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Forward
Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland

Resources

Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip

Accommodations

Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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Parade of the Stars

Parade of the Stars is an improved version of the short-lived 45th Anniversary Parade.  It has some good things, namely many well-known characters are included do a great job of projecting friendliness.  My three-year-old son, Allan, loved the parade and we watched it three different times, so I suppose that makes him an expert.  The last night we watched the parade, from a nice spot across from the Emporium on Main Street, Snow White winked at Allan and he grinned for a mile.  He also enjoyed waving to all of the other characters.

The main drawback to the parade has been repaired.  The former music track (a repetitive version of Pomp & Circumstance) was boring and not Disneyish at all.  The new soundtrack, although slow, is reported to be a vast improvement.

Unfortunately, the parade still employs a large number of guests.  This was an idea that really worked well at WDW for the 25th Anniversary, but which is getting old now.  For my money, I'd much rather see costumed characters that my son (and I) will recognize and enjoy versus a bunch of middle-aged men in tutus prancing about the parade route like keystone cops in drag.  I'm sure that the people that are invited to be IN the parade have an experience they'll not soon forget.  For the rest of us, it's one we'd like to forget as soon as we can.

 

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