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Avatar Flight of Passage – Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #025

June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Pandora The World of Avatar is open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Attraction Checklist was there opening day!  Listen in to learn a bit about the land’s marquee attraction Avatar Flight of Passage and then experience the audio of the attraction for yourself!  Recorded during a soft opening on May 26, 2017.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Exciting times this episode as we head to the recently opened Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and ride the area’s marquee attraction: Avatar Flught of Passage. 

Located in Pandora – The World of Avatar, Flight of Passage is described in the guidebooks in the following manner: Fly on the back of a mountain banshee during an exhilarating 3-d ride above this vast moon.  The Thrill level describes the attraction as being a Thrill Ride.  There is a height requirement of 44 inches or taller to ride this attraction and FastPass Plus is available.

Before we soar above Pandora, here are five fast facts about Flight of Passage.

1.  Though it had several soft opening previews, Avatar Flight of Passage officially opened on May 27, 2017 along with the rest of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

2.  According to some sources, the elaborate queue area of the Avatar Flight of Passage attraction is built to accommodate a whopping four to five hour wait!

3. The videos seen in the attraction’s pre-show have different variations.  One deals with scanning visitors for harmful parasites while another explains how the Banshee are a ‘keystone species’ of pandora.

4.  The attraction features eight ‘link chairs’ or ride seats per room, two rooms per floor and several floors for each of the four theaters the house the attraction.  The screen in each of the theaters is 70 feet wide and 100 feet tall!

5.  As you experience the the four and a half minute long ride, you feel mist from the ocean waters, smell the earth and you can actually feel the banshee you are riding breathe under neath you.

And now it’s time to ride Avatar Flight of passage.  This audio begins with the first pre-show room and then continues through the entire attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now.  After ride, I’ll give you my thoughts on the brand new Disney’s Animal Kingdom attraction, Avatar Flight of Passage.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_Flight_of_Passage

WALT DISNEY WORLD WEBSITE
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/animal-kingdom/avatar-flight-of-passage/

WHNT.COM
http://whnt.com/2017/06/02/flight-of-passage-avatar-ride-is-disneys-best-new-attraction-in-years/

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https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/27/15702590/pandora-world-of-avatar-flight-of-passage-ride-review

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The Muppets Present…Great Moments In American History – Magic Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #024

May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – The Muppets have invaded Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom and are bringing there irreverent brand of comedy with them!  In this episode we listen to the two versions of The Muppets Presents…Great Moments In American History: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and The Signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Recorded on October 26, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we head to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for The Muppets Present…Great Moments In American History.  Located in the Liberty Square section of the park, The Muppets do retellings of famous moments from American History in the windows above Liberty Square’s Heritage House and The Hall of Presidents.  Because this is a show there are no age or height restrictions to view it.

Before we get an education in American History from Sam The Eagle, here are five fast facts about The Muppets Presents…Great Moments in American History.

1.  The show debuted at the Magic Kingdom on October 2, 2016.  Great Moments in History features two alternating famous historical retellings.  The retelling of the Declaration of independence features the human character of Liberty Square’s Town Crier, James Jefferson or JJ for short, who solicits interactions from the crowd gathered to watch the show.  The other show centers around the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and stars the Muppets on their own.

2.   The show began development in 2014 after the release of Muppets Most Wanted.  Originally the show was just going to feature Sam The Eagle on his own but it was decided that the show would be more fun if the other Muppet characters were added in.

3. Because the bulk of Muppets’ performance takes place in the second story windows of Liberty Square’s Heritage House, the Muppets puppets are built 5% bigger than they normally would be for film and television in order to be properly seen by audiences watching from below.

4.  Longtime Muppet script writer, Jim Lewis, was brought in to polish the scripts for the show to make sure they fit with the classic Muppet sensibility.

5. Though they are not doing the puppeteering themselves, the voices of the Muppets are provided by longtime Muppet performers Steve Whitmire as Kermit, Eric Jacobson as Sam The Eagle, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear and Dave Goelz as Gonzo.

Now let’s head to Liberty Square to hear The Muppets retelling of two great moment of american history, the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and The Signing of the Declaration of independence.  And be sure to Stay tuned afterwards  to hear my thoughts on these shows.  As always, this is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we head to the Magic Kingdom for The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History.

