Sunday March 9th kicked off the Hollywood Studios new”Disney/Pixar Block Party Bash”. This was the first sneek peek of the parade. The Official date for the parade is going to be March 14 at 3PM.
There are some things you need to know upfront for viewing this parade.
Unlike every other parade at Disney, this parade stops and performs for 15 minutes in two specific locations along the parade route. The parade starts at the front of the park next to Sid’s and marches up Hollywood Blvd. and stops in front of the large Mickey’s Sorcerors hat. Once in position the first show is 15 minutes long. Notice I say show, it is at the time the parade stops is when it then transforms into a show. Once the show is finished the parade moves over past the old ABC Studio /future American Idol Theater making a second stop near the Sounds Dangerous Drew Carey theater. The parade stretches all the way back to Hollywood Blvd right where it took the left hand turn. This is where the second show takes place. Again it is 15 minutes long.
I had no warm fuzzies watching this parade, even though it was a very high energy experience. Don’t take me wrong, there is plenty of action going on during the shows. I just can’t wait to see how the crew in the parade deal with the “Hot as the Sun” heat this summer. You heard it here first. This parade will get canceled more often in the afternoon if there is any rain in the area. It will be too dangerous for some of the cast, if the parade route is wet. I digress. Sorry too early for my rant. Check below for that.
The parade is very interactive between the cast and characters and guests during each show. Each show takes on several familiar songs that get the guests involved in whats going on around them. Songs like YMCA, Staying Alive, The Macarena, and Shout were played during the show portion of the Parade.
The crowd was encouraged to come out in the street to join along in the dance with the characters and cast.
During the show Mr and Mrs Incredible rise up from inside two of the floats.
A word of caution for those in the front row watching the Disney’s/Pixar Hollywood Studios Block Party Bash. There are characters and cast members moving around rapidly during the show. It is highly recommended to keep a close watch on younger children to keep them out of the path of the characters and cast members on the scooters.
This parade was used in California in California Adventure at Disneyland. The floats look to be the ones that were used in California in my opinion.
At this point I will start my Rant of this parade/show. You have been warned.
I really missed the Disney characters that had been in the Stars Motorcade parade. What was sad to me is the parade did not include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, or any of the FAB 5 characters. Is this a plan I believe on Disney’s part to remove Mickey and his friends from this park completely? Think about it, right now the only time you see the traditional Disney characters is over at Fantasmic during that performance at night.
The rest of the Disney characters are on the riverboat at the end of the show.
Is it my imagination but the Disney Hollywood Studios seems to be more like Pixar Hollywood Studios. The newly named Disney-Pixar Block Party Bash is a prime example. Hey Disney, you forgot to put any Disney in the parade. You put Pixar in the parade but no traditional Disney characters. What is the scoop on that? You have some spare cars kicking around from the last parade. Why not throw Mickey in the lead car with Minnie. I know for a fact Pluto and Goofy would be more than glad to run around the parade route with all the other Pixar characters. And Donald is always ready to get out of the house for a good gig. Seeing they are now unemployeed since the finish of the Stars and Cars parade that just ended. Come on give the FAB 5 a break. Help the economy get jump started by give them a job. Rumor has it that Minnie has been crying out behind the Fantasmic Stage for days now about losing her afternoon job in the parade. All she has now, is watching SOAPS on ABC. Was that the plan, increase the viewing numbers on the ABC soaps by laying off the Disney Characters?
Why do I get this picture in my head of Mickey and the other Fab 5 standing outside the gate with their hands on the bars saying”We use to big the big stars in there. Now we are on the outside. Is that a tear I see running down Mickey’s cheek. I picture him pointing from outside the gate one night to the others calling attention to his statue sitting on the Earth up above the souvenier spot just inside the entrance to Pixar Hollywood Studios oops I meant Disney Hollywood Studio saying, “look they forgot to get rid of that reference to me guys”.
Farewell Mickey. Whats next? Are you going to go over to Epcot to check on things there.
Is this the end of Mickey at Hollywood Studios? Is he being relegated to the top of the Entrance to Hollywood Studios and in the new logo for the studios? What is this all about.!!! Does Disney have a plan to shut out the Fab 5 from this park? If this concerns you as much as it does me I want to hear from you. Next time you enter Pixar Hollywood Studios aka Disney Hollywood Studios ask where the best spot is to see Mickey during the day in this park.
Thats my blog for today. I will be gathering more information on the new parade/show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the near future. Just a closing remark from me. This Parade/show is going to be a large pain in the neck for people to make sure they are in the right spot to view it.
Rant Over you may now return to you regulaly scheduled program.