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Fun Facts of Main Street Parades

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  1. When there are parades at Walt Disney World, the girls or guys that perform always lip-sync. One time I watched "Beauty and the Beast", and Belle did not sing for the whole time, it was all pre-recorded. They don't sing because the directors pick them for there looks, not there ability to sing.
    REPORTED: anon 23 JAN 98
  2. Best place to watch the parade with least amount of people is on the Emporium side next to the fire house. Everywhere else its 4-7 people deep but here even just before show time on Dec 27th it was only one deep when I arrived!
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
    Our tour guide told us that is where she watches all the parades...especially the Spectromagic one!! It's a great spot! Nov 97
    CONFIRMED: Heather Keenan 13 MAR 98
  3. During a parade, windows open and close automatically on the second-level buildings to reveal speakers which are synchronized with the floats.
    REPORTED: Peter Stepniewicz 29 DEC 97
  4. If you stand along the parade route of the "Remember the Magic" parade, forty-five minutes before showtime. You could get picked from the crowd to participate in the parade.
    REPORTED: Marion Rumney 12 DEC 96
    Cast members select people for the "Remember the Magic" parade if you are standing along the parade route 45 minutes or more before the parade begins. They also take volunteers right off Main Street as soon as you come into the park.
    CONFIRMED: The Crutchley Family 28 JUN 97
  5. What time does the 3:00 parade start? 2:00 on Christmas day! It is filmed several times before that day just in case it rains...
    REPORTED: W. Todd Stephenson 11 JAN 96
    The Christmas parade is indeed filmed over a period of 2-3 days prior to Christmas in the event of rain. We were at the Magic Kingdom for Christmas 96 and 97. From watching the Christmas 1997 parade on tv, you'd never guess it was raining all morning! I was fortunate enough to become buddies with a couple of the camera people during the filming of the 96 parade and when I viewed it later after returning home, I was in the crowd scenes 4 times wearing 2 different outfits!
    CONFIRMED: Cheryl 23 APR 99
  6. There are small sensors in the street along the parade route. They are about the size of a nickel and look like chewing gum stuck to the road. There are usually two or three of them within 12 to 18 inches of each other. These are used to monitor the parade floats from the main computer center under the Magic Kingdom. Each float has an antenna on it that the sensors recognize. An individual sits at a computer monitor and can see exactly where each float is on the route. These are necessary to keep the floats and the music (played during the parade from speakers not on the floats) coordinated. The person monitoring the parade from the computer room can instruct each float driver to speed up or slow down to keep the parade moving.
    REPORTED: Richard White 25 APR 96
    The small spots on the pavement are locating devices for the parades, however, the on-board systems in a float fails and Cast members start coming out of the wood work. They carry radios to guide the float drivers and communicate with parade control to keep everything going right. We were taking the backstage tour when the last float in the Mickey-mania parade failed. A tractor was brought out and the float was towed the rest of the parade.
    CONFIRMED: Paul Shepherd 04 MAR 97
    CONFIRMED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
    The music for the parades does not only come from the floats. It comes from a combination of on-float speakers and those that are mounted in and on the surrounding "buildings".
    UPDATE: Cait 02 APR 98
  7. While on a backstage tour, a CM told us that all of the light bulbs on the floats used in the Main Street parades are purchased as clear bulbs and then hand painted to the desired color. He said they did this because they found inconsistencies in the color of the bulbs colored by the manufacturer.
    REPORTED: Michael Rowe 23 OCT 98
  8. I worked at Disney World's Magic Kingdom just before the new Electric Light Parade became functional. The rumor was that the old parade floats were being shipped to Paris. There are plastic strips which are called "cheese" by Cast Members which were laid in the tracks in Main Street to prevent the floats from getting stuck. However, nearly every night at least one would get stuck in the tracks and we would have to push it out.
    REPORTED: L. Borne 25 JAN 96
  9. The best places to view the day parade and Spectromagic are: on top of the train Station platform, to the side of the Emporium shop (in front of the Fire Hall), and next to Splash Mountain in Frontierland.
    REPORTED: Kevin 11 DEC 98
  10. The Parades all start from the warehouse behind Pirates and Splash Mountain. There is a road that goes behind Adventureland, and connects to Main Street next to City hall and the Fire Station. If you want to see the characters in the parade at their liveliest, go between Splash Mountain and Pacos Bill's. This is the end of the route, and the characters are eager to get out of costume. Behind the parade float wharehouse is a body of water that houses the barges that have a parade in the Seven Seas Lagoon. You can even see this from space by clicking here.
    REPORTED: Dr.J 21 DEC 98

SpectroMagic Parade

  1. SpectroMagic looks wild. Light is sent all over the place just like water is sent all over a town through pipes. SpectroMagic has fibers made of clear materials like plastic and glass. Light bounces down the inside of clear fibers just like light being reflected back into a brightly lit room on a dark night. The ends of the fibers are polished to let the light out just like light passing through clear windows on a sunny day.
    REPORTED: Bill Nye, The Science Guy
    There are 100 miles of fiber optic cable on the floats and 600,000 small christmas tree lights that Disney hand colors to maintain there own color schemes. Each group of lights are wired in groups of 7 so that in the even of a failure only seven lights will be missing. Before each parade every light is checked by maintenance.
    UPDATE: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
  2. The Spectromagic Parade floats are stored in a shed building right behind Pirates and Splash Mountain.
    REPORTED: Rick Pastore 09 MAR 97
    CONFIRMED: Ken Modica 26 MAR 97
    CONFIRMED: Jen and George Sandberg 09 JUN 97
    Behind Splash Mountain there is a warehouse-looking building with and awning where I saw 1 or 2 floats with scenes from the Lion King. I'm not sure what parade they are from, but for the view I had in the warehouse, I couldn't see any SpectroMagic floats.
    CONFIRMED: Justin 07 DEC 97
    CONFIRMED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
  3. The lights on the costumes are changed by a small black remote held in each of the characters left hand. They squeeze the remote when they hear their cue in the music.
    REPORTED: Mike Rickert 27 MAR 97
    CONFIRMED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
    The characters that walk in the Spectromagic parade hide in their left (sometimes right hand depending on the character) hand a small black remote. When the music cue comes, they push the button and their clothing changes color!
    CONFIRMED: anon 02 MAR 98
  4. Ursla is played by a Cast Member kneeling on the sholders of the float driver.
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
  5. Much of the music does come from the floats. I was right on the curbside dring the parade. As each float got closer the music got louder and louder. If you look at the bottom of each float, there is a black cloth there, If you look close enough, you can see through the cloth and there are speakers inside the float. Also, as each float went away, the music got lower and lower, as the next set of floats came you can hear there music at the same time as the music from the other floats still fading away.
    REPORTED: Anthony H. 28 FEB 98
  6. If you look at Cinderella Castle from Main St, on the right hand side there is a white flag on one of the flagpoles. This white flag is different than all of the others. It isn't made of fabric, and looks like it is always flying in the breeze. This particular flag is actually a radio transmitting antenna which allows technicians to communicate with the Spectro Magic Floats in the parade.
    REPORTED: Scott Simonds 24 FEB 99

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