Take a virtual audio trip in this installment of the WDW-Memories podcast, brought to you in immersive binaural / 3D / spatial sound, experiencing another magical memory from Walt Disney World. In today’s memory, you will join my family as we go way back in time to a memory of a long-lost group accidentally opening for a stage show.
Well hello and welcome to the WDW-Memories Podcast where together we relive that Walt Disney World Magic. My name is Lou and I’ll once again be your host on this magical adventure.
It’s finally here. Depending on when you’re listening to this, we are either on our way, in, or returning for our many-time delayed trip to Walt Disney World. I’m releasing this on Friday, and tomorrow we leave for Florida. I will do a post-trip write-up and podcast as I’m sure many of you will be curious about our experiences in the park. Rest assured, I have my recorder, batteries, and the new microphones ready, and I plan to capture the whole thing so we can share it with all of you later. But that’s in the future, lets get into a memory for today.
Four for a Dollar often opened for Beauty and the Beast in a very special way, providing another little magic spark to the day as you waited for the show to begin. I really miss these guys, and I hope Disney World gets back to finding acts like this to make the day more magical, especially when so many are there and stress and tension can run high.
For today’s memory, we are going way back to the end of December 2006. It’s 2 days after Christmas, and my family asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday (yep, I am a 2-days after Christmas baby), and guess what I chose… Walt Disney World of course. So my brother, sister, dad, and my in-laws joined Traci and me (no kids yet) for a day in Walt Disney World. It was CRAZY crowded, and we spent most of our day fumbling around trying to find large enough venues that we wouldn’t have to wait 3 hours to ride a single attraction. At this point in the day, we are in the then Disney-MGM Studios, and have made our way to the end of Sunset Boulevard, and arrived early to the theater where Beauty and the Beast will be performed. It’s a cool day for Florida, and we’ve got our jackets on and are happy to huddle together as we find seats for all 7 of us on a metal bench. You’ll hear the crowds talking and laughing around us. The ushers come through asking everyone to move closer. It felt very foreign to me than the world I am now used to living in, with that many people so close together. 4 microphones are sitting on the stage awaiting the start of the show. Then, a sound engineer comes out to check the mikes one last time, but really, this is the start of the pre-show for all these waiting guests. You’ll hear Traci get excited as she recognizes him from our previous encounter earlier in the month on our trip. As Four for a Dollar finish their routine, we’ll stay where we are and enjoy a rousing performance of Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage.
Today’s memory is in binaural once again, so I’d suggest putting those headphones on to fully immerse yourself in the memory.
Now that you have your headphones on, let’s join my family as we listen in on a mike check, and are wowed by the music of an animated classic live on stage.