Wednesday, April 4, 2012
But I Miss the Electrical Parade (I Think)
With all the excitement about Cars Land and Buena Vista Street opening up in what now seems to be weeks instead of forever, the plans are to resume the Pixar Play Parade (slightly upgraded according to insiders) on what is now an incredibly long parade route winding through Disney California Adventure. The new route now extends from the Tower of Terror in Hollywood Land through the front section of Paradise Pier. That should allow plenty of space to allow spectators to enjoy views (including packaged premium views) without the claustrophobic conditions that can exist in Disneyland with parade viewing.
Now don't get me wrong, I really like the Pixar Play Parade the far superior effort to its Block Party Bash predecessor. PPP has great parade pieces, a catchy musical score, and provides some degree of fun for everyone (though not everyone - Mrs. DisneylandTraveler - enjoys being squirted with water).
There was a time when DCA ran both the Pixar Play Parade (late afternoons) and Disney's Electrical Parade (after dark) on the same days. When DCA went into major construction overhaul, the Electrical Parade was sent packing to Orlando. Is it time to ask for it back?
They Electrical Parade is a classic. But its also one of those things where you really can get too much of a good thing. Like the it's a small world attraction over in Disneyland the music of DEP can grate on a person with repetitive viewing. And the parade has been around for so many years in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure that its most impressive pieces seem a bit tiresome. I really don't need to see Pete's Dragon a dozen times.
But I have to admit, I kind of miss the Electrical Parade now that its been gone awhile. If it were to come back (and I don't think there are any plans to bring it back just yet) I would want to see it again. Its like seeing an old friend. But I would also have to say that after seeing it, I might be good for a few years from not seeing it and maybe that's why Disney should keep it away for awhile longer. Let the longing keep building to where when it does come back, it will pack people in.
Then there is the logistics factor. How can the Disney Electrical Parade (in DCA anyway) co-exist with the nightime World of Color crowds? Not sure how to work that out but if Disneyland can figure out away to run two Fantasmic shows, fireworks, and a parade in the evening hours, I'm sure some bright guy can come up with a workable schedule.
I don't need the Electrical Parade just yet. Maybe by next year, it would be welcomed back with open arms.