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    Re: Disneyland Float-Pictures!!

    Quote Originally Posted by painted windows
    Pretty cool float.Its funny how a tow truck had to tow it the rest of the way.Not very magical at all I guess
    According to the broadcasters, any float that needs a tow gets fined.
    Wonder if that's true.

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    Re: Disneyland Float-Pictures!!

    Thanks for posting those.

    I saw the parade on TV and there were characters dancing on the ground as well. Did they stop dancing? Maybe cuz it was to slippery and wet?

    I'm glad you go photos of this float. I liked it.

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    Re: Disneyland Float-Pictures!!

    Quote Originally Posted by WICKEDBUSA
    I agree that the Disney float was the best float out there this year. Even at home, it was a magical moment for me once it was its turn to parade down Colorado Blvd. Does anyone know if the float is on display at Disneyland?
    Rose parade floats are available for veiwing for only a day or two after the parade, near the end of the parade route. After that they're scrapped, saving only some of the mechanical parts for next year. Don't forget that even though these floats are under construction for months before the parade, they're only engineered to last for the 5-1/2 miles of the parade, no longer. The floats are covered completely with nothing but plants; many of the flowers are added the night before the parade, since they start to wilt immediately. The floats are built within a few miles of Pasadena, then ever so carefully transported under police escort in the middle of the night to the parade route. I can't even imagine how a float this large would be transported in one piece down 50 miles of freeway to Disneyland without turning into a tattered mess before it even it got there.

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    Re: Disneyland Float-Pictures!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ghoofie
    According to the broadcasters, any float that needs a tow gets fined.

    THIS WAS AN UNUSUAL PARADE, HADN'T RAINED IN 50 YEARS. (FUN THING THE LAST TIME IT RAINED THE MARSHALL WAS ALSO A SUPREME COURT JUDGE)

    YES, NORMALLY THEY DO BUT IF PROBLEMS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN THEY USUALLY DO IT BEFORE THE JUDGING. ONCE THEY HAVE JUDGED THEY DON'T TAKE THE TROPHY OR POINTS AWAY. EVEN IF THEY DO NEED A TOW. THE JUDGING ISN'T JUST DONE THAT MORNING IT'S DONE OVER TIME, THEY HAVE TO PASS CERTAIN THINGS TO STAY IN THE PARADE. THERE HAVE BEEN GROUPS THAT SUBMIT DESIGNS AND SOMETHING HAPPENS ($$$$) AND THEY ARE UNABLE TO COMPLETE IT. IT COSTS BIG $$$$$$ MOSTLY FOR THE DESIGNER AND BUILDERS. THAT'S WHY CITY TAKE THE WHOLE YEAR TO RAISE FUNDS. THE ANNUAL REPORT IS VERY SCARY READING, GLAD IT ISN'T MY MONEY. IF IT WAS I WOULDN'T BUILD A FLOAT, I WOULD REMODEL OUR HOUSE.
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    Re: Tech info for DL float

    Quote Originally Posted by ravencroft
    I know that there were very large hydraulic leaks in testing on 12/23. The float was built in Azusa by Festival Artists and transported over night to pasadena. It took 7 hours to drive 15 miles. The places were the floats are built are called "barns" in T of R lingo.
    float barns are nothing new, nor do i find 'em that special. I like to go to the independant float building sites, where floats are built and decorated by volunteers and paid for my donations and fundraisers. like La Canada, it's built under a freeway overpass!!
    but for extra credit, what's the name of the "barn" that is a permenant structure, near the rose bowl??

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    Re: Tech info for DL float

    Quote Originally Posted by MissChristine
    but for extra credit, what's the name of the "barn" that is a permenant structure, near the rose bowl??
    That would be the Rosemont Pavilion. Floats are decorated there but they are built and tested at the Rose Palace which is located on Raymond between California and Glenarm.

    The la Canada Float is built in the City Yard adjacent to a parking lot which is under the 210 freeway. The float is moved from the city yard to the parking lot (under the overpass) for deocrating and then driven to Orange Grove the night before the parade.

    You seem to know a lot about this. You did an excellent job of showing the white suits towing the float. There were three white suits assigned to the DL float this year! They were Sarah, Christie and Rich - Christie and Rich are a husband/wife couple.

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    Re: Disneyland Float-Pictures!!

