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Old 04-30-2013, 12:51 PM   #1
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True or not? Spectromagic Dead?

Just saw this as part of a post by Kevin Yee over on Miceage.

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Just recently, they announced that the promised return of SpectroMagic is impossible, and the parade floats are badly decomposed and must be destroyed.
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This was the first time I have heard of this from a semi-official/second-hand source. Has anyone heard tha this is actually true?

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Photos were just posted 2 days ago of 3 or 4 of the floats along with other defunct "vehicles" and it seemed to be both under a roof (which was falsely reported in the past as not being true) and in decent condition. That being said, all of the other vehicles pictured are parts only and that might be why these photos were "leaked" knowing it isn't coming back.

Let me see if I can post them...
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Photos were just posted 2 days ago of 3 or 4 of the floats along with other defunct "vehicles" and it seemed to be both under a roof (which was falsely reported in the past as not being true) and in decent condition. That being said, all of the other vehicles pictured are parts only and that might be why these photos were "leaked" knowing it isn't coming back.

Let me see if I can post them...
where were the pics?
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:56 PM   #4
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On this magic night...



As the original poster stated and I will respect, no furthur information will be given.

A few more to follow..
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:11 PM   #6
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I only had the opportunity to see this once, and I didn't know what I was seeing. I'd love to see it more intentionally at least once more.

Certainly Disney knows that the parade is popular.
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Hmmm...I can't say those photos coroborate the death of Spectromagic though - they don't LOOK in bad shape. Kevin Yee's article made it sound like Disney said something official.

Honestly, I don't really care THAT much one way or the other. I personally prefer Spectromagic over the current MSEP as this one feels much more dated to the '70s versus Spectro being more timeless and I like the music better. However, if they don't bring it back I will not be crushed or anything, I just was always hoping that it would eventually make it's return. I can't say I really want to bother waiting to see MSEP after the first couple of times.
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Hmmm...I can't say those photos coroborate the death of Spectromagic though - they don't LOOK in bad shape. Kevin Yee's article made it sound like Disney said something official.

Honestly, I don't really care THAT much one way or the other. I personally prefer Spectromagic over the current MSEP as this one feels much more dated to the '70s versus Spectro being more timeless and I like the music better. However, if they don't bring it back I will not be crushed or anything, I just was always hoping that it would eventually make it's return. I can't say I really want to bother waiting to see MSEP after the first couple of times.
For me, it would be perfect if they could somehow rotate them.

I understand why some find MSEP to be dated, but for me it's one of those moments that returns me sqarely to being a 5 year old in 1980 on my first visit to the park.

I remember loving Spectromagic, but MSEP is an enduring classic.
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I remember loving Spectromagic, but MSEP is an enduring classic.
And this is why it really doesn't bother me THAT much if they keep MSEP around - lots of people LOVE it, not just you, and it is not something I feel so strongly about that I begruge that. (I went as a child in the 70s/80s, but still don't ever remember MSEP - Spectro is linked to my daughter's childhood!)

It is too bad they couldn't alternate, but that would never happen.
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Thanks to a fellow poster I had just read this article. Sounds like it's in pretty rough condition if the source can be trusted and that it's not coming back.

http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201304/3462/
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The barbed wire is what's bothering me the most. That's not used in most backstage areas. This looks like it's offsite or at a remote storage location onsite.

Also shown but not pictured here is a stripped CTX rover, a dumbo car (good condition), a stripped monorail hull segment and a TL speedway go-cart (good condition). If that CTX shell wasn't there I would feel better about it but that can mean it's not at WDW at all. Why would a DHS part be anywhere near any MK stuff??

I've looked for the building(s) using bing/google sat views and can't locate them.
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It is too bad they couldn't alternate, but that would never happen.
While it's probably logistically impossible for them to alternate during the week, I would think it would be feasible for them to alternate seasonally. It would be a draw for visiting at different times during the year for people like me.

This is all a moot point if the materials are in such disrepair that WDW sees no value in refurbishing them. I would think they could easily market "Back by popular demand: Spectromagic!"... especially if they included the phrase "for a limited time".

Christmas/New Years week would be a perfect time for a surprise "Limited Time (Spectro)Magic".

Not that there is enough time to make that real.
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Assume some of the floats are too far gone to be refurbished. I don't know exact numbers but it wouldn't bankrupt Disney if they had to rebuild some of the floats from scratch.
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Assume some of the floats are too far gone to be refurbished. I don't know exact numbers but it wouldn't bankrupt Disney if they had to rebuild some of the floats from scratch.
Bankrupt, no. But always with Disney it's going to be a spend vs. benefit analysis. MSEP is popular and working.

It's always hard to get a sense of what's generally popular vs. what's popular on a board like this. Disboards taught me that Spectromagic exists and that I have seen it. I was otherwise wondering why MSEP didn't turn white and why Chernabog had disappeared from the finale.
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Maybe "poor" Disney needs a Kickstarter fund set up to help them bring back Spectromagic. I know I would donate... I love Spectro far more than MSEP.
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