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The History of Disneyland Parades

This is a timeline of Disneyland Parades. I added as many as I could find, research and discover from Opening Day in 1955 up to 2019.  Thanks go to Dave Smith's Disney A to Z books, Disney Wiki, my huge collection of Disneyland Today guides, and many other sources.

Disneyland Parades ~ 1955 to 1964

 1955 PARADES 


THE OPENING DAY PARADE ~ The very first Disneyland parade was Sunday, July 17, 1955. This was a one-time event with special guests including emcee, Art Linkletter; actors, Ronald Reagan and Bob Cummings; The Mouseketeers; voice actor, Thurl Ravenscroft; California Governor, Goodwin J. Knight and Walt Disney himself. Also, featured in this parade were Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Chip and Dale, Dumbo, the Mouseketeers, Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, a float for Snow White and a pumpkin coach for Cinderella. Attendance soared to an unexpected 28,000 guests. 


DISNEYLAND MARCHING BAND AND CHARACTERS ~ Parades continued daily with the Disneyland Band marching down Main Street sometimes with the help of the Disney characters marching behind the band. Disneyland didn't originally have themed parades every day, but usually only for summers, holidays or special occasions. The extended 1955 parade presented short units for themed lands—for example, the Autopia cars from Tomorrowland, a stagecoach from Frontierland—but the focus was largely on film characters.


MICKEY MOUSE CLUB CIRCUS PARADE On Thursday, November 24, 1955, Disneyland offered their first themed parade in conjunction with the Mickey Mouse Club Circus. The parade ran twice a day before each circus performance. The parade began on Main Street’s Town Square and proceeds north toward the circus tents located at the end of Main Street [where the Matterhorn now stands]. On Thanksgiving Day, Santa, Walt Disney, Fess Parker and Mickey Mouse the parade as well. Mickey Mouse had been borrowed from the Ice Capades as no parl costume had been created yet.


THE DISNEYLAND CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ [also billed as the SANTA CLAUS PARADE] Walt Disney decided to establish a holiday tradition by having a Christmas parade at his new park. To completely design and prepare a Christmas Parade from scratch would have been an overwhelming task, so he borrowed elements from the already running Mickey Mouse Club Circus Parade. Held on a Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm, Walt himself hosted this first Christmas parade. It did not feature traditional holiday themes except for Santa Claus. Disneyland’s first official Christmas Parade ran daily from Thanksgiving Day until New Years Day with various Disney characters dressed in holiday theme.


MICKEY'S RAINY DAY CAVALCADE~ On rainy days, this mini parade would drive characters up and down the parade route in the omnibus, fire engine and horseless carriages. Not all seasonal parades ran both daytime and evening, especially in the spring and fall when the park closed early.


1956 PARADES 


DISNEYLAND MARCHING BAND AND CHARACTERS continued daily throughout the year featuring the Disneyland Marching Band and many Disney characters.


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE ~ This first one-time parade on Sunday, April 1, 1956, it was modeled after an old-fashioned Easter Parade with NO Disney characters, but many vintage vehicles and dancers dressed in their Sunday finest.


MICKEY MOUSE CLUB CIRCUS PARADE ~ officially closed on Sunday, January 8, 1956, due to low attendance. It was believed that the 75-minute performance cut into guest’s time for exploring the rest of the park. Many castmembers agreed that the circus was a challenge to present and many times escaping animals caused anxiety for employees and guests alike.


MAIN STREET ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE CLUB PARADE ran one time in the summer of 1956 and featured a parade of vintage cars and driven by owners dressed in period clothing. 


CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD PARADE~ Disneyland’s first Christmas Parade continued to run daily from Thanksgiving Day until New Year’s Day.


1957 PARADES


DISNEYLAND MARCHING BAND AND CHARACTERS continued to march most days throughout the year.


ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE PARADE ~ This was a special onetime event held during special occasions. Featured a procession of antique automobiles driven by invited members of various local auto restoration clubs wearing authentic 1900 era costumes. This was held as one-time event, including a special Easter parade version.


CHRISTMAS IN MANY LANDS/ PARADE OF ALL NATIONS ~ This parade was Disneyland’s 1st THEMED Christmas Parade was held on Sunday, December 22, 1957. Walt Disney dedicated it to all peoples of the world. It was held for many years. The parades featured invited civic organizations representing cultures of other nations. They were often presented during Christmas but were often also combined with other special parades during other times of the year. It ran from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day.


1958 PARADES


DISNEYLAND MARCHING BAND AND CHARACTERS continued to march most days throughout the year.


ZORRO DAYS PARADE ~ This one-time event parade was held as part of the occasional special promotional events featuring Guy Williams, star of TV show, ZORRO. The parade also featured other Disney stars, and a segment featuring Disney Characters.


COLUMBIA GRAND OPENING DAY PARADE ~ This was a special one-time parade held on Friday, July 18, 1958 to commemorate the opening of the Sailing Ship Columbia, and featured Circus performers and Disney Characters.


