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Old 01-20-2011, 07:51 PM   #31
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Rollin' 'em, rollin' em, rollin' em', keep the cattle rollin'... Disney!!! and spending too and seeing the characters too and staying happy on top of that. Nice article. I wonder how much effort the other parks put into guest satisfaction, crowd control etc.
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I worked in parades at Disneyland for several years. There is very little extra time built into the schedule and it is not easy to alter the parade schedule for a full parade. Now, they can use smaller character cavalcades to move traffic. That requires just a float or two and characters from the character department that are already on the clock. (characters in parades are normally not the same ones that do meet n greets in the park)
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Thanks lesa I always wonder about that and kinda had the thought in my head about different CM taking turn in the characters but wasn't sure..
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