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Wizard of Oz at Walt Disney World - White Christmas next?


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We attended the terrific 70th anniversary showing of "The Wizard of Oz" at the AMC theater inside the Florida Walt Disney World Resort.


When we approached, our excitement gained momentum as we could see above the theater Disney had afloat in the night sky a brilliant hot air balloon similar to the one used by the Wizard.


We watch TCM religiously however it was quite special attending a sold out movie house event.

We were a bit surprised that there were mostly teenager to 40 year old attendees as we were thinking a classic movie would skew towards an older demographic. With Halloween approaching some of the younger people wore outfits and green makeup depicting the wicked witch of the west. One young lady who told us she works as Minnie Mouse at the Magic Kingdom during the day carried a Wizard of Oz theme purse.


There was thunderous applause when Robert Osborne appeared on the giant wide screen.


Throughout the movie there was "out loud" laughter and clapping unlike you would experience when viewing alone at home.


At the end of the show there was a long applause of appreciation for the film itself, the talent, and the opportunity to attend such a fantastic event. Atypical of at the end of movies in theaters these days, most people stayed while the credits played instead of rushing out the door. It was like we were all sharing a special historic moment.


As people exited they were excitedly talking about how great it would be to attend a big screen showing of "White Christmas" over the Thanksgiving holiday, or closer to Christmas, or even possibly Saturday December 26th when it would probably have a better chance of being viewed by larger audiences versus the busy time leading up to the 25th.


A grand salute to TCM and its partners for sponsoring this successful event !

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