We have gone every year for the taping for the last three years. We LOVE it! Sure, it isn't the same as the regular parade. Yes, it starts, stops and repeats, but it is so much fun! We have met really wonderful people while waiting and really wonderful celebs who were working the parade. DD even got to see Selena Gomez from about a foot away.
You just have to know that it is a different experience than it looks like on TV. If you head there this year, keep an eye out for a young asian girl in an awesome Christmas outfit That would be us!