Monday, May 15, 2017

My Disney Experience App Now Allows Food Ordering

I had notification of an update of My Disney Experience app this morning. Upon reading the details of the update, it includes the much-publicized capability order food at quick service restaurants.

I opened the app after the update, and sure enough, there is a section to order food. Tapping that causes a notification to pop up that only Satu'Li Canteen at the new Pandora land will be the first to accept mobile food ordering when it opens on May 27, 2017. The restaurant is the only one so far listed for mobile ordering.

As someone who uses the Panera and Starbucks apps for mobile ordering frequently, I welcome this convenience and can't wait for it to expand to the counter service restaurants at WDW that I frequent.


Friday, May 12, 2017

The Premier of "Happily Ever After"

"Happily Ever After" debut at Magic Kingdom tonight, with live streaming being shown on Disney's YouTube Channel. This is the nighttime show that replaced "Wishes".

My verdict after viewing the live feed is that I did not have the same emotional reaction to it as I did with "Wishes". "Happily Ever After" may be technically more superior, and more complex, with lots of intricate fireworks. But it didn't grab me as "Wishes" did. The show is trying to do too much, and in the process, the story or theme that it is trying to convey becomes diffused. The message goes in all different directions, from being with "friends" to following one's dream, etc., and somehow this will lead to one's "happily ever after". It is weak! "Wishes", on the other hand, was very clear and consistent with that it was trying to convey throughout the entire show.

The over-reliance on the castle projection makes this even more difficult to follow and to get the full impact, because one has to actually be able to see the castle, and be close enough to make out what is being shown. This is basically a castle projection show with fireworks, rather than a fireworks show enhanced by the castle projection.

I don't know. Maybe I'll change my mind when I view this in person. But as of right now, this show looks awfully beautiful on the outside, but not much heart on the inside.


Final Wishes

Last night, May 11, 2017, was the final showing of Wishes at Magic Kingdom. We were lucky to have been able to view it one last time during our trip in late April.

If you missed it, this is the final Wishes shown last night.

Disney will debut Happily Ever After tonight, and there will be a live streaming of the event starting at 8:55 pm EDT.

Hope it is as good, or better, than Wishes that it replaced.