Theme Park Apprentice: Challenge 3

Challenge 3 to the game

From Tim W
Posted April 27, 2010 at 3:55 AM
Welcome to challenge 3. 7 of you have made it to this round. This challenge involves creating parades. Now i promise, this will be the last all Disney themed challenge as this is theme park apprentice and not Disney Apprentice. But who does parades better than Disney anyways?

For this challenge you will be creating a parade around 8 floats in length. The parade should have a name as well as each float. Also the floats must have a recurring theme; no hodge podge of floats. For example the Parade of Dreams, has specific dreams that characters from each movie represented wish to have. The parade may be based on a single movie or a bunch of movies, or anything disney related. Be Creative!

Now for the synopsis: It is your job to design a new parade for the replacement of the ever-aging "Celebrate a Dream Come True" Parade aka "Disney Dreams Come True" aka Share a "Dream Come True" at Magic Kingdom Park. To make this assignment shorter, please only give a 1 to 3 sentence description of each float. In your brief description, give the name of the float, the theming, and what movies or characters are represented on it. Include any special effects that the float may have or anything else you may think of. You may want to include any songs or music scores that will be played for each float.

NOTE: This can NOT be a light parade. No trying to boost your popularity with fancy lights, pyros, fiber optics, and such.

I realize that there is not much you can do with a parade, and that some of your ideas may sound similar in nature. Just add something to yours to make it stick out. However, there is a lot of Disney Movies. Enjoy everyone

Post your idea by saturday or sunday at the latest.

From Wok Creative
Posted April 26, 2010 at 8:29 PM
Thanks. That helps to know the parameters to work with, and a little more time to be creative. I, too, would like to continue working on all of the projects, even whenever I may be cut from the competition.
This will be a good challenge.

From David L.
Posted April 27, 2010 at 4:46 AM
IF i stay in, can i do something like an UP parade with flying house and blimp and biplanes? (all in the sky).

From Nick Markham
Posted April 27, 2010 at 6:48 AM
I am excited for this one. Hope my strength in this poll "pulls" me out in the end.

From Tim W
Posted April 27, 2010 at 12:17 PM
Alright, well from polls and comments..I have to fire, David L. So David L., you are fired. You may still post your ideas if you wish. I think it just came to be the movie being not very popular causing you to lose votes. Your Up parade idea sounds cool though, so please post if you want.

Alright well we will be moving on with the competion as planned. So submit your ideas for your parade when they are done, email me if any problems occur.

From David L.
Posted April 27, 2010 at 4:14 PM
Oh well...maybe i'll try next year(or whenever you do this again)it was really fun. The UP idea wouldn't work at Magic Kingdom so i thought of another idea.

the MAGIC KINGDOM parade
Each float is themed to either the beginning, the lands of the park, or the end

FLoat #1: a flowery float the words Magic Kingdom in majestic letters facing the front. A statue of Walt and Micky would be on top. ON the sides would be mini statues of Icons of each land: Train station, magic carpets( i thought of a pirate ship but there isn't a big pirate ship showing off the land), Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Cinderella Castle, and Space Mountain.(i left toontown out because it's leaving). THe float would be surrounded by disney characters and acrobats around it.

Float #2: Main Street
this float would model the town with buildings that are in the town. Jazz players would be sitting on top playing music.

Float #3: Adventureland
This float would first be viewed from the front with a large treehouse(ok 20feet from the ground) with the swiss robbinson family in it. On top a carpet with aladin and Jasmine would "fly". At the base would be a small jungle with wild animals. The back of the float behind the treehouse would have a large pirate ship with 3 pirates lurking around plus a Jack Sparrow look-a-like.

I can't do the rest for now but it will come later.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 27, 2010 at 6:02 PM

I am doing my idea anyway because of the fired person above!
Its a bit different too!

Magic in the Magic Kingdom Parade!

Opening Float: The Castle with a live Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney (actor of course)

Second Float: Main Street USA which will include a trolleycar with the 'residents' of Main Street USA. I think you know what song will be featured here...

Third Float: Adventureland which will start out with Jungle Cruise with the Squirting Elephant on Top (squirting water at the watchers) and Chief Namee waving to all the kiddies too. Surrounding the float will be Skippers Driving Mini Boats

Fourth Float: The Black Pearl with dancing Pirates, Jack Sparrow, Barbossa, and Davy Jones on the top!

Fifth Float: Fronterland which will have cowboy dancers, Country Bears, Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye, and the Brer Rabbit, Fox, and Bear. The overall theme will be Thunder Mountain

Sixth Float:: Liberty Square which will be Haunted Mansion Themed with a graveyard with the hitchhiking Ghosts, Dancing Ghosts, and Butlers with shovels (saw it at the Boo to you Parade)

Seventh Float: Fantasyland will be represented by the Princesses especially Cinderella, Ariel, and Belle. Dumbo will be on the back of this float which will be shaped mostly like Cinderella's Coach. Around the Float will be the Alice in Wonderland Characters in their own controlable teacups

Eight Float: Tomorrowland will be represented by Stitch, Buzz Lightyear, and the Green Aliens. Some will be riding in the Speedway Cars while the big float will be a replica of Space Mountain.

