FastPass to History: Sorcery In the Sky

Nowadays, the only nighttime entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Fantasmic!, and everyone is more than prepared to spend their evening sitting on metal bleachers for this awesome show.  At certain times of the year there are other, special event fireworks shows – New Year’s Eve, the 4th of July, etc.

BUT, back in the day, before MGM took on Fantasmic!, they had a fireworks show in the evening called Sorcery in the Sky.  Do you remember it?  Maybe you’ve heard of it but you’re not sure what it was about? The show was a Hollywood-themed fireworks presentation; it ran from 1990 until 1998, and until 2004 had seasonal (ie, holiday event) presentations before being replaced with new holiday fireworks shows.

Since Sorcery in the Sky was developed the same year that “Fantasia” celebrated its 50th anniversary, much of the fireworks were themed in association with it, and the framing of the show was the development of Hollywood “sorcery” – heavily built around Walt Disney’s own sorcery in his movies.  The original show was narrated by Vincent Price.  Movie themes and iconic moments were represented throughout the 9-minute show, and the finale was when a giant Sorceror Mickey appeared and had sparks shoot from his fingers!  (I’m not making this up!  See this page for photographic evidence!)

Since YouTube preserves pretty much everything, here is a video with a full performance of the fireworks show.  Enjoy!  It’s the 90s again! 😀  If you have any memories of this show please share them in the comments!  I visited MGM in 1995, and there is a chance I may have seen this show, but if I did I have NO memory of it at all. XD

This post is part of the FastPass to History blog hop hosted by FrontierlandStation.com!  Check out the other posts for more Disney history and thanks to Kimberly for hosting the blog hop!

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The Main Street Mayoral Election of 1995

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How many people remember way back, almost 20 years ago, when Walt Disney World held an election on Main Street for a “Mayor”?  The two candidates were Captain Hook and Winnie the Pooh, and park visitors could actually submit their ballots.  The buildings in Main Street were decked out with banners supporting one candidate or the other!

My first visit to WDW was that summer, and so the banners and décor show up in a few of my old pictures (none of which are scanned. Hey, kids, has anyone ever told you about how you used to have to wait to see what your pictures looked like? It was CRAZY!), but I don’t remember voting, don’t remember who won, and don’t remember ever seeing anything more about it!  In fact, for a while I didn’t remember the election at all and Googling it got me very little information.  Except this one: you can buy copies of the ballot on eBay!

This picture is also from that auction, and is not one of mine. Click on it to be taken to your chance to buy a bit of Disney history! Disclaimer: I don't know this seller & am not recommending them. Just, hey, cool memorabilia. :D

This picture is also from that auction, and is not one of mine. Click on it to be taken to your chance to buy a bit of Disney history! Disclaimer: I don’t know this seller & am not recommending them. Just, hey, cool memorabilia. 😀

In spite of the sticker announcing “I voted for Captain Hook!”, I’m going to go with a  gut feeling that Winnie the Pooh won this one.  I’m also going to go with a gut feeling that I did, in fact, vote for Hook. 😀

This entry is a part of the Frontierland Station FastPass to History Blog Hop!  If you got here via the blog hop, here’s your link to return to it!  If you came here directly why not give the blog hop a try?  Thanks Kimberly for hosting it!

Wordless Wednesday: Celebrating My Country

Streets of America, Hollywood Studios circa 2008

Streets of America, Hollywood Studios circa 2008

…I’m cheating a little.  The theme is celebrating my country at Disney, but I don’t have anything USA themed. OR Canadian. (I’m not Canadian but my husband is and I went to school there so I could bend the rules a little.)  But here at least is a representation of a portion of the USA!  It’s not a celebration but it is really cool!

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Thanks to Deb at FocusedOnTheMagic.Com for hosting the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!