CHRISTMAS IN MANY LANDS/ PARADE OF ALL NATIONS ~ This parade was Disneyland’s 1st THEMED Christmas Parade was held on Sunday, December 22, 1957. Walt Disney dedicated it to all peoples of the world. It was held for many years. The parades featured invited civic organizations representing cultures of other nations. They were often presented during Christmas but were often also combined with other special parades during other times of the year. It ran from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. A portion of this parade was to later become THE CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL. The popularity of the performance in the plaza led Disney management to enlarge the choral performance. This led to the First Candlelight Procession in December of 1958. This evening performance consisted of 16 choirs and the Dickens singers. It began with a procession down Main Street, USA to the plaza where the ceremony was performed with Dickens carolers up on a balcony on Sleeping Beauty Castle.


1959 PARADES


DISNEYLAND MARCHING BAND AND CHARACTERS ~ continued to march most days throughout the year.


DISNEYLAND ‘59 PARADE ~ Special one-time only parade was presented on Sunday, June 14, 1959 to commemorate the opening of the following new attractions: Matterhorn Bobsleds, Monorail, and Submarine Voyage. It included units from the Parade of Many Lands, and a special Disney section featuring floats representing many of Disneyland’s attractions and themed areas. The parade included cartoon characters and celebrities including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck as well as Guy Williams as Zorro, Fred MacMurray, and the cast of Leave It to Beaver as well as many others.


DISNEYLAND RE-DEDICATION CELEBRATION PARADE ~ On Thursday, June 14, 1959, Disneyland celebrated a re-dedication of the park with a parade with Walt Disney as Grand Marshall. The highlight of the parade was Disney band leader, Tommy Walker leading a band playing “76 Trombones” and handing the baton to Meredith Wilson (who wrote the song).


ZORRO DAYS PARADE ~ Due to its popularity the previous year, this parade was held as part of the occasional special promotional events featuring Guy Williams, (TV’s Zorro). It was a one-time only event, only held on the special days when the Zorro events were held. The parade often featured other Disney stars, and a segment featuring Disney Characters.


CHRISTMAS IN MANY LANDS PARADE ~ continues through the holiday season. In 1959, the bleachers were filled with 2,574 singers making it the largest choir to perform in the Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland. 


THE CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION AND LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE CEREMONY ~ is added to the Christmas season schedule and becomes a holiday favorite. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1960 PARADES


MICKEY AT THE MOVIES PARADE ~ In the spring, Disneyland unveils a new parade dedicated to Mickey Mouse. It continues through the Summer and into the Fall of 1960. This parade was held during the same period as Parade of Toys when it was not Christmas time, and used many of the same large-scale toy elements, but was a non-holiday themed. This parade also was the first appearance of the famous Big Bass Drum, which became of parade tradition for years to follow. This parade was also combined with other holiday events, such as Easter, and the Fourth of July.


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE ~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, April 2, 1960.


CHRISTMAS PARADE OF TOYS ~ Sometimes called the March of the Toys and originally a part of the Mickey Mouse Circus [where toys marched around the center of the circus tent], this parade debuts on Friday, December 18, 1960. It runs three times daily until Sunday, January 1, 1961. The parade also featured toy floats of knights on horseback, trains, carolers, giant dolls, and horse-riding cavalry troops. Disney’s newest creation is a parade of giant animated wooden toys and performers costumed as toys.


CHRISTMAS IN MANY LANDS ~ This one-time a year parade was held for many years during the Christmas season. You will notice that the Christmas from Many Lands parade happened just once this year and was a one-day special event during the Christmas Festivities on Thursday, December 22, 1960. The one-time parades were special events featuring invited civic organizations representing cultures of other nations. This parade was often presented during Christmas but was also combined with other special parades during other times of the year. 


The 1960 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ [seasonally] The Candlelight Ceremony became closer to what is known and loved today in 1960 when a stage was built on the front of the Main Street, USA Station. With this came the “living Christmas tree.” It originally was made up of the Western High School A’Capella Choir. This choir continued to make up the “living Christmas tree” until 1981 when its conductor retired. The following year, the Disney Employee Choir filled the tree. They have continued to do so ever since.

RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1961 PARADES


MICKEY AT THE MOVIES PARADE ~ In the spring, Disneyland unveils a new parade dedicated to Mickey Mouse. It continues through the Summer and into the Fall of 1960. This parade was held during the same time period as Parade of Toys when it was not Christmas time, and used many of the same large-scale toy elements, but was a non-holiday themed. This parade also was the first appearance of the famous Big Bass Drum, which became of parade tradition for years to follow. This parade was also combined with other holiday events, such as Easter, and the Fourth of July.


THE 1961 CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ [runs seasonally] Dennis Morgan becomes the first celebrity to narrate the Christmas Story as he joins the multitude of choral singers.


CHRISTMAS PARADE OF TOYS ~ Originally, a part of the Mickey Mouse Circus [where toys marched around the center of the circus tent], this parade continued into 1961. It runs three times daily during the Christmas season. The parade also featured toy floats of knights on horseback, trains, carolers, giant dolls, and horse-riding cavalry troops. Disney’s newest creation is a parade of giant animated wooden toys and performers costumed as toys.


CHRISTMAS IN MANY LANDS ~ This one-time a year parade was held for many years during the Christmas season. You will notice that the Christmas from Many Lands parade happened just once this year and was a one-day special event during the Christmas Festivities. The one-time parades were special events featuring invited civic organizations representing cultures of other nations. This parade was often presented during Christmas but was also combined with other special parades during other times of the year. 

RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1962 PARADES


MICKEY AT THE MOVIES PARADE ~ In the spring, Disneyland unveils a new parade dedicated to Mickey Mouse. It continues through the Summer and into the Fall of 1960. This parade was held during the same time period as Parade of Toys when it was not Christmas time, and used many of the same large-scale toy elements, but was a non-holiday themed. This parade also was the first appearance of the famous Big Bass Drum, which became of parade tradition for years to follow. This parade was also combined with other holiday events, such as Easter, and the Fourth of July.


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE ~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, April 22, 1962


THE 1962 CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ [runs seasonally] Dennis Morgan and Gale Storm narrate the Christmas Story as he joins the multitude of choral singers.


CHRISTMAS PARADE OF TOYS ~ Originally, a part of the Mickey Mouse Circus [where toys marched around the center of the circus tent], this parade continued into 1961. It runs three times daily during the Christmas season. The parade also featured toy floats of knights on horseback, trains, carolers, giant dolls, and horse-riding cavalry troops. Disney’s newest creation is a parade of giant animated wooden toys and performers costumed as toys.


CHRISTMAS IN MANY LANDS ~ This one-time a year parade was held for many years during the Christmas season. You will notice that the Christmas from Many Lands parade happened just once this year and was a one-day special event during the Christmas Festivities. The one-time parades were special events featuring invited civic organizations representing cultures of other nations. This parade was often presented during Christmas but was also combined with other special parades during other times of the year. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1963 PARADES


MICKEY AT THE MOVIES PARADE ~ In the spring, Disneyland unveils a new parade dedicated to Mickey Mouse. It continues through the Summer and into the Fall of 1960. This parade was held during the same time period as Parade of Toys when it was not Christmas time, and used many of the same large-scale toy elements, but was a non-holiday themed. This parade also was the first appearance of the famous Big Bass Drum, which became of parade tradition for years to follow. This parade was also combined with other holiday events, such as Easter, and the Fourth of July.


THE 1963 CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ [runs seasonally] Dennis Morgan continues to narrate the Christmas Story as he joins the multitude of choral singers.


CHRISTMAS PARADE OF TOYS ~ Originally, a part of the Mickey Mouse Circus [where toys marched around the center of the circus tent], this parade continued into 1961. It runs three times daily during the Christmas season. The parade also featured toy floats of knights on horseback, trains, carolers, giant dolls, and horse-riding cavalry troops. Disney’s newest creation is a parade of giant animated wooden toys and performers costumed as toys.


CHRISTMAS IN MANY LANDS ~ This one-time a year parade was held for many years during the Christmas season. You will notice that the Christmas from Many Lands parade happened just once this year and was a one-day special event during the Christmas Festivities. The one-time parades were special events featuring invited civic organizations representing cultures of other nations. This parade was often presented during Christmas but was also combined with other special parades during other times of the year. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1964 PARADES


MICKEY AT THE MOVIES PARADE ~ In the spring, Disneyland unveils a new parade dedicated to Mickey Mouse. It continues through the Summer and into the Fall of 1960. This parade was held during the same time period as Parade of Toys when it was not Christmas time, and used many of the same large-scale toy elements, but was a non-holiday themed. This parade also was the first appearance of the famous Big Bass Drum, which became of parade tradition for years to follow. This parade was also combined with other holiday events, such as Easter, and the Fourth of July.


THE 1964 CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ [runs seasonally] Dennis Morgan continues to narrate the Christmas Story as he joins the multitude of choral singers.


CHRISTMAS PARADE OF TOYS ~ Originally, a part of the Mickey Mouse Circus [where toys marched around the center of the circus tent], this parade continued into 1961. It runs three times daily during the Christmas season. The parade also featured toy floats of knights on horseback, trains, carolers, giant dolls, and horse-riding cavalry troops. Disney’s newest creation is a parade of giant animated wooden toys and performers costumed as toys.


CHRISTMAS IN MANY LANDS ~ This one-time a year parade was held for many years during the Christmas season. You will notice that the Christmas from Many Lands parade happened just once this year and was a one-day special event during the Christmas Festivities. The one-time parades were special events featuring invited civic organizations representing cultures of other nations. This parade was often presented during Christmas but was also combined with other special parades during other times of the year. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.

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Disneyland Parades ~ 1965 to 1974

1965 PARADES


TENCENNIAL PARADE ~ This was held throughout 1965. The 10th Anniversary Parade [starts Sunday, January 3, 1965]. It was basically the same as the Mickey at the Movies parade, with a few 10th anniversary special elements added in.


The 1965 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by actor, Dick Van Dyke. This would be Walt Disney’s last Candlelight ceremony.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1966 PARADES


Beginning in 1966 ~ Parades were not held as often, the Fantasy on Parade, unlike the Mickey at the Movies Parade, was only held at Christmas time. There were no other daily parades until the 1970’s except for special one-time events held for specific holiday and promotional events…


IT’S A SMALL WORLD GRAND OPENING PARADE ~ This was a one-day special event, basically an encore and final staging of the old Parade of Many Lands, with a special segment to honor the grand opening of IT’S A SMALL WORLD on Friday, May 28, 1966. This would be the last of this type of parades to be staged in the park. 