Sixth Float:

From David L.
Posted April 27, 2010 at 6:57 PM
Sorry Anthony, I'll guess I'll just do my UP idea because I'm not in the competition anymore( this one would really work at DHS but I'll try for MK). So ok, the "floats" would be both on the ground and in the sky. I can't add details yet but there would the the house, dogs in biplanes, Kevin, the explorer blimp, the retirement home van, and whatever else I can think of to make eight. I'll post the rest later.

From Tim W
Posted April 28, 2010 at 4:04 PM
Hopefully everyone doesn't have the same idea as anthony, otherwise we will be throwing out this cattegory...and replacing it with shops as originally planned.

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted April 28, 2010 at 4:41 PM
I would rather do a shop. One thing that makes the parades at Disney World so special are the ones that have special effects, fiber optics, pyro, etc. I had come up with a parade, but to only make it cool and effective would be the use of some of the above "forbidden" :-) items. Also, I had planned mine for evening.

From Tim W
Posted April 29, 2010 at 12:28 PM

From Joshua Counsil
Posted April 28, 2010 at 8:03 PM
Tim, I disagree with your idea to cancel this one. If everyone has the same idea, then they aren't being very creative, which is the whole point of the exercise.

I, personally, have thought about this one for days, and came up with something simple yet satisfying. Nothing special, but it's certainly not anything close to the above ideas. I'm disappointed to see it changed.

From Dan Babbitt
Posted April 28, 2010 at 10:36 PM
I agree with Joshua on this one Tim I think it was a bad idea to cancel it! In a challenge like this one it all comes down to the small details which no one has thought up or was very innovative. For example which characters and songs being used to which technical affects also being used.

I was very excited about this one and like Joshua been thinking about this one for awhile but I think I came up with a parade that will hopefully surprise y'all!

So Tim I hope you will reconsider decision to cancel the parade.

From Wok Creative
Posted April 28, 2010 at 11:07 PM
I'm agreeing with these guys. This should be all about being creative and taking up the challenge. I'm almost done with mine and will still submit what I've got so far. I had hoped to have it up tonight, but the computer was tied up all evening (until very late). I'll try to submit it very soon, while still thinking ahead about the store idea (which, by the way, seems to be more specific than the parade - prices?, discounts?... and replacing any existing store seems to be irrelevant, too.)
I don't want to sound negative and even welcome a good challenge. I really do appreciate very much all that you are putting into this and the increased challenge of having good competition, to give me the kick in the pants to get my mind thinking more creatively again.
Pushing limits creatively is more like the real world, and having something drastically change last minute is a very real world thing, too. It's all about giving the client what they want.
Bring it on!

From Tim W
Posted April 29, 2010 at 3:47 AM
Alright, well due to the overwhelming response, the parade cattegory will continue. I was really just afraid that they all might be similar. But bring it on guys!!!

From Rob P
Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:17 AM
Although I'm not taking part in any of this I have been reading all the proposals with great interest and voting accordingly.
It just struck me, after all the to-ing and fro-ing of the Parade section, that I thought I'd like to see a parade of the TPI Theme Park Apprentice contestants bedecked in the costume of the character that they think most closely resembles their own personality.
No ? Oh well just a thought.
Anyway......joking aside......onwards and upwards boys and girls.

From Nick Markham
Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:51 AM
Is it okay to have 12 floats...

From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 29, 2010 at 8:13 AM
I think where you ran into trouble was that the parade is Magic Kingdom only and the 3pm parade, the most popular parade at Disney World.

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted April 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM
With the recent purchase of Marvel, I feel that eventually Disney is going to begin to slowly bring in the comic book characters into the parks. Here would be a way to introduce these characters into Disney World. What better place then Main Street USA? I know many will argue with Universal's control over some attractions with said characters, but as we all know...a change will be coming. My parade would not be one that you could start tomorrow, but one that I feel may come about in a few years.

Location: Magic Kingdom

Title: Disney's Marvel Adventures

Comprised of eight floats, and character interaction.

First Float: Incredible Hulk with Donald Duck
Description of float: pile of rubble that resembles a building that has crashed, and will shake when hit by the Hulk. Hulk is standing on top of the rubble. Donald Duck is showing that he too has a bad temper.

Second Float: X Men Float with Lilo and Stitch
Description: On a tropical looking float, Lilo and Stitch are trying to make the X Men feel welcome. Stitch would be doing crazy stuff with Wolverine (doing all the same moves). Other X Men walking and on the float would be Cyclops, Jean Gray, Night Crawler, Kitty,Colossus. Professor Xavier would be trying to teach Lilo some lessons on how to get along with those who think you are different.

