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Old 01-14-2010, 09:44 AM   #1
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Parades - Will I Get Converted?

Hello - have not been to the MK since the 90s and have never seen a Disney parade. On a normal day I go out of my way to avoid parades. I just don't enjoy them - kind of a crowd thing for me as well. Are these parades really that awesome? I'm really not a crumudgeon, trust me - doing the Pirates League dress up with my daughter

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Old 01-14-2010, 09:46 AM   #2
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spectromagic is the best one at MK and it's at night otherwise they are not that good
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Originally Posted by BBQMommy View Post
Are these parades really that awesome?
SpectroMagic is the one to see, for sure!
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The parades at WDW are really mopre like shows than parades. The ones at MK are definitely worth seeing - at least once.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:53 AM   #5
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Ever See the Halloween Party Parade?

The Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party parade is incredible. I can see how the usual parades could be a bit boring, especially if you are not with children in tow.... but the halloween parade with the headless horseman followed by the magnificent fireworks display is a sight for all to see.... You can find videos on you tube but just doesn't do it justice like being there in person...
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Old 01-14-2010, 10:13 AM   #6
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The only one we've actually sat for was the MNSSHP parade. I"m sure that will change as DD gets older... but for now, we use the parade times as ride times because sometimes the lines are shorter.
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This helps! Thanks muchly. We have our DD5 and will shoot to see Spectromagic on one of our 2 Mk days next month. A visit during the Halloween celebration looks fun, but we will be there in Feb.

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Old 01-14-2010, 10:18 AM   #8
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I too am not a parade person. Don't really care for them or enjoy them.....but Spectromagic is different!
I had fully intended not to do any parades while on my first trip but my niece INSISTED I do spectro so I did........WOW, I loved it.
Infact I seen it 3 times that trip (5 days).

Then this trip we had so much to get in I let my DH talk me out of seeing it again......big mistake. It is the only thing I regret not doing. LOL
So spectro is a big must do for me. And I am not a parade person!
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Old 01-14-2010, 10:22 AM   #9
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As most have stated Spectro is wonderful and a Not To Be Missed parade. The other parade we like is in the AK. Very upbeat music, lots of characters and alot of fun. We always stay in the AK to catch the parade there at least once a trip. We used to like the one in DHS also but not since they changed it.


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I have been to WDW 5 times. We still don't ever go out of our way or wait to see a parade. If one blocks our path from point A to point B, we will stop and watch.

Last trip we entered MK just as Spectro was going by the entrance (near the train). Nobody was in front of us, so we had a great view. Yes, we enjoyed it, but we didn't waste any park time staking out a spot.
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I never have considered myself a *parade person*, but on our first trip to Disney I felt I owed it to my DD to let her see them at all the parks. I was amazed that I enjoyed them almost as much as she did!!! That said, they have changed 2 of them since then (MK day parade and HS) and I don't like the new ones nearly as much.

If I were you, I'd definitely watch Spectromagic and perhaps Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade (I really like that one). You don't have to hit them all, but most of them are worth seeing at least once!

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Old 01-14-2010, 10:29 AM   #12
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I'm not a huge parade person. That's the last thing I'm worried about seeing at Disney. If we catch them we do...if not, I don't care...I figure being in the world for 7 days we should run into one somewhere, if not, oh well.
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I have always loved parades, maybe that's because as a little kid a local parade always fell on or near my birthday so I grew up seeing it and thought it was special.

My husband hates parades, I mean hates them! Not even a disney one can get him to enjoy it

So we watch for a minute for my sake and then move on and avoid the craziness for his.

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My DS (5 at the time) didn't want to see any parades. Until we happened to catch the AK parade. It was all over after that, and we were all converted. They are not like a normal non-Disney parade. We didn't waste time staking out a spot, but we did enjoy them very much. DS still talks about the AK parade.
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During the parades is an excellent time for you to take advantage of shorter lines as the attractions. With so many people waiting on the parade route, that means fewer people in the lines.
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