Saying Farewell- The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

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My daughters (pictured with me above) were tiny babies when the Osborne Lights began at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was MGM Studios at that time, and the lights stretched far beyond the Streets of America. I used to push these kids in a stroller all the way past the Streets of America and around the Backlot, even getting cocoa from Mickey and Minnie in front of the facade used in the taping of the show “The Golden Girls”. The lights were amazing in their heyday, and the display was much greater.

Over the years, with the addition and subtraction of several different Disney attractions (think Lights, Motors, Action and closing of the Backlot), the Spectacle of Lights shrunk. Disney tried to maintain the excitement and tradition but eventually the lights were restricted only to the Streets of America area. Disney again tried to step this up with the addition of the technology that synced the music with the lights, creating a light show that was magical.

This month, I was there to celebrate this Spectacle, the same as I did when it first began. It was an emotional night for many, but we were happy to be there to celebrate coming full circle. We do hope that Disney will relocate the lights to create something as spectacular as when it all first began, so we will be watching carefully to see what happens.

I am glad that Disney put these lights to such good use and that they brought so many people so much joy over the years. They certainly gave us some great memories! Here are some more images for you to see from the last night.

I love the last one here because of Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop from ABC’s Once Upon a Time- that is neat to see now but will be even nicer to see in the future when most of this is all a thing of Disney’s past.

We were able to celebrate together one last time, and even got some shirts to commemorate the occasion (which were selling out left and right!).
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It was a happy night, not full of sadness for us. Instead we are all choosing to look to the future for brighter days to come, no pun intended.

Mztressofallevil Rates: Cinderella’s Royal Table Princess Fairytale Lunch

If you are ever able to do so, the Royal Table Princess Fairytale Lunch inside WDW’s Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle is a fun time for the whole family.

Cinderella greets EVERY guest before they ascend the grand stairs into the banquet hall. (This used to be my job, folks! Ah, those were the days. Good times!)

We got lovely seating with a view of the Carousel and Fantasyland.

If you get this waiter- consider yourself very lucky! He has been there as long as I can recall, and his service is second to none.

The food is stellar, as you can see here.

The Princesses are announced with a herald of trumpets periodically and then each one makes their way around the entire dining hall. They spend a very decent amount of time at each table. I was able to have a conversation with each one, even telling Jasmine that she wears too much eye makeup. HA! I told Aurora that I had nothing against her personally, but that I was a friend of Maleficent. The reaction? Priceless! Do not be afraid to talk with them because they are very good in their roles!

Prior to the Princesses’ arrivals, each little Lord and Lady get either a sword or a wand to wave when they enter.

It was just the right amount of food for lunch, and the atmosphere, well- you can not beat eating in the Castle!

I, Mztressofallevil, give this Disney Dining experience 8 out of 10 spells, and that is only because it is less intimate than I like to dine. Just personal preference. That, and my lava cake for dessert was lava-less. Oops!

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Route 66 and CARS LAND

 Growing up the daughter of a classic car expert (and former drag racer) was not without tales of Historic Route 66. My Dad told me of a time when it was realistic to take off in a large car with fins and cruise West, taking in all the sights and neon of motels, kitschy shops, and a variety of roadside attractions. By the time I was old enough to experience Route 66, all that was left were ghosts of the glory days and skeletal remains of these iconic places. Then Disney released the film “Cars“. Cars was the last film I watched with my Dad before he passed away, and he was not normally a big Disney guy (think more like John Wayne!). He loved Cars, however, and told my children, husband, and myself once again what it was like to have lived the legend.

 On my way to D23 in California this summer, I drove the length of Route 66 from St. Louis, Missouri all the way to Cali. We saw a lot of sights along the way- remnants of the tales that I had heard for so long. It was a sad sight. So many abandoned buildings and towns that were barely there. Run down remnants of the past exist, but you have to get off of the “new” highway and actually look for them now. It was a special trip nonetheless, and one my father would have enjoyed. In fact, I could almost hear his voice when I laid eyes on an old truck, car, motel, or attraction telling me “see- I told you about this!”.

It is special that Disney chose to keep the memory of this era alive. When I walk into Radiator Springs at Disney’s California Adventure Park, I hear the sounds of the era in which my father was truly “cool”, get to sip a milkshake at Flo’s V-8 Café, and daydream about a simpler time. No wonder Dad talked about it so much.

Check out what we saw on the trip West, then see the gallery of Disney’s Cars Land.

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Marceline to Magic Tour – In Honor of Disneyland’s 60th Birthday

Wonderful insight to a magical tour!-Mztress

The Mature Mouse™

Disneylandopened on July 17, 1955. I was born in 1957 and grew up watching Disney shows, such as the original Mickey Mouse Club. I remember sitting around the television with my family on Sunday evenings watching the Wonderful World of Color. My favorite episodes were those that featured an inside look at Disneyland. I wanted to go there, to walk in that magical place that Walt Disney had built. Every time I asked my parents when we would get to go to Disneyland, they would always give me the same answer, “some day.” Well, some day came during the summer of 1970 when my family finally made the trek to California to visit family and, of course, explore Disneyland (Chapter 1).IMG_1961The Mature MouseTM was very fortunate to be able to take the Marceline to Magic Tourduring my recent trip to Walt Disney World. This…

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It wasn’t a world of laughter as these three women brawl while in line at Disney as little kids watch

Wicked as I am, this disgusts me completely. -Mztress

Fan Buzz

This isn’t how a nice, cheery trip to Disney is supposed to end up.

Three women were caught on cellphone video in a full-fledged brawl while waiting in line at Disney’s Test Track at Epcot Saturday night, said the man who recorded the incident.

Ray Przybysz recorded the incident on his cellphone. The video was sent to WFTV.

The video shows the three women beating and screaming at each other, with one of them using an umbrella as a weapon Przybysz said.

Przybysz did not say what led to the fight.

At one point, a Disney employee tried to break up the brawl but he was pushed away.

Przybysz said the women were eventually escorted out by Disney personnel.

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Deep thoughts: The Many Changes of Star Wars

Very interesting perspective.-Mztress

Constant Collectible

Over the years George Lucas and Lucas Arts have made multiple changes to the Star Wars Saga. Thanks to Youtuber Marcelo Zuniga you can now see all the changes made for A New Hope, Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars: A New Hope- Part I

Star Wars: A New Hope-Part II

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Lucas has tried to defend his changes through the years “If you look at ‘Blade Runner,’ it’s been cut sixteen ways from Sunday and there are all kinds of different versions of it. ‘Star Wars,’ there’s basically one version — it just keeps getting improved a little bit as we move forward.” and “The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in ‘Episode IV,’ what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted…

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Visiting For Special Events and Holidays

Very sound advice, dear ones. Plan ahead!-Mztress.

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As you might already know we consider ourselves Disney and Universal Studios junkies! We’ve visited the parks for special events and we thought we would give you the pros and cons of doing so. We’ve visited Universal Studios for Halloween Horror Nights and Mardi Gras. We’ve also visited Disney for the 4th of July, Star Wars Weekends and Halloween. Now like with all the good in visiting for special events also come the cons. We thought we would share what we have learned through each visit.

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We’ll start with the pros-

Pros:

  • Being at a park for a holiday is extremely exciting.
  • Usually special events are held to include the holiday or event.
  • Disney and Universal do event planning like no other.
  • Dining usually incorporates the theme of the holiday or event.
  • Typically shops will have themed items to purchase.
  • Photo opportunities are a great way to make your trip…

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