Third Float: Fantastic Four Float with Pluto, Chip and Dale
Description: Float will be the Fantastic four ship that breaks off into four. Mr. Fantastic will be leaning forward waving to the crowd, while stretched a long way, is his arm and hand to hold himself up grabbed onto a poll. Susan Storm and Johnny would be waving to the crowds also . The Thing would be walking along side. Chip and Dale would be acting silly, teasing the Thing and Pluto. The Thing would tell Pluto that it is "Clobbering Time".

Fourth Float: Villians Float: Mass Breakout with Jafar, Evil Queen, and Malificient
Description: A prison that looks like the wall has been blasted open, an overturned police car. On this float: Magneto, Dr. Doom, Sandman, Red Skull, Red Hulk
Walking and interacting:Kraven, Dr. Connors aka The Lizard, , Juganaut, Modok, Loki, Big Bad Wolf, Brer Bear and Brer Fox,

Fifth Float: Thor with Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck
Description: The golden city of Ashgard behind him, while he is standing on the rainbow bridge. Minnie and Daisy have fallen in love with Thor. They are laughing and sighing while talking about how wonderful he is. Thor smiles and waves to the crowd while showing his mighty hammer.

Sixth Float: Spiderman with Peter Pan
Description: Sky scrapers of New York City. Spiderman and Peter Pan talking about how much fun it is flying and swinging through the air. Captain Hook and J.J.Jamerson are standing below saying how they will get Peter Pan and Spiderman. Pirates and reporters with cameras would be walking around interacting with the crowd.

Seventh Float: Iron Man with Goofy
Description of Float: .Iron Man standing on a sign that appears to be an advertisment for Stark Industires. . He waves to the crowd. Goofy is trying to show Iron Man his own "Aluminum Suit". Goofy will be dressed in a suit that makes weird noises and sparks and hisses. He will be making his "oh no" noises, saying "Gosh". Iron Man says to Goofy "Tickles, does it?" Iron Man would also make suggestions on how to modify his suit.

Eighth Float: Captain America with Mickey
Description: A Long Simple float that has American flags that looks like it is blowing in the wind. Flags also of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard also would adorn the float. On this float, Captain America salutes the crowd, Mickey Mouse is dressed up like Uncle Sam . They are shaking hands and such. Walking along side would be the toy soliders from Toy Story.

This was the parade that I had said that I would have had planned for a night time special event. I had also planned on having Iron Man instead of Tinkerbell come flying down from the castle to begin the fireworks. I also would have had more special effects. You know me, my imagination can run wild with Disney's money :-)

From Tim W
Posted April 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM
Of course nick. I just was giving a ballpark estimate of how many floats. Like 4 would be a bit tiny, 8 is usually a good number. But with 12 you will reach overachiever status. lol.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted April 29, 2010 at 4:30 PM
I like the Marvel idea, Amanda (especially Iron Man starting the fireworks, and I'd love to see them take on a Juggernaut costume), but I don't feel the integration with the Disney characters works.

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted April 29, 2010 at 4:48 PM
Well, to me this would be a way of showing that the classic Disney characters are welcoming the Marvel characters to their new home. Plus having two sons who love both, I thought they would get a kick out of a parade with them.

Many of them share the same traits. Donald Duck has a horrible temper like the Hulk. Spiderman has playful banter during his battles like Peter Pan. Chip and Dale drive Pluto crazy like the Human Torch does the Thing. Mickey Mouse is all American, just like Captain America. Lilo and Stitch are misunderstood and have people think they are weird, just like the X Men. I thought it would be funny to see Goofy try to make his own Iron Man suit. The villians, well they all share common goals, etc.

As for business reasons, Disney would have a whole new line of merchandise. Just like at Tattoine Traders with the Star Wars with classic Disney Characters, i.e. Mickey as Luke Skywalker, Minnie as Princess Leia, Goofy as Darth Vader, you could do the same along the lines of the Marvel Heroes. Pins, shirts, stuffed animals, action figures, etc could be created in hopes of bringing about more money for more attractions.

From Dan Babbitt
Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:55 PM
Amanda it would seem this parade will be perfect for DHS. I like it very much.

From Dan Babbitt
Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:56 PM
This Parade will be featured at the Magic Kingdom Park and will include old and new characters to the Magic Kingdom.

Disney's Parade of Imagination

Premise: Mickey & Minnie and the rest of the gang are having trouble decide on what to do. So all of a sudden Figment of Imagination and Dreamfinder show up and offer to show them how to use their imagination to do anything they want!

So yea I'm "borrowing" Figment from EPCOT and using him to help the gang. The parade will revolve around the song "One Little Spark" and how the 5 senses can help you do anything you want. The floats will seem like there floating on the clouds and trying to catch the 5 senses and I added color just because.

