Ok. I understand that not everyone is going to like, love, or enjoy the new street party. That understood, I read some of the reviews here and I am seeing such a huge disconnect between what is happening on the street and what the reviews say. You don't even need to see it in person to witness this disconnect, you can youtube it, and watch all the videos of it on youtube. I thought maybe I was at the only one that earned applause but going back to the youtube, that does not seem to be the case. Still There are so many reviews on here that can be summed up by "its terrible but the cast members are doing great". THAT is not fair to its performers just to flame it as horrible and then give that back handed compliment to those performers that you really appreciate the efforts they've put into this absolutely terrible entertainment venue Disneyland has come up with. Doing so does not take away the sting of these overly critical reviews that betray the applause live audiences are giving this "Street Party". Perspective. It was not meant to be the main parade but now it is. Not the best situation to be in still….. Dare I say, one of Disneyland's most legendary parades would have been nixed and burned to the ground if Miceage was around during Disneyland's 35th anniversary. Party Gras did not use Disney Music. It was a Miami Sound Machine Tribute, with Buster Poindexter's "Hot Hot Hot" thrown in for good measure. It was a very nonDisney Music Parade!!!!! Its true, if your reason for saying this street party is no good because it did not use classic disney songs, then you must agree the 35th Anniversary Party Gras had no business being in Disneyland and was a huge mistake that should have never been done. Additionally, the criticism about how the show stop creates bottle necks that imply Disneyland is struggling to over come the crowds? Its its so bad are are their crowds.... your just looking for reason to hate the new entertainment offerings. Disneyland has a long history of successful show stops. Party Gras had a show stop almost as long as this Street Party. Lion Celebration also had a very long show stop. So were these too mistakes that Disneyland just never learned from? I really, REALLY doubt there is a line at guest relations that *isn't* created by annual pass holders trying to motivate Disneyland to bring back POD or something similar.
POD, in its prime anyway, was a reason to book a trip to Disneyland in and by itself. At least to some it was and I will say Street Party is not that. And you know what? That’s ok because MOST Disneyland parades aren't that either. Totally Minnie? The World According to Goofy? The 45th Anniversary Parade? These were just parades, and seriously the 45th anniversary parade was about as boring as it gets. Unlike Lion King Celebration and POD, they definitely were not reasons to book a trip to Disneyland. They were just….. another Parade in the long history of Disneyland parades. Many insist, including some reviews in print media, that you can call Street Party what ever you want, but at the end of the day it is a parade. I agree that the average guest will think of it as a parade. OK… NOT the end of the world. But it is the end of POD and suspect *that* really is the issue. POD was budget cut, and while I don't like it, its done. Groups like this effective kill Light Magic, and honesly it was not as bad as you would have read on-line. Tokyo's insanely popular Fantalusion might have recieve horrid reviews had it come in to replaced the most beloved yet vunerable MSEP. And while Light Magic was effectively killed off, it was replaced with........ so I would argue Street Party is far better then no party or parade at all.
Its not greatest thing ever But its fun and enjoyable, and as long as I see guests clapping along, dancing with a character or performing, jumping at the chance to be in the conga line…. You know what…. I am ok with it.
That all said, I do wish Disneyworld's Magic Kingdom had a following this passionate and this involved with every park happening as Disneyland clearly does. But sometimes I just read the critics on here and shake my head at the negative bandwagoning that happens. On the very same thread were almost EVERY written post about the new It’s a Small World seemingly says its just about the worst thing Disneyland could have done, was a poll that showed the Majority liked the changes. A landslide 60% thought highly of the changes and felt it improved the attraction while only 21% felt negative towards the changes. Granted the polls here are not scientific but there was, in the case of small world, a huge disconnect between the poll and the printed review. If one didn't look at the poll and just read the reviews you might never know that some liked it. Street Party's poll is not the same landslide but I would guess on a lesser extreme the same thing is happening to Disneyland's Street Party.