The De Las Puertas Festival ~ Recap of an Evening of Disney Nostalgia


Friday night, was the first annual De Las Puertas Festival, a fun night for Disney fans featuring some of your Disney World favorites. I was asked months ago to be a media guest, and I’m so glad that I said yes. Put on by the WDW Today Podcast, the DLP Fest was an amazing night full of Disney nostalgia, featuring musical guests from Disney World’s past. We got to see the famous PUSH the trash can from Tomorrowland as well before the show, that was a nice surprise. We also got to have some personalized songs done by Gi-Tar Dan, from Animal Kingdom. He was awesome.


The main events for the evening were the musical guests. First up was The Brittish Invasion, formerly of Epcot. They are one of the best Beatles tribute bands I’ve ever seen, and they started the evening off on the right foot. Next up, Return2Zero, formerly of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They are really good as well. The guys at WDW Today did a podcast on stage, interviewing the Dreamfinder, Ron Schneider at about the halfway point. Once the podcast section was over, the former Mulch, Sweat and Shears, now American Martian took the stage. This was one of my favorite parts of the evening, they we outstanding. After that, the podcast trio had us media guests come up on stage for a chat. I was nervous, but it really went well! I was up there with my friend John aka Big Fat Panda, The Character Queen, and 365atDisney to name a few. There were more guests but not all took the stage, like our good friend Bart Scott who runs the Ears of Steel Podcast and author of the book of the same name.



The closing act of the evening, was the Epcot favorite, Off Kilter. They are so good, as most of you know. We always get comments from readers on how much they love and miss Off Kilter, and by watching them, you can truly see why. After the show we mingled in the lobby for a bit, and I got to chat with Scott Garland, aka Scotty 2 Hotty from the WWE. He’s a very nice guy and a big Disney fan!

Off Kilter


All in all, the De Las Puertas Festival was a wonderful evening. As I left the venue, I felt a pinch sad. Why? Because seeing these talented musical guests of Disney World’s past sort of tugged on my heart a bit. I know Disney is always changing and evolving, but this festival was a good reminder of how much of a loss Disney fans really feel now that these great people are no longer at the Parks. Seeing them was like visiting an old friend, so good to see them all. Thank you to the WDW Today Podcast for including TMSM in your line up, and for putting on an awesome evening for us all. I hope we get to do this again next year! For more information and to see the full lineup, check out the festival site at!


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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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2 thoughts on “The De Las Puertas Festival ~ Recap of an Evening of Disney Nostalgia

  • October 4, 2016 at 9:11 am

    It’s sad to see things go at WDW but I am usually pleased to see the updates that are made. Still, i do think getting rid of Off Kilter was a bad idea. We used to visit Epcot a couple of times a month just to catch a couple of their sets. Now that they are gone we only visit a handful of times per year.

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