Friday, August 26, 2011

Magical Blogorail Green: The Attraction I Miss Most

Welcome to those of you joining me from Adventures of a Disney Princess and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

When I first read the topic for today's loop, the attraction I miss the most, I immediately started thinking of all the amazing attractions that have been removed from the Walt Disney World parks: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Skyway, Body Wars, the original Journey into Imagination, Horizons, World of Motion and many others.  But the more I thought about it though, there is one attraction I only saw a few times because it was so short lived, but it was incredible!  That attraction was The Hunchback of Notre Dame~ A Musical Adventure at MGM Studios.  

This was a 30 minute stage show at the Backlot Theatre on New York Street at MGM.  This was a beautiful show that incorporated live actors and puppets to tell the story of Quasimodo.  Before the show even began, you were entertained by "Matt the Juggler", a streetmosphere character at the studios.  He would juggle and tell jokes to entertain the crowd leading up to the performance.  The stage included a long runway that came out into the crowd (similar to the Finding Nemo- the Musical stage at Animal Kingdom) so the cast and characters could really interact with the crowd and make them feel a part of the show.   The costumes, songs, set design, acting, puppetry, lighting and pyrotechnic special effects used in this show made it a theatre geek's dream!!   
The blurb from the Park Guidemap says, "A cast of mideival-style puppets, 19 live performers and a series of elaborate set changes brings the story of the bell-ringer Quasimodo and the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda to life.  Songs from the film were recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra especially for the 32-minute show, performed daily at the Backlot Theater."

I think one of the many reason's this show holds a special place in my heart is because we were able to see it for the first time during its soft openings.  We saw it on June 19, 1996 (according to the date stamp on my picture) and it "opened" on June 21, 1996.  I remember feeling as if I were a part of the show when I was watching it.  The set and vibrant colors took my breath away and the singing could rival anything on Broadway.  I really miss this production at MGM Disney's Hollywood Studios and would LOVE if they would bring it back... along with some of the other attractions I mentioned at the start of this post! :)
The only photo I had from this production!
Were you lucky enough to see Hunchback of Notre Dame~ A Musical Adventure?  What'd you think?


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3 comments:

  1. Never saw it and didn't even know it existed. Truth be told, I don't even think I've ever seen the movie. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I have never even heard of this, nevermind seen it! Mykids and I wouldhave loved this. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of our favorite Disney movies!!!

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  3. I was OBSESSED with this show there and here in Cali (it was different). When we went there, we spent most of our time watching every show for multiple days and riding TOT. That is what I think about most when I think of that trip. During the first show I actually fell asleep because we took the red eye there. When they shot confetti I was startled awake. Hahaha. Such a great show! I wish I would have known you were picking this as I have TONS of photos. I plan on doing a Flashback Friday with them one day.

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