Tapestry of Dreams
Photos by Brian Bennett and Ian Parkinson
Tapestry of Dreams is a very minor rehash of the parade that used to be called "Tapestry of Nations." The pictures came from my own visits to Epcot as well as some pictures by Ian Parkinson, a fellow MousePlaneteer.
Tapestry of Dreams is really very similar to Tapestry of Nations. Some of the older Tapestry music is still used, along with the non-lyric lyrics, but some new dialog is spoken and another melody is weaved (no pun intended) in occasionally. Some of the old Tapestry drum floats are used, but there's only a couple or three of them and they're widely spaced out. The Sage of Time has been eliminated in favor of a strange storyline based on a sort of "if you can dream it, you can do it" concept. It's kind of difficult to follow, I didn't catch it all in the one viewing we had.
In any case, though the parade is a fun one for the kids. It's been softened a bit with more colors and fabrics on the floats versus Tapestry of Nations. It makes the parade more kid-oriented, but still has enough of the Tapestry of Nations flavor to keep fans of the old parade happy. More important, it probably saved Disney a pretty penny on production costs since most things were thinly-veiled makeovers at very low cost.
This is a great example of "Aztec Man" with very bright colors and patterns.
Here's a "Disk Man."
Here are a couple of "Wiggle Girls." It's unusual for two performers to be so close together in the parade. Usually they are separated by ten to twenty feet or even more.
...and another "Aztec Man."
You'll see, perhaps, four clock drums during the course of the parade. All of them are identical, and the performers simply do a standard percussion routine to the music.
Here's a couple of pictures of a puppet called "Hammered Man." Each puppet is repeated in different colors and, if appropriate, different fabrics.
One of the features of the parade is that the performers often "dip" their puppets so that the crowds can see them up close...and even be touched by the fluttering fabric. The kids, especially, seem to enjoy the interaction.
Here's another performer, simply called "Sprite."
Tapestry of Nations was the first parade that's been run around the World Showcase promenade in many years. The new incarnation of the parade, Tapestry of Dreams, is still a fun event to see, although it can only be seen between Mexico and Morocco (Tapestry of Nations could be viewed all around the promenade, but "Dreams" has been cut back considerably).
Tapestry of Dreams usually runs twice nightly, at 6:30pm and 8:15pm, but check your guidemap to make sure!
Sheila Hagen has provided another great photo tour of Tapestry of Dreams that you can see right here on MousePlanet!