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WALT DISNEY WORLD WEBSITE
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/magic-kingdom/muppets-present-great-moments-in-american-history/

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Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros – EPCOT – Attraction Checklist #023

May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Let’s celebrate the sights and sounds of Mexico as John B. deHaas and I take a ride on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at EPCOT in Walt Disney World.  Ride Audio Recorded on October 27, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Today we head to EPCOT to experience the signature attraction of the Mexico Pavilion in World Showcase, the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the There Caballeros! The guide map describes this ride by saying, “Discover the sights of Mexico and the antics of three feathered amigos on this boat ride.”  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and the Thrill Level simply describes this ride as a Slow Ride.

Before we go out and search for Donald Duck with Jose and Panchito, here are five fast facts about this attraction!

1.  The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros opened on April 6, 2007, replacing the Mexico Pavilion’s original attraction El Rio del Tiempo.  The Gran Fiesta Tour keeps the same layout as the original ride but adds animated film sequences starring The Three Caballeros.

2.   The addition of The Three Caballeros to the ride marked the first time that Disney made the, somewhat controversial decision, to add pre-existing characters into attractions in the World Showcase at EPCOT.  A decision that has continued with Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion.

3. The voices of the Three Caballeros are performed by Tony Anselmo as Donald, Rob Paulson as José and Carlos Alazraqui as Panchito.

4.  The center section of the attraction, known as the Festival of Children, features animatronics of singing and dancing children very reminiscent of It’s A Small World.  This portion of the Gran Fiesta Tour is pretty much the same as it was back when the ride was known as El Rio del Tiempo.

5. On December 15, 2015, animatronics of the Three Caballeros were installed in the show’s finale.  The animatronics were reused from the Magic Kingdom attraction the Mickey Mouse Revue which was closed to make way for Mickey’s PhilharMagic in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.

Now it’s time to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour.  Along for the ride is John B. deHaas and after we ride we will give you our thoughts on this attraction.  Also, this is a binaural recording, so if you have headphones put them on now as we head to EPCOT’S Mexico Pavilion to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros.

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WALT DISNEY WORLD WEBSITE
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Disney Junior – Live on Stage! – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #22

April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Let’s head to Disney California Adventure and check out the, now closed, Disney Junior – Live on Stage! Attraction Audio Recorded on April 4, 2017.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we’ve got something for the younger fans as we check out the recently shuttered Disney Junior – Live on Stage! at Disney California Adventure.  This guide map describes the show by saying, ’Sing and Dance with your favorite Disney Junior Characters!’  There are no age or height requirements for this show and each production lasts roughly 23 minutes.

Before we visit Mickey and his friends, here are five fast facts about Disney Junior – Live on Stage!

1.  Disney Junior – Live on Stage! opened at Disney California Adventure on April 11, 2003 under the name Playhouse Disney Live.  The show replaced the ABC Soap Opera Bistro, a restaurant that featured sets from famous ABC Soap Operas.

2.   The original version of the show that opened in 2003 was the same as the Playhouse Disney Live show that was running at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.  It featured characters from Bear In The Big Blue House, Rolie Polie Olie, Stanley and The Book of Pooh.

3. Over the years, the show has featured characters from other Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior shows including Jojo’s Circus, Handy Manny and Little Einsteins.  The current iteration of the show that we’ll hear today features Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.

4.  A team of six puppeteers are cast for each show and they manipulate over twenty different puppets of the various characters who interact with the show’s human host and the audience.

5. All the characters in the show are voiced by their original voice actors including Corey Burton doing his incredible version of Hans Conried’s Captain Hook.

Now it’s time to visit the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at Disney Junior – Live on Stage!  Stay tuned afterwards as I give my thoughts on the show as you’ll be experiencing it with me as I watch for the very first time.  Also, this is a binaural recording, so if you have headphones put them on now as we enjoy Disney California Adventure’s Disney Junior – Live on Stage!

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DISNEYLAND RESORT WEBSITE
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Spaceship Earth – EPCOT – Attraction Checklist #021

April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – It’s time to take a ride on EPCOT’s signature attraction, the grand and miraculous, Spaceship Earth. John B. deHaas joins us for the ride!  Ride Audio Recorded on May 28, 2015.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Today we take a ride on one of the most instantly recognizable Disney Park attractions anywhere, EPCOT’S Spaceship Earth. 

On this attraction you will, as the guide map states, Explore the history of innovations from the stone age to the Digital Age.  This attraction is open to guests of any age and there are no height requirements.  The Thrill Level for this attraction describes it as being Dark and a Slow Ride.  Fastpass+ is available for this attraction.

