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Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Mon 20, 2011 3:37 pm
by Satchel T
Which do you prefer? Myself am a huge fan of both but am really enjoying the blast from the past with the MSEP. I'd love to hear your thoughts and discussions ... ready? Go!

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Mon 20, 2011 3:49 pm
by icpscientist
MSEP myself. A love I've carried since childhood - it brings back good memories.

The first time my parents took us to DL, I was 3 1/2 and my sister was 5. My parents still talk about bringing the record (RECORD!!!) home and playing it in our living room, and my sister and I telling them what float each different piece of music belonged to.

Since that's the reason I vote MSEP, I cannot disparage anyone for voting SM because it's from their childhood. We went to WDW the first year SM was there, and I kinda liked it although it just simply was not the same.

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Mon 20, 2011 4:54 pm
by Amy
I love them both. I can't even choose a favorite. Every time I start to pick one, then I remember something I love about the other parade. The music for both makes me smile :D

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Mon 20, 2011 8:39 pm
by bribren
I think long term I like spectro. Main St. EP was a good nostolgia blast, but Im kind of done with it.

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 12:13 am
by Mark86
I like Spectro better. I thought the floats and music were more lively.

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 12:37 am
by Len90
Let's discuss but I'm adding a poll option to this thread :D We need to know once and for all!!!

I prefer Spectromagic since I think the music just resembles more of what a person expects when they think of a Disney parade. The singing is a great touch and the parade just feels a lot smoother to me.

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 2:33 am
by Polynesian Princess
I really love them both! I almost wish they could do them both each night or alternate on different days. But I had to choose MSEP since that's what I grew up loving - and that music is very catchy!

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 7:09 am
by Brian845
I'm going to go with Spectromagic, since that's what we saw on our honeymoon. I probably grew up with the Main Street Electrical Parade, but I don't remember it. Had the choice been between Spectromagic and the Electrical Water Pageant, I would have gone with EWP hands down!:)

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 8:56 am
by mindflipper
Len90 wrote:Let's discuss but I'm adding a poll option to this thread :D We need to know once and for all!!!

I prefer Spectromagic since I think the music just resembles more of what a person expects when they think of a Disney parade. The singing is a great touch and the parade just feels a lot smoother to me.
Give homage where it's due, Len90, if the MSEP had not been so ground-breaking in its time with music and lights, there would be no Spectromagic today...

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 11:37 am
by yodiwan1
This was a toughy! I want to vote for MSEP, but after working during Spectro, and cleaning up after it, I had to swing that way. Seeing MSEP this past year has been amazing, but I jsut don't remember it the same as when I was a kid. I also love the ending of Spectro, with the colors changing and everything coming to life. While I am patriotic, I find the ending to MSEP to be cheesy and out of place.

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 12:00 pm
by mindflipper
yodiwan1 wrote:This was a toughy! I want to vote for MSEP, but after working during Spectro, and cleaning up after it, I had to swing that way. Seeing MSEP this past year has been amazing, but I jsut don't remember it the same as when I was a kid. I also love the ending of Spectro, with the colors changing and everything coming to life. While I am patriotic, I find the ending to MSEP to be cheesy and out of place.
The patriotic floats at the end were added in 1976 during the American Bicentennial. I think the banner actually had "1776 - 1976" if I remember correctly before it was switched to "To Honor America". Before that, it actually ended with "It's a Small World" like the TDL version did. That's why if you have any old records from WDW the MSEP track on the record had the "It's A Small World - Disney Medley" ending instead of the "To Honor America" ending. It just took a while for Disney to eventually update that track for the change in music.

BTW when WDW's MSEP went to DLP, they switched out the "To Honor America" floats back to some of the "It's a Small World" floats instead.

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 2:07 pm
by jacobcary1
I grew up watching the MSEP. So it will always be a classic to me. However I did vote for Spectromagic because of the new age lighting and all around material.

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 2:35 pm
by Soarin08
I will forever prefer Spectro, sorry. MSEP just... no.

Of course I grew up with Spectro. So that's likely why.

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 2:43 pm
by jacobcary1
Its ok Soarin. Its a better parade anyway.

Re: Main Street Electrical Parade VS. Spectromagic?

Posted: Jun Tue 21, 2011 3:30 pm
by figmentaholic
Oh man, I am surprised and disappointed that spectromagic is winning. I LOVE the MSEP. I loved it when I was a kid, the first time I ever saw it, and I was around in the early 2000's when we thought it was going away forever. I even got a sticker with a float on it that said goodbye. they were giving them away.

And when I saw it for the first time in many years in February, I was so excited. I was jumping and clapping, like a kid again. I hope it is still around next February.