- Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Infobox Disney ride
name=Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
May 5, 2005
sponsor=SylvaniaSiemens 2005. "The Sylvania lighting division of Siemens will sponsor ... "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams" at Disneyland Resort in California." http://www.sylvania.com/AboutUs/Pressxpress/Innovation/LightingNews%28US%29/USLIGHTINGNEWS0106.htm] Siemens 2006. "The Sylvania lighting division of Siemens will sponsor ... "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams" at Disneyland Resort in California." http://www.sea.siemens.com/automat/GOAmerica/Archive/2006%20March.pdf]
Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams premiered on
May 5, 2005as part of the Happiest Homecoming on Earth, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disneylandin California.The parade celebrates the Dreams of Disney Characters. This parade includes favorite Disney characters including Mickey, Minnie, Tinkerbell, Cinderella, Snow White, Simba, Aliceand Mad Hatter, Pinocchio, Belleand Beast, Ariel, Donald, Goofy,and PlutoThis parade icludes eight floats witch include Getaway to Dreams, Dream of Enchantment, Dream of Laughter, Dream of Another World, Dream of Imagination, Dream of Adventure, and Dreams Come True.
As part of "
Year of a Million Dreams" one lucky family is chosen to be part of the "Grand Marshall Pre-Parade Cavalcade" and stay one night in the Mickey Mouse Penthouse located in the Disneyland Hotel or the Disneyland Dream Suitein New Orleans Square. The family will journey along the parade route with the Mayor of Main Street and other Disney characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Mary Poppins, Bert, Woody, Jessie, Aladdin, and Jasmine. The "Grand Marshall Pre-Parade Cavalcade" features two banner holders, six dancers,and two rope carriers as well. The song that is played is the song "The Happiest Place on Earth". On August 17, 2008, this pre-parade was cut back to only include the Mayor and the lucky family.
A Pre-Parade is a mini parade with usually one float with the main character(s) that promote an upcoming Disney movie.There has been three Pre-Parades for Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams,
Ratatoullie, Enchanted, and Prince Caspian.
Parade Units and Characters
Happiest Homecoming on Earth Introduction:"Fifty years ago a magical place was born; a place of Enchantment and Adventure, Laughter and Imagination, where new worlds of joy and wonder just waited to be discovered and in this marvelous kingdom there lived many delightful friends who made our dreams come true. Today we invite you to celebrate fifty years of magical memories with your Disney family as we proudly present Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams, we dedicate it to dreamers around the world and to that special dream that first began when Walt Disney proclaimed "To All Who Come to This Happy Place, Welcome" "
Year of a Million Dreams Introduction: Once upon a time, a marvelous dreamer found the power to transform wishes into reality, and with just a sprinkle of pixie dust, a magical kingdom came alive for dreamers of all ages to enjoy. Soon the young at heart gathered from around the world, following their dreams to the place where anything is possible. The magic place where dreams come true. Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams is dedicated to children of all ages, and to that special dream that first began when Walt Disney proclaimed "To all who come to this happy place, welcome."
* Gateway to Dreams (Opening Unit): Peter Pan inside a golden train with
Tinkerbellsitting on top of it with the Main Streettrain station as the backdrop of the unit. The Fairy Godmotherof "Cinderella", the Blue Fairy from "Pinocchio" and Flora, Fauna& Merryweatherfrom "Sleeping Beauty" dance around this unit (Occasionaly Merlinfrom "The Sword in the Stone" may fill in for any Opening Unit characters which may have been cut from the performance, except Tinkerbell, and the 3 fairies).
*Dream of Enchantment (Beauty & the Beast Unit): Themed to the ballroom from "Beauty and the Beast", Belle and Beast dance and an
Audio-AnimatronicLumiere sings. Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip entertain the crowd as well while spoons, forks, knives, salt & pepper shakers, and plate dancers perform around the unit. This was Jerry Orbach's last time supplying the voice of Lumiere. Orbach died in December 2004 after he recorded the dialogue for the parade.
*Dream of Laughter (Pinocchio Unit): "Pinocchio" and toys from Gepetto's workshop dance around a giant Gepetto who is controlling the Can-Can and in the background music playing "An actors life for me" and Dutch dancing puppets from the movie. Hanging behind the unit are Russian Puppets on bungee cords. The part of the unit that they hang on raises up during the show stop to allow the Russian Puppets to perform amazing bungee tricks. Other toys include two bell ringers, two ballroom dancers attached to female doll counterparts, a toy drummer, and Bo Peep. Other characters include Foulfellow, Gideon, Jiminy Cricket sitting atop a toy block and Cleo swimming around in her fish bowl (as of September 28th, 2008, Jiminy Cricket will no long be part of the Parade).
*Dream of Another World (The Little Mermaid Unit): Ariel sits on top of a giant fountain made of clam shells, with "Part of Your World" and "Under the Sea" playing in the background. Bubbles float around Ariel. This unit also features Audio-Animatronics Sebastian and Flounder. Before the unit are dancers decorated like stylized waves, blue and white pearl dancers, and light-colored 'fish kites' (No Longer apart of the Parade). When the Parade returned in 2007 the water fountains on Ariel's shell was replaced by clear plastic tubing. For the parade's 2008 run, the fountains returned.
*A giant Ursula puppet makes potions and cackles to "Poor Unfortunate Souls" while Flotsam and Jetsam lurk around. Black Pearl dancers perform for the audience as well.
