Hearing that Block Party Bash was leaving in January to bring an actual new parade to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I was very excited, because I was one of the few people who didn’t like Block Party Bash, I’m not a fan of show stops in a “parade”, why? because it isn’t a parade that way. Originally titled Pixar Pals Cavalcade, I was excited to see what this new parade was going to be about. Once hearing the name changed to Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun I was a bit skeptical, why? because that title is a mouthful, and most things (in my opinion) that have a long title, don’t live up to the title. This new parade, personally I wouldn’t even call it a parade, its just an eight minute long procession of color and recycled stuff, followed suit.
I went with a group of friends, braved the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend Crowds and went to Hollywood Studios for the day. We were one of the first people staked-out near the Sorcerer’s Hat at 2:00pm. (If you were there, we were the ones sitting basically in the middle of the promenade in front of the giant hat.
The announcements letting guests know what is coming happen at 2:30pm, 2:45pm, and 2:55pm (30 minutes, 15 minutes, and 5 minutes respectively), are very annoying, no more Green Army Men, now we have an annoying lady/girl with a squeeky voice. But I figured I wouldn’t judge until I saw the parade. The music started, and as known before premiereing it was going to be “Countdown to Fun!” from Disney’s California Adventure’s Pixar Play Parade, so I had a tiny hope that we MIGHT get a float or two from DCA, though that was highly unlikely, guess what…we didn’t.
The parade turned the corner and headed down Hollywood Blvd and you could hear a sigh of “eh” as it moved down the route, not even to us yet, because we could see the recycled costumes, and all of the floats, just in reverse order that they were in Block Party Bash. I’ll let you see for yourself…
When the parade was over you looked around at the guests, who you could tell were there for THE NEW PARADE, and they were just filled with disappointment at this eight minute long procession. After talking to a few people, including one of my friends who was standing next to some of the executives of the park, everyone is in hope of a change as-soon-as-possible, as without it, this parade will become a tremendous failure, sadly. One question I had was, where were Lightning McQueen and Mater? You couldn’t just add them to the back of the parade like in Pixar Play Parade, you could have easily placed them in back, then had the two cones behind them, it would be better, I think, than just having two RANDOM cones at the end of the parade. Or what about Finding Nemo and Wall_E?
After yesterday, it wouldn’t surprise me if we see some changes, and fast! Did you see the parade?? What did you think? Leave comments in comment section below.