Way back, many years ago, I was pretty indifferent to parades. In fact I had a bad experience at one once, through no fault of the parade people, that left me more prone to avoid them than not. I’ll admit, I still am more likely to go off in search of rides rather than stake out a place for a daytime parade, though if I happen by while one is going on I’ll stay and watch it now.
In 2008, I had a trip just by myself and a good friend, and she got us amazing curbside seats for Spectromagic at Disney World. Up until then I had a big Meh to Spectromagic, but that parade was FUN. Being so close up (the last time I’d tried the parade close up I was pregnant and the crowds were so bad I got claustrophobia and a guy got mad at me; there, I said it, that’s my bad experience) and NOT crowded like sardines, due to waiting for the second parade, made a huge difference. I had princesses waving at me and there was dancing and I could see everyone and hear everything, and even though I was turning 30 in a few days, I felt about 8 years old. It was wonderful.
When I heard, in late 2010, that the Magic Kingdom was bringing back the Main Street Electrical Parade, I was *really* excited. I’d be taking my kids for their first visit in early 2011 and I remembered seeing the MSEP when I first went in 1995. I also love the theme to that parade. So this was a big “COOL!” kind of moment… until I thought about how much I had come to love Spectromagic.
Well, I eventually told myself, they’re basically the same exact parade anyway. A lot of lights and music and characters. And when I got there, I’ll admit it, Main Street Electrical was a lot of fun. I especially love the Pete’s Dragon float with Pete riding by on top of Elliott, talking to everyone. It’s a great experience and really fun and the kids loved it – oh man did they ever – but…
But it doesn’t have the sweeping majesty of Spectromagic. And weirdly, I kind of missed that. I’ve been seeing more and more people lately asking MK to bring back Spectromagic and I think that’s funny, because for years it was “bring back MSEP”… so I guess it’s just that you will always love your “first” parade, even though technically Spectro was not my first. It was my first that I really truly loved, though.
So what do you think? Do you love Spectro or MSEP more – or do you think they’re basically the same parade and you like them both equally? I was surprised to have a preference, myself!