Just returned from a trip to DL to see the new parade. What are your opinions? (Only if you have already seen it. Not speculations.)
I have mixed feelings about it. First of all, I am glad it is only lasting this year (supposedly). I don't hate it, but it, as everyone as probably already guessed, is not a real "parade." And not that I was expecting it to be one, I simply say that as a manner of comparison. Since it is not a true parade, and it is relatively short, it doesn't have much repeatability, in my opinion or much of that magical quality that a real Disney parade has.
This is not to detract from the quality of the performances. Definitely not. All involved gave an extremely energetic and entertaining performance as CM performers usually do (though it was their very first performance ever). The "DJ's," calling out instructions to the audience, the stilt walkers, and the '"tricycle-thingys" were all a bit random concept-wise, as was the choice of featured Disney characters. (I can't see Mary Poppins or Peter Pan dancing to I Love Rock and Roll.) Even so, everyone did awesome.
The floats were also randomly conceived, with spiral staircases and rotating signs which tell the audience what to do. (Think 'applause' only 'Dance!') I really wanted the nice LED intelligent lights that the floats all carried, but thats just me. The confetti blasts were fun, but will probably be a pain to clean up. And I'm afraid of how many handed out "drum heads" will be lost over time.
Ultimately it was a great performance, but not a lasting parade. I enjoyed myself, but probably won't go back for awhile. Anyways thats my opinion. What about you?