THE 1966 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Dennis Morgan.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 

1966 ended with the sad news of the passing of Disneyland’s creator, Walt Disney.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1967 PARADES


DISNEYLAND MARCHING BAND AND CHARACTERS continued daily throughout the year featuring the Disneyland Marching Band and many Disney characters.


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE – A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1967.


THE 1967 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Gregory Peck and Dean Jones.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1968 PARADES


DISNEYLAND MARCHING BAND AND CHARACTERS continued daily throughout the year featuring the Disneyland Marching Band and many Disney characters.


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE ~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, April 2, 1960. The Easter parade contained dozens of antique automobiles and more than 200 people dressed in turn-of-the-century finery. The Easter week attendance had 311,000 visitors.


VALENTINES DAY PARADE ~ The first Valentine’s Day Parade at Disneyland happens in February. 


ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE ~ The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade happens in March. 


EL CINCO DE MAYO PARADE ~ The first Cinco De Mayo Parade happens in May. 


MICKEY'S OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY PARADE ~ Mickey’s birthday was celebrated at Disneyland on Sunday, September 22, 1968 with nearly 35,000 guests in attendance. A birthday parade down Main Street featured more than 40 Disney characters and 12 of the original Mouseketeers from the original television Mickey Mouse Club show. Guest bands performed and there was the giant dancing birthday cake borrowed from Disneyland's Tencennial Parade.


THE 1968 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Henry Fonda and Rock Hudson.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1969 PARADES


DISNEYLAND MARCHING BAND AND CHARACTERS continued daily throughout the year featuring the Disneyland Marching Band and many Disney characters.


EASTER PARADE~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, April 2, 1960.


THE LOVE BUG PARADE ~ This Parade held on Sunday, March 23, 1969, featured dozens of decorated Volkswagen Beatles provided by park guests. A contest was held to choose the best design. It was staged to promote the new Love Bug film, and featured Dean Jones as the Grand Marshall. 


THE 1969 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Cary Grant.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1970 PARADES


DISNEYLAND MARCHING BAND AND CHARACTERS continued daily throughout the year featuring the Disneyland Marching Band and many Disney characters.


EASTER PARADE~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, March 29, 1970.


CHARACTER PARADES ~ Guests love Disney characters and parades and, in an effort, to provide guests with a less expensive parade option, they began hosting daily Character Parades. The idea of regularly scheduled parades during non-Christmas time periods began in about 1970. These less elaborate and less expensive parades featured basic flat floats with several costumed characters. These parades continued until 1978 but were put on hiatus during the running of the daily Bicentennial Parade in 1975 and 1976. These parades were also the first to include a recorded soundtrack, rather than live music. A move which also helped to make the parade more affordable.


THE 1970 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Charlton Heston and Dean Jones.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1971 PARADES


CHARACTER PARADES ~ Guests love Disney characters and parades and, in an effort, to provide guests with a less expensive parade option, they began hosting daily Character Parades. The idea of regularly scheduled parades during non-Christmas time periods began in about 1970. These less elaborate and less expensive parades featured basic flat floats with several costumed characters. These parades continued until 1978 but were put on hiatus during the running of the daily Bicentennial Parade in 1975 and 1976. These parades were also the first to include a recorded soundtrack, rather than live music. A move which also helped to make the parade more affordable.


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE ~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, April 11, 1971.


ALICE IN WONDERLAND DAYS PARADE ~ A two-day event called Alice in Wonderland Days hosts two special parades for park guests on Saturday, January 30, 1971 and Sunday, January 31, 1971.


THE 1971 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by John Wayne.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1972 PARADES


CHARACTER PARADES ~ Guests love Disney characters and parades and, in an effort, to provide guests with a less expensive parade option, they began hosting daily Character Parades. The idea of regularly scheduled parades during non-Christmas time periods began in about 1970. These less elaborate and less expensive parades featured basic flat floats with several costumed characters. These parades continued until 1978 but were put on hiatus during the running of the daily Bicentennial Parade in 1975 and 1976. These parades were also the first to include a recorded soundtrack, rather than live music. A move which also helped to make the parade more affordable.


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE ~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, April 2, 1972.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade began on Saturday, June 17, 1972. This was a nighttime parade, created by Robert Jani with an amazing synchronized soundtrack of “Baroque Hoedown”. This original version used flat non dimensional floats but did include a dimensional dragon. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. It was put on hiatus in 1975 for the 1976 Bicentennial. This original version used flat non dimensional floats but did include a dimensional dragon. 


THE 1972 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is read by Rock Hudson.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1973 PARADES


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE ~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, April 22, 1973.


CHARACTER PARADES ~ Guests love Disney characters and parades and, in an effort, to provide guests with a less expensive parade option, they began hosting daily Character Parades. The idea of regularly scheduled parades during non-Christmas time periods began in about 1970. These less elaborate and less expensive parades featured basic flat floats with several costumed characters. These parades continued until 1978 but were put on hiatus during the running of the daily Bicentennial Parade in 1975 and 1976. These parades were also the first to include a recorded soundtrack, rather than live music. A move which also helped to make the parade more affordable.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade continues in 1973. This was a nighttime parade, created by Robert Jani with an amazing synchronized soundtrack of “Baroque Hoedown”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. This original version used flat non dimensional floats but did include a dimensional dragon. 


