Vote of the week: Do you do theme park parades?
Written by Robert Niles
Disney's cooking up a new parade for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World -- but will theme park visitors make this new parade a hit?
Theme park parades can start heated arguments among some fans, who will debate the Electrical Parade vs. Spectromagic vs. Light Magic for hours on discussion boards. (Okay, everyone will pretty much agree that Light Magic was a disaster. But why was it so bad? Oh, now we're going again!) Yet many, many other theme park fans couldn't care less about parades. They're the ones running to the other side of the park to ride as much as they can while the parade draws visitors away from those rides and toward the parade route.
Theme parks don't need for a majority of their visitors to watch parades to make the shows worthwhile. If only a small percentage of park visitors choose to sit down and watch a parade, that still can mean a reduced load of thousands of visitors to a park's overwhelmed attractions, making wait times manageable for others at the busiest time of the day. The parades can represent the elusive "win/win" scenario for park managers -- a great show for people who love such things, and lesser wait times for people who'd prefer that.
But only if parade fans actually like the parade. Throw a bad show out there, and everyone's skipping the parade for the park's other attractions, keeping wait times long and all the money spent on the parade wasted.
What do you do about parades when you visit a theme park? Are they something you include in your day at the park, or something you try to avoid? That's our vote of the week.
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