Before we thank the Phoenicians, here are five fast facts about Spaceship Earth.

1.  The 15 minute long dark ride that is Spaceship Earth is an EPCOT opening day attraction, beginning operation on October 1, 1982.

2.   The geodesic sphere which houses Spaceship Earth is a whopping 18 stories high.  The sphere took 26 months to build and was designed with the help of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury who also helped write the attraction’s original narration.

3. Since opening in 1982, the attraction has had four narrators. Actor Lawrence Dobkin, news anchor Walter Cronkite, Actor Jeremy Irons and, currently, actress Dame Judi Dench.

4.  A 63 piece orchestra and 24 voice choir conducted by Emmy winner Bruce Broughton provide the soundtrack for Spaceship Earth.  Each scene of the attraction features music styles and instruments appropriate to the era and each piece transitions seamlessly into the next.

5.  One of the most memorable moments of the attraction is the top when your car spins to reveal planet earth among the stars.  In the early days of the attraction, this spin was done by hand by a cast member who stood at the top of the dome and spun the cars manually.  These days the spin is done automatically within the ride system.

And now, let’s ride Spaceship Earth.  John B. deHaas is along for the ride today and afterwards we will discuss our thoughts on this attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we experience, EPOCT’S Spaceship Earth.

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The Great Movie Ride – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Attraction Checklist #20

March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – In honor of the passing of Robert Osborne, this episode we take a ride on the Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction The Great Movie Ride. Ride Audio Recorded on May 25, 2015.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Lights, camera action!  It’s time to head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and enjoy the park’s iconic attraction, The Great Movie Ride!  Located in the Hollywood Boulevardd section of the park, the Great Movie Ride is described in the guide map in the following manner:  Journey into some of Hollywood’s most famous films.  This attraction is open to guests of any age and there are no height requirements.  Fastness plus is available for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes the ride as being Dark, Scary and a slow ride.

Before films starts rolling, here are five fast facts about The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

1.  The 22 minute long Great Movie Ride is an opening day attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and officially began operation on May 1, 1989.

2.   The Great Movie Ride is unique in that, on busy days, guests will experience one of two ‘takeovers’ of their ride vehicle.  If the ride vehicle is stopped in the western section off the attraction, the vehicle will be taken over by an outlaw named Kate Durango or Kid Carson.  If the ride vehicle is stopped in the gangster section of the ride, it will be commandeered by a gangster named mugsy.  Both the Outlaws or the gangster will force the regular tour operator out of the vehicle and continue on as the vehicle’s operator until the surprise return of the car’s starting operator.

3. As the ride vehicle enters the Raiders of the Lost Ark segment of the attraction, keep as sharp eye on hyrogliphics on the walls of the room.  One panel has hyrogliphic figures of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and another features star wars characters R2D2 and C3PO

4.  n the Casablanca scene, the front half of a real Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior plane can be seen.  Imagineers didn’t just throw away the back half of the plane because it wasn’t needed.  You can see the back half of the plane if you head over to the Magic Kingdom where it can be spotted in the jungle of the Jungle Cruise Attraction. 

5.  In 2014, Turner Classic Movies became the sponsor of the Great Movie Ride and on May 29, 2015, the ride reopened with new on ride narration by TCM host Robert Osborne.  Rober Osborne passed away in 2017, but the attraction with his narration is what we will be listening to today.

Now it’s time to experience The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The main attraction audio we hear today will be the version where the gangster takes over the ride vehicle.  Ride audio from the attraction where the outlaw takes over the vehicle will be included the bonus audio available to the Saturday Morning Media Patreon Patrons who pledge at any level.  Stick around after the ride audio presented hear to hear my thoughts on this classic Walt Disney World attraction.  But for now, put on headphones because this is a binaural recording of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction, The Great Movie Ride.

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Silly Symphony Swings & Jumpin’ Jellyfish – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #019

March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – ATTRACTION DOUBLE HEADER!  Join Grant and John as they brave the Silly Symphony Swings and Jumping’ Jellyfish at Disney California Adventure!  Ride Audio Recorded on June 21, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we are heading to Disney California Adventure for our first ever attraction double header as we ride two attractions in one episode! 

