For some time now, I have been noticing some things going on just before parade time on Main Street USA that I disagree with. Today, while enjoying the lovely weather we have had in Orlando lately and while waiting for the parade to start, I witnessed a few things that left me irritated.
Since my G-Fan is a parade junkie and loves sitting on the curb on Main Street up to an hour before the spectacle (??) rolls down the Street, it gives us time to entertain ourselves looking at the horrible touristy fashion shows and then some. Then there are other things I do not quite agree with, such as the kiddy games I see going on before parade time.
Why does Disney feel the need to pull out hula hoops, jump ropes, horseshoe throw sticks just for the sake of entertaining the little brats on the street? And some adult too? Since when Disney feels obligated to cater to pre-school kids (and parents who still behave as such) instead of putting those same CMs to better us around the parade route... with much more necesary duties such as crowd control, security, cleaning or simply keeping order as we wait for the parade to start?
What bugs me the most about this type of activity is how sometimes these activities encourage the kids to run berseck and be reckless around the street and in some cases, it promotes behavior that could lead to injury and unnecesary accidents. (Today, we witnessed a woman being hit by the jump rope, and another 40-something "kid" attempting to jump it which was embarrasing to all watching, since the lady was quite huge in the middle/ another kid tripped and fell attempting the same rope jumping). Etc etc. Isn't Disney concerned about liabilities? I guess not, since Mission: Space is still opened, but that is another story..
Also, while these kid-oriented activities are going on.. it irks me even more that such Disney touches, as the usual Main Street USA musical loop, are turned off up to a good half hour or more before parade time. This leaves Main Street USA totally dead in regards to ambiance. No music. Jyst screaming kids and CMs alike. Add to that what happened today that I have never seen done before and quite disagreed with... A CM rolls out a speaker (disguised as a wooden box) and starts blasting off Hip-Hop style music while the brats are jumping rope.. in the middle of Main Street USA no less!!! WTF is that? Am I not supposed to be in a turn of the century American town anymore?? Which also begs to ask.. why are all of the CMs in this area playing kiddy games wearing generic Gap outfits and not the usual victorian style costumes that should be worn on Main Street USA? Is the management so clueless about Disney theming or are they simply not interested in keeping the theme and show "intact" anymore? This is the ghettofication of Main Street USA to say the least.
Needless to say... BAD SHOW DISNEY! ...and whoever came up with these initiatives, should have his/her royal back fired for good.