Float 1: Dream Catcher or Dream Mobile: Dreamfinder comes out with Figment with "One Little Spark" in the background with the full lyrics and there explain how the 5 senses are what make everything and how one little spark and make something huge!

Float 2: Imagination of Sight: Featured Character: Mickey, Minnie and Pluto. Floating on clouds will be a reels and film. On the film and popping out of the float will be different images that play with the mind like you see in “Journey Into Imagination with Figment” ie: the first and second paragraphs to the song.

Float 3: Imagination of Sound: The characters featured will be “Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem” band and other characters from The Muppets. The float will be a school bus floating on top of clouds that the Muppets move around the country with. On top will be the band playing “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “One Little Spark” and other tones.

Float 4: Imagination of Smell: The float will be made like Pixie Hollow floating on cloudsand will have Tinker Bell, Fawn, Iridessa, Rosetta, and Silvermist. They will be making smells inside large “cauldrons” (tea cups). The float will shoot out smells like cookies, rose flower, and skunk.

Float 5: Imagination of Color: The float will be reminiscent of an old fashion science laboratory. The main characters of this float is Professor Ludwig Von Drake and Donald Duck. The song being played will be the “The Spectrum Song”. The float will change colors depending on the color being said. The colors will come fast and fun!

Float 6: Imagination of Touch: Floating through the clouds will be Goofy, Chip & Dale, Pooh & Friends on different shapes of blocks. As the float passes it will blast out hot and cold air, and water cannons. This will be a fun and interactive float as it passes and the attendants will have different things for guests to feel ie: slim and soft and hard substances.

Float 7: Imagination of Taste: Floating through in the clouds will be Tiana’s Place. Tiana, Naveen, Mama Odie, Louis and Ray will be cooking up some tasty and sometimes disgusting(Naveen) recipe’s and platters. The float will have smoke and scent affects.

Float 8: Castle In the Sky: The body of the float will be clouds with the top of Cinderella Castle “floating” in the clouds. Featured Characters: Disney Princess’s. Finale float that brings the whole parade to an end and includes all the features from the previous floats.

From Rob P
Posted April 30, 2010 at 2:52 AM
I love Amanda's idea..... a lot.

Her juxtaposition of Marvel Super Heroes and Disney characters is extremely inventive. It has that blend of seriousness and humour that is very appealing. It's a thoroughly workable idea that's really suited to DHS.

Amanda's shown the sort of creativity here that will have the professional imagineers at Disney looking over their shoulders.

I haven't seen the others yet but they're going to have to be pretty good to beat this. Amanda has raised the bar with this one.

From Tim W
Posted April 30, 2010 at 3:40 AM
Very creative special effects to your parade, Dan. And yes i as well loved Amanda's idea. I think that disney can begin with it whenever, to introduce to many people that they have marvel. The parade sounds like the union between marvel and disney characters. Good work you guys!

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted April 30, 2010 at 6:44 AM
Thank you everyone. I have loved brain storming for all of the challenges.

Dan, I really liked your idea. I am a huge Figment fan as well as Muppets fan. I loved that you included them in this parade. Your ideas for the float designs sound beautiful.

Anthony, your parade is one that I think should be held at the park opening. It would be a great way to show visitors what awaits them at the Magic Kingdom. It would also get first time guests excited. I would prefer that than, the "Welcome" song and dance they do.

From Kevin Smith
Posted April 30, 2010 at 11:55 AM
Name of Parade: Magic of Disney Animation Parade

Description- This parade will celebrate the history of Disney animation while showcasing the company's famous characters

Float #1- The Walt Disney Float
This float will feature a younger Walt Disney drawing an early sketch of Mickey Mouse in a studio. Once the sketch is completed, it will turn from black and white into color and Mickey's laugh will be heard, signifying the birth of the flagship character.

Float #2- Steamboat Willy
This float will be a mock up of a steamboat and will feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse in a replication of one of the cartoons scenes.

Float #3- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
This float will feature the charactors from the first full length Disney film. The float itself will be the Seven Dwarfs' cottage with Snow White and the Dwarfs themselves present

Float #4- The Golden Age Princess Float
Featuring characters such as Cinderella, Alice, and Sleeping beauty, this float will showcase the heroines of the Golden Age of Disney Animation

Float #5- The Golden Age Adventure Float
Featuring charactors from Peter Pan, the Jungle Book, and Robin hood, this float will showcase the heroes of the golden Age of Disney Animation

Float #6- Contemporary Princesses Float
Featuring Princesses such as Ariel, Belle, Pocahontas, and Jasmine, this float will showcase the more modern Disney Princesses

Float #7- Modern Animation Float
Featuring characters from Lilo and Stitch, The emperors new grove, and Tarzan, this float will showcase the more recent Disney film

Float #8- The Pixar Float
Illustrated the major influence Pixar has on the history of Animation, this float will showcase the famous Pixar characters.

