Published: March 9, 2014 at 6:04 PMSaw the parade. As someone who does not enjoy parades in general, I didn't hate it. That being said I wouldn't rush to see it again. The floats were a little underwhelming, while the costumes of dancers were a little over the top. Also, the dragon didn't breathe any fire when I saw it (all down Main Street), so that was a bummer...
Published: March 9, 2014 at 8:34 PMJames: All Around Orlando blog has a 18 minute you tube video of the parade with the music. Also, the dragon breathed fire during their picture presentation. Looks better than the previous parades. I'm not much of a parade fan, but I think I'd watch this one once or twice.
Published: March 10, 2014 at 3:37 AMThanks Rob. Pretty cool stuff. I found the video, and Krista's article to be representative of a pretty stellar parade. Looking forward to checking it out in person...soon.
Published: March 10, 2014 at 4:26 AMFinally finally finally! I think it's just the shot in the arm the MK needs. I look forward to seeing it.
Published: March 10, 2014 at 7:46 AMAny more info on the FastPass + section for the parade? Where is it exactly and how big?
Published: March 10, 2014 at 11:12 AMOh, Krista! You are so talented at capturing the essence of things. Your pictures and descriptions made me feel like I was at the parade! You are such a vivid storyteller. Your columns are such a joy to read.
Published: March 10, 2014 at 11:22 AMI'm really laughing at the comment that the parade floats looked "underwhelming". That's hilarious. These floats look better than what I've seen in the Macy's parade.
As far as parades go, these floats are gorgeous. I'm kind of jealous of the person who said they are "underwhelming" because that person must live in a magical place where everything is so much grander than I am used to, I guess.
I think the only parade floats I've ever seen that are more elaborate and more "whelming" than these are the ones for the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. Those floats are made of fresh flowers and it's a once a year thing to make them. They are pretty spectacular, but no theme park floats could ever be made of fresh flowers. The cost would be enormous to do that every day. The Rose Parade is one day, once a year.
People crack me up though. I can't wait until my husband comes home from work today to show him these "underwhelming" photos. He was a set designer in college theater classes and he'll get a kick out of what is "underwhelming" to some people today.
Published: March 10, 2014 at 8:02 PMAnnette: I am thrilled to see my opinion brought so much joy to your life. Also, thank you SO much for devoting an entire post to berating my comment. Robert asked for opinions and I gave mine. Clearly my opinion is wrong, so I do apologize for sharing it. I will refrain from contributing in the future.
Published: March 11, 2014 at 3:36 AMAh yes, there's that spirit of community we look for in our every day lives here at TPI! Emily, don't take anyone's comments to heart on this site, else you will find yourself offended on a regular basis (*cough* TH *cough*). I am sure Annette did not mean to offend she is just a huge fan of Krista's articles (as are we all).
One word of advice, though, don't ever say anything bad about Danny (a.k.a. Harry Potter) Radcliffe to Annette, or you will never hear the end of it! ;)
BTW, anon poster 188.8.131.52 is me. First time in many moons I have posted without logging in. I feel so ashamed.
Published: March 11, 2014 at 6:38 AMThe music is awesome. Happy, bright, and then also scary and dark when the dragon gets near you! The FastPass+ area was at the Partner's Statue facing Cinderella Castle, and wrapped around to where it faced Tomorrowland. I had to look pretty hard to find the little sign, but it was there, close to where I was supposed to enter the roped off area. A little hard to explain - but I hope that makes sense. :)
Published: March 11, 2014 at 9:34 AMDid you take these pictures from the FP+ area? If so, I must have been literally standing right next to you. Did you notice all of the Imagineers who created the parade behind us?