THE 1973 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Cary Grant.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1974 PARADES


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE ~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, April 14, 1974.


CHARACTER PARADES ~ Guests love Disney characters and parades and, in an effort, to provide guests with a less expensive parade option, they began hosting daily Character Parades. The idea of regularly scheduled parades during non-Christmas time periods began in about 1970. These less elaborate and less expensive parades featured basic flat floats with several costumed characters. These parades continued until 1978 but were put on hiatus during the running of the daily Bicentennial Parade in 1975 and 1976. These parades were also the first to include a recorded soundtrack, rather than live music. A move which also helped to make the parade more affordable.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade continues in 1974. This was a nighttime parade, created by Robert Jani with an amazing synchronized soundtrack of “Baroque Hoedown”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. This original version used flat non dimensional floats but did include a dimensional dragon. In the summer of 1974, the Main Street Electrical Parade ends. It will return again in 1977.


THE LOVE BUG PARADE (second edition) ~ This was a one time encore performance to help promote the Love Bug sequel.


THE 1974 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Cary Grant.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.

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Disneyland Parades ~ 1975 to 1984

1975 PARADES


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE ~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1975.


AMERICA ON PARADE ~ Beginning on Saturday, June 14, 1975, this one-year long parade celebrated America’s Bicentennial. It temporarily replaced Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade. This parade featured historical characters with over-sized heads. In lieu of a Christmas parade, this parade featured a Christmas themed unit at the end of the parade throughout December 1975. It was ended on Monday, September 6, 1976.


CHARACTER PARADES ~ Guests love Disney characters and parades and, in an effort, to provide guests with a less expensive parade option, they began hosting daily Character Parades. The idea of regularly scheduled parades during non-Christmas time periods began in about 1970. These less elaborate and less expensive parades featured basic flat floats with several costumed characters. These parades continued until 1978 but were put on hiatus during the running of the daily Bicentennial Parade in 1975 and 1976. These parades were also the first to include a recorded soundtrack, rather than live music. A move which also helped to make the parade more affordable.


THE 1975 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Jimmy Stewart.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1976 PARADES


CHARACTER PARADES ~ Guests love Disney characters and parades and, in an effort, to provide guests with a less expensive parade option, they began hosting daily Character Parades. The idea of regularly scheduled parades during non-Christmas time periods began in about 1970. These less elaborate and less expensive parades featured basic flat floats with several costumed characters. These parades continued until 1978 but were put on hiatus during the running of the daily Bicentennial Parade in 1975 and 1976. These parades were also the first to include a recorded soundtrack, rather than live music. A move which also helped to make the parade more affordable.


DISNEYLAND EASTER PARADE ~ A one-time Easter themed parade on Easter Sunday, April 18, 1976.


POOH FOR PRESIDENT PARADE ~ This small special parade spoofing the 1976 Presidential election, as a mock Presidential Campaign for Winnie the Pooh is launched.


AMERICA ON PARADE ~ Beginning on Saturday, June 14, 1975, this one-year long parade celebrated America’s Bicentennial. It temporarily replaced Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade. This parade featured historical characters with oversized heads. It was ended on Monday, September 6, 1976.

THE 1976 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Rock Hudson.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1977 Parades 


FESTIVAL JAPAN PARADE ~ This parade with live music was held one weekend only, annually for six years as part of a park wide festival to celebrate the culture of Japan.


FESTIVAL MEXICO PARADE ~ This parade with live music was held one weekend only, annually as part of a park wide festival to celebrate the culture of Mexico. Little information exists to confirm how many years this event returned, but it was first held in 1977.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound” and a new, three-dimensional version. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


CHARACTER PARADES ~ Guests love Disney characters and parades and, in an effort, to provide guests with a less expensive parade option, they began hosting daily Character Parades. The idea of regularly scheduled parades during non-Christmas time periods began in about 1970. These less elaborate and less expensive parades featured basic flat floats with several costumed characters. These parades continued until 1978 but were put on hiatus during the running of the daily Bicentennial Parade in 1975 and 1976. These parades were also the first to include a recorded soundtrack, rather than live music. A move which also helped to make the parade more affordable.


THE 1977 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Buddy Ebsen and Ed Asner.


THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ This 15-minute parade began its run on Friday, December 17th, 1977. The first half of this parade was nearly identical to the previously running Fantasy on Parade, which it replaced, but had a new recorded soundtrack and a longer and more elaborate Christmas section. Because of the release of the movie, Pete’s Dragon in 1977, Elliot was added in his first parade. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1978 PARADES


CHARACTER PARADES ~ Guests love Disney characters and parades and, in an effort, to provide guests with a less expensive parade option, they began hosting daily Character Parades. The idea of regularly scheduled parades during non-Christmas time periods began in about 1970. These less elaborate and less expensive parades featured basic flat floats with several costumed characters. These parades continued until 1978 but were put on hiatus during the running of the daily Bicentennial Parade in 1975 and 1976. These parades were also the first to include a recorded soundtrack, rather than live music. A move which also helped to make the parade more affordable.