Float #9- Old Friends Float
Tieing the past to the present, this float will feature Mickey's classic gang (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, pluto) illustrating that the past is still important and that through it we can learn for the future.

From Tim W
Posted April 30, 2010 at 12:39 PM
I'm really enjoying everyones ideas this week. Great replacement ideas for the aging parade! I'm still thinking about next weeks theme, but it will be roller coasters! Hope to start the challenge by monday or tuesday at the latest!

From Nick Markham
Posted April 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM
One last question, is it okay to take a parade at another existing park, chnge the name, take away some floats, add some floats, and change some of the other floats? Is that different enough, because if so, I have the perfect idea that would still include like five new floats I have created as well as like seven previous floats with themes revised by myself.

Basically, it would keep the same theme as another parade, but with completly unique and new floats. Okay or not unique enough?

From Tim W
Posted April 30, 2010 at 7:09 PM
No that sounds fine. Go ahead nick. We are still waiting on Wok, Joshua, and Nick. Please try to post by sunday! I don't want to almost have to eliminate someone by default again.

So just a little heads up for the next challenge...You will be designing the next great coaster that follows in the footsteps of space mountain, The mummy, and Everest. Your coaster may be indoors, like rock n roller coaster, or outdoors, like big thunder mountain. Theme is the key here, however. I'd like you all to include a backstory to your ride as well as max speeds, vehicle descriptions, special effects, and roller coaster elements (Corkscrews, loops, other inversions. Also include the type of roller coaster: wooden, steel, inverted, etc. It may be a log flume as well. All this and more in the official descriptiion will be reposted on the next challenge thread. This is just to get you guys thinking because this might be a long one with the intricate backstories.

From Wok Creative
Posted May 1, 2010 at 12:02 AM
These are all great ideas - fun to read.

As to the next one - I did this for the theme park engineering class. It is very long and descriptive. It was posted at a site that has been under construction for a while (and don't know how soon it will be running again). I'll try to find a way to post or link to it. For my own challenge, I'll submit a new idea for this competition. This is probably the most fun type of thing to work on, in my opinion. Can't wait to get to it.

From Wok Creative
Posted May 1, 2010 at 12:02 AM
Look To Tomorrow – Parade

Over the years, people have had many different versions of what they thought the future might look like. This parade will show a sampling of some of those ideas, from the perspective of Disney and also from the rest of the world. The floats are in sets of two, representing each of these, from unique time periods that stand out most. Each will include a collage effect of animatronics, models (of architecture and transportation)…

Seeming to pop out of Main Street, Float #1 – Disney at the Turn of the Century, highlights the new gas-powered car, electric street lights, and the AA family from the Carousel of Progress (in the first scene). They are accompanied by their theme song, “There’s a Great Big, Beautiful Tomorrow”.

Float #2 – The World’s Future at the Turn of the Century, is in the style of Jules Verne and the vehicles inspired by him. Included are the Nautilus, the balloon from Discovery Bay concept designs, and a train.

The second era covers the 40’s through the 60’s. Float #3 – Disney at Mid-Century, uses samplings from the ’64 World’s Fair and an early concept model for EPCOT as envisioned by Walt himself. An AA of The Rocketeer is the centerpiece. The music for this set of floats is from the Magic Skyway attraction at the Fair.

Float #4 – The World at Mid-Century, showcases the sci-fi world of the infamous 3-D movies style of the era, as well as the actual moon landing. A Flash Gordon AA also rides along.

Moving ahead to the heavily synthesized sounds of the 1980’s, Float #5 – Disney in the 80’s, features the newly returning Captain EO as an AA, with costumed characters from the attraction (with their instruments, playing “We Are Here To Change The World”). Surrounding the float are dancers from the film.

Float #6 - The World in the 80’s, highlights Star Wars and its characters. Along side the fictional space ships, the Space Shuttle program is at the forefront. Roller skaters in full disco garb sway and dance along in the street.

The nearer future comes at the end, on Float #7 – Disney in the Near Future. This one mainly focuses on what is ahead for the renovation of Tomorrowland in each of Disney’s Magic Kingdom Parks across the globe. New attractions modeled will be Tron 2 Lightcycles, Incredible Pods, and vehicles from Meet The Robinsons.

Float #8 – The World in the Near Future, is sponsored by Virgin Galactic, with their newest space travelling VSS Enterprise, on its way to the International Space Station. These last two floats fills the air with the theme song for the parade, “The Future is Up to You (What Will You Do?)”. On the back of the float is a large LED screen with rotating images of designs for the future (architecture, transportation, home living…) that have been submitted by guests earlier in the day at a kiosk in Tomorrowland, to be approved by the entertainment department, and selected for that day’s parade. (The kiosk also has an LED display of the daily selected designs, as well as other “honorable mentions”.

