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Block Party Bash was a hybrid stage show and parade that performed at Disney California Adventure from 2005 to 2008. It was later relocated to Disney's Hollywood Studios, where it ran from March 2008 to January 2011.

History

Block Party Bash was introduced in May 2005 in conjunction with Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration. Produced to fill the void left after the closure of Eureka!, it was conceived as more a mobile stage show than a parade. Unlike most Disney parades, Block Party Bash is an upbeat show that makes heavy use of dance music with an energetic, driving beat.

Advertised as a "high-energy party," Block Party Bash features characters from and units inspired by the Pixar films released to that point: Toy Story, The Incredibles, A Bug's Life and Monsters, Inc. In addition to the characters, Block Party Bash also featured a large number of dancers, bikers and trampoline artists. The original cast included over 60 dancers, 16 acrobats, 12 pairs of jumping stilts and 30 electric scooters.
Following its initial season, Block Party Bash was significantly scaled down, with its original three show stops being reduced to two and the lighting and effects system reworked to require less manpower. The Tail end of the Bug's Life unit was also scaled down by removing Dim, with the larger unit losing its trailered unit and a few party cones.

After closing on January 6, 2008, the parade was relocated to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. It premiered there, replacing the Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade, on March 14, 2008—the same day that the Pixar Play Parade debuted at California Adventure.

Block Party Bash's final performance at Hollywood Studios took place on January 1, 2011. The parade was then retooled as the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade, which ran until the Spring of 2013.

Show Structure

Parade Mode

The show travels in "parade mode" along Disney's Hollywood Studios Performance Corridor until it reaches one of three "Party Zones." At this point, many of the performers are occupied with moving the Units, while others dance alongside the procession to "Celebration." The Green Army Men, along the route, encourage guests to visit a color-coded "Party Zone," where they say the real fun begins.

Show Stop

Block Party Bash moves in "Parade Mode" to one of the party zones. When the show debuted, there were three party zones; "Red" located in Sunshine Plaza". "green" outside a bug's land, and "blue" outside Golden Dreams. Upon its arrival in the party zones, the show begins. The four main units as well as smaller "block" tweeners feature Green Army Men serving as a sort of party drill sergeant. Guests are invited to join in the jumping, dancing, games, and other fun.

Introduction

  • "Celebration"; the floats arrive and set up for their stop.
  • "Dancing in the Street"; Dance number

Jump

  • "Jumpin' Jack Flash"; Characters, Pixar Pal dancers, and Acrobats use jump ropes and jumping stilts, encouraging the audience to jump along and to ask "How high?" when the Green Army Men say "jump".

Scream

  • Green Army Men host a screaming contest between the two sides of the street to see who can scream the loudest.
  • "Shout"; (lyrics changed to "scream.")

Dance

  • Dancers perform a routine featuring clips from "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," "Dance to the Music," "Shake Your Booty," and "Footloose."
  • The audience is invited to participate in a series of popular dances: "Macarena," "Stayin' Alive," "Y.M.C.A.," "U Can't Touch This," Whoomp! (There It Is)" "Twist and Shout," and "Do You Wanna Dance?"
  • The Incredibles arrive, emerging from the block floats.

Finale

  • The dancers perform a final dance number to "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."

Tear-Down and return to Parade Mode

  • The performers pack their floats back up to "You've Got a Friend in Me."
  • The show returns from Parade Mode to "Celebration."

Gate Tag

  • Once the floats, Tweeners and Cones reach the Paradise Pier parade gate, the Pixar Pal dancers step aside to the edge of the parade route. Once the A Bug's Life float reaches the edge of the gate, the Pixar Pals dance back into the center and perform a choreographed 'tag' as the music ends.
  • One by one, they dance back toward the slowly closing gate and, on the final "Celebrate!" moment, they throw dozens of custom-printed Block Party Bash Nerf balls over the gate.

Floats

The units are themed to one of three Disney-Pixar films, in this order:

  • Toy Story
  • A Bug's Life
  • Monsters Inc.
  • The Incredibles

The units are themed to one of three Disney-Pixar characters, in this order:

  • Toy Story: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Little Bo Peep, Mr. Potato Head, Green Army Men and Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (Start from May 9, 2010)
  • A Bug's Life: Flik, Atta, Gypsy Moth, Heimlich, and Slim
  • Monsters Inc.: Mike, Sulley, Boo, George, Needlemen, and Smitty
  • The Incredibles: Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Frozone

Each unit consists of, in order:

  • Trampoline Unit: Four-sided trampolines with a stationary spot in the middle featuring high-flying acrobats.
  • Block Unit: a "tweener" unit featuring Green Army Men, prop storage, scream meters, and (later) The Incredibles.
  • Two Cones: Featuring motorized scooters, banners, and beach balls.
  • Main units: Elaborately decorated units based on the Pixar films, featuring Green Army Men, animatronic characters, stages, and air-guns.

NOTE: In September 2006, the parade was scaled down from its original opening format. Previous to the later format of the parade, each section consisted of a trampoline, a tweener, two cones, the main unit and 2 cones (a total of 4 cones per unit).

Each section also contained 8 dancing couples and 4 acrobats, totaling 48 dancers and 12 acrobats for the entire parade.

Show facts

  • Show Dates: Disney's California Adventure: May 5, 2005 - January 6, 2008. Disney's Hollywood Studios: March 14, 2008 - January 1, 2011
  • Creative Director: Steven Davison, Disney Creative Entertainment
  • Show Producer: Mike Williams
  • Show Director: Marilyn Magness-Carroll
  • Art Director: Brad Kaye
  • Technical Directors: K.C. Wilkerson, Jeff
  • Choreography: Jerry, Rita May Bland, Robin Trowbridge
  • Show stops: 3 (Summer 2005), then 2 (Fall 2005-January 2008)
  • Show length: 11-minute stop, approximately 40 minutes from entrance gate to exit gate (55 minutes with 3 show stops)
  • Previous parade: Disney's California Adventure: Eureka! The California Adventure Parade. Disney's Hollywood Studios: Disney's Stars and Motor Cars Parade.

Trivia

  • During the scream competition, the Green Army Man says "I'll bet this side can be much louder than those guys!". This would be more appropriate if there was one Green Army Man taking each side of the street.

Sources

  • Dim from A Bug's Life on (2005–2006)


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