First we’ll attend a wild band concert on the Silly Symphony Swings.  Located in the Paradise Pier section of the park, the Silly Symphony Swings are described in the guide in the following manner:  Enjoy boardwalk fun at its swinging best.  The Thrill level describes the attraction accurately as a spinning ride and it does have a height requirement in that guests need to be 40” or taller to ride.

After the Silly Symphony Swings, we’re going to head over to the Jumping’ Jellyfish attraction.  Also located in Paradise Pier, this ride is described in the guide map in this way:  Drop down through a colorful forest of kelp.  The thrill level warns that this attraction features Small Drops and it also has the 40” or taller height requirement on it.

Before our feet leave the ground for these two attractions, here are five fast facts about the Silly Symphony Swings and Jumping Jellyfish.

1.  Jumping’ Jellyfish is a California Adventure opening day attraction, beginning operation on February 8, 2001.  Silly Symphony Swings officially opened on June 11, 2010, but it replaced a similar attraction called the Orange Stinger which was basically the same ride but enclosed in a giant orange.

2.   Silly Symphony Sings is themes to the 1935 cartoon, The Band Concert where Mickey conducts an orchestra during the middle of tornado.  When the ride opened in 2010, it coincided with the 75th anniversary of the cartoon!

3.  The mild Jumping’ Jellyfish attraction at California Adventure has a sister attraction, also named Jumping’ Jellyfish, at Tokyo DisneySea in Japan.  The version at Tokyo DisneySea opened a few month after it’s California counterpart on September 4, 2001.

4.  The two music pieces heard during your ride on Silly Symphony Swings are both by William Tell.  The soundtrack includes his famous Overture and his classic piece entitled The Storm

5. Though they do so in much different ways, both attractions lift riders 40 feet off the ground and both have a ride time of generally about a minute and thirty seconds.

With me today for this special double header is my friend John B. deHaas and after we ride we’ll discuss our thoughts on this classic Disneyland attraction.  If you have headphones, put them on now as this trip is a binaural recording.  And now let’s ride Silly Symphony Swings and Jumping’ Jellyfish at Disney California adventure.

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Snow White’s Scary Adventures – Disneyland – Attraction Checklist #018

February 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – This episode we take a ride on one of Disneyland’s opening day attractions, Snow White’s Scary Adventures.  Along for the ride is John B. deHaas!  Ride Audio Recorded on June 21, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we are taking a ride on Snow White’s Scary Adventures at Disneyland.  This dark ride is described in the guide map as follows:  Hop inside a mine cart and follow the path of Snow White as she flees into the dark forest to avoid the wrath of the evil Queen. There is no height requirement for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes the ride as being Loud, Dark, Scary and a slow ride.

Before we head into the forest to find snow white, here are five fast facts about Snow White’s Scary Adventures

1.  Snow White’s Scary adventures is an opening day attraction that began operation on July 17, 1955.  Back then though, the ride was called Snow White’s Adventures.  The ride got its new name in 1983.

2.  Snow white didn’t actually appear in the ride until 1983 as well!  When the ride opened in 1955, the imagineers had designed the ride to make it feel as if the guests themselves were Snow White going through the forest and avoiding the evil queen.  Many guests questioned where Snow White was, so in 1983, the ride was changed to include snow white, though she only appears in the attraction once.

3.  One of the signature effects of the attraction is the transformation of the evil queen into the old hag.  This effect is achieved by haven two figures separated by a sheet of glass that is standing in for an actual mirror.

4.  The ride vehicles for the attraction are each randomly named after one of the seven dwarves.

5.  For years after the ride opened, guests were swiping one of the apples that the witch would hold out as they passed by.  When the ride was revamped in 1983, an effect was created to make it seem as if the apple was there but if guests reach out for it, their hands go right through!

Now, let’s visit Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on Snow White’s Scary Adventures.  On the ride with me today is John B. deHaas and after we ride we’ll discuss our thoughts on this classic Disneyland attraction.  If you have headphones, put them on now as we experience this binaural ride through of Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

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Haunted Mansion – Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #017

February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – This episode we join the 999 happy haunts at Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World!  We learn a little about the attraction and then hop a Doom Buggy of our own!  Ride Audio Recorded on October 27, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we head to Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and ride one of the park’s iconic attractions, The Haunted Mansion.

Located in Liberty Square, The Haunted Mansion is described in the guide map in the following manner: Take a spine tingling tour of this dark, haunted estate.  There are no height or age requirements for this attraction and FastPass+ is available.  The thrill level is describes The Haunted Mansion as being a Dark Ride and Slow Ride.

