Mickey's Soundsational Parade
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|Mickey's Soundsational Parade|
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Mickey's Soundsational Parade is a daytime parade presented by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment for Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Conceived by Steve Davison, the parade celebrates music from Disney's films. The parade debuted on May 27, 2011, and has been conducted daily since then, with the exception of the holiday season, during which A Christmas Fantasy Parade is run instead.
Looking to develop a new parade for Disneyland, various concepts were considered, including an entire The Princess and the Frog parade with the film's music being so strong. Eventually, director Steve Davison chose the idea of doing a parade based on Disney music in general, allowing for numerous films to be utilized.
The floats used in the parade were designed by frequent Disney contributing artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daly.
- Mickey Strikes Up the Band!: Opening Soundsational are six drumline drummers in bright colors, and Mickey Mouse shoes. Mickey Mouse plays drums and cymbals on the float shaped as his head, accompanied by Minnie Mouse and Pluto following behind. Chip 'n' Dale follow the unit on foot while pushing Goofy, who appears on a smaller float occasionally hitting a large drum and a pair of gongs behind him.
- Aladdin's Magical Cymbal Celebration: Based on the 1992 animated film Aladdin, Prince Ali dances atop a small float raining with gold coins in front of a golden gong. The Genie leads his dancing team, which is formed of six harem girls with cymbals on their wrists and a golden coin dancer. A banana covered man dances and pushes Abu behind the float.
- Sebastian's Calypso Carnival: Based on the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, Princess Ariel rides atop a bubble-filled float dominated by a blue and purple instrument-playing octopus. Eight dancing shells and waves lead the giant float down Main Street. The addition of the float is Sebastian riding his chariot in front. The maraca-playing crab brings up the rear of the float.
- Donald's Fiesta Fantastico: Based on the 1942 and 1944 animated films Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros, the smaller float features a maraca-playing Donald Duck next to his co-star José Carioca and Panchito Pistoles, along with the Aracuan Bird. Three dancing piñata girls, and two flamenco dancers follow in the rear.
- Royal Princess Romantic Melodies: Presenting the Disney Princesses are six Royal Court dancers, that precede a float inspired by Rapunzel's tower and Snow White's wishing well, carrying Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella from Cinderella, Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel from Tangled.
- Simba's Beastly Beats: Characters such as King Louie from The Jungle Book, Simba from The Lion King, and Terk from Tarzan are featured in this float. An Audio-animatronic Simba stands atop a smaller drum-shaped float with a flying Zazu in front before a golden sun featuring the image of King Mufasa. The float is accompanied by four monkey dancers, a lioness in a cage dress growling at guests, and two dancing stilt walkers beating their drums.
- Tiana's New Orleans Jazz Jubilee: Based on the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog, Tiana and Louis, the trumpet-playing alligator, ride aboard an instrument-inspired boat. Also present on the float as decorations are Ray the firefly, from the same film, as well as Evinrude the dragonfly, from The Rescuers. Five revelers twirl in front, while two giant Mardi Gras mask girls follow behind.
- Peter Pan's Neverland Buccaneer Blast: Based on the 1953 animated film Peter Pan, the float features pirates described as having come out from Neverland. Captain Hook & Mr. Smee chase Peter Pan around the base of the float. Tinkerbell takes on the starring role atop the smaller float, which is decorated with large flowers and mushrooms to make the diminutive pixie appear smaller than the other characters in the parade. Three butterfly girls fly around the drum-like float.
- Mary Poppins' Spoonful of Rhythm: Based on the 1964 musical film Mary Poppins, the final float features chimney sweeps, with Mary Poppins and Bert riding on bicycle carousel horses behind the brightly colored, soot-covered sweeps. Various characters ride the bicycle float and deliver the finale to Soundsational.