It just wasn't the size but also the maneuvererability, sheer weight, stopping distance, etc.
So what would you rather step in front of a lightly loaded pick up truck or a fully loaded semi-truck?
nnnno. no it was not. not at all.
^Well don't leave it at that. Please tell us why it was cancelled.
At Disneyland this is not a major problem becuase the runners are generaly behind 3-4 rows of people. They can't get through. Where the crossing are located are at critical points of trafic flow. And when the do let down the ropes the line moves quickly across the street because of the 3 CM on each side of the openning. Disneyland has a unique problem because the route cuts the park in half at major crowd flow points. At the Magic Kingdom it makes a cut and then turns left down Frontierland. Disneyland has Matterhorn blocking most of the strech on oneside and the Castle East Showbuilding. WDW has that long strech of nothing from Liberty to Splash to help block the crowds.
That reasoning has absolutely nothing to do why Spectro isn't playing in the Magic Kingdom. Spectro was not actually cancelled. WDW's genius marketing team got the idea to bring back the MSEP again because they had absolutely no new attractions that summer. Nothing to do with any problems with SpectroMagic... because really, they're weren't any major issues with the parade at all. Just some minor mechanical issues that would come up from time to time. Biggest problem was keeping the carousel animals moving... and Chernabog's wings... Ha ha.
And yes, some of Spectro's floats are heavier than MSEP. But Disney has much heavier floats in use elsewhere.
It was actually thanks to growing up going to Disneyland like 3 times a year and going through the parade crowds that made it so I am a perfect crowd dodger. My dad never wanted to stop and watch the parades so we ducked and weaved through the crowds to get to ride space mountain a few times. Also being under 5 feet tall helps if you can see under people's arms and the small spaces you can slip through. To this day I don't have a problem walking through the crowds. But I do agree that there should be at least one more crossing space in the Magic Kingdom.
Monsters Inc is the heaviest single float anywhere if memory serves.
//Must be why the parade's being cancelled too!!! ;)
ORDDU: Someone on another thread with a similar topic mentioned that the Spectro Magic floats haven't been maintained very well while in storage and that they have deteriorated over time. I'm not sure how true this is but it would make sense as a reason why they can't bring it back.
I was once at California Adventure during a parade. We were stopped and watching it. At a gap in floats, the CM's started waving people through. But when they stopped letting folks go, it turned out that a family had been separated--5 members or so had crossed, but one little boy (6 or 7) had gotten left behind. The mom was frantic and started berating the CM's. But the CM's made them wait until the next gap, obviously.
I felt really bad for the mom, but I don't think her meltdown was helping the little boy at all. He looked terrified. Had it been me (I am a mom, too), I would have been yelling reassurance to my son--"Silly Goose, what are you doing there? Don't worry, it's just a couple of minutes. The cast member there will take care of you. We're not leaving without you."
Because the last thing that CM needs is a little boy having a melt-down with no parent nearby to handle it.
(I'd like to say that because I consider myself a good parent, I would never lose track of a child at Disneyland...but it does happen. :-( You never forget when it does.)