Magic Kingdom Parade

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Magic Kingdom Parade
StatusActive
GenreTheatrical presentation
FrequencyDaily
VenueMagic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
CountryUSA
InauguratedOctober 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 9, 2014, the daily parade is called Festival of Fantasy.

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.

History[edit]

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)[1]
  • Cavalcade of Characters (1974-1975, 1977-1978)[2]
  • 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)
  • Spirt of America (1987-1988 and Fourth of July 1989, later used as a 1991 pre-parade)
  • Mickey's All-American Birthday Parade (1988–1990)
  • 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) – 1996)
  • Remember the Magic (September 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 – December 1, 2018[3]): Formerly named Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! (Renamed in Fall 2014)
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade (March 9, 2014 - Present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Step in Time: The First 'Character Parades' at Magic Kingdom Park". Disney Parks Blog. September 30, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "Step in Time: 'Cavalcade of Characters' Kicks Off at Magic Kingdom Park in 1974". Disney Parks Blog. October 14, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "'Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It!' Street Party News". www.wdwmagic.com. WDWMagic. Retrieved 15 September 2018.

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