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  • Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

    Please excuse me if I am bringing up something sensitive. I've noticed that A Christmas Fantasy Parade has been running at Disneyland for at least ten years, if not longer. Is it time for some changes or even a new Christmas parade?

    Also while we are at it, since A Christmas Fantasy Parade first ran down Main Street, has the parade run unchanged or has it been modified slightly since its inception?
    Originally posted by aashee
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    Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

    It is still popular, so why fix something that isnt broken? Maybe add something to it but dont take it away.

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    • #3
      Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

      It's popular but as a christmas parade. Very Merry Christmas would be just as popular. I don't think there'd be danger of changing it I just don't think they want to put the money in to make another decent xmas parade.

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      • #4
        Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

        In a word - YES.

        It's stale, change it. It's already PC and 'happy holidazed', so it's not like we're going to lose anything traditional or christmasy.

        On the other hand, I can picture a clone of that parade in DCA with costumed characters of Kwanzaa candles (picture Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast) and Menorah men and Draidel dames, jumping on a trampolene.

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        • #5
          Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

          Originally posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
          On the other hand, I can picture a clone of that parade in DCA with costumed characters of Kwanzaa candles (picture Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast) and Menorah men and Draidel dames, jumping on a trampolene.
          Good grief! Block Party Holiday Bash. I cannot imagine anything more painful.

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          • #6
            Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

            The Christmas Fantasy Parade is old, but they have been changing things out in it the past few years. Biggest change was last year when Santa got an entirely new float. Then in the years before that there have been all new snow-people costumes, gingerbread people and reindeer costumes. Unfortunately, there have been cuts done to the parade as well. I know the float Mrs. Clause is on used to have a third, middle section where she sat in her chair with a toy train going around her. Now there are just 2 sections on that float. Also the Homecoming float was totally taken out a few years ago that had the carolers around it singing Jingle Bells and such. This used to be the float before Santa. So they have been tweaking it over the years. Hard to tell if they will eventually make an all-new parade one of these days. But the current one is still good, I think.

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            • #7
              Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

              I saw this parade for the very first time in my life last night, and I love it! It's perfect for the holidays and has a little something for everyone. Don't change a thing, I say.

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              • #8
                Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

                The reason I asked this question to begin with is due to comments made in the TDL forum. Tokyo Disneyland comes up with a brand new parade every Christmas and the comments were pretty much how better their parades were to the stale Christmas parades at DL and WDW that keep being used year after year.

                Speaking of Very Merry...I am interested in seeing what that parade was like at Disneyland. I have pieces of the audio from that parade and it sound much different that what Walt Diwney World has been running for years.
                Originally posted by aashee
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                • #9
                  Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

                  First off, I love this parade. Been watching it since it first arrived. One change I didn't care for, I preferred Chip and Dale ice skating over Mickey and Minnie..
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                  • #10
                    Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

                    I also miss roger rabbit in the toy section. I don't see how Ariel fits into that at all :P (Other than she likes to collect gadgets and gizmos aplenty and aren't these toys neat :P that's not good enough)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

                      Whatever you do, don't take away the skating snowflakes.



                      Where was I? :blush:

                      Sorry...um....

                      I think the current parade works very well, and I would echo Froggy's comments above. The music loops nicely, you get to see most of the characters, the kids love it, the toy soldiers rock at the beginning...I think this parade would be tough to beat. And I think they eventually fixed the weird looking reindeer at the end, didn't they? You know...the ones with the 3 foot long tongues? :blink:

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                      • #12
                        Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

                        I think the parade works well, but one major change this year is the time of the second showing: 6:30 pm...which is a taste too early in my opinion. Last year's second showing was at 7:45, which is just right. Why they moved it, I don't know. But, I refuse to rush through dinner just to hunt for a seat.

                        I hope this is not a trend.

                        That parade is really meant to be seen at night, and 6:30 pm.....remember you have to hunt for a seat well before that.... really cuts into the dinner hour.

                        The first showing at 3:30 pm is way too early for a parade of this sort, and you miss so much, namely the twinkling lights after dark.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

                          Originally posted by localdisnyfan View Post
                          Whatever you do, don't take away the skating snowflakes.



                          Where was I? :blush:

                          Sorry...um....

                          I think the current parade works very well, and I would echo Froggy's comments above. The music loops nicely, you get to see most of the characters, the kids love it, the toy soldiers rock at the beginning...I think this parade would be tough to beat. And I think they eventually fixed the weird looking reindeer at the end, didn't they? You know...the ones with the 3 foot long tongues? :blink:
                          I saw Sadako's videos of the parade and was wondering why the Toy Soldiers come at the beginning instead of right before the toy factory unit. Also I preferred those cool reindeer they used to use and still use at WDW. They look more realistic now but that's not supposed to be Disney. Disney is supposed to be imaginative and fantastical. I also liked how the older Snow people could hop around and crouch down like they melted. It was funny and very well done.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

                            The new reindeer look like Bambi all grown up.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Christmas Fantasy Parade - Is it time for a change?

                              No Way!

                              Not only is the soundtrack wonderful, but it is also getting new floats which means it is staying quite a while longer. The old parade was horrible.
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