Today was the last day of our "summer staycation," and it was back to the Disneyland Resort to see Disneyland's new Soundsational Parade!
First, a look at the Main Street Cinema dressed for July:
And some fun with "vintage" tinting from the Instamatic phone app:
Seen while waiting for the parade:
Generally speaking, I liked the parade, which was a big improvement on the Celebrate! non-parade. It had well-done floats with nice details.
However, I did not like the opening drummers dressed in pseudo-rapper style, no matter how colorful. The drummers were very talented, but the headbands and style of the costumes have negative connotations and don't belong in a Disney theme park.
The colorful floats:
Mary Poppins, Bert, and chimney sweeps end the parade:
My other main criticism is that the music was somewhat muted at times, and between that and the "remix" style, the parade didn't have a strong enough musical component, despite being "Soundsational."
In fact, at times it was downright odd when chorus dancers were lip-synching to the soundtrack, yet the music was so low that it was clear the dancers were only moving their mouths, not singing along. Typically that is not so apparent, and it's not good "show."
On the plus side, I especially liked the inclusion of THE THREE CABALLEROS and MARY POPPINS, and the PRINCESS AND THE FROG float was excellent. It was also fun to see Rapunzel take her place alongside the other Disney princesses.
The bottom line: while the parade is not quite at the level of the outstanding 50th anniversary parade or some of the park's great parades of the past, such as the MULAN parade, it's quite good and I'm looking forward to seeing it again. It's especially welcome as the park returns to a more traditional full-length parade which has been missing from Disneyland for the last couple of years.