FESTIVAL JAPAN PARADE ~ This parade with live music was held one weekend only, annually for six years as part of a park wide festival to celebrate the culture of Japan.


MICKEY’S 50TH BIRTHDAY PARADE ~ To celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 50th birthday on Thursday, January 28, 1978 and ends on Saturday, November 18, 1978, Disneyland created a special birthday parade. The original Mouseketeers from the 1955 TV show, as well as the New 1970’s Mouseketeers often made guest appearances during the parade, as well as all of Mickey’s cartoon friends.


THE 1978 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Cary Grant.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ This 15 minute parade began its run on December 17th, 1977. The first half of this parade was nearly identical to the previously running Fantasy on Parade, which it replaced, but had a new recorded soundtrack and a longer and more elaborate Christmas section. Because of the release of the movie, Pete’s Dragon in 1977, Elliot was added in his first parade.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1979 PARADES


FESTIVAL JAPAN PARADE ~ This parade with live music was held one weekend only, annually for six years as part of a park wide festival to celebrate the culture of Japan.


DUMBO CIRCUS PARADE ~ This Circus themed parade featured the same basic “Character Parade” floats, with added circus décor. The Parade also featured several live animals and a special Dumbo float replicating the clown fire scene from the film. It only ran in 1979.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE 1979 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Elliot Gould and Joseph Cotton.


THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ This 15 minute parade continues its run in 1979. The first half of this parade was nearly identical to the previously running Fantasy on Parade, which it replaced, but had a new recorded soundtrack and a longer and more elaborate Christmas section. Because of the release of the movie, Pete’s Dragon in 1977, Elliot was added in his first parade.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1980 PARADES


FESTIVAL JAPAN PARADE ~ This parade with live music was held one weekend only, annually for six years as part of a park wide festival to celebrate the culture of Japan.


DISNEYLAND’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE ~ This Parade was a more elaborate staging of the original 1955 opening day parade, featuring a section to represent each themed area in the park. This version had a recorded soundtrack and was expanded to also include Bear Country and New Orleans Square, along with opening and closing floats to tribute the 25th anniversary.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE 1980 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Michael Landon.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1981 PARADES


DISNEYLAND’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE ~ This Parade was a more elaborate staging of the original 1955 opening day parade, featuring a section to represent each themed area in the park. This version had a recorded soundtrack and was expanded to also include Bear Country and New Orleans Square, along with opening and closing floats to tribute the 25th anniversary.


FESTIVAL JAPAN PARADE ~ This parade with live music was held one weekend only, annually for six years as part of a park wide festival to celebrate the culture of Japan.


FAMILY REUNION PARADE ~. The 25th Anniversary Parade name was changed and all 25th Anniversary references removed, but this was the same parade as the 25th Anniversary Parade.


IT’S A SMALL WORLD PARADE ~ This differed from the “Parade of Many Lands” held in decades past in that it did not feature any authentic civic organizations and was a daily character style parade. It featured Disney characters dressed in costumed representing world nations, with basic floats decorated in multinational flags.


THE 1981 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Ed Asner and Jason Robards.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1982 PARADES


EASTER PARADE ~ A limited-time parade to celebrate the Easter holiday.


FESTIVAL JAPAN PARADE ~ This parade with live music was held one weekend only, annually for six years and ending in 1982, as part of a park wide festival to celebrate the culture of Japan.


THE 1982 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Pat and Shirley Boone.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon. In the spring of 1982, the Main Street Electrical Parade leaves for second time, but returns in 1985.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1983 PARADES


FLIGHTS OF FANTASY PARADE ~ The new Flights of Fantasy Parade begins on Saturday, June 18, 1983. The Parade is launched to celebrate the opening of the All New Fantasyland and uses all new lavish floats with air inflated elements as well as several air inflated large scale walk around character costumes produced to celebrate the grand reopening of Fantasyland. The parade ends on Saturday, September 10, 1983.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE 1983 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Darren McGavin.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1984 PARADES


FLIGHTS OF FANTASY PARADE ~ The Flights of Fantasy Parade returns in the spring. The Parade is launched to celebrate the opening of the All New Fantasyland and uses all new lavish floats with air inflated elements as well as several air inflated large-scale walk around character costumes produced to celebrate the grand reopening of Fantasyland. The parade ends sometime before the American Gazette Parade. 


MICKEY, OUR HERO PARADE ~ This daytime parade features Disney characters paying homage to Mickey Mouse as their hero. The recorded soundtrack features an updated Mickey Mouse Club theme song.


AMERICAN GAZETTE PARADE ~ This patriotic parade featuring all live music, performed by many of Disneyland’s in-house musical groups. The parade was divided into sections representing different eras in American history, along with lavish costumes music starting from the 1900’s to the 1980’s. It ran occasionally between showings of the DONALD DUCK’S 5OTH PARADE in 1984.


