Disneyland 60th Parade Back On Track

Written by MiceAge. Posted in Disneyland Resort, Features, MiceAge Update

Published on May 16, 2014 at 6:45 am with 42 Comments

We’re trying something new with our MiceAge Updates today. Rather than save up a bunch of small items over the course of 4 or 5 weeks, we’d like to bring you more frequent individual news items as they become available. Be sure to check back daily as brand new news, rumor and gossip may pop up any day and at any time.

We’ve got some good news for you today about a new nighttime parade for Disneyland’s 60th.

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It looks like Disneyland will be getting a new night parade for the 60th after all. When the MyMagic+ cost overruns at Disney World forced the Orlando execs to ring the alarm bell last fall and confess to Burbank that things weren’t going as planned, a spending freeze forced most Disneyland projects to be put on hold or be cancelled outright. Included in that spending freeze were all the big plans for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary that begins next spring. But TDA has been working on loosening Burbank’s purse strings (while Disney World remains mostly in the dog house), and one of the latest successes has been a modest amount of money poured back into Anaheim’s 60th Anniversary budget.

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A new night parade for Disneyland recently got the green light and will be included in the 60th menu of offerings. Steve Davison (the man behind so many of Disney’s popular nighttime spectaculars) and his team will be working furiously to pull it all together. While the parade won’t have the same budget and grand scale that it was originally planned for a year ago, at least Disneyland will now have more to market for the 60th than just a décor package and the Christmas star returning to the top of the Matterhorn. The continuing plans to upgrade all five Fantasyland dark rides will also serve as an attraction component of the 60th, while the night parade anchors the entertainment component.

This may not be the news you were hoping for, but considering the circumstances, this is actually pretty good news for Disneyland fans.

 

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  • This is great news. I love Steve Davison’s shows and parades and have hope that he’ll be able to put together something really clever for a nighttime parade.

    If a show made out of chicken wire, christmas lights and electro-synth-magnetic sound can become a beloved parade, Steve’s got a lot of room to maneuver.

    I guess we now know why they rushed the overflow crowd corridors behind Main Street.

  • SpectroMan

    Good news indeed, but there goes any chance of getting our Electrical Parade back. And there’s obviously not enough time to build a new parade of lights…so I’m seeing more of a hybrid that can be used for both day AND night. Not thrilled, but still happy for something new for next year.

  • DLRDADD

    I’m soooooo confused. How is WDW still in the dog house when there is currently over 1 billion dollars being spent on DTD, Avatar and the Polynesian Hotel. This after just spending 500 million on the new Fantasyland, 1 billion on my magic and new DVC’s.
    DLR is the resort that appears to be left to survive on pennies for budgets.
    I don’t understand that comment.

    • Because so many of their attraction projects beyond Avatar have been suspended or canceled. They’ll keep building restaurants, shops and hotels because those generate money. But Star Wars, Cars Land, Monstropolis, and other huge projects are all stalled due to MyMagic+. If MyMagic+ starts bringing in a big increase in visitor spending, then things will change rapidly.

  • daveinfontana

    Sorry to get some upset ,my thoughts are to . To the Devil with the other parks and there problems. Disneyland Anaheim should be able to get any amount of cash it needs. It is the first park that all the others try to fallow. It should shine .

    • ayalexander

      heck yes. I agree 100%. Disneyland is Walt’s park and should be the first park to get the spotlight and attention since like you said, other parks are modeled and take their cue from Disneyland.

  • mickEblu

    Noooooooooo, I wanted MSEP back ! Bring something new after the 60th! Especially if it’s a watered down version due to budget cuts.

    • ayalexander

      but MSEP is so… last century. Guests expect new ideas, new attractions. Not re-worked versions of old parades. I loved MSEP, but it would seem like a cheap attempt at nighttime celebration in the shadow of the 60th anniversary. You can go to WDW to see the MSEP, but Disneyland needs to move forward in time. Some guests who saw the parade back in the 80’s will be returning for the 60th and seeing the MSEP (still there) will make them think Disneyland is not very creative entertainment wise. Look at the guests who came to see tribute to EO, they actually thought that EO has been here since the 80’s, they didn’t know that it was simply brought back.

      • TodAZ1

        I agree with you, aralexander. Who knew we’d need a hammer, stake and rioting, torch carrying villagers to get rid of MSEP!!

      • I agree with you as well. I loved MSEP, but I want the park to get something new. It’s time.

      • Marko50

        And, as naive as I may be, when Disney said the MSEP was “glowing away forever”, that’s what I expected. Even bringing it back across the esplanade didn’t set real well with me.

