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.