One of the other ways TDA is trying to improve the aesthetic look of DCA to please John Lasseter (who is hanging out in Anaheim so often now that Imagineers have joked they should have designed him an apartment in the Carthay Circle Theater) is to rethink the footprint the very popular street parties have in the Hollywood area. With TDA finally admitting that Mad T Party is the party theme that replaces elecTRONica this summer, they’ve gone back to the drawing boards and thought twice on how these street parties will appear to people standing in the Carthay Circle area of Buena Vista Street.
When the Mad T Party debuts late this spring, it will be confined primarily to the northeast corner of the Hollywood section in the area dubbed Hollywood Studios. This March the stage equipment and lighting rigs that have lined Hollywood Blvd. for almost two years will be removed, with elecTRONica relegated to mainly the Hollywood Studios corner for the busy spring break period. The removal of the elecTRONica equipment along the street is required for the installation of the Red Car Trolley’s overhead wire system, but it’s an aesthetic change that would have happened anyway.
When Mad T Party premieres, during the day the Hollywood Blvd. street will not show a trace of the nightly event. Although, once you step off the street and behind the building facades, the Mad T Party stage and equipment will be visible once you enter the utilitarian area of the park themed to a movie studio. But you’ll be able to stand in front of the Carthay Circle Theater this summer and look all around you without seeing any of the equipment for that night’s street party.
As we’ve said earlier, the huge liquor sales from these nightly events are what surprised TDA the most and what helped guarantee a new version would appear for a third summer. Once the Mad T Party gets going after sundown, there still might be a rolling bar pushed out towards the street to catch passersby, but for the most part the T Party will all be contained between MuppetVision and the current Flynn’s Arcade. In addition to the live bands, dancing and drinks, TDA’s Entertainment Department is coming up with acrobatic acts and wild street performers to roam the area to continue the colorful street party vibe that made Glow Fest so successful in 2010.
Opening within a week or two of the Mad T Party late this spring will be the return of the Pixar Play Parade. The construction timetable in the Carthay Circle area, plus the installation of the trolley cables, has now delayed the return of the parade until after Easter vacation. And it’s looking now as though the return of the parade, plus the debut of the Mad T Party, may all fall within a week or two of each other just before the DCA grand reopening in June. When the parade does return however, TDA is planning to run the parade twice per day with an afternoon and early evening show time.
Since DCA will have the longest parade route of any Disney theme park in the world, stretching from the Tower of Terror all the way to the Paradise Garden gates, they could have easily gotten away with performing just one parade and had plenty of room to accommodate as many viewers as Disneyland’s shorter and more confined parade route can accommodate with two parades. But TDA wants to really overwhelm the visitors this summer with a DCA park experience packed full of entertainment options spaced throughout the entire day, from daytime stage shows and parades and the new musical acts on Buena Vista Street to the unique night spectaculars of World of Color and Mad T Party. Even DCA’s smaller offerings, like the quirky Phineas & Ferb roving dance party, will be refreshed with a new “Summer of Teal” version of the show.