I don't want Christmas parties, period. Even if we still got the Christmas Fantasy Parade, I would be opposed to losing Believe in Holiday Magic for day guests. It's been running for 12 years now (well, technically 11 since it took a year off for the 50th), which is not exactly an insignificant amount of time. Plenty of time for people to build their Christmas traditions around it. I didn't mind so much when they made Halloween Screams party exclusive because they had only run the show for one Halloween season the year before. But don't mess with my Christmas.
Let me give you an example. We will all probably watch some version of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol in the near future. There are two wonderful examples of two different types of businessmen. There is, of course, Scrooge. There is also the oft overlooked Fezziwig, Scrooge's old boss. Fezziwig is shown having a party, a Christmas party, for the employees and their families. The young Scrooge was fond of him & looked up to the old gentleman. There are a good number of Fezziwigs in real life.
Actions taken by the current Disney regime have proven which ethical model they have taken to heart. We also know which model that was embraced in the past. They have shown every indication of being able to maximize profitability at all costs. An exclusive Christmas parade here, special Halloween fireworks there, the cancellation of the Cast member Christmas parties, are all actions within the scope of this regime. It will continue until 3 spirits visit Iger one night or until the guests stop feeding their addiction.
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While Christians may still be a majority in this country, they are not world-wide. I know that I won't be attending any Disneyland special event that focuses so heavily on the story of Christ, not being of that faith.
Probably better you won't be attending since you seem to be a scrouge. This is a great holiday season and Disney has done its best to appeal and is continuing to evolve. Just enjoy and watch others enjoy. I see Muslims, Jews, Christians and others all enjoying.
It's all secular until we get to the Candlelight Processional, which is now apparently an every-night (or close to it) event in Disneyland in December. I do wish they'd throw Hanukkah a bone and have a menorah somewhere in the resort...anyway...
They have to offer something 'exclusive' for the parties or people won't want to attend. If Candlelight is that exclusive, it preserves the fireworks and parade for everyone. Since Candlelight is such a specifically religious event, it's less likely to have an effect on the resort crowd as a whole.
On the other hand, offer Candlelight as a paid-only perk and you a)cut off an event that has traditionally been free which is just not cool; b) alienate those who might enjoy a "holiday" party but not the retelling of the Christmas story.
Take away the fireworks or the parade from the general public and you're cheating them out of something that hs always been free with admission. It's that simple. Christmas is the one time of year when most parks/etc. offer free entertainment; for Disney to reverse that trend and take away the parade and fireworks would be crass. Having the Soundsational Parade roll through those streets decorated with holiday lights would be weird. Do they design a SECOND holiday parade? They could have something for the public and something else for the parties, but that would they?
If Disneyland were savvy they would try to come up with some holiday experiences that are not parties. Breakfast/lunch/dinner with Santa, perhaps?
I think the parade is the one thing that should stay for the non party guest if that does happen but there does need to be special offers during an up charge party, like special fireworks and character meet and greets. The biggest for me would be to actually cap the events so it feels like a special event with far less crowds!