As guests watch the parade and screen go on its way, the “Good Night Kiss” to the parade involves high speed fans that give the feel of a bone-chilling wind coming up the parade route and passing them by, along with the sound of a “Whoosh” speeding past, and a whispered, “The Future is Up to You”.

From Tim W
Posted May 1, 2010 at 10:35 AM

The PIXAR Play Parade may also be found at Disney's California Adventure
Park at the Disneyland Resort, but at the Magic Kingdom, this brand new
parade brings PIXAR's greatest stars to life in ways never achieved


Float 1: Toy Story : This was the film that started it all for PIXAR. This
float features all sorts of toys like blocks to support the characters on
top. Characters alongside would be doing all sorts of things, especial
lots of "body part dropings" from the Potato duo. Army men would also be
saluting and entertaining the guests.

On the Float- Woody, Buzz, Rex, Slinky, Jessie and Stretch the Octopus
Walking- Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Lots-O, and Lenny the Binoculars


Float 2: A Bug's Life : The float, an Ant Colony, on top, all of your
beloved characters from the movie. You really will feel like you've shrunk
down to the size of a bug!

On the Float: Flik and Princess Atta
Walking: "Dancing" Leaves (dancers in leaf costumes.


Float 3: Monster's Inc. : This float would feature the inside of the door
factory part of the movie. Doors would be moving around like crazy on
their conveyor belts as high as thirty feet in the air! No characters
would be on the float, rather on the sides.

Walking: Mike and Sulley


From Tim W
Posted May 1, 2010 at 10:41 AM
Float 4: The Incredibles : This float would be a twenty foot version of
the giant, octopus-like, mechanism built by the evil Syndrome. Jack Jack
would be sitting on the top, flames occasional flaring out of its head!

Walking: Mr. and Mrs. Increible, Frozone, Violet and Dash

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Float 5: Cars : More of a themed section than a float, Lightning McQueen,
Mater, Doc and Salley cruise down Main Street U.S.A. in style!


Float 6: Ratatouille : Themed to the Eiffel Tower, this French float
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From Tim W
Posted May 1, 2010 at 10:42 AM
Float 7: Wall-E : Themed to Wall-E's home on earth, this float features a
highly advanced animatronic version of Wall-E, waving and doing all sorts
of things at and for the crowd.


Float 8: Up: This float is like none other! Situated on a plateform raised
ten feet from the ground with mist simulating clouds, this float is themed
to the house, ballons and all, floating through the sky.

On the Float: Carl and Russell
Walking: Dug

What makes this parade a winner for the Magic Kingdom is that all of the
shows featured are newer shows much more familiar to today's Disney
audience, making this the perfect new parade for the Magic Kingdom!

From Tim W
Posted May 1, 2010 at 10:45 AM
This was Nick's parade posted in parts. Not sure wht the pictures won't show up though. And we await on joshua who might be busy again...

From Joshua Counsil
Posted May 1, 2010 at 9:13 AM
Just in time for America's 235th birthday in 2011, may I introduce Disney's American Dreamers & Doers, a one-time parade held at the Magic Kingdom on July 4th.

I'm a little tired of character parades and various other character integration attractions. This parade is going to be old fashioned, with live performers and music. Character actors will play the roles I've described. The parade will be divided into several themes.


The 2011 NCAA college football champions' marching band will lead the parade, complete with a drum line, cheerleaders, and brass sections.


The first float is a simple horse-and-carriage with the liberty bell as the centerpiece. Riding the float are the seven founding fathers, dressed in authentic period costumes. A draft of the Constitution is spread along the front of the float. They are accompanied by a fife and drum chorus as Jefferson reads the Constitution aloud. Attached to the back of the float is a kite with a key, representing Franklin's work as a scientist and providing a transition to the next theme.

Science & Discovery

A grand step-up from the previous float, the Science & Discovery begins with the Wright Brothers testing their 1903 Wright Flyer. The airplane is not actually engine-powered, but provides the illusion with functioning propellers and warping wings. Proceeding the Wrights is Henry Ford riding in a Model T. The main float is a work of futuristic wonder, something to be designed by Lasseter and his creative team. On the float are Nikola Tesla with a Tesla electromagnetic machine, Alexander Graham Bell operating a telephone, Albert Einstein experimenting with light, George Washington Carver testing various chemical solutions, Bill Gates demonstrating a modern supercomputer, and Neil Armstrong standing in front of a tall shuttle. Trailing the float is Thomas Edison, adorning his mobile laboratory with a giant light bulb and lively phonograph music. The phonograph is playing '20s jazz music, providing a smooth transition to the next section.