DONALD DUCK’S 50TH BIRTHDAY PARADE ~ This birthday celebration parade for Donald Duck began on Saturday, June 9, 1984. It celebrates 50 years since Donald Duck’s film debut in The Wise Little Hen. Donald Duck stars in this basic character parade with basic floats – also included live ducks marching along the parade route. 


THE 1984 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by actor, Joseph Campanella.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


The ANNUAL PASSPORT PROGRAM starts with only Magic Kingdom Key Club members eligible to purchase the passes. Adults are $65 per year and children are $45 per year for unlimited attractions 365 days a year.

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Disneyland Parades ~ 1985 to 1994

1985 PARADES


AMERICAN GAZETTE PARADE ~ This patriotic parade featuring all live music, performed by many of Disneyland’s in-house musical groups. The parade was divided into sections representing different eras in American history, along with lavish costumes music starting from the 1900’s to the 1980’s. It ran occasionally between showings of the 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE in 1985.


DISNEYLAND 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE ~ To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disneyland, this year long parade features a special anniversary flags, signs and banner attached to floats that had been used in the earlier character parades.


DISNEY FAMILY CAVALCADE ~ A special one-time parade event featuring Disneyland cast members to honor their service as part of the Disneyland 30th anniversary celebration.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ In 1985, returns for a third run. The parade made over 3500 trips, to an estimated 75 million guests. Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon. 


THE 1985 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Kevin Dobson.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands.

 

RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


The ANNUAL PASSPORT PROGRAM is now open to the general public to purchase the passes at $85. per year for adults and $65 per year for children with unlimited attractions 365 days per year.


1986 PARADES


CIRCUS FANTASY PARADE ~ Circus Fantasy Parade begins on Saturday, January 25, 1986. It was a seasonal special event, the first of several of this type of event, held to boost park attendance through the promotion of specially themed shows and live in park entertainment offerings staged throughout the park daily. This circus themed event included a lavish Circus parade, with live animals, circus performers, and Disney Characters. The event returned in 1987 and again in 1988.


TOTALLY MINNIE PARADE ~ 1986 is declared the “YEAR OF MINNIE”. This parade featuring Minnie Mouse in modern 80’s dress, and a pop 80’s soundtrack. The parade soundtrack was tied in with a Children’s album of the same name and included special shows and events throughout the park all year. 


THE 1986 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Craig T. Nelson and Elliot Gould.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


FANTASY ON PARADE ~ This was first staged during the Christmas season of 1965, and would continue as the holiday time parade until 1976. The first half of the parade featured floats representing different family classics in the Disney cannon, which were not holiday themed, and then ended with a special holiday segment. It was designed to be a “Moving Show on Parade” where various parade units would stop along the route and perform dances for the guests. It was a more elaborate evolution of the 1960-1964 Parade of Toys but did not include the Parade of Many Lands. 


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1987 PARADES


CIRCUS FANTASY PARADE ~ Circus Fantasy Parade begins on Saturday, January 25, 1986. It was a seasonal special event, the first of several of this type of event, held to boost park attendance through the promotion of specially themed shows and live in park entertainment offerings staged throughout the park daily. This circus themed event included a lavish Circus parade, with live animals, circus performers, and Disney Characters. The event returned in 1987 and again in 1988.


GREAT AMERICAN RACE ~ The 1987 Great American Race featuring vintage and antique automobiles took off from Anaheim on Tuesday, June 30, 1987. The 3,600 mile route went from Disneyland in Anaheim, California to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, 


SNOW WHITE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY PARADE ~ This special 15-minute parade featuring characters from Snow White, is held in honor of the 50th anniversary of the film. The parade includes various Disney characters dressed in the era of Snow White, as well as dancers. The parade was set to pre-recorded music.


MAIN STREET USA PARADE ~ This parade was at Disneyland between 1985 and 1988. This was used when a daytime parade wasn’t planned for the season and used as a fill in. The parade was a basic parade. It featured the song “Walking Right Down the Middle of Main Street” and had characters dressed in turn of the century costumes. 


COME TO THE FAIR PARADE ~ This Fall parade was held during the Disneyland State Fair, the second of the park wide promotional events, this one held for two years, once in ‘87 and again in ’88. The parade was themed to the traditional small-town state fairs of the late 18th early 19th century, with themes such as livestock, produce and blue ribbon winning pies.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE 1987 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Howard Keel.


Very Merry Christmas Parade ~ In 1987, the Fantasy on Parade was permanently retired, and the replacement name from the previous 1977 holiday parade was reinstated. This new version was basically the same as Fantasy on Parade, but a slowly began year by year to change and improve. Each year more of the non-holiday elements based on Disney films were omitted and the Christmas sections were added. By the end of this parade’s run in 1993, the entire parade has become a holiday themed, with no movie segments remaining.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1988 PARADES


CIRCUS FANTASY PARADE ~ Circus Fantasy Parade begins on Saturday, January 25, 1986. It was a seasonal special event, the first of several of this type of event, held to boost park attendance through the promotion of specially themed shows and live in park entertainment offerings staged throughout the park daily. This circus themed event included a lavish Circus parade, with live animals, circus performers, and Disney Characters. The event returned in 1988 and ended on March 18, 1988.


