MSEP Returns

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  1. FerretAfros

    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.
     
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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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