ford prefect wrote:
Several reasons why:
2) DLP really want people spending money in shops at a time when people will be wanting a break from the park and keeping people in Main Street is the best way
3) If the parade is closer to Dreams then there will be a three way crowding at central plaza. (Those following the parade, those already there and those coming up from Fantasy land after the parade. This does not benefit Disney as a large crowd will gather and not spend money
Just thought I'd snip these two out, as strangely the exact opposite seems to happen at Magic Kingdom, they run Spectromagic up their Main Street and then start Wishes about half an hour afterwards, so it pushes people up Main Street, who then have nothing to do than fill the shops and work their way back down to the Hub to watch Wishes.
It's quite clever when you think of it, you're already at Main Street to watch the parade, you've been pushed far away from rides and know that the grand finalé fireworks are starting in 30 minutes, not nearly enough time to queue for and ride and then return from a ride, so you think "well I could browse all of these shops surrounding me while I wait", and you do, and you buy things!
Of course the easiest way around this would be to watch it from Frontierland and then walk on to Haunted Mansion, before making your way calmly to the hub to get a good spot for Wishes, but most guests won't think like that!