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February WDW Recap: Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party, American Idol Experience Premiere Event, 51st Daytona 500

Hi everyone!

I have just returned from a very busy and productive trip to the home of the Mouse. I covered the American Idol Experience Premiere Event, took in the “Celebrate A Dream Come True” parade, plus the all-new “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party and attended the Daytona 500!

Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party!:

This all-new high energy parade/street party debuted on February 12th and I attended four showings throughout the week. (below the lead float with Mickey and Minnie Mouse plus the Emcee!

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This really surpassed my expectations as I was highly impressed with just how good it is!

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I really like the music and thought it was all-new for the Street Party until being informed it is a reworked Hannah Montana song titled “Pumpin’ up the party”! I must me getting old.

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There are stilt walkers and high energy dancers plus five colorful floats themed as giant gifts. After the opening number the gifts are opened to reveal “The Genie”, “Mad Hatter”, “Lumiere” and “Sebastian the Crab”!

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Next, everyone is encouraged to move into the street and interact with the characters and dancers! Songs include: “I Like to Move It”, “Breakout“, “Shake it“, and “Hot Hot Hot” (for the obligatory conga line)!

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After the “Street Party” portion ends, the crowd is asked to clear the streets and the floats head back up Main Street USA. This is a fun and upbeat addition to the Magic Kingdom and I found it much better than the “Family Fun Day” parade it replaced.

American Idol Experience Premiere Event:

I also covered the “American Idol Experience” Premiere event for JimHillMedia. Disney rolled out the blue carpet (below left) for this grand event that included over twenty past American Idol celebrities! (Jordin Sparks below right)

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The attraction itself is actually better than you might expect! I went in never having seen the American Idol show, but I can see myself making a day of it sometime and watching every show and the finale! If you happen to get really good singers, you may become invested and want to see how they do in the finale show. For my full report on the event please click HERE. Below is last years winner David Cook and season 4 winner Carrie Underwood singing a duet at the premiere and blowing off some steam on the Rock and Roller Coaster!

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I also have more photos from the event HERE on my flickr page.

Bonus Video: David Cook and Carrie Underwood Duet “Go your own way”!

Daytona 500:

I also managed to squeeze in the Daytona 500 while in Florida! Matt Kenseth charged to the front of the pack just in time to win the rain-shortened 51st annual Daytona 500—the first-ever Daytona 500 win for Roush Fenway Racing (below – what ended up being the final lap).  It was a great race, especially considering that the forecast had called for rain all day!


Latest DVD Releases:

magic-kingdom-parade-classics-copyJeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Parade Classics

Jeff Lange takes you back in time to experience this first in a series of DVDs featuring vintage parades from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Features the following classic parades: “Surprise Celebration Parade” (1991), “Mickey Mania Parade” (1994), “Remember The Magic Parade” (1996) and “Share A Dream Come True Parade” (2001)!

Running Time: 61 Min

For more information or

to purchase this item, please click HERE.

Also available:

magic-kingdom-wishes-cover1Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Wishes DVD

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to experience the best of all the “Wishes” nighttime fireworks spectaculars!

Features: Wishes – A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Holiday Wishes – Celebrate The Spirit of the Season plus Bonus: Magic, Music & Mayhem Fireworks!

Running Time: 61 Min

For more information or to purchase this item, please click HERE.

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Also available:

horizons-3-disc-coverJeff Lange Remembers: Epcot’s Horizons – 10 Years Later – Updated 3-Disc Set

Epcot’s “Horizons” closed forever on January 9th, 1999. This updated 3-Disc Set pays tribute to the beloved Future World attraction and it’s replacement “Mission Space”!

Total Running Time (3-Discs): 190 Min

For more information or to purchase this item, please click HERE.

For those customers who already own the “Horizons 2-Disc Set”, we offer an upgrade package HERE!

Click HERE to browse all Epcot DVDs including the 25th Anniversary series!

As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.