Never has there been a full week without theme parks, at least since Magic Kingdom opened in Central Florida in 1971. The spread of coronavirus changed that as all four Walt Disney World parks have been dark since Monday, along with all of Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando’s attractions.
There plenty of pandemic-related issues to fret over. One way to distract is to dive into YouTube and relive some theme park magic. For this exercise, I found videos 10 Magic Kingdom shows, rides and events that kind of represent a full day in the park, from that rope drop show to end-of-the-night fireworks. I chose straightforward views without narration by the YouTuber or, for the most part, children on shoulders.
Rope drop ... and go!
“Let the Magic Begin” starts the day with a proclamation. Out of frame: Folks waiting for the rope to drop so they can begin their pep step to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. (Video posted by Edutaining Adventures)
The Festival of Fantasy parade is a colorful, character-rich caravan. One crowd-pleaser is the fire-breathing dragon in the second half of the parade. (Video posted by MouseSteps)
You can MousekeDance if you want to
The “Move It Shake It MousekeDance It” street show has a lot of crowd participation in the dance segments. In the video, I like to see how many people are holding up their phones to catch all the action without participating in the action. (Video posted by The DIS)
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” is a diverse stage show with fun choreography and some unusual character pairings. Musically speaking, the grooviest number may well be “Dig a Little Deeper” from “The Princess and the Frog.” (Video posted by 4K WDW)
For who Belle toils
Enchanted Tales with Belle is an upgraded, if more time-consuming, character meet-up. There’s a pre-show and a playlet and one heck of a golden dress involved. (Video posted by Travelshorts)
Jungle Cruise control
Adventureland’s Jungle Cruise is dangerously close to being the Dad Joke of theme park rides. Caution: Groaners ahead. (Video posted by Laughing Place)
“Country Bear Jamboree” is a classic attraction, and yet I could still see updating it. (Pro tip: The bears are downright believable … from a distance. And that’s not even a social-distance joke.) (Video posted by Oh My Churro)
In real life, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is a soothing, smooth-riding break above today’s Tomorrowland. Sure, it can be disconcerting in the dark stretch. That Space Mountain segment would make a great portal into a bizarro Magic Kingdom in a sci-fi movie. (Video posted by LMG Vids)
They put-put-put of the cars on Tomorrowland Speedway may cause a flashback to a time when it was fun to drive. (Video posted by DLRP-Magic)
The latest Magic Kingdom nightly fireworks show features several inspirational tunes. And Tinker Bell descending from the castle to “You Can Fly” brings the message home in the finale. (Video posted by Attractions Magazine)
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