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    Question Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    Hi everyone,

    There may have been a previous thread which has hashed all of this out before, but I couldn't find it. The point I wanted to bring up is how all the other resorts seem to have a surplus of parade entertainment and DLR seems to get the increasingly shorter end of the stick.

    WDW has Celebrate a Dream Come True, Spectromagic, and Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! that goes around the hub a few times a day. Now they will be getting the Main Street Electrical Parade for Summer Nighttastic.

    DLP has the Once Upon a Dream Parade (which I would love to see make its way to the US --- just sayin'!) and Fantillusion

    TDR has Dreamlights and Jubillation.

    I just don't understand why Disneyland isn't getting a bonafide parade back anytime soon (in fact, they are taking the best thing they had left and moving it to FL). I've heard a lot of people talk about budget issues, but I curious as to why this would be an issue. You still need to pay some dancers, stilt talent, and character performers for C!ASP. Sure, there's many more people during a longer parade than a street party that performs at a couple stops. But other than the up-front costs of development and training, I'm not sure I understand why budget is a problem, particularly because it is a long-term investment that pays back over several years.

    Why and how is Disneyland in a unique financial situation as opposed to the other resorts to necessitate cutting back on parade entertainment? Is it that it is a more locally-financed park, with its main guest population coming from the local SoCal residents rather than out-of-state/country tourists?

    I'm mostly interested in the rationale behind the fact that there are no plans as of now for a new parade. Do they really think that C!ASP cuts the mustard? I'm interested to hear what you all think.

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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    I don't think that the resort is in a different situation that prevents them from running a parade but management just does not want to.

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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    It's a real shame. Previous shows like The Lion King Celebration were so popular videos recordings were sold on their retirement from the park. I doubt anyone would ask the same of Celebrate. The quality as a whole has gone down. We still don't have a clue if the 55th will be recognized or not.

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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    i dont think they have enough room/space for all those parades. wdw is huge

    so the electric parade is going to wdw..so its not going to be at dlr this year?

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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    Quote Originally Posted by stagolee View Post
    i dont think they have enough room/space for all those parades. wdw is huge

    so the electric parade is going to wdw..so its not going to be at dlr this year?
    Bull crap. Tokyo has enough room, Paris has enough room, even Hong Kong has enough room. In 1996, Disneyland had enough room for Lion King Celebration, Electrical Parade, AND Christmas Fantasy.

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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    Well we may get something new by 2011, could be Worlds of Wonder or Jubilation from TDL.

    Regardless, we do have Pixar Play Parade in DCA, so it's not all that bad.

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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex E View Post
    Regardless, we do have Pixar Play Parade in DCA, so it's not all that bad.
    Funny how that always gets overlooked....
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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    I think according to Disneyland's management their attendance is fine and no new parade will increase that, so they don't feel they need it. In all the financial statements, all the other resorts are metioned as down in profit while Disneyland isn't so these things are possibly to draw more customers to the other resorts with "limited time offers" and the like.

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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    And don't forget that Disneyland's nighttime parades pretty much disappeared after Believe premiered. The huge success of the hub-centric firework shows makes it difficult to coordinate guest control for both the parade and fireworks.

    Plus there is the whole issue of the annual passholders. Since there is just more people in the park these days, it's harder to keep them all contained (even when you have the best guest control around).

    With so many annual passholders coming in the early evening hours to watch fireworks, it might not be the best thing to block off the entire street every night. That's part of the reason why they are not running Remember during the summer, because of the huge traffic headaches it creates.

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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    I remember watching a VHS of the MSEP on Main Street when I was a kid. Makes me sad.):

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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyManiac View Post
    I remember watching a VHS of the MSEP on Main Street when I was a kid. Makes me sad.):
    I have a VHS of MSEP, and Lion King Celebration farewell seasons with behind the scenes too, plus home footage of Parade of the Stars, PoD, DEP, Chrismas Fantasy Parade, Pixar Play Parade
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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyManiac View Post
    I remember watching a VHS of the MSEP on Main Street when I was a kid. Makes me sad.):
    I remember when I was little, like in kindergarden, we had a substitute teacher who was a huge disneyland fanatic, he just showed us the different VHS tapes of DL including the electrical parade one.


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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    I remember when I was little, like in kindergarden, we had a substitute teacher who was a huge disneyland fanatic, he just showed us the different VHS tapes of DL including the electrical parade one.
    I would kill to have that substitute, even now when I'm a senior
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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex E View Post
    Well we may get something new by 2011, could be Worlds of Wonder or Jubilation from TDL.

    Regardless, we do have Pixar Play Parade in DCA, so it's not all that bad.
    I am so doubtful that we would get Jubilation in 2011. Tokyo is going to keep that parade until the 30th Anniversary in 2013. Since they offer a total of 4-6 parades a year in Tokyo Disneyland alone, they do not get tired of the year round parade and it ends up staying for it's full five year period.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1FoolishMortal View Post
    Funny how that always gets overlooked....
    So when DCA was built it was meant to just dilute the resorts past offerings and not add more? I think not. Both parks should have a main day time parade and both parks should have a main night time spectacular. Lets not lower DL's quality so DCA can look better.

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    Re: Why is Disneyland's parade situation unique?

    Quote Originally Posted by ICe101 View Post

    So when DCA was built it was meant to just dilute the resorts past offerings and not add more? I think not. Both parks should have a main day time parade and both parks should have a main night time spectacular. Lets not lower DL's quality so DCA can look better.

    You hit the nail on the head!! I've been trying to conceptualize why DCA is getting all the love and DL seems to be going downhill...and I think you're right. They seem to be trying to level the playing field.... and I don't like it one bit!!

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