I had an annual pass to WDW back in the mid-1990s.
I remember fondly those halcyon days in which the Jazz Co. actually sold appetizers and desserts, with a raspberry coulis musical note drawn on the plate with the cake…
… when the nightly New Year’s Countdown involved actors on stage and dancers – Pamelia Perkins would come out of the Adventurers’ Club and start up an old-fashioned, “boring” New Year’s Auld Lang Syne sing-along playing music on a Victrola… and then a dancer would come out, her voice booming, “My name is Spirit! Spirit of Change! And I’m here to rearrange your attitude!” She would sing “Out with the old, in with the new / Pleasures untold are waiting for you / You’ve got your chance, it’s long overdue / Out with the olllld – in with the ne-e-e-ew!” while acrobatically dancing. Then she would introduce her brother, the “Winds of Change,” a man dressed similarly to her but with a white half-moon mask on his face,* as music I later found out was “Carmina Burana” (Dah-dah-dah-dah! Dah-dah-dah-dah! Dah-dah-dah-daaaaah, daaaaah, dah-daaaaah! etc.) played. More acrobatic dancers, vaguely suggestive without being explicit, would cavort. Then when the fireworks and confetti blew it was at the end of a really cool live stage show – every single night… **
So what they have now – a guy on stage does a countdown with video screens doing the numbers, and some music videos and such – just hasn’t been the same…
The Neon Armadillo… alas! No place for country music there either!
Ah well. I do hope they keep the Adventurers’ Club, Comedy Warehouse and Mannequins.
- This was meant to vaguely suggest something Phantom-of-the-Opera-ish, I think
** If anyone has the music from this I would love it. I miss that “Spirit of Change” show!![/i]