Monday, October 24, 2011

Wishes around the Web Part 4 ~ A Disneyland Perspective with "Remember . . . Dreams Come True" from Chad at Days in the Park

Today I am excited to welcome Chad from Days in the Park for the 4th and final part of our Wishes around the Web series.  Each month Chad or Sarah from Magical Days with the Mouse will be bringing their Disneyland perspective to our series.  I have never visited Disneyland, but these two bloggers continue each day to inspire me to make the trek across country to experience it for myself.  Without further ado, here is a little Disneyland magic for you.

First, I wanted to say a huge "Thank You" to Beth for allowing me to take over space on her blog.  She's always been one of my favorites and I've been reading her for over a year now, and it's a huge honor for me to have been asked to participate in her "Wishes" segment.

Unfortunately, as some of you may know if you read me on my own blog, I'm a "Lander" and not a "Worlder" (my own terms and nothing derogatory is meant by it), so I have absolutely no familiarity with "Wishes" whatsoever.  It might lead you to wonder why on earth Beth asked me to participate; it sure did me!  But when I asked her about it, she encouraged me to go ahead and participate and write about something we had at Disneyland we had which might be similar.  Well, we might not have "Wishes", it's true, but it seemed entirely prudent to write about the fireworks show that we do have, and it's one that is near and dear to my heart, and something I truly love: "Remember... Dreams Come True".  And, since it does in fact share some of the music from "Wishes" in Orlando's Magic Kingdom, or so I have heard, it seems like the perfect tie-in!

"Remember..." made its debut at Disneyland during the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Disneyland and opened on May 5, 2005.  One of the coolest things about the show, even from the first time I heard it, was that it's narrated by Dame Julie Andrews.  Come on!  How cool is that?!  A Disneyland fireworks extravaganza narrated by Mary Poppins herself?  Even from the beginning I knew that "Remember..." was going to be something special.  I can remember being in The Park with my parents and little boys (I only had two at the time) and seeing it for the first time and how it just melted my heart.

For those who might be unfamiliar, since "Remember..." was created for Disneyland's 50th Anniversary, it does much what you might expect it to, and goes through 'movements' celebrating the various areas, and iconic Disneyland attractions, all around The Resort.  It begins with Julie Andrews narrating about Disneyland and importance of wishes and dreams (against the backdrop of the music from "Wishes") and moves into several Disney characters quoting about their own wishes.  That might in fact be my favorite part of the show, but there are so many to choose from!  But hearing Ariel calling out, "I wish... oh, I wish I could be part of that world!" always pulls at my heartstrings.  It's just absolutely beautiful.

"Remember..." then moves into the homage segements and moves all around Disneyland (beginning with Main Street USA and Walt's Dedication Speech) with the pyrotechnics set to music and famous quotes from all of my favorite attractions.  Some of my favorites include clips from Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland, "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from The Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square, "Ev'rybody Has A Laughing Place" from Splash Mountain in Critter Country, and Captain Rex yelling out, "R2, Lightspeed to Endor!" from the original Star Tours attraction in Tomorrowland.

The nearly 20-minute show then ends with a conclusion from Julie Andrews talking about how Disneyland has grown to be "the happiest place on earth", again against the backdrop of music from "Wishes", while Tinkerbell makes one final flight from the Matterhorn Bobsleds to Sleeping Beauty Castle and the firework's finale. 

Hopefully I've managed to do a good job of describing the fireworks show and what it's all about to anyone who may not have had the blessing to see it before.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of "Remember...", but that's in fact by choice!  And there's a reason for that.  It might not make sense to anyone else, and others might not "get it" necessarily, but here it is.  And I hedge what I'm about to say with this: there is no doubt that the fireworks portion of the show is beautiful and awesome and cool to look at.  But to me, the beauty of "Remember..." has always been in the music of the show.  As of now, it stands alone as the only fireworks show from any of the Disney Parks that I have committed to memory.  I actually have two copies of it, on two different CDs from Disneyland, and I listen to it several times a week in my home.  I was listening to it for inspiration as I started this article, in point of fact.  It's just that gorgeous!  It's just an absolutely beautiful piece of Disneyana to me, and I truly love it.  It wouldn't be entirely out of the realm of possibility to stand next to me during the show, and see me with my eyes closed, mumbling the words to myself as the show moved along.  There are just so many memories of Disneyland wrapped around this show... it definitely gives one pause and makes me think about just how much history I'm a part of every time I step into the gates.  I couldn't be more thankful that "Remember..." has been a mainstay at Disneyland since it debuted, and that I get to hear it each and every Sunday night when I go out for several months out of the year.  I know it will probably leave completely at some point in the future, and I know how sad I'll be when it does.

Now that I've painted myself a complete sap(!), I hope that you've enjoyed reading my "Wishes" article.  I did the best I could, and I hope that one day I get to see "Wishes" for myself inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  Maybe the truth is that wishes really a dream that your heart makes, whether you're in Orlando watching "Wishes", or Anaheim watching "Remember... Dreams Come True".  Two parts of the same coin?  Come on out and see "Remember..." for yourself, and you decide.

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Thank you so much, Chad for sharing your Disneyland perspective! 

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Debs said...

Great post Chad! It's fascinating how Wishes and Remember are so similar! I would love to one day see it!! The music sounds beautiful. I'll have to get that, thanks:-)

Mouse Fan Diane said...

Awesome post. I love the fireworks show, there's nothing like it. And it's really cool about Julie Andrews narrating..

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

I have to see this! It sounds amazing! I am like you. There are so many things I love about Disney, but it is the music that gets me everytime. That is also what brings out the most emotion in me, especially when it reminds me of a special memory or moments I experienced in the parks. Thank you so much for sharing this today! I will be on the look out for this music!

A Snow White Sanctum said...

Nice post Chad. Disney music is extremely powerful. Brings back great memories.