MSEP Returns

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    FerretAfros Active Member

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    Thanks for the link to that article. There are lots of neat old photos of the parade in there! It seems like there are very few early photos, due to the less than ideal conditions for film photography, but it was great to see some of the earliest floats that got revised through the years

    I also can't help but think that the float for Mickey's 50th may have served as inspiration for Disneyland's 50th logo. There are obviously some differences, but they're similar enough that I doubt it was just a coincidence (especially considering how often Disney re-uses concepts for special events in the parks)
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    I'll have to give my soundtracks another listen to see if they have the music for it. I know the WDW Fantasmic! CD included some lesser-known MSEP tracks, so it may be on that one
     
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    I'm so glad that I wasn't the only one who got teary when I heard the music!
     
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    Back in November of (I think) 2001, my first trip to WDW, I saw The Parade 5 times. Always wearing my October 17th t-shirt. And at least the first time, I watched the entire Parade through freely-flowing tears. And I already mentioned that prior to even purchasing my "$149 special" ticket, I got out my Perrey/Kingsley CD, and promptly developed a large lump in the throat on once again hearing the composers' version of Baroque Hoedown.

    I have a set of 5 PanaVue superslides of the original 1972 Parade, somewhere. As well as (if I remember right) 2 superslides I shot myself (on 127 Ektachrome X, with a Brownie Starflash).

    I may, incidentally, be mistaken about "Electric Fanfare" originating as a unit cue for the "Mickey's 50th" float: it may have originated as the unit cue for the "Disneyland 25th" float in 1980. But either way, it originated as a unit cue, at a time when the Parade didn't have a closing fanfare, and the music simply faded out as the last float receded into the distance.

    I do think, though, that there is a major design flaw in the new LED-lit banner on the "To Honor America" unit: when you put intense red and intense blue together, without anything to separate them, the eye has trouble focusing, making them seem to blur and/or vibrate, often to the point of being physically painful to look at. They should have separated the red and blue LED lines outlining the banner with a white one.
     
  4. FerretAfros

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    I don't recall ever having issues with those LEDs specifically, but I have had a lot of issues with ones in other places (an old GSO airport arrival/departure board used to drive me crazy). It seems to be something about the diodes themselves and the speed of the oh-so-minimal flicker in the light, which reacts differently for each person's eyes. Given how inconsistent these can be from one person to the next, and just how terrible they look when they're "bad" for you, it's one of the reasons I'm very skeptical of using LEDs widely in the parks

    Another problem specific to MSEP is how bright the LEDs are in comparison to the incandescent bulbs on the rest of the floats. This was especially bad with the pixie dust swirls that were added in 2009, since they were entirely LED, but everything else remained the old style. When the pixie dust animation played, it was almost blindingly bright in comparison to everything else in the parade

    All that said, I'm always looking for a reason to use this "photo" :)
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    Actually, what's REALLY painful to look at are those verstinken (I'd use a stronger word, but this is a family board) "blue dot taillights." Worse than the very worst first-generation LED Christmas lights.
     
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    I like the new lighting on the wheels of Cinderella's coach.
     
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    Wasn't the float for Mickey's 50thy unique to Florida's version of the parade (I know California did one I '88 for his 60th )
     
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    watched both performances on Thursday night and the 1st yesterday. heard an announcement I'd NEVER heard before "all parade viewing areas are full" heard that at the 1st performance both nights.
     
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    Thanks to LiceRat, we now know the real reason why the run was extended to August 20. That is the date that a "web designer" mistakenly put on a disneyland.com web page.
     
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    After a false-start this past Saturday evening (DL was in overcrowding lockdown when I arrived, so I found out what an exit tag for the M&F parking structure looks like), I finally used the last day of my "3-day special" ticket last night (naturally arriving nearly an hour later than I'd planned).

    The Parade has actually steadily improved over the course of my three visits this Spring, and is looking better than it has since the late 1980s/early 1990s. I was reminiscing with a CM in Disneyana, shortly before the second Parade, and mentioned that "I miss the Blue Fairy"; she replied that she'd heard rumors to the effect of a possible return.

    Of course, a return of the Blue Fairy, if it actually did happen, would also imply a very real possibility that The Parade might be back next year: it wouldn't be very cost-effective otherwise.

    At any rate, I saw plenty of kids who weren't born yet in October of 1998 (and who were too young to have any memory of seeing The Parade in DCA, if they'd seen it there at all), who were totally spellbound; moreover the first Parade of the evening had, by the time it passed the Plaza Hub, picked up the longest "tail" of guests I'd seen on any parade, in any Disney park, since 1998 (yes, it was a night without fireworks, and yes, they were all headed in the same general direction as the exit, but still . . .).

    Last year, I didn't see nearly such enthusiasm over "pain in the night." So much for the notion that it's nothing but nostalgia for a hopelessly out-of-date parade. Some things are timeless.
     
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    I agree. Some things are timeless. My 44yo daughter is so excited to see it back on Main Street with her kids next month.
     
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    It sounds like the newest rumor from a mostly-reliable source is that they're considering moving Paint the Night to DCA, and running MSEP seasonally (if at all) in DL

    Of course this brings some logistical issues, like fitting the PTN floats under the trolley wires on Buena Vista Street and dealing with crowd control and scheduling coordination for World of Color. That said, I think PTN matches the overall atmosphere of DCA much better, and the longer parade route will ease some of the crowding problems

    The person who originally posted this is pretty reliable, but they didn't seem entirely confident it would happen. It's just what they're currently considering, which is always subject to change
     
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    I think PTN would go well in DCA. [​IMG]
     
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    Especially in DCA 1.0 (as in Superstar Lemon).:rolleyes:
     

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