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SpectroMagic: The short term and long term future

Drinker Bell

Active Member
In the Parks
No
As much as I liked Spectro, I really loved MSEP.

When MSEP came back, I made a special trip back to MK on my day off just to see it again.
I also love the music, lights of the MSEP. Both Spectro and MSEP were both magical to say the least and I am glad I got to see them both as a kid. It would be great if Disney could come up with something even more spectacular in the future.
 

brb1006

Well-Known Member
did they replace those creepy clown kid things with something 50% less creepy?
Around late 2007 or 2008, the Spectromen were changed from masked characters (who's faces changed between purple, red, and a mix of both. Previously only their faces glowed white) but gained a costume update in late 2009 which made their faces more visible.
 

brb1006

Well-Known Member
But... I thought “storytelling” was only a recent discovery by WDI? Their social media posts mention their current prowess with it all the time. :rolleyes:
Heck, the entire parade actually has a backstory that very few visitors know about.

"The SpectroMen are keepers of light. They hold the parades magical light and transform it for you in the midst of the night. They come from a land called LightSpriation where everything is filled with rays of light and magical bursts of color. They were always afraid to come out of hiding and share their magical light, until one day, Mickey, the SpectroMen King, asked if they would join him in a nighttime festival of magic and light, and come and bring the magical light for everyone to see. Scared to confront people, they hesitated. After much consideration, the SpectroMen agreed. They brought along their magical SpectroBalls and Light-Trumpets to spread the joy of their magical light to everyone. Mickey controls the light they magically create and powers the parade through his Electro-ball, changing it from night to day, or crystal to multi-color."

This information was unearthed on April 2, 2008 from "The Site That Shall Not Be Named"
 

Drinker Bell

Active Member
In the Parks
No
Nope, while I respect the parade for playing an important role with Disney's history of nighttime entertainment. WDW deserves a brand new parade that's made and found only at the WDW Resort.
I agree with this 100%. This everything seemingly leaning towards remakes and redoing things like especially within the movie entertainment business, it is time for Disney and the Imagineers to step up with some new and original for the next Night Time Spectacular at WDW.
 

brb1006

Well-Known Member
The story for me was of terrifying fiber optic dolls who haunted my dreams.

I laugh, but I also completely understand. The Spectromen were scary.

They were the only elements that compromised my enjoyment. Sadly, they were everywhere!
I feel like one of the few people who really liked the Spectromen. Sure they were creepy, but at least they were very entertaining park exclusive characters and helped make the parade stick out more compared to MSEP and PTN. At least Disney took notice and decided to redesign them as face characters and the Spectromen even began smiling more often after their costume update in late 2009.
 

Kev1982

Active Member
The tragedy today is not that Spectro Magic is long gone, it's that it still hasn't been replaced.

The parade would be very crusty by modern standards.

Unlike attractions, I strongly feel entertainment needs to be refreshed every 5-7 years. Like Tokyo.
I agree. Me too, I liked Spectro a lot and have such good memories of it. But I think its good now to hold on to them memories because the marade would feel really outdated now. So much other great IP came out since that.
 

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