Magic Kingdom Parade

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Magic Kingdom Parade
Festival of Fantasy Parade Sleeping Beauty Unit.jpg
The Maleficent Dragon in the Festival of Fantasy Parade, with a background of Cinderella Castle
Status Active
Genre Theatrical presentation
Frequency Daily
Venue Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Country USA
Inaugurated October 1, 1971 (1971-10-01)

The Magic Kingdom Parade is a large theatrical presentation at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World which dates back to the beginning of the theme park. As of March 2014, the daily parades are called Festival of Fantasy and Main Street Electrical Parade.[1]

Parade Experience[edit]

The early "character parades" were simple in execution, featuring Mickey Mouse leading the Walt Disney World Band, followed by a group of Disney characters, performers, and musicians walking or riding vehicles along the parade route. As the years went on, the parades became composed of many floats, each of which has its own theme music which is synchronized with a rhythm track that plays underneath the theme music for all floats simultaneously. As the floats move through the park, the appropriate theme music plays through loudspeakers that are hidden on each float as well as through land-based loudspeakers along the route. Banks of audio speakers are individually controlled within specific zones on the parade route which enables parade intro music to play as the parade approaches each area. A complex electronic tracking system manages the sound so that the correct theme music plays alongside each float as it travels by and pans from one group of loudspeakers to the next synchronously. Originally designed by Don Dorsey for "America on Parade", the system was automated in 1980, and the new system was implemented for the Main Street Electrical Parade. The system (DECS) is now standard across all Disney parks, and has been used by other parks as well.[2]

Each of the parade floats are self-propelled units that are driven by highly trained Cast Members who are hidden inside the decorative floats. All of the floats run only on battery power and recharged daily to prepare for each performance.[3]


Magic Kingdom parades[edit]

Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade down Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Character Parade (October 1 - December 9, 1971)[4]
  • Cavalcade of Characters (1974-1975, 1977-1978)[5]
  • America on Parade (June 6, 1975 – September 6, 1976)
  • Mickey's 50th Birthday Parade (1978)
  • Dumbo's Circus Parade (January 2, 1979 – December 21, 1979)
  • Tencennial Parade (October 1, 1981 – September 30, 1982) A parade celebrating the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney World. The theme song was "Disney World Is Your World".
  • Mickey Mouse Character Parade (October 1983 - May 1984)
  • Donald Duck's 50th Birthday Parade (1984)
  • Mickey's Street Party (January 1985 - 1986)
  • 15 Years of Magic (October 1, 1986 - September 1987)
  • Spirit of America Parade (1987-1988)
  • Mickey's All-American Birthday Parade (1988–1989)
  • Disney Character Hit Parade (October 1, 1989 - September 1991) also known as the Zip Parade.
  • 20th Anniversary Surprise Celebration Parade (September 22, 1991 - June 1994): Renamed Surprise Celebration Parade when the 20th Anniversary celebration ended
  • Mickey Mania (June 1, 1994) – September 30, 1996)
  • Remember the Magic (October 1, 1996 – September 30, 2001): Renamed Disney's Magical Moments Parade when the 25th Anniversary celebration ended in January 1998. This parade was the first interactive parade, and featured seven, later reduced to five, show stops along the parade route.
  • Share A Dream Come True Parade (October 1, 2001 – January 4, 2014): Renamed the Disney Dreams Come True Parade in 2006, then the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade in 2009.
  • Rainy Day Character Cavalcade: A viable alternate to the regularly scheduled daytime parade in the case of inclement weather, and utilizes the Main Street vehicles.
  • Main Street Trolley Parade (February 2003 – present)
  • Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play it! Street Party (February 12, 2009 – present): Formerly named Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! (Renamed in Fall 2014)
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade (March 9, 2014 – present)[6]

Nighttime parades[edit]

Special event and holiday parades[edit]

Ben Savage & Danielle Fishel & JD Roth (1997)

Ann Jillian & Regis Philbin (1998)

Caroline Rhea & DL Hughley Special Musical Guests: 98 Degrees Colin Raye & Brittany Spears (1999)

  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Parade (1997-2005) later called Mickey's Boo To You Parade
  • Mickey's Boo To You Parade (2005 – present) held as part of "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party"
  • Mickey's Christmas Cavalcade (1975-1986) an early incarnation of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade ended in 1993. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade reused some of the music and made new float theme. Neither parade used an underliner.
  • Fantasy On Parade (1986-1993) featured new parade music with a regal flair - "and enjoy the beauty, all the joy and beauty."
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade (1994 – 2006) replaced by Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
  • Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade (2007 – present)
  • Disney's Enchanted Adventures Parade (2007 – 2009) held during Disney's Pirate and Princess Party
  • Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (1983 - present) held every year on Christmas morning on the Disney-owned ABC. Formerly known as The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade until 2009.

Dreams Come True parades[edit]

The Share A Dream Come True Parade which ran from 2001 until 2006 was changed to the Disney Dreams Come True Parade in 2006 and ended on January 22, 2009.[citation needed] The Share A Dream Come True Parade had the Disney style floats with original music and characters but incorporated snow globes which held many of the characters. The Disney Dreams Come True Parade was similar to the previous parade, though many of the floats were changed, and the snow globes were removed. This parade also had new soundtrack which was previously been used for Disney's Dreams on Parade... Moving On at Tokyo Disneyland. The Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade replaced the Disney Dreams Come True Parade on January 23, 2009. The parade incorporated the new "What Will You Celebrate?" theme that both the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland were using.


  1. ^ "Magic Kingdom Attractions". Han Ban Photos. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ Dorsey, Don. "Everyone loves a parade". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Ricky, Brigante (May 26, 2010). "Behind the scenes with the Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World". Inside the Magic. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Step in Time: The First 'Character Parades' at Magic Kingdom Park". Disney Parks Blog. September 30, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Step in Time: 'Cavalcade of Characters' Kicks Off at Magic Kingdom Park in 1974". Disney Parks Blog. October 14, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer (February 24, 2014). "'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade' Debuts March 9 at Magic Kingdom Park". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 

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