which I sporadically participate), I learned the budget and vision for our new nighttime parade and was quite pleased, as I imagine most will be. It sucks waiting 3 years but then we should end up with a stellar one that will last us 20 (45?) years.

It’s not Paint the Night, by the way. I know. Shocking. Although it will integrate some of its tech with some new. I’m optimistic and I’m a serious electrical parade snob. That’s a thing, right?
The 50th light parade should Trip a Little Light Fantastic.
Nothing green-Lit, but nothing off the table (as far as I know, which isn’t everything). However, the deadline to green light things in time for the 50th, especially something bigger like a parade, is nearing.
 

MaryJaneP

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Could WDW do a nightime projection parade where the scenes and music were projected and all WDW has to do is drag a bunch of screens along the "parade" route? Sure, WDW would have to buy a bunch more projectors but that would be cheaper than paying CMs to walk the route or paying engineers to build and maybe even maintain floats. Also, conceivably, the "parade" could be more rapidly changed since a timed projection routine could be more easily adapted. As long as it doesn't have that infernal noise of baroque hoedown.
 

JakeSpadaro

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Could WDW do a nightime projection parade where the scenes and music were projected and all WDW has to do is drag a bunch of screens along the "parade" route? Sure, WDW would have to buy a bunch more projectors but that would be cheaper than paying CMs to walk the route or paying engineers to build and maybe even maintain floats. Also, conceivably, the "parade" could be more rapidly changed since a timed projection routine could be more easily adapted. As long as it doesn't have that infernal noise of baroque hoedown.
I hope this idea dies right now lol
 

Disneyson

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Could WDW do a nightime projection parade where the scenes and music were projected and all WDW has to do is drag a bunch of screens along the "parade" route? Sure, WDW would have to buy a bunch more projectors but that would be cheaper than paying CMs to walk the route or paying engineers to build and maybe even maintain floats. Also, conceivably, the "parade" could be more rapidly changed since a timed projection routine could be more easily adapted. As long as it doesn't have that infernal noise of baroque hoedown.
I’m pretty sure they did this, but it was called Light Magic. Their big mistake was too many performers.

Don’t give them ideas.
 

brb1006

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Could WDW do a nightime projection parade where the scenes and music were projected and all WDW has to do is drag a bunch of screens along the "parade" route? Sure, WDW would have to buy a bunch more projectors but that would be cheaper than paying CMs to walk the route or paying engineers to build and maybe even maintain floats. Also, conceivably, the "parade" could be more rapidly changed since a timed projection routine could be more easily adapted. As long as it doesn't have that infernal noise of baroque hoedown.
We don't want to repeat the same mistake that Light Magic did.
 

PorterRedkey

Premium Member
lol I'd have to agree. The 50th will be the dud so many thought it would be. I tried to be optimistic but they always prove me right ....
What about the 2 e-ticket coasters opening for the 50th, not to mention the new "play" pavilion? You also have 2 e-tickets opening this year with MMRR and Rat. Rat even includes a whole new area for the France pavilion. Oh and a revamped Future/Nature/Discovery area at EPCOT.

Sure, I would like something for AK, but we are getting (have gotten) a lot of new attractions. We may still get a night parade, so hold the doom and gloom for now. The last 4 years have been great for new additions. The problem is the parks were static for too long and now they are playing catch up. Also, the disturbing trend of tearing down classic attractions and replacing them does not help capacity when the attractions replacing them are lower in THRC.
 

Bocabear

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All of those additions are kind of necessary due to overcrowding of the parks and shuttered attractions... I don't think the Disney PLAY! Pavilion is much of an addition VS what the old Wonders Of Life offered before they refused to update and then just closed it down...
WDW is the largest Disney park in the world...I refuse to applaud them for just keeping up with the crowd levels as they should do anyway.
 

Kman101

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What about the 2 e-ticket coasters opening for the 50th, not to mention the new "play" pavilion? You also have 2 e-tickets opening this year with MMRR and Rat. Rat even includes a whole new area for the France pavilion. Oh and a revamped Future/Nature/Discovery area at EPCOT.

