Michelle, the soft opening of Everest isnt just for passholders. They did the cast preview for about 4 days (obviously u remember lol) and then the next week they had previews for pass holders. The soft opening I think is open to any guests but only during certain times and days.. But Im not 100% sure because I dont work at AK..
I went to MK and MGM today and I saw the ring at Haunted Mansion! Its so teeny tiny though! Also I pulled the rope over at Indiana Jones but I didnt pull it too hard because it says do not pull so I kinda chickened out lol! So no screams..
If anyone knows anything Fantasmic related.. ANYTHING.. Id like to know.. I work Merchandise at Fantasmic (And ToT and Rockin Roller coaster..Area 50 wo0op wo0op!) And I LOVE Fantasmic with the biggest passion! If I could Id skip my breaks to watch the show.. I own the soundtrack and have seen the show SO many times that I know it all and I know when things that are supposed to happen dont happen and when things are changed and stuff... I swear, If I could somehow just take a trip to the mountain and see how it all worked out, I would die happy!
I have a hidden Mickey that no one mentioned (Or at least I dont think they did! 25 pages is alot lemme tell u!) At Phillar Magic before the show starts, look to the right side of the stage (the border part of the stage) There is one instrument.. one of those Blowy/ Horn-y ones that is round. In the middle of it is a hidden Mickey!
Also I believe that Fantasmic is the only place you can see Mickey as Steamboat Willie
(As a character!)
And some more Fantasmic points..
If its a cold night and you have no blanket or Towel, Dont sit too close to the front or you'll probably get wet (depending on the wind Direction..) We sell Blankets Towels and Sweaters up at the courtyard if you need one!
STAY TILL THE LIGHTS IN THE THEATER COME BACK ON! SOOO many guests leave even before the float comes out so not only do they miss ALL of the characters dancing around but they also miss Mickey at the tippy top of the mountain setting off the Fireworks! And that has to be the best part of it all! I swear, EVERYTIME I see the end of the show (And remember, I work there) I get the chills and feel the magic...