      • mrcobra92

        Totally agree, though the only thing I would keep is the music as that would allow it to be a new parade, but still have an element of nostalgia.

  • EC82

    Just bring back Light Magic.

    • Don’t even put that evil thought out there. =:-)>

      Thankfully those floats were cut up into little pieces and thrown away.

      • Big D

        That’s too bad,they were actually very pretty floats with the fiber optics turned on. I always thought that they should be reused for a different parade (they would actually look pretty awesome if they painted them white and made them part of a Frozen parade).

  • Witches of Morva

    ORDDU: Not long ago my sisters and I had read that Disneyland would be sharing the same new night parade that Hong Kong Disneyland is getting this year. We suppose that, with this latest update, the HKDL parade won’t have to share its upcoming parade with Disneyland after all????

  • twainrider

    Whatever it may be and whenever it may come that you all Miceage crew members can get insider news to us Disney-ites, we will read it with great eagerness.

  • Lakerfan3224

    What happened to the Astro Orbiter getting taken out?

    • That was all part of the Star Wars project for Tomorrowland which is now on ice. Which is also why the Subs will be back this fall.

      • MikeK

        Are you positive the Star Wars project is not being considered for DCA or a third park because I also read that they were considering SW land south or the Paradise Pier Hotel for DCA with bridges like they have for Downtown Disney? And I read on this site (when Al Lutz did the updates) that Iger wanted a Marvel park, which was before the Lucasfilm acquisition. It seems logical that Marvel and SW could share a new park.
        Also, isn’t it true that for every new land, park or attraction that comes to fruition at Disney, there are hundreds of ideas that don’t. So my point is that nothing is set in stone.

      • You can bet that Star Wars will happen eventually (somewhere). They spent too much money to buy the franchise not to do something big with it.

    • ayalexander

      But I thought the Astro Orbitor was going to be removed anyway, in order to make more space at the entrance of the land. I read in an article that it was supposes to be removed whether or not “new Tomorrowland” was given the green light. It should be removed anyway, back in 2011 they dismantled it in order to rebuild and refurbish it, they got the planets rotating again, but one month later, the rotating planets broke and ever since they just revolve with the motion of the Orbitor.

  • mickEblu

    I haven’t seen MSEP since the mid 90’s. I would of loved a chance to see it again. Guess I’ll have to go to Disney World.

  • second blue teacup

    Given Disney’s recent history with “nighttime spectaculars”, how many of the park’s attractions do you think this parade will shut down for the hour before, during, and after the parade?

    After all, that seems to be their modus operandi lately… “Let’s put on a big show that closes huge swaths of the park and forces everyone to desperately try to get around the blocked off zone and avoid bored Annual Passholders who’ve been camping out for three hours!” “YAY!”

    • second blue teacup

      “Even though they’ve seen this five times this month already!”

  • Disneygayguy

    YES!! Disneyland needs a New nighttime parade NOT the old moth ball MSEP.

  • wdwfan22

    I seriously doubt a new parade for Disneyland Resort is coming. Not enough time for development and Steve is busy with other projects. What you may see is something less grand and less spectacular than what was once visioned. I’m pretty sure you will also be wishing you got the electrcial parade back. Also love once again the Disney World being in the dog house remark which I’m afraid just isn’t true.

  • DLRDADD

    It’s ridiculous. WDW is receiving literally Billions in investment and DLR is trying to scrape together budgets for tiny little projects that they hope will somehow excite the public.
    I’m beginning to wonder if Burbank has written DLR off as no hope to be turned into a multi-day resort and therefore has shut off any significant funding indefinitely. WDW hotel occupancy levels are back to pre-recession levels and above 80% while adding another 2,000 hotel rooms. I don’t see anything changing until the leadership change and possibly new leadership having a different outlook about DLR. That’s a big if!!!!
    I think these are the bleakest of times for Anaheims future and there are no signs of any changes. It’s very sad to me.

    • Susan Hughes

      I’m expecting something big down the road. The Disneyland Resort FINALLY was allowed to buy that trailer park on Harbor and Ball. And they’re slowly transitioning it into Cast Member parking, starting with the 24 hour day on the 23rd.
      What that means is K Lot, along with Pumba can now be turned into guest parking and the Toy Story lot turned into…the third theme park? Fingers crossed.

      • ayalexander

        Uh, there isn’t enough room on that trailer park to handle all the cast members cars in K lot. No way at all. They would have to build a 7-9 story parking structure on that trailer park to handle all the cast member cars from both K lot and Pumbaa. They are only using that trailer park to handle Pumbaa Cast Member parking only.

