Just popping over to Magic Kingdom quickly to check out Cinderella’s Holiday Wish and the Castle Dream Lights again. There had been a few questions as to how early one needs to arrive in order to see Cinderella’s Holiday Wish, which is the seven minute show that precedes the “lighting” of the Castle. As we’ll see, especially because of the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Parade, you don’t need to arrive much earlier than 6pm for the 6:15pm show. And really, most adults should have no problem sauntering up around 6:10pm to catch it. Like a lot of other stage shows, the only real problem you’ll run into is the parents with a nine year old sitting on their shoulders. And like concerts or other sporting events where everyone has to stand up once the group in front decides to stand up, more and more kids are up on the shoulders as the show progresses.
This is why we’re not going to Hollywood Studios today. This is the line at the Ticket/Transportation Center for the Studios’ bus. If you’re transferring from Magic Kingdom and want to visit the Studios, you would need to transfer to the Ticket/Transportation Center via monorail or boat and then catch the bus here to the Studios. As mentioned in a previous post, Disney is planning to install bus stops at Magic Kingdom that would transport guests directly to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, but those stops are a long ways off.
Since it’s getting dark, I’m using my 50mm lens on a cropped sensor camera, so everything is going to be more zoomed in than we’d like it to be. TOUGH BANANAS!
Plenty of turnstiles in operation. Magic Kingdom was not recommended today, like Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. We’ve got longer hours than we’ll see later in the week and a rare Main Street Electrical Parade/Wishes Fireworks now that Mickey’s Parties are starting back up again.
A great Photopass “opportunity” in front of the Park with the Christmas decorations, train station, and “Let the Memories Begin” banner in the background. Each of the turnstiles is also adorned with a nice holiday wreath.
A nice holiday touch, I thought.
Just in time for the 5:40pm performance of the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Parade. Move It, Shake It is actually going to be a little different come the Sunday before Thanksgiving. We should see a new song, a rearranging of the characters, and new parking spots for the floats in the Hub area. As we’ll see, the poor people that are in the middle of the Hub can’t leave the Hub while the floats are parked (and before everyone is invited into the street to dance). Come November 20th, the floats should be arranged so that there’s a walkway into and out of the Hub area on the Main Street side. I hope that makes sense.
A few more shots:
It’s sort of lacking at the moment. I mean…Mr. Incredible is the only character on the Float! Frozone should appear and we should have also seen Baloo and King Louie, among other characters. Admittedly, I make a point of not seeing this Parade because it’s such a hassle to move around.
The crowd then follows the Parade up to the Hub. You can see that it’s just 5:45pm here (on the clock on the far left), meaning the entire Parade portion of the Parade lasted less than five minutes.
Once the floats arrive around the Hub, a character pops up from inside the “gift box.” That’s Genie up top on this one. From here, an “MC” tries to get the crowd to dance around with the Parade entertainers, usually to awkward results.
A lot of people around Main Street with the Electrical Parade at 7pm, Magic Memories and You at 7:45pm, and Wishes at 8pm. Main Street is already lined with people waiting for the Parade to start….90 minutes from now.
The 5:40pm Parade actually helps pull people away from the Castle Forecourt Stage where Cinderella’s Holiday Wish takes place. This is the area directly in front of the stage at 5:50pm. No one is really here waiting for the show..just getting pictures in front of the Castle. Keep in mind that beginning next week, we may not see the 5:40pm Move it, Shake It Parade while they work on new choreography. Even so, it shouldn’t affect crowds for the Holiday Wish much at all.
Move It, Shake It going strong. The floats are parked for about 15 minutes in the Hub.
Party like this is a good Parade.
A few more people have shown up by 6pm, but you could still march right up.
As explained a couple of days ago, Donald, Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie appear on stage and discuss the holiday decorations around Magic Kingdom, noting that Cinderella Castle is not decorated. I don’t want to ruin the rest of the plot, but Goofy does suggest that the Castle should be decorated in popcorn. A ridiculous proposition, Goofy! Actually, that would be pretty cool. They are so quick to dismiss Goofy’s ideas.
Luckily, the daily argument usually doesn’t turn into an all out slug fest, though it would be interesting to see who would win in a fist fight between these four. I have to think it would be Goofy, thanks to his extended reach, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Donald prevail. He’s more squat and probably difficult to tip over. It would also depend on whether Mickey and Minnie decided to team up, despite their current differences on holiday decorations. Maybe I’m over analyzing this.
The Fairy Godmother appears above to break up the fight.
Cinderella and Prince Charming appear. Remember what I said about nine year olds on shoulders? Let’s just say these kids aren’t that tall on their own. Luckily, Cinderella chooses to decorate the Castle with hundreds of thousands of icicle lights because Disney would really be in a bind if she went with popcorn.
After casting her usual Bippity Boppity Boo(tique) spell, the Castle lights up.
It really is a sight to be seen.
The Castle remains lit up for the rest of the evening. A ton of people around Main Street with the Main Street Electrical Parade beginning in about 35 minutes.
Over here too.
And more people waiting to arrive.
Popping over to check the progress on the Gingerbread House at Grand Floridian. We’re not there yet. It’s scheduled to be completed by November 14th and all resorts should be entirely dolled up by November 19th.
A look at it from the second floor. I’m not sure what upgrade you demand when you get to the Grand Floridian only to find a construction zone in the main lobby. Can you return the Grand Floridian suite upgrade for something else?
The “hotel orchestra” performing above the lobby. I would have popped into the cave that is Mizner’s Lounge had I been better dressed.
The main lobby is so vast that there really isn’t much they can do with it. As it stands, it’s sort of “just a big space” with various couches strewn throughout the area. That’s the Gingerbread House in the back left corner.
Monorail hours posted outside the Monorail station.
As usual, my presence commands a crowd wherever I go.
Big day tomorrow!