Preceding the Music float is a plethora of live jazz musician actors, dancing through the streets and playing '20s era speakeasy tunes. A float of Motown performers, such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and The Funk Brothers, sing and dance as Martha & The Vandellas encourage guests to go dancing in the streets. This float is followed by a rock & roll float, featuring Elvis in the famous choreographed black-and-white scene from Jailhouse Rock. Behind Elvis is Michael Jackson and a plethora of flashy zombies performing the Thriller routine. Chuck D and Public Enemy can be found walking through the streets, inviting people to fight the powers that be. The final music float is decked out in vibrant colors and flowers, and features Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan blasting tunes in protest to the Vietnam War. This provides a transition to the next theme.


Martin Luther King, Jr. is up front-and-center upon a mobile podium, reenacting the famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Surrounding the float are cast members with picket signs, demanding equal rights for all. Rosa Parks can be seen among the crowd. Suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Helen Keller can be seen protesting unjust laws. Frederick Douglass strolls through the crowd. Trailing the Activism floats is Muhammad Ali, calling for an end to the Vietnam War, floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee, and providing a transition to the next theme.


At the forefront of this section is Michael Jordan, wearing his Bulls attire and performing some impressive manoeuvres. Lance Armstrong pedals through the streets on a speed bike. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Babe Didrikson, and various other famous faces sign autograph books, basketballs, baseballs, footballs, and various other keepsakes. Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt drive Nascars along Main Street. Lou Gehrig is on the last float, giving his emotional "Luckiest Man" speech on a mobile field. Trailing the Athleticism float is Joe Louis, complete with golf clubs on a green, representing his racial integration of golf and providing a transition to the next float section.


Bob Hope leads this troupe, holding his trademark golf club and regaling the USO troops with his act. Trailing Bob is Johnny Carson, complete with Tonight Show stage, performing his "Carnac the Magnificent" act: "Live animals, beautiful scenery, and fun... Three things you won't experience on the Jungle Cruise."
Sorry, TH.
Abbott & Costello stroll the crowd performing their "Who's on First" bit. Other comedians strolling the crowd include George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, and Woody Allen. The last float is of Lenny Bruce, performing at a New York dive, cracking jokes about celebrities, and providing a segway to the next float.

Performance Arts and Literature

The first float features Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones fighting a group of attackers with his whip and pistol. Following-suit will be Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in a scene from The Godfather. Various actors will be strolling through the streets in character form, such as Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, James Stewart as George Bailey ("Merry Christmas, movie house!"), Katharine Hepburn as Rose Sayer, Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, and many more. Maya Angelou can be seen reading poetry, while Mark Twain drinks bourbon at his desk. Several Star Wars characters duel through the crowds. The scene concludes with Patton on stage in front of a large American flag, transitioning to the final float theme.


The final float of the parade, first featuring Lincoln in the Gettysburg address. Behind Lincoln is Eleanor Roosevelt, chairing a U.N. assembly. Franklin D. Roosevelt is on a float featuring his fireside chats, complete with an animatronic Fala. Finally, Walt Disney himself, complete with a handful of characters he helped to produce (the Dwarfs, Jiminy Cricket, and, of course, Mickey) pass through in a caboose recreated from the trains Walt loved so much, as, "When You Wish Upon A Star" plays.

From Nick Markham
Posted May 1, 2010 at 4:53 PM
Tim, part of the coding cut off in the email due to the web mistaking the coding for part of the web page and making the missing coding invisible, here are the pictures in order:

Parade Logo:

Toy Story:

A Bug's Life:

Monster's Inc.:

Finding Nemo:

The email must have also cut out my Finding Nemo Float, so:

Finding Nemo Float: This float would be themed to a big coral reef, with animatronics of the famous fish on the float!

On the Float: Nemo, Dory, Marlin and Crush

The Incredibles:


From Amanda Jenkins
Posted May 1, 2010 at 6:57 PM
Joshua, I am afraid your parade would not be understood by children, who come to Disney World to see their favorite characters. I don't know if they would recognize the people you have represented in your more adult theme parade. Patton's speech would be too graphic for the guests at the Magic Kingdom. I also think instead of having just the Vietnam War spoken about, you should make more references towards WWII and the Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 since our country was fighting for our freedom during these key wars (since this is for the 4th of July celebration).

I understand if you are tired of reading and thinking of integrating the Disney characters into a parade, but this is the Magic Kingdom that we are talking about. The one place parents make sure to take their little children to, in hopes their children get to see and meet their favorite movie/cartoon characters.

I think this would be more of an interesting attraction along the lines of Spaceship Earth. Just a little too deep for an afternoon parade.

From James Rao
Posted May 1, 2010 at 7:36 PM
Due to massive amounts of work and my upcoming WDW vacation, I am just lurking through these posts, but I gotta tell you: I am very impressed with everyone's creativity. If I ever bought a theme park, I know a group of people who would be hired to be my team of Imagineers! Great stuff!

