According to several sources, yesterday the Disneyland Resort implemented a new operational procedure meant to keep guests from “camping out” for parades at Disneyland Park.
Previously, many guests would lay down their blankets and grab their front-row spot on the curb several hours before a parade would even begin, causing crowded walkways along Main Street. The popularity and nostalgia of the recently returned Main Street Electrical Parade has only increased the number of guests staking their claim early.
With the new policy, Cast Members will ask guests to “wait to find their seats for the Main Street Electrical Parade until after Guest Show Operations has completed setting up the viewing areas along the parade route.”
In other words, guests should watch for the ropes that line the viewing area to appear before sitting on the curb. Guests will also be discouraged from saving spots for members of their party that aren’t present.
This has sparked a lively discussion among posters on the DISboards, with people liking the policy, but doubting that Cast Members will be able to enforce it.
It’s not known if this is a test or if the new procedure will stay in place indefinitely.