  • briansimba1

    I excited Disney will re-imagined Disneyland five Fantasyland dark rides and I let hope Snow White ride as new technology Audio Animatronics 2.0 figures from Florida’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as I accept new Audio Animatronics figures will added Fantasyland dark ride and remove old figure .

  • JiminyCricketFan

    I am very hopeful with the news of a new parade. I think the key is MUSIC. If a great “catchy” theme song can be written to give character and class to the new parade, I am all for it. I am tired of them reusing themes like Wishes to do new spectaculars. Of course, all the separate floats should have music, but a theme to tie it together like with MSEP, that would be great.

  • victoriaskitten

    I am glad that we will get a new parade for the 60th. Hopefully even more funds will be opened up to make it a spectacular celebration.
    Having updates more often, yeah I am all for that. I just wish I could stop thinking about Disneyland every day. I need a cure.

  • Nola ron

    Be nice to get a new parade. Love the daytime parade. But for the 60th, in my opinion, would be great if the park looked refreshed. Paint is cheap so why not touch up things to make them bright and shiney. Things like too town, all of tomorrowland the small world facade, the list goes on. If we are not getting anything new then fix what we have for now.

    • ayalexander

      I agree, in my opinion the two most major things I want to see repainted in time for the 60th is Toontown and its surrounding hills, and of course, Sleeping Beauty Castle. Now I know what your thinking, the Castle looks fine… yes but not as fine as it did by the 2004 repaint. In the ten years since its last repainting, the deep pink color has faded, the blue rooftops have been a little sun bleached and they are quite dirty if you look up close, and the multi-color bricks at the base, have reverted to a more grey color. I would really love to see the Castle given fresh pinks, and blues.

  • Nland316

    I would much prefer if we received a new daytime parade instead. At least for DCA! The Pixar play parade has been going on now for 6 years! As much as I love it, we need something new. Same goes for Soundsational. I wish we would get a replacement for it has been going on for almost 4 years. A new nighttime parade isn’t too much of a priority. If they did want one, then I see now real problem with MSEP.

  • Skimbob

    I was told by a CM that this week that TDO is now running the parks on both coasts. We all know CMs are not reliable sources of information but it looks more and more with merchandising and other things that TDO is indeed running things for California. If true this is horrible as TDO clearly does not understand California. I am just curious on others thoughts.

    I am happy that they are making a new parade. I feel MSEP should stay in Florida.

    I also got a chance to walk through New Orleans Square this week to see how much damage the Club 33 will cause on this special area. with the exception of the Court of Angels I personally think this will continue to be a special part of the park.

  • bayouguy

    I’ll take a new nighttime parade only if they scrap the crowd making fireworks show. It was ok for the 50th Anniversary but it has outlived its magic.

  • disney_leonard

    Thanks for the update.

    As much as we hate to admit it the Disney Co. is publicly owned and performance (read $$$) is important to stockholders. WDW get many more people and more spending per guest than DLR. Remember just a few years ago over a billion dollars was spent fixing DCA. And for anyone who has been to WDW recently you know that DTD and the parks need some attention.

    While I like Magic Bands when at WDW I don’t know how they expect to measure attendance increases and dollars spent and link it to Magic Bands. The world economy is getting better and people are spending more money. How do you separate the differences? Are more people really going and spending more just because of Magic Bands?

    When a new parade is designed they expect it to last at least five years and hopefully close to ten. While it would seem easy to plan a parade and build a few floats, it actually takes years. Besides the concept ideas they have to prepare sketches and scale models. Then the idea gets pitched to executives. If they get approval it has to be budgeted. Then there is new music, costumes, programming the sequence how the parade moves through the park, building the floats and casting. Being locals’ means we see the same thing a few times and get bored. But for someone who saves up for a trip that they may get only once every five years, it’s a big deal.

    For the 60th I trust Mary Nevin will give us a good show. Maybe not as big as the 50th but still good.

    For Star Wars with more movies planned you can bet they will somehow capitalize on them in the parks.

  • grrandram

    I like the idea of upgrading the dark rides in Fantasyland. Seeing how the dwarfs look in the mine coaster ride, they can make all the characters really come to life now. Also, that London scene in Peter Pan is cheap looking. I thought it was an actual little city with real lights and things when I was a kid. I saw it recently and it was a fake looking fluorescent painted city.

  • threadbear19

    speaking of the 6oth anniversary–does anyone know any specific dates for the celebration? I would love to plan a trip.

    • disney_leonard

      Just a guess but I would think the big activities would be centered around July 17.

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