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    What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    This is a bit of a spinoff from another thread, but I thought it deserved it's own due to the opinions of all. There are no wrong or right answers. Personally my favorite parades have been Lion King, and MSEP... but I can't really say why. Since Lion King nothing for me has really compared. So I'm curious, is a parade stronger when it is centered on one theme, one movie, or one character, instead of being a mix of every loveable Disney character? MSEP is a huge mix, but it's central theme is the twinkling light and annoyingly catchy music. I honestly feel that they could toss in almost any set of characters and it would retain it's magic with those lights and that music. The Christmas parade is another such mix, Disney characters sprinkled throughout... with the overlaying theme as Christmas Holiday celebrations (I mean no offense to other religions... it is a Holiday parade that features the song Christmas Fantasy). But I have highlighted 3 successes... there are many parades that fail to draw in a crowd. So now I leave the floor open... what makes or breaks a parade for you?
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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    Parade of Dreams and MSEP are my favorites. I think what makes a parade truly great is the same thing that makes any Disney attraction or show great: attention to detail. The POD and MSEP floats are very detailed. The music is amazing and fits so well with what's going on.

    There is also the emotional connection that is created between the subject material and the viewer that makes a parade great or not. That is a very individual kind of thing and depends completely on the person. I think that's why some people can't stand POD and others love it. For some reason, something really touches someone in a very special way and not others.

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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    I think for a parade it is variety, music, and of course the floats.
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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    Since Lion King nothing for me has really compared.
    Yes. I was actually quite young for part of that parade's run; I'm a college student now. Back then, The Lion King was a huge passion of mine. I loved the movie obsessively. Seeing the parade at Disneyland was sheer magic for me. Luckily, my father recorded much of it--and my reactions--on video, and I still watch that tape from time to time. It really was a very elaborate and beautiful parade, and one that I now have nearly incomparable sentimental connections to.

    So what makes a great parade? For kids, the chance to see your favorite characters all moving together in an orchestrated, elaborate, fun, theatrical, real way. These days, I really don't care much about parades and character meets. They really don't appeal to me much. But I am adamant that they forever remain part of the park experience, because they both can create some of the most amazingly magical moments for the young'uns. And adults, too, I suppose, though I can't relate to that.


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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    I think switching them around a bit would be nice. Instead of the same, tired old parades, it would be nice to rotate them a little. Of course, I go to DL several times a year, so, for me....the POD has grown VERY old. I don't even stop to watch it at all anymore.

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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    Even adding a new parade in the fall with a Halloween theme could be fun as well. Say, themed around the Haunted Mansion, mixing in the Disney Characters as well.

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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    Quote Originally Posted by mouseinphilly View Post
    Even adding a new parade in the fall with a Halloween theme could be fun as well. Say, themed around the Haunted Mansion, mixing in the Disney Characters as well.
    ^^^^ That is a great idea! ^^^^^

    My favorite DL parades are:

    1. MSEP
    2. Lion King
    3. Aladdin's Royal Caravan
    4. Hercules, Zero to Hero
    5. Mulan

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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    Don't you mean Brake Light Tragic, Andrew?

    And besides, if you click "armchair imagineering" in the clouds, you can see the Haunted Mansion House Party" proposal.

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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    Colorful floats and lots and lots of characters for me

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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    Personally like liked parades that don't stop. I quickly tire of the stop and watch us perform segmants, though my kids like it, so what do I know?
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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    What breaks a parade?
    -Having guest performers.
    -Having a banner instead of a float to lead the parade.
    -Having a mass of characters without a float.
    -Having floats without on-board audio or lighting.
    -Glass/plastic domes-- creates a boundary between guest & character.
    -Bad music.
    -Extra long show stops.
    -Union regulations preventing certain choreography.

    What makes a parade?
    -Plenty of Disney characters.
    -Plenty of dancers in addition to the characters.
    -Good choreography and talented performers.
    -Keeping dancer costumes representative and symbolic rather than trying to make it into the actual item/subject.
    -Good music.
    -Having a storyline/progression to a grand finale. The last float should provide some sort of peak to the progression of floats.
    -If there are show stops, every person should get a good show, no matter where they are seated.
    -It's nice to have lighting tied into the music track, so they are "synced".

    And there are lots of other things I'm sure people could add.

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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moving Sidewalk View Post
    What breaks a parade?
    -Having guest performers.
    -Having a banner instead of a float to lead the parade.
    -Having a mass of characters without a float.
    -Having floats without on-board audio or lighting.
    -Glass/plastic domes-- creates a boundary between guest & character.
    -Bad music.
    -Extra long show stops.
    -Union regulations preventing certain choreography.

    What makes a parade?
    -Plenty of Disney characters.
    -Plenty of dancers in addition to the characters.
    -Good choreography and talented performers.
    -Keeping dancer costumes representative and symbolic rather than trying to make it into the actual item/subject.
    -Good music.
    -Having a storyline/progression to a grand finale. The last float should provide some sort of peak to the progression of floats.
    -If there are show stops, every person should get a good show, no matter where they are seated.
    -It's nice to have lighting tied into the music track, so they are "synced".

    And there are lots of other things I'm sure people could add.
    I agree with everything, but none of the parades are under unions at the moment so its not unions that decide what choreography goes and stays. I believe POD and Christmas Fantasy have some of the best choreography of the Disney parades, sometimes I think POD goes a little too far in the summer, since its harder of the cast.
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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    I love a parade that has an awesome soundtrack to dance and sing along with, beautiful decorated floats to look at and attractive dancers and performers to be infatuated with!!

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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHostJeff View Post
    I agree with everything, but none of the parades are under unions at the moment so its not unions that decide what choreography goes and stays. I believe POD and Christmas Fantasy have some of the best choreography of the Disney parades, sometimes I think POD goes a little too far in the summer, since its harder of the cast.
    I believe he is speaking of WDW's parade dept. in which they do have to deal with unions, Equity in particular, and it puts restrictions on what they can do choreography wise in their parades. (Though I will say, you don't have to be too complex to have good choreography, simplicity can work well - but it all depends on who choreographs and how creative they really are).

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    Re: What makes a great Disneyland parade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moving Sidewalk View Post
    What breaks a parade?
    -Having guest performers.
    -Having a banner instead of a float to lead the parade.
    -Having a mass of characters without a float.
    -Having floats without on-board audio or lighting.
    -Glass/plastic domes-- creates a boundary between guest & character.
    -Bad music.
    -Extra long show stops.
    -Union regulations preventing certain choreography.

    What makes a parade?
    -Plenty of Disney characters.
    -Plenty of dancers in addition to the characters.
    -Good choreography and talented performers.
    -Keeping dancer costumes representative and symbolic rather than trying to make it into the actual item/subject.
    -Good music.
    -Having a storyline/progression to a grand finale. The last float should provide some sort of peak to the progression of floats.
    -If there are show stops, every person should get a good show, no matter where they are seated.
    -It's nice to have lighting tied into the music track, so they are "synced".

    And there are lots of other things I'm sure people could add.
    I like your thinking.


    Just curious, what do consider a long show stop?
    POD- 2 minutes or so (not counting the waiting for all to get in place and then to start up and move on).
    or
    Tokyo Disney parade productions - up to 5 or 6 minutes?

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