2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Nighttime Spectacular?
We're now at the end of the first round of the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
. And what better way to end the first round than the same way so many of us end a day at a theme park - with a nighttime spectacular?
The top three nominees in this category are the obvious candidates - Fantasmic!, World or Color and IllumiNations. For the remaining two slots, I've included Wishes and Remember, the fireworks shows at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, respectively. But rather than split the votes of fireworks fans for two shows that most casual observers would consider relatively similar (fireworks coordinated with a castle light show), I decided to present them as a single entry. That opened the final space for Disney's Electrical Parade.
Why no entrants from non-Disney theme parks? Timing, alas. Universal's closed its CineSphere show, but not yet opened its replacement. Running this tournament in the winter and spring, when many of the regional parks are between shows, kept them out of the running, too.
But what we have here are some awesome shows, each one worthy of the title of Best Nighttime Spectacular. It's up to you now to choose which one will win. Voting will be open for 24 hours.
Fantasmic! - at Disneyland, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Tokyo DisneySea
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth - at Epcot
Main Street Electrical Parade - at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Wishes/Remember - Fireworks at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Disneyland
World of Color - at Disney California Adventure [with video]
Tomorrow: I'll announce the match-ups and brackets for Round Two and beyond.
I'm shocked that Wishes is doing so poorly! (ok so I can't really complain becasue I voted for Illuminations but still....) I haven't seen in since 2010- has it gone down hill?
I think Wishes is just too complacent. It's okay, sappy and sentimental but after watching the Summer Nightastic fireworks, Wishes looks more than lackluster, it looks lame. It's an old show and now what comes off as simple. It's time to ramp of the fireworks over Cinderella Castle.
I've never seen Fantasmic or World of Color (though that one sounds very cool...) and the sappy, creepy-kid voices that accompany Wishes totally ruin it for me.
Not so much a comment, but is it possible to change the polls so the responses don't appear in the current results order? i.e. each option appears in the exact same order as in the results. This has been the case for every poll as best I have seen. I would think it showing up like that might influence the results, as in I actually think now whether I agree with the option that is currently in first place rather than just voting what I truly think is the best without that additional influence. I assume the software does that automatically somehow, but again, I believe it could influence the results.
Lemme work on that. I could make that change as part of adding an option to see the results without voting, which also has been requested. (Unless others feel strongly that I should leave it as is.) /threadjack
OK, I chose Wishes over Illuminations but there is an * to my choice:
I haven't seen the current (Wishes) version of the MK fireworks show, but the Remember version at Disneyland is a vastly different experience watching it in the limited space at the front of the castle versus elsewhere in the park. I think that hurts its popularity a bit.
Illuminations is beautiful. I haven't been able to see Fantasmic yet due to crowds, but I will during SWW. Wishes is still good, and the MSEP is ok, can't judge WOC though.
I had to go with Fantasmic! I like WoC, but to me it's like watching Wicked on an IMAX screen. Fantasmic! is like watching Wicked live from Orchestra Seating. I'll take the live stuff anyday.
The Magic, The Memories, and You! should have been included. When I read about it in the Disney map, I thought it sounded silly. When I saw it that night I was blown away!!! Apologies if it was included in another vote and I am forgetting seeing it.
Went for Fantasmic! (and it's for the Disneyland original, which they improve upon year after year). You get so many more elements in this show than the others: water effects, lasers, fireworks, huge moving sets, and live actors. And the original Imagination theme is great (and missed in Tokyo).
Did you have to give me such a tough choice for my birthday? ;-) I love all these, but finally went with Fantasmic! because I REALLY love that one (especially at Disneyland with the VIP package!) and Sorcerer Mickey is my favorite!! (Though I, too, hold a special fondness for the Electrical Parade! Gotta love that electronic-voiced intro and synthesizer theme music!)
This is where Disney really shines. Their shows, both evening & stage, are way above anything the competition has to offer. I love Wishes/Remember. Maybe its a little sappy, but it's the Disney I remember as a child. I remember seeing the first ABC Disney Wide World of color TV show with the castle fireworks and Jimminy Cricket singing Wish Upon a Star. Illuminations & Main St. Electrical Parade are also excellent. I've only seen California's World of Color on the tube, but it also appears to be of Disney's high entertainment quality....But Brandon's analogy sums it up best. I saw Wicked on Broadway third row center, and his comparison echoes well. My vote goes for Fantasmic. We went to see it three times during our vacation last May & we'll probably see it three or four times again in May 2012. It's just great entertainment in a "fantastic" setting.
With regards to the upcoming bracket, is it going to be seeded via margin of victory in the opening round. Or can there be some regard to Disney versus non Disney in the first round.
Brackets will be seeded by vote counts.
Went with Illuminations just over Fantasmic, but have a different reason than I've seen yet in the comments.
Happy Birthday, Beth!
I haven't seen it live yet, but World of Color looks absolutely amazing. It gets my vote today.
I've seen most of these at one point or another.
I voted for Fantasmic!, but only if we consider the Disneyland edition. I have seen the Disney's Hollywood Studios versions twice now, and it is inferior to the original in so many ways, including the venue. There is something immediate and immersive about being on the shore of the Rivers of America, looking at Tom Sawyer's Island, and seeing the complete transformation of this site to the battle for Mickey's imagination. The show is practically in your lap, as opposed to the distances one experiences in Florida. Plus, let's face it, Maleficent is the superior villainess by far, and her dragon persona is certifiably bad-ass.
Illuminations has been a juggernaut for well over a decade and continues to be my favorite. None of these other shows has anything close to the inferno barge. Bar none the coolest piece of pyrotechnic technology I have ever seen. The only issue I take with it is the water fountains could be improved. Compared to was the capabilities are these days, those fountains look puny. I also wish they would bring back the old school laser image of earth on Spaceship Earth from back when AT&T sponsored it. I just remember walking towards spaceship earth as a kid with the rotating image of the continents on it and thinking how cool it was.
I went with wishes. It's the one my kids enjoy the most.
I totally agree with the outcome here. I have seen all of the shows and Fantasmic is by far the best, especially the Disneyland version. And I also agree that World of Color and IllumiNations are so similar that it would be hard to chose between them.
Thanks, Mike! I celebrated my birthday two weeks early with a Disney Cruise (my first ever)! Not quite the same as visiting the parks, but definitely a lot of fun! :-)
Electrical Parade came in last??? Behind some fireworks shows?
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