From Tim W
Posted May 2, 2010 at 1:52 PM
Alright great job everyone! I will post my personal comments and email Mr. Niles to ask about the poll.

Anthony: My idea as well. I think your parade was well constructed and would be a fine replacement. I think the usage of lands would make excellant float designs and the characters used fit well.

Amanda: Interesting take for the parade. Nice interaction between disney and marvel. Sort of like a welcome for the marvel characters in the disney family. Thought it might go better in DHS.

Dan: I enjoyed the idea and concept behind the parade. I liked the use of newer disney characters. However, thought the use of figment was a bit akward for this park. Would be great for an Epcot parade though!

Kevin: Another great replacement idea! Explores disney animation throughly and has a great theme. I can easily see this parade at MK making this my favorite of the week. Great Job!

Wok: I liked the different idea, but thought it focussed alot on tomorrowland or Epcote instead of MK as a whole. Another great idea for an Epcot parade though.

Nick: I liked the addition of the new floats. However, I think this parade just works best at DHS due to having pixar place there. Many pixar characters are not represented at MK, and there are alot who believe they should stay out of MK.

Joshua: Alright, well not very disneyish. The other problem I have is that this parade would only take place on July 4th, when the challenge was to create a replacement for MK's current parade. It Would be nice for a mini parade in Liberty Square or around the American Adventure Pavillion, and especially at the never created Disney's America Park. However, the parade was very motivational, but would be best sooted for a history park.

Hopefully the poll will be up later today or on monday. The next person will be elimated on tuesday, depending when the poll comes out.

From Robert Niles
Posted May 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM
Vote's up now.

From Tim W
Posted May 2, 2010 at 3:52 PM
And the poll closes tuesday. Decision about who will be fired will be made tuesday afternoon, along with the posting of challenge 4, which will be the roller coaster challenge.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted May 2, 2010 at 3:59 PM
One of the greatest American rights is the right to protest. It's just as patriotic to protest an unjust war as it is to support a just war. I'm tired of the general dumbing-down and political correcting of society, especially at the hands of big companies. July 4th is the celebration of independence, a right that was obtained through bloody battles and political conflict. We can't forget that, and loading a 4th of July parade with Disney characters seems to hide the actual purpose of the celebration. Children should idolize the people represented in the parade, true American heroes who made huge differences. They should not be worshipping a fictional, corporate mouse.

From Bob Miller
Posted May 2, 2010 at 5:03 PM
From one of 5 brothers who served this country, well said Joshua.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted May 2, 2010 at 10:16 PM
Thanks, Bob. I don't mean to sound cocky, but I think Walt would have approved of a parade with real heroic icons rather than Mickey Mouse in an Uncle Sam outfit. In fact, Walt was tired of what Mickey had become by his mid-life. Mickey had lost the tenacity and "spikiness" that he had in his glory days. The animators had begun to call Mickey, "Boy Scout," by the '30s, referring to his blandness. I think turning an event celebrating America into a plug for Disney products would have angered Walt.

From Tim W
Posted May 3, 2010 at 1:52 PM
1 more voting day. Everybody seems very close in this poll, but from the result it looks like its between a few people who will be fired. Tomorrow, new challenge along with the firing of another contestant. Remember contestants, stay tuned until the end because it will be you, and myself who will vote on the winner of the 1st tpi apprentice

From David L.
Posted May 3, 2010 at 4:53 PM
Hey... so can i take an attraction that was invisioned but not built?(western river expedition)I would revise it of course. As for the Up idea... i would take the current parade at DHS( i finally decided it would never work at MK). IT would take place at the end of the Block Party Bash.

Just as the last float is drifting away a screech of tires is heard and the Retirement home delivery van drives through with the drivers absolutely going crazy about a flying house, dogs in biplanes, and a large blimp, all chasing them. Then, The house appears flying across the sky with the blimp and Dogs in planes chasing them giving a grand show. Then, an Animatronic squirrel appears on the side of one of the buildings making racket. The Dogs go crazy yelling squirrel trying to land but the squirrel goes away. Occasionally Russel or Carl will appear in a window or on the porch of the house for people to see.

Can I have some constructive criticism about this.

From Wok Creative
Posted May 3, 2010 at 6:42 PM
Ignoring the cost, I think this would be great with multiple AA squirrels along the parade route, popping up (at the proper time) on the buildings of Main Street (and not just the float). This would make it even more interactive/immersive, adding to the chaos of the last scene/float. Maybe sounds of other dogs yelling "squirrel" in speakers hidden on the roofs could add some more to it, too.

From Tim W
Posted May 4, 2010 at 1:07 PM
Joshua Counsil, You're fired. Challenge 4 will hopefully be posted tomorrow.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted May 4, 2010 at 1:30 PM
Man, I got ravaged this round. Oh, well.

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