As many have spoken, PoD is an excellent parade but seems to be lacking "something." For me that something is CHARACTERS! The animals, stilt walkers and such are great, but we need Disney Characters.
What caught my attention was the stop for the Alice float and what makes that section much better than the others. Reason: CHARACTERS! During the climax of the stop, when the gold flags are waiving and the music is jumping, just the image of the Characters is what I think makes the parade. A shear highlight. Right now, near the other units, there is alot of empty space that could be filled out and, I think, keeps the guests from enjoying the show to the fullest.
So, how can they do this with the rest?
One way is to put more variant charaters in between the floats, similar to Parade of Stars. But, keep them themed to the float they're near, like put Robin Hood and Jungle Book characters by the Lion King unit. Then when the Walt speach begins, they line the route with the gold flags and I think that would make for quite an image.
Another would be to have units that are larger 'carriers' that can hold a 6-7 characters and when they do a stop, they appear and join in. The carriers can be disguised as maybe a large cake, baloons or presents. The doors would lower and the characters would come dancing out.
Like I said, the dancing Salt and Pepers are great and the stilted flowers are cool, but we need to see Robin Hood, Roger Rabbit, The Three Pigs, Aladdin, The Genie, Tarzan & Jane, Terk, Baloo, and all the Disney Afternoon folks.
This is about Disney and everyone should be in on the celebration!
Who else should join in?