Before we hitch hike a doom buggy to the spirit world, here are five fast facts about The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World.

1.  The Haunted Mansion is an opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and marks it’s 45th year of operation in 2016.

2.  While sharing very similar scenes to it’s California counterpart, the Haunted Mansion in Florida has a few extra scenes that required extra narration by the Ghost Host, voiced by the legendary Paul Frees.

3.  In 2007, the attraction received a major refurbishment which added several new elements including the ‘M.C. Esher-esqu’ staircase room, a floating cruystal ball for Madame Leota, and the addition of Constanse Hathaway, the Black Widow Bride in the attic scene.

4.  In 2011, the ride received a new queue area where guests can interact with various tombstones and even talk back to the spirits.  That same year, the ride received a major upgrade in the Hitchhiking Ghosts sequence where the three ghosts now appear to physically interact with guests as they near the end of the attraction.

5.  One of the iconic scenes of the Haunted Mansion is the stretching room sequence.  At Disneyland in California, the floor of the Stretching Room lowers, serving as an elevator to bring guests underground to board the attraction.  At Walt Disney World, where they had more space to build the attraction, an elevator was not needed, so the ceiling rises to create the illusion of the room stretching.

Now, let’s bravely head to the Magic Kingdom’s to meet the 999 ghostly occupants of the Haunted Mansion.  After the ride audio, I’ii share my thoughts on the attraction and I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts on it as well over at the  Attraction Checklist Facebook page at facebook.com/attractionchecklist..  This is a binaural recording, so if you have headphones put them on now because we are about to experience, the Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion.

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WIKIPEDIA
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WALT DISNEY WORLD WEBSITE
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Main Street Electrical Parade Premire – Disneyland – Attraction Checklist #016

January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – The Main Street Electrical Parade has made it’s triumphant return to Disneyland and Attraction Checklist was there!  On this episode you’ll hear audio recorded on January 19, 2017, the night the parade made its big return!  Joining the fun is Paul of Window to the Magic – http://www.windowtothemagic.com – and after the parade we give you our thoughts on this returning attraction!

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This time we’ve got something every special for you, the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade to Disneyland park!  This audio was recorded on January 19, 2017 as the parade made it’s return to it’s birthplace at a special premiere event.  The parade is currently describe in the guide by saying Catch this classic nighttime parade filled with fanciful floats and toe-tappin’ tunes for a limited time―it fades away June 18, 2017!  As this is a parade, it is open to all ages and there is no height requirement, though if you want to see the parade up front you’ll want to snag a viewing spot along the parade route early.

Before we experience this spectacular festival pagent of nighttime magic and imagination.

1. The Main Street Electrical Parade debuted at Disneyland on June 17, 1972 and it ran at the park until November 25, 1996.

2.  The parade was created to be a West Coast version of the Electrical Water Pageant that has run at Walt Disney World in Florida since October 26, 1971.  The Water Pagent features barges with light up screens depicting a sea serpent, jumping dolphins, a turtle and more.  Instead of traveling down Main Street, these floats travel on barges on the Seven Seas Lagoon.

3.  According to then director of show development  Ronald Miziker, all 500,000 light bulbs in the original parade needed to be hand-tinted which required dipping each on in the appropriate colored paint.

4. The Main Street Electrical parade is known for its iconic music.  The underlying theme is called Baroque Hoedown and was originally created by early synthesizer pioneers Jean-Jaques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley.

5.  The Main Street Electrical parade was the firs tin Disney Park history to use an automated parade show control program that allowed the parade route to have different radio activated zones that allowed for float specific music and sound to be triggered as the floats passed by.  This si a technique still used in Disney parks today.

Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the return of the Main Street Electrical parade as it returns to Disneyland for the first time in over 20 years.  Watching the parade with me is the man who inspired this very podcast you’re listening to, Window To the Magic’s Paul Barrie and after the parade we will discuss out thoughts on this returning attraction.  Once again, this is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them in as we enjoy the Main Street Electrical Parade!

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WIKIPEDIA
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_Water_Pageant

DISNEYLAND WEBSITE
https://disneyland.disney.go.com/entertainment/disneyland/electrical-parade/

LA TIMES
http://www.latimes.com/travel/themeparks/la-tr-disneyland-main-street-electrical-parade-20161212-story.html

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