Everyone knows that Disney World and Disneyland go all out for the holidays. Overlays on It’s A Small World and Haunted Mansion, the Spectacle of Dancing Lights, the Candlelight Processional, etc…they shove Christmas down your throat, but in a good way. We also receive the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade every year on ABC showing off the beautiful floats from their respective X-Mas parades. That is great and all…but do you remember the Easter Day Parade?
Well, it happened alright! In the late eighties and early nineties, Disney broadcast the Happy Easter Parade. In the same vein as the Christmas day parade, the park was decorated in its “Sunday Best” and the telecast showcased floats celebrating the holiday and performances from singers and bands…and some synergy-tastic looks into whats ahead for Walt Disney World.
Why did it leave? I am not really sure. You could say bad ratings, or budget cuts, I am not entirely sure…but I do know I would love to see it return. Personally, I believe the parks shine during holiday celebrations, so why not add in a spring one too?
You would think they would jump on board with this…can you imagine the possibilities? The Magic Kingdom would be covered in pastel blues, pinks and greens all while the lamp posts on Main Street would be decorated to look like Easter baskets filled with eggs. A hard-ticket event (Oswald’s Easter Egg-stravaganza!) would be held nightly with a park-wide Easter egg hunt (The trick-or-treating/cocoa and cookies equivalent), with some of them holding candy and some with Fastpasses. If they tried really hard, they could do a Candlelight Processional of sorts but singing Christian Easter-related songs, and make it in the daytime.
I would LOVE to see Easter represented more at the parks. For me, it is a much under-appreciated holiday and I would love for the parks to give it more credit. In the past years they have done a nice pre-parade on the day of Easter, but I would love to see a WHOLE parade. Tokyo does an Easter celebration and they put on an amazing Festival…so why can’t the states?
Would you like to see Easter at WDW? Would you pay money to go to an Easter hard-ticket event? Who doesn’t want to see Kelly Ripa and Micheal Strahan host the Disney Parks Easter Parade?! Let me know in the comments below! I will leave below the awesomely addictive opening the parade telecast from 1989. Until next time…Have a Magical Day!