Someone mentioned Light Magic as a reference in a different thread and it got me thinking about this. Light Magic had a lot going against it. It was following in the footsteps of probably the most popular parade in the history of the park (Electrical Parade... one of the few things that draws a crowd to DCA). It was one of the first parades to have show stops. And it had new technology, fiber optics. Let's not forget that it actually broke down during it's premier... not a good start. Also had a confusing theme at best and a complete lack of theme at worst.
For the lucky few that camped out at a show stop it was BEAUTIFUL... in between stops it was completely dark and pointless with weird music... also never really understood the theme. These days just about every parade has a show stop so people have gotten used to being at specific points to see their favorite float. They would still need to have lights in between stops (one of the early failures) and they need better music and a better story. I'm wondering what other people think.