Sure, I would like something for AK, but we are getting (have gotten) a lot of new attractions. We may still get a night parade, so hold the doom and gloom for now. The last 4 years have been great for new additions. The problem is the parks were static for too long and now they are playing catch up. Also, the disturbing trend of tearing down classic attractions and replacing them does not help capacity when the attractions replacing them are lower in THRC.
Of course we have, but they've also spent, as you noted, years doing nothing or very little. They're STILL behind. Of course my comment wasn't meant to disregard what's being built, but does TRON *help* The Magic Kingdom? The parks are only getting busier. So I give them credit for finally doing things of course.

I wasn't exactly talking about massive e-tickets for the 50th. Where's the enhancements rides at Disneyland got for their anniversary? They could still happen, of course. But the clock is ticking.

Why did they budget cut the theater and move funds? Where did it go?

Let's also remember they budget cut Toy Story Land. Didn't think a third attraction in SWLand was needed. So for every good thing they do, they still have the same mindset that they've had for decades.
 

Kman101

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All of those additions are kind of necessary due to overcrowding of the parks and shuttered attractions... I don't think the Disney PLAY! Pavilion is much of an addition VS what the old Wonders Of Life offered before they refused to update and then just closed it down...
WDW is the largest Disney park in the world...I refuse to applaud them for just keeping up with the crowd levels as they should do anyway.
THANK YOU!

This!

Even what they've done they could have done better ...
 

aladdin2007

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All of those additions are kind of necessary due to overcrowding of the parks and shuttered attractions... I don't think the Disney PLAY! Pavilion is much of an addition VS what the old Wonders Of Life offered before they refused to update and then just closed it down...
WDW is the largest Disney park in the world...I refuse to applaud them for just keeping up with the crowd levels as they should do anyway.
agree, not only that but they aren't even using the show buildings attached to it (unless Im incorrect,) so it could have had attractions but it really isn't. Underutilized potential and space.
 

PorterRedkey

Premium Member
Of course we have, but they've also spent, as you noted, years doing nothing or very little. They're STILL behind. Of course my comment wasn't meant to disregard what's being built, but does TRON *help* The Magic Kingdom? The parks are only getting busier. So I give them credit for finally doing things of course.

I wasn't exactly talking about massive e-tickets for the 50th. Where's the enhancements rides at Disneyland got for their anniversary? They could still happen, of course. But the clock is ticking.

Why did they budget cut the theater and move funds? Where did it go?

Let's also remember they budget cut Toy Story Land. Didn't think a third attraction in SWLand was needed. So for every good thing they do, they still have the same mindset that they've had for decades.
Why AREN’T you talking about the massive e-tickets for the 50th? It is the biggest thing they are doing for the 50th! How then can you exclude them when evaluating that the 50th will be a disappointment?

As for your other points, they are different arguments that often focused on what is NOT happening instead of what IS happening.
Does Disney (especially TDO) build the wrong attractions in the wrong location? YES!

Lack of ride updates(BTMRR for example) for the 50th may or may not happen. So wait until we know one way or another.

I am also sad that the new MK theater has been mothballed for now. The theater would have been a much better way to increase capacity than a new e-ticket. However, this was never a "50th thing". Still, this focuses on what is NOT happening instead of what IS happening. WDW needs new monorails. Does it make the 50th bad because we are not getting new monorails?

Also, I agree about how crappy the budget cuts were, BUT that has nothing to do with the 50th. Is Disney's current "IP everything" mindset terrible? IMHO, yes! This doesn't mean that in the last 4 years they have added a bunch of e-ticket attractions, with 3 new LANDS! As someone who watched the parks stagnate for decades, I appreciate the AMOUNT of new attractions, if not the themes or appropriateness of the park in which it is built. They may not be building what they should, or what we want, but they are building. That is something that didn't happen much in the 2000s.
 
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