*Dream of Imagination (Alice in Wonderland Unit): A Giant Trampoline disguised as a tea table themed to "Alice in Wonderland"'s Mad Tea Party, carrying a live-action
Mad Hatterand Alice. A giant animatronic Caterpillar sits on the back of the unit atop a mushroom, and music from the masterpiece it self : Unbirthday song and joyful Mad tea Party music too! The Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee and Dum pushing stylized tea cups, a pair of Royal Marching Cards, and four 'jumping' flowers entertain the crowd. The Cards climb atop the trampoline during the show stop to perform incredible acrobatics.
* Dream of Adventure (The Lion King Unit):
Simbaatop Pride Rock from " The Lion King" with Zazu, Pumbasleeping in a hamock, a live-action Timon, Rafikiand Nala. Various costumed animal dancers surround the unit, such as a tiger, panther, antelope, chimpanzee, cheetah, leopard, and a lifesized rhinoalong with walking stilt performers dressed as a stylized zebraand giraffe. On the back of the unit are two Bird performers. During the show stop, the "tree" part of the unit raises up and the Birds perform an amazing Spanish Webroutine.
* Dreams Come True (Finale Unit): Lastly, Mickey and Minnie as King and Queen on
Sleeping Beauty Castlewith other Disney royalty, including Princess Aurora ( Sleeping Beauty), Snow White, and Cinderella. Attendants Chip 'n' Dale, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald also perform on and around this unit along with the Seven Dwarfsand entertain the guests! With the "Welcome" song in the background and have a dance to end the parade!
* Show length: Approximately 35 minutes with three show stops
* Show Stop Song: An upbeat version of "Welcome" from Disney's Brother Bear, composed by Phil Collins and performed by Jump5
* Other Songs Featured:
***"Welcome" from Brother Bear / "A Smiling Song" from Sleeping Beauty / "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from Cinderella /"You Can Fly" from Peter Pan / "When You Wish Upon A Star" from Pinocchio
**BEAUTY & THE BEAST UNIT:
***"Be Our Guest" / "Belle" / "Beauty & the Beast"
***"I've Got No Strings" / "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)"
**THE LITTLE MERMAID UNIT:
***"Under the Sea" / "Part of Your World"/ "Poor Unfortunate Souls"
**ALICE IN WONDERLAND UNIT:
***"I'm Late" / "The Unbirthday Song" / "Alice in Wonderland" / "March of the Cards" / "How Do You Do and Shake Hands" / "March of the Cards" (reprise)"
**LION KING UNIT:
***"The Circle of Life" / "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" / "Hakuna-Matata"
***"Welcome" from Brother Bear / "Aurora's March (Hail to the Princess Aurora)" from Sleeping Beauty / "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella / "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Snow White / "When You Wish Upon A Star" from Pinocchio / "Mickey Mouse Club March" from The Mickey Mouse Club
* Pre-Parade/Grand Marshall Song: "The Happiest Place on Earth"
* Show Times and Information: Generally 3:30pm (Small World to Main Street) and 6:30pm (Main Street to Small World). During off seasons, there is generally only one parade at 7:00pm that will go from Small World to Main Street. On hotter days, there are times where there will be only two show stops and reduced choreography.
* Previous Parades:
** Parade of the Stars (45th Anniversary Parade)
** Mulan Parade
** Hercules Victory Parade
** Lion King Celebration Parade
** Aladdin's Royal Caravan Parade
** Celebration U.S.A. Parade
** Party Gras Parade
Parade Changes for 2009
*Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams will come to an end at Disneyland in 2010 and will be shiped to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Intern Disneyland will get a new parade tentitively titled "
Worlds of Wonder parade" in time for Disneylands 55th Anniversary. Before the Parade move to Florida, it has been said that the parade may see some updates and changes, such as the addition of a new opening float, a new show stop soundtrack, new choreography, and the rearrangment of current parade characters, such as the placement of Tinkerbell in the finale unit balcony, and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to the bottom float level.
Fun Facts about the Parade
* Each float has a hidden Mickey on it.
* The original (May 2005 - October 2006) opening recording was voiced by award-winning actress
Julie Andrews. It has since been replaced to coincide with the " Year of a Million Dreams."
* The parade's theme song "Welcome" from
Brother Bearwas written by Phil Collins, the parade version has slightly different lyrics and is performed by an ensemble. The song is featured on the "Gateway to Dreams" float and "Dreams Come True" float as well as being used as the theme for the Show Stop
* There was a similarly titled parade at
Tokyo Disneylandcalled "Disney's Dreams on Parade" which was latter tittled "Disney's Dreams on Parade Movin' On" and ran from 2003 to 2008. While they had similar names, both parades had a different soundtrack and theme.
* Starting in Spring 2007, the Princes (Prince from Snow White, Prince Charming, Prince Phillip) were cut from the parade.
* The original design for the Ariel unit had Ariel on a swing in the front of the unit and Sebastian on top.
* In an early draft of the parade,
Aladdin, Jasmine, Pocahontas, John Smith, Gaston, Daisy Duck, Baloo, King Louie, Jafar, and Governor Ratcliffewere to appear alongside Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Aurora, Prince Phillip, Snow White, The Prince, and the Seven Dwarfs in the finale unit.
* The original show stop was about three minutes long. It was cut down to two-and-a-half minutes for pacing.
* During the two-and-a-half minute show stop, characters from each float wave golden banners (the "Beauty and the Beast" unit uses golden napkins and the "The Lion King" unit uses bird kites). Some floats also have acrobats that perform during the show stop. The music for the show stop begins with a recording of the opening of Walt Disney's dedication of Disneyland; "To all who come to this happy place, welcome."
Holidays at Disneyland, Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams is replaced by A Christmas Fantasy Parade.
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