I worked for Disneyland for 3 years and I've been an annual passholder for 14 years so I'm way over the parades and shows at Disneyland (even Fantasmic, as good as it is). Over the past couple of years I've been getting more and more annoyed with how much stuff they have to close at the parks in order to put on a parade or show. Now, when I worked there, I was in Outdoor Vending, and often times I'd have to push a very heavy dolly full of stock from one end of the park to the other, and many times I'd get stuck in a parade or show, so I may be biased against them already, but honestly, how many people are that interested in seeing a parade or one of the shows when they go anyway? I know there are pretty large crowds for them but is that just because they are there, or are people actually that excited and would rather camp out for hours and hours to watch it rather than go on the rides? Personally I'd be fine if Disney just gave up on the parades altogether. Fantasmic is awesome and it's the best live show on earth, so I don't expect them to get rid of that, but at the same time I really enjoy those rare times where you can take the Mark Twain down the Rivers of America at night. I'd love it if they made a point to have at least one day a month (say a Sunday) where the park was still open after dark but they didn't show Fantasmic and kept the Mark Twain operating. Since that would probably appeal primarily to the hard-core Disneyland fans, maybe they could even make it a special event where they had one of the New Orleans bands onboard and sell Mint Julips or something. Same with World of Color, it would be nice if they had a night where it didn't operate and California Screamin was open at night.
So, do you think people would freak out if Disney drastically cut back and / or cancelled some of their parades and shows or would anyone even notice?