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  • [Question] Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

    I have strong issues with Disney planning to only do the holiday parade for people who pay for special after hours ticketed events. The park has been doing Christmas parades since the 1950's. This is a special tradition that people who go to the park in December expect to see. Many plan there trip specifically for this time of year because of this parade. I know my family always did. Many people are going to show up in December only to see Soundsational next year, and be very very upset. Not that Soundsational isn't a great parade, but again, people who have been going to the park as an annual tradition for decades and decades are going to be very very upset to see a non-Christmas parade coming down Main Street. Disney is opening up the flood gates for a lot of angry guests.

    I have no issue with Disney holding special parties during the holidays - But I think the focus should be on EXTRAS - not taking away stuff from the regular daytime guests. It is almost as though they are holding the parade hostage, and you will never see your little precious parade again unless you shell out 100.00 clams. (Getting very film noir here)

    I think they could just plan to do the holiday fireworks for party guests only (it is a more recent offering, and guest do not expect it as much) And continue the parade for day guests. Between the fireworks and Candlelight processional, that is enough to get people to attend the special events. They don't have to take the parade away from day guests. It is not necessary, and is just plain scrooge-like behavior.
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    Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

    The Christmas special event and been rumored for several years now and I hope it stay that, just a rumor. I'm not looking forward to paying extra for something that I have enjoyed the past three years that have included with admission.

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    • #3
      Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

      If they are going to go down the road of separately ticketed events for the holiday parties (which has still not been confirmed, and is only an internet rumor at this point) then the parade should be only for those paying to get in to the party. If I am shelling out $46 dollars for a special party ticket like I did for Halloween, I would want things reserved just for the party.
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      • #4
        Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

        Originally posted by BasilofBakerStreet View Post
        The Christmas special event and been rumored for several years now and I hope it stay that, just a rumor. I'm not looking forward to paying extra for something that I have enjoyed the past three years that have included with admission.
        What if the fireworks and Candlelight Processional are exclusive? Why does it also have to include the parade?
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        • #5
          Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

          You know they charge extra for these special events but when they fill the park almost as full as it normally would be it doesn't feel quite so special to me. Personally I would rather they just do away with them, having to pay extra for additonal effects just seems a tad bit greedy. Disney should change the motto from Where Dreams Come True, to Where Dreams Come True for the Right Price.
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          • #6
            Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

            Our beloved Walt's speech (paraphrased), updated for today's Disney mgmt attitude:

            "To all who come to this happy place, welcome! Disneyland is YOUR land......as long as you're willing to pay extra for the full experience. Otherwise, here's the half-a$$ed version. We're saving the best for the 'special' guests who pony up the big bucks."
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            • #7
              Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

              Originally posted by dictionary View Post
              You know they charge extra for these special events but when they fill the park almost as full as it normally would be it doesn't feel quite so special to me. Personally I would rather they just do away with them, having to pay extra for additonal effects just seems a tad bit greedy. Disney should change the motto from Where Dreams Come True, to Where Dreams Come True for the Right Price.

              We all know disney is greedy like every other company, but this does seem to go a little too far. Christmas is really special to a lot of people. Add that to the fact that Xmas is about being the opposite of greedy, I could imagine a backlash against private parties for this holiday in particular.

              But at the same time these parties are an affordable option to regular day tickets so...it goes a bit both ways.
              In the quest for quality, I have no problem with the characters footing the bill.

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              • #8
                Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                Unfortunately it's GOING to happen. These have been the years of Disney throwing away 50+ Year old traditions.

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                • #9
                  Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                  Why isn't every thing free?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                    Originally posted by swampymarsh View Post
                    Why isn't every thing free?
                    lmao.... :P
                    For the love of Disney....:yea:

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                    • #11
                      Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                      Originally posted by dictionary View Post
                      You know they charge extra for these special events but when they fill the park almost as full as it normally would be it doesn't feel quite so special to me. Personally I would rather they just do away with them, having to pay extra for additonal effects just seems a tad bit greedy. Disney should change the motto from Where Dreams Come True, to Where Dreams Come True for the Right Price.

