Limited Time Magic – Week 2

“What are you waiting for?” “I don’t know, something amazing, I guess.” – The Incredibles.

It’s week two of the 2013 Disney Parks promotion Limited Time Magic. At Disneyland the Golden Horseshoe Revue tribute continues through the 2nd week, but the third week will see the return of another popular show. Although not quite a classic, the New Orleans Bayou Bash will come alive in New Orleans Square from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • January 18-21
  • January 25-27
  • February 1-3
  • February 8-12

Here’s a look at what is in store:

  • Princess Tiana’s Mardi Gras Celebration – Princess Tiana, Louis and Prince Naveen make their way through New Orleans Square to the Rivers of America, where a musical celebration takes place featuring tunes from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”
  • Jambalaya Jazz Band – The popular band will perform their jazzy tunes along the streets of New Orleans Square.
  • Royal Street Bachelors – This Disneyland favorite will be found at the French Market Stage, and will be joined throughout the day by Princess Tiana.
  • New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band – Throughout the day, a rousing Mardi Gras procession will burst onto the streets of New Orleans Square. In traditional “second line” style, an umbrella dancer leads the mash-up of colorful performers and musicians.
  • Character Greetings at Court of Angels – Princess Tiana will be greeting Disneyland park guests along with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy in their Mardi Gras finest.

Walt Disney World, by contrast, gets a character meet and greet. After less than a week of the New Years Eve countdowns in Tomorrowland, we get the return of the winter themed Donald duck.

For one week only, January 14-20, there will be a magical Winter Wonderland location with falling snow where you and your family can meet and take photos with some of your favorite Disney characters. It’s an all new character greeting location in the Canada Pavilion.

Times for the Winter Wonderland location at Epcot are:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.
  • 3:05 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

I’ll admit, I missed seeing the Magic Kingdom countdown; reports were that it was cute, but a minor event. I can’t imagine anything more minor than a meet and greet recycled from the Christmas season, but that’s what Walt Disney World gets for the second week. I’m sure guests who encounter the moment will enjoy it. But it’s no where near as cool as the return of Golden Horseshoe Revue. I thought this was supposed to be limited time magic, not limited time photopass sales opportunity.

I’m not willing to give up on this idea yet. Disney has already forecast out all 52 weeks, but I hope they plan to introduce a few things that really impress out east.