Many observers don't realize this, but there's a simple logistical reason for top theme parks to run parades in the middle of the afternoon. That's the busiest time of day at a theme park - even the late-comers have arrived by that point and few of the earliest-arriving guests have left for the day. So the park is packed.
Having a parade at that time helps draw visitors away from crowded queues, making wait times a little more manageable during the worst part of the day. The guests who opt for the parade get to enjoy a fun show, instead of more frustration in hours-long queues, and those who don't get to enjoy slightly shorter wait times for their favorite attractions.
This summer, with attendance rising at the Universal theme parks after 2010's hit debut of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando's jumped in the game, too, with a cartoon character parade in the Universal Studios Florida theme park.
It's early to see what impact this new parade will have on Universal's attendance patterns, but it's not too early to draw some impressions about the new show and how it matches up with existing parades from Walt Disney World, especially with our Domenik Jost's full video and photos of the Universal's Superstar Parade.
My first thought was to ask what you think is the best parade in Orlando? But that question seems a bit simple, and even a touch cheap, given how few people have seen Universal's new parade by this point. So allow me to tweak the wording a bit, and to ask - based on what you know and have seen of these parades - which parade would you most want to see in Orlando this summer, if you were going to Orlando and could pick only one parade?
Your options are (click the links for videos):
Tell in the comments why you voted the way you did. Or if you just want to answer the "which is best" question, go ahead. Thanks for reading Theme Park Insider, and have a great weekend!
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