                      This is so true. I remember the Halloween party last year was a little crowded and disorganized. I even did the survey and was the first time I complained. This year I had friends go one night and I passed and heard that it was just as crowded as a normal day in the park.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                        Originally posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
                        Unfortunately it's GOING to happen.
                        It's still just an internet rumor at this point.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                          I find it interesting when anyone here mentions anything that could be construed as "elitist" or "for rich people" that people get all up in arms, but Club 33 is so highly revered and something to attain.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                            Originally posted by PiecesOfEight View Post
                            I find it interesting when anyone here mentions anything that could be construed as "elitist" or "for rich people" that people get all up in arms, but Club 33 is so highly revered and something to attain.
                            I have no problem with either one.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                              Originally posted by calsig31 View Post
                              It's still just an internet rumor at this point.
                              Nope, it's being talked about lots at TDA. It's just a matter of them deciding to pull the trigger or not.

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                              • #16
                                Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                                Originally posted by PiecesOfEight View Post
                                I find it interesting when anyone here mentions anything that could be construed as "elitist" or "for rich people" that people get all up in arms, but Club 33 is so highly revered and something to attain.
                                Club 33 doesn't upcharge its customers special-event prices for the privilege of being packed into a sardine mosh pit. The issue isn't elitism or "rich people," the issue is Disney's blatant greed in overselling special event tickets.



                                Originally posted by dictionary View Post
                                You know they charge extra for these special events but when they fill the park almost as full as it normally would be it doesn't feel quite so special to me. Personally I would rather they just do away with them, having to pay extra for additonal effects just seems a tad bit greedy. Disney should change the motto from Where Dreams Come True, to Where Dreams Come True for the Right Price.
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                                • #17
                                  Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                                  Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
                                  Club 33 doesn't upcharge its customers special-event prices for the privilege of being packed into a sardine mosh pit. The issue isn't elitism or "rich people," the issue is Disney's blatant greed in overselling special event tickets.
                                  You've completely missed my point, but that's OK.

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                                    I don't want Christmas parties, period. Even if we still got the Christmas Fantasy Parade, I would be opposed to losing Believe in Holiday Magic for day guests. It's been running for 12 years now (well, technically 11 since it took a year off for the 50th), which is not exactly an insignificant amount of time. Plenty of time for people to build their Christmas traditions around it. I didn't mind so much when they made Halloween Screams party exclusive because they had only run the show for one Halloween season the year before. But don't mess with my Christmas.

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Christmas Parade for exclusive party guests only?

                                      Originally posted by Pinrar View Post
                                      We all know disney is greedy like every other company...
                                      I'm very sorry, but that is just not true. There are these things called ethics that some people have both in business and in their personal lives. There are ethical people in business and then there are others who are not. Businesses are in existence to make a profit. The amount of profit depends on many circumstances & factors. The attitude of "there is no such thing as an unfair profit" is inaccurate for many businesses. There are many types of people that run them & they should not all be typed as being greedy.

                                      Let me give you an example. We will all probably watch some version of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol in the near future. There are two wonderful examples of two different types of businessmen. There is, of course, Scrooge. There is also the oft overlooked Fezziwig, Scrooge's old boss. Fezziwig is shown having a party, a Christmas party, for the employees and their families. The young Scrooge was fond of him & looked up to the old gentleman. There are a good number of Fezziwigs in real life.

                                      Actions taken by the current Disney regime have proven which ethical model they have taken to heart. We also know which model that was embraced in the past. They have shown every indication of being able to maximize profitability at all costs. An exclusive Christmas parade here, special Halloween fireworks there, the cancellation of the Cast member Christmas parties, are all actions within the scope of this regime. It will continue until 3 spirits visit Iger one night or until the guests stop feeding their addiction.
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                                      • #20
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                                        ORGOCH: Sorry, but ya lost me. Still cain't tell which side a the fence yer on, gomezaddams. ducklin'.

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