Now, this may sound obvious...but the park never seems to get it. Why can't we have a Disneyland specific parade? I know, it's more cost effective if they can clone elements or use them for other parks after the run ends here...but Disneyworld gets park specific parades, like the MGM motor cars one, and the Animal Kingdom Jungle parade.
I do understand...as a corporation the mindset is, jam it full of characters, the general public wants that. But...why not use them in a way that respects and represents the park Disneyland is....not the animated features?
Parade of Dreams had a single float that was specific to our park, and it was always my favorite...the leading train float, with the Mickey floral element and train station facade. But picture if they had a Matterhorn float, with a animatronic Harold element, and Goofy dressed as a mountain climber on a ledge on it. Or a proper Pirates of the Caribbean float, with ride characters, styled like the cave rocks with water elements, the vignette of the impaled skeleton with seagull, a Auctioneer performer, along with the redhead, and some various pirates, and because Disney loves their synergy, a Jack Sparrow and Barbossa walking along with the float?
Simply put...I'd love to see them celebrate the park, and do something original...they can still use the characters, but have them be in service to Park original concepts. Woody, Jessie, and even a blast to the past with Davey Crockett could accompany a Frontierland float with a scale version of Big Thunder, and bring back some of the country bears costumes, even though they belong to Critter Country, or did. Disney Villians, such as Hades, Malificent, and Captain Hook could walk alongside a HM unit with performers for characters such as the duelists, the Hitchhiking Ghosts, the opera singers and executioner...style the float like a graveyard, with the distinct stylized spooky trees and tombstones from the ride. Want to add Buzz Lightyear into the mix, or have Chip and Dale? Slap astronaut suits on the chipmuks and put them with a Tommorowland float, featuring Space Mountain exterior stylized platforms, and bring back the Space Man and Woman from the fifties, even add some animatronics from Captain EO (the aliens), celebrate the park for once.
Your thoughts? This isn't obviously a float by float breakdown..but they could do a lot with honoring the park itself in parade form, not just a greatest hits of animated features, and still have the characters marketing and the higher-ups would demand to approve a parade.