AI Dave and I were discussing the differences between Disney and other theme parks this afternoon when I had an interesting idea. We visited Sesame Place this past weekend with our two young children and, while Disney is superior in every way, Sesame does offer a great perk to Annual Passholders. About 15 minutes before the parade begins, you can enter a private backstage area where the Team Members are getting the floats ready. Passholders are then able to have an exclusive meet and greet with a TON of Sesame Street characters. Our kids were ecstatic when Elmo, Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, The Count, Tellie, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Prairie Dawn, Rosita and Super Grover came out to see them and a handful of other children. Even though there really is no comparison IMO between Disney and SP, I have to say their character interaction is great. While we were backstage and saw Sesame getting ready for their parade, I was thinking about how incredibly awesome it would be for Disney to do a backstage tour of their parades. We could start where it all begins…casting. A tour of the area cast members first have to audition for their perspective roles. Then we could move on to where they rehearse, then finally to the park where the floats are kept. I would LOVE to know the details about how they get the floats ready and how much time it actually takes from start to finish. To save the best for last, guests on tour would be escorted to a special viewing area for the parade. I think this is an excellent idea for a new backstage tour and I would gladly shell out the $$ to see it.
Are there any new tour ideas that you’d like to see at Disney? Let us know!