    Quote Originally Posted by h_lehmann
    Rose parade floats are available for veiwing for only a day or two after the parade, near the end of the parade route. After that they're scrapped, saving only some of the mechanical parts for next year. Don't forget that even though these floats are under construction for months before the parade, they're only engineered to last for the 5-1/2 miles of the parade, no longer. The floats are covered completely with nothing but plants; many of the flowers are added the night before the parade, since they start to wilt immediately. The floats are built within a few miles of Pasadena, then ever so carefully transported under police escort in the middle of the night to the parade route. I can't even imagine how a float this large would be transported in one piece down 50 miles of freeway to Disneyland without turning into a tattered mess before it even it got there.
    The Tower of Terror Float from a couple of years ago was on display at DCA for quite a few days after the parade. I have some great pictures of it.

    I am sure that the rain made it pretty hard to keep this one in one piece.

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    Re: Disneyland Float-Pictures!!

    Quote Originally Posted by h_lehmann
    Rose parade floats are available for veiwing for only a day or two after the parade, near the end of the parade route. After that they're scrapped, saving only some of the mechanical parts for next year. Don't forget that even though these floats are under construction for months before the parade, they're only engineered to last for the 5-1/2 miles of the parade, no longer. The floats are covered completely with nothing but plants; many of the flowers are added the night before the parade, since they start to wilt immediately. The floats are built within a few miles of Pasadena, then ever so carefully transported under police escort in the middle of the night to the parade route. I can't even imagine how a float this large would be transported in one piece down 50 miles of freeway to Disneyland without turning into a tattered mess before it even it got there.
    Well darn, I guess I'll just have to enjoy the pictures of the float. I just thought it would be nice to see the float in person.

    Off topic, I live right off of Colorado Blvd, just miles from the start of the parade. The other day, on my way home, I saw a bunch of police motorcycles blocking off parts of the road. I figured it was a funeral or something of the like, but it ended up being a Rose Parade float being towed. Granted, it wasn't the one I wanted to see, but I thought that was pretty cool.

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    Re: Disneyland Float-Pictures!!

    Quote Originally Posted by MissChristine
    Barbie....now that makes sense! I'm used to working on the La Canada float (i've done so since 1999) and they rarely use foam. It's usually chicken wire and plexiglass stuff like that. I had forgotten that floats use a lot of foam...I remember working on the Balian Ice Cream float in '92 (my mom snuck a 2nd grader in, woot!) and I remember the foam...icky.

    Hi Christine and Barbie - Just wanted to provide some feedback. I have been working on floats since 1986, including the LCF float from 1986-now. The floats are built on a metal frame that includes massive structural integrity. Speaking to one of the architects from JPL who worked on both the LCF float and the DLR float we said that at max the water weight would not add more than 10% loading. In fact he was the person who drove the DLR float and I have known him for years. The caue for failure was a drive train issue, not weight related.

    Back to the construction...after the superstruture is constructed upon the chasis the shaping of the majority of the float is done with pencilrod, a much thinner metal. From here the chicken wire is attached and then "cocooned" with cocooning material which is sprayed on in layers to make the surface is is then painted and later the glue and flowers are applied. I spent many late nights performing this process jsut befoer the bulk of decorating week.

    The base, however, is typically covered with chicken wire and then bed sheets or other thin material. On top of this the entire base is foamed. This provides a significant amount of structural support on top of the metal and allows for the vialed flowers to be inserted into the base. Hope that provides some more insight.

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    Re: Disneyland Float-Pictures!!

    I watched it all the way in Australia where we were trying to hard not to die in 45 (celcius) heat.

    In wished I was there if not for the Disney factor for that cool cool rain ... SIGH !
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    Re: Disneyland Float-Pictures!!

    Does anybody have more pictures of each individual castle?

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    Re: Disneyland Float-Pictures!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TweedlDum9
    You're right. The other characters were only there for the show moment on TV, kinda like how all the dancers and extra characters last year only did the opening number and then left. After all, who's going to ring the bells if Quasimodo's out bopping around the Rose Parade for hours?

    What ended up making it weird, though, was that they had to cut everything because of the rain (including their really cool banner choreography) and the float kept moving. Too bad...
    Are you telling me we missed out on a banner routine!!! AHHH, I am such a sucker for the banner routines.

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