03 October 2009

To share a story

Every afternoon around Walt Disney World the pathways and lanes of the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are lined with families and guests seeking a glimpse of the magic that comes from the afternoon parades. Of the four parks in Walt Disney World, only Epcot doesn’t have an afternoon parade, per se.
Guests who find their way into World Showcase, particularly near China, the Outpost, and Germany, in the late afternoon on evenings when IllumiNations is being presented will find a parade of sorts to entertain them. The gates on either end of the bridge between the Outpost and China are closed, which is followed by the raising of the bridge itself. Here comes the parade! Slowly, and with only their engines as music, the fountain and firework barges, the inferno barge, and the globe emerge from the backstage canal and make their way out into the middle of the World Showcase Lagoon.While it may not be as flashy as the Jammin’ Jungle Parade, or have as many characters as the Block Party Bash, this convoy of barges is unique in its own right. It gives guests a glimpse into the staging of a nighttime spectacular, a gift given by no other finale show, as well as serving as a reminder and coming attraction for IllumiNations.

1 comment:

Jen said...

I certainly enjoyed seeing the bridge go up--I had no idea it could do that!