Mormons, Makeovers & Memories

The recent horror show at work led me to take drastic action last week. On Tuesday I booked Friday and Monday off. My body was telling me I had to. It was also telling me I’m a fat get, but I can only deal with one thing at a time.

The decision was initiated by the fact that on Friday evening Louise and I were going out to watch Book of Mormon in Manchester. This was our glorious Christmas present from Emily and we’d been looking forward to it ever since. My commute being what it is, battling my home, to then turn right around and head back to half a mile from where I started seemed silly, so the day off made sense on many levels.

I didn’t do a great deal with it I am pleased to report. It was nice to take a breath, enjoy the nice weather and set off nice and early to avoid rush hour stress.

Our plan was to eat in Manchester pre-show, and despite our first choice being too busy we had a lovely Indian before heading into the show. It was fantastic. This might be the musical for people who may not feel that they like musicals. It isn’t your traditional, boy meets girl, love song driven affair. It is incredibly funny, fast paced, original and of course full of great songs. I think (and don’t quote me on this) it was written by the creators of South Park with the bloke who wrote Avenue Q. From that you may work out it is irreverent and rude, but for me that just makes it better.

I give it five stars and a Freetime thumbs up (ask your Dad).

This week has also seen some significant news coming from WDW. Whatever is going on at Epcot, it’s big. We already know that the entrance area is being rid of those Leave a Legacy things, but it seems the work and transformation also reaches all the way up to Club Cool and the fountain area. Institutions such as Electric Umbrella and Mouse Gear are to be closed, either temporarily or for good perhaps in some cases, and as with all major WDW changes that brings a mix of emotions.

Now, I am old enough to remember standing in front of a monitor in the area beneath Spaceship Earth and talking via video to a cast member to book our meal for later that day at China in World Showcase. That was in the early 80’s I think and that’s probably as good an example as you would need that things do need to change with the times. That blew our collective minds at the time and unless Epcot is going to fully embrace the retro modern motif, then I guess change is inevitable. Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom sort of has that going on, and bearing in mind what Epcot stands for, then with technology having changed so much since 1982 when it opened transformations like these make sense.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t had time to read up on what might be coming to Epcot. Honestly, if you are relying on my blog for up to the minute and accurate WDW news then I don’t think you’re doing it right! I’m not sure I’d even class whatever this is as a Disney blog, and I salute those bloggers who are always up the minute on the latest changes, rumours and announcements. I just wish I had more time to read them.

Whatever is on the way will need to be accepted, not that I have a choice, and trust has to be placed in the Imagineers doing all of this. I do appreciate the constant reinvention though. We all pay a lot of money for our time at WDW and it would be easy for them to sit back for a few years and watch that money come in, but they do seem to be constantly investing our hard earned into significant changes and upgrades. Of course, that’s a big driver for footfall. Many folks will go back specifically to see the latest new thing, but, then at times, many more will go to watch something before it vanishes forever.

Reflections of Earth is one of those. That thing has a really special place in our hearts. We’ve watched it on most of my birthdays over the past twenty years of course, but it’s more than that. So our final viewings this year will be a special time. There’s something special also that Freddie will see it with us. He was there last year of course but was too young to take it in. This year, as we say goodbye to it, he will take it in for the first time. The circle of life metaphor doesn’t need making.

Change is constant, time stops for no-one and Emily might still be crying on the flight home after saying goodbye to ROE. WDW is expensive, but very few holidays get you like that and I suppose that’s why we all keep going, right?

Till the next time…..

6 thoughts on “Mormons, Makeovers & Memories

  1. I remember doing that with the video and I was born early 80s so must have been around for a while. For us tho it was always the Rose and Crown. My mum still wants to go now but to many other places to go lol

  2. I’m not sure any other holiday gets you like that. I’m sat here with eyes like Niagara Falls right now. ROE is also my most favourite thing in WDW, holding so many precious memories relating to those precious times and changes that happened within my family life over the years …

    With the stillness of the night,
    There comes a time to understand,
    To reach out and touch tomorrow,
    Take the future in our hand,

    We can see a new horizon,
    Built on all that we have done,
    And our dreams begin another,
    Thousand circles ’round the sun,

    We go on,
    To the joy and through the tears,
    We go on,
    To discover new frontiers,
    Moving on,
    With the current of the years,

    We go on,
    Moving forward, now as one,
    Moving on,
    With a spirit born to run
    Ever on,
    With each rising sun,
    To a new day,

    We go on,

    We go on!

    …but I know I will never watch it again as my health and thus finances won’t allow me to travel there any time soon. What I haven’t mentioned before now is that my daughter (soon not to be πŸ˜‰ ) and her boyfriend booked secretly to go and they leave now in just over a week!!! I have only recently found out (she still lives with me but kept it all hidden :O) and I am finding it very hard to come to terms with it. I am trying to convince myself that I will hate all these changes and that me and Star Wars are not even on the same bus (say’s the one who paid a million dollars for a Chewbacca back pack). My memories are of the golden times and especially of ROE! …I left a kiss and a piece of my heart on the 3rd fence post on the left from the flame torch in from of Canada around Showcase Lagoon for Brittany to stroke lovingly if ever she was there without me…now is that time and she can bring the damned post home with her…that’s if she doesn’t get locked away for being too friendly with a fence post πŸ˜‰ . She will have to do a live video call so I can see it one last time. I can’t wait to vicariously follow you all in your latest adventure and Emily… you are allowed every one of those tears…shed some for me too ❀ xxx

    1. That’s lovely Carol. You are more than welcome to join us. I will be live streaming when we watch it so we will pick a good spot for you. πŸ‘πŸ˜

      1. Thank you thank you thank you ❀ …now my Niagara Falls eyes have combined with the American Falls AND Angel Falls… xxx

  3. I’m dreading watching ROE for the last time this visit – I just know that there is going to be a lot of tears. My favourite Disney photo is from our first visit way back in 2001 and just by chance we had a fantastic view of ROE and I just clicked the camera (yep, no phone!) at the right moment and caught our girls (aged 5 and 11) and my husband with the sheer joy of just witnessing something that blew us all away and ignited a love for Disney and Florida that just like that spinning globe in the middle of the lake – it’s never going to fade xxx

    Much love to Emily, we so totally feel her love of all things Disney…..WORLD πŸ˜‰

  4. This was my take on Wishes, gut wrenching bereavement as it was a tradition on every trip with my son. This time we will be there for the last night of ROE and the beginning of the temporary show but I am sure we will shed a tear. Emily, and you all, are totally allowed to cry.
    Glad you enjoyed Mormon, we loved it, and yes it was South Park creators!

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