BLAST TO THE PAST PARADE ~ Blast to the Past was the third and final of the themed park promotions. It was a celebration of all things from the 1950’s and included scooters, Rock N Roll music and hula hoops. It began on Friday, March 19, 1988 and ran through May of 1988.


MAIN STREET HOP ~ This street show was held the first year’s Blast to the Past Parade between showings of the full-scale traditional parade. It was called a street party, and not a traditional parade. At several points along the parade route, a series of floats would park, and a dance routine/show would begin. This street party did not return for the 1989 season.


MICKEY’S 60TH BIRTHDAY PARADE ~ Parade for Mickey’s 60th Birthday featuring themes that are often reflected in Mickey’s classic cartoon, with stylized mice performers atop elaborate floats and campy costumes with mouse and Mickey Mouse related themes.


COME TO THE FAIR PARADE ~ This Fall parade was held during the Disneyland State Fair, the second of the park wide promotional events, this one held for two years, once in ‘87 and again in ’88. The parade was themed to the traditional small-town state fairs of the late 18th early 19th century, with themes such as livestock, produce and blue ribbon winning pies.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE 1988 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Joseph Campanella.


THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ This 15 minute parade continues its run in 1988. The first half of this parade was nearly identical to the previously running Fantasy on Parade, which it replaced, but had a new recorded soundtrack and a longer and more elaborate Christmas section. Because of the release of the movie, Pete’s Dragon in 1977, Elliot was added in his first parade.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1989 PARADES


MICKEY'S AMERICAN SPIRIT CELEBRATION ~ In February and March of 1989, this 15 minute parade featured Mickey Mouse in Revolutionary war attire along with scores of Disney characters carrying red, white and blue balloons. The Disneyland Marching Band provided live music.


BLAST TO THE PAST PARADE ~ Blast to the Past was the third and final of the themed park promotions. It was a celebration of all things from the 1950’s and included scooters, Rock N Roll music and hula hoops. The original 1988 parade was replaced in 1989 with an entirely different version. This may be in part due to copyright issues caused by the inclusion of many TV theme songs and actors dressed as classic TV characters. The 1989 version removed this TV segment, and new theme song was added.


HOORAY FOR DISNEY STARS PARADE ~ Starting in the Fall of 1989, this parade featured a section with Disney characters dressed in early Hollywood attire, with marquee styled floats. Followed by segments representing the syndicated cartoon series Disney was producing at the time, including Duck Tales, Gummi Bears, Tale Spin and Chip N Dale’s Rescue Rangers.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE 1989 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by John Forsythe.


THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ This 15 minute parade continues its run in 1989. The first half of this parade was nearly identical to the previously running Fantasy on Parade, which it replaced, but had a new recorded soundtrack and a longer and more elaborate Christmas section. Because of the release of the movie, Pete’s Dragon in 1977, Elliot was added in his first parade.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1990 PARADES


PARTY GRAS PARADE ~ This parade was in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Disneyland. It premiered on Thursday, January 11, 1990. The Carnivale themed parade featured towering inflated floats. This parade also featured the combination of a traditional parade along with a street party, all blended into one. The parade would stop at three points and a dance party would be staged. This time audience members were invited into the street to participate and form Conga lines. It ended on Sunday, November 18, 1990. The parade floats were then taken to Walt Disney World and refurbished for their 20th Anniversary “Surprise” Celebration Parade.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE 1990 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by James Earl Jones.


THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ This 15 minute parade continues its run in 1990. The first half of this parade was nearly identical to the previously running Fantasy on Parade, which it replaced, but had a new recorded soundtrack and a longer and more elaborate Christmas section. Because of the release of the movie, Pete’s Dragon in 1977, Elliot was added in his first parade.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1991 PARADES


DISNEY AFTERNOON CAVALCADE ~ This small parade was held in the Spring of 1991 in conjunction with the Disney Afternoon promotion being presented along the Small World mall. It featured the stars of the Disney Afternoon block of syndicated cartoon series which included Tales Spin, Gummy Bears, Darkwing Duck and Duck Tales. It only run in 1991.


CELEBRATION USA PARADE ~ This parade premiered on Wednesday, June 21, 1991. It was a campy take on what it meant to be a contemporary 1990’s American featuring scenes from different areas of the country. The main theme song was “Livin’ It Up in America”. It ended on Sunday, November 24, 1991.


THE 1991 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Robert Urich.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ This 15 minute parade continues its run in 1991. The first half of this parade was nearly identical to the previously running Fantasy on Parade, which it replaced, but had a new recorded soundtrack and a longer and more elaborate Christmas section. Because of the release of the movie, Pete’s Dragon in 1977, Elliot was added in his first parade.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1992 PARADES


DISNEY AFTERNOON CAVALCADE ~ This small parade was held in the Spring of 1991 in conjunction with the Disney Afternoon promotion being presented along the Small World mall. It featured the stars of the Disney Afternoon block of syndicated cartoon series which included Tales Spin, Gummy Bears, Darkwing Duck and Duck Tales. It ends in the spring of 1992.


LIVIN' IN THE U.S.A. PARADE ~ A renamed version of Celebrate USA parade ran in the Spring of 1992. It was a campy take on what it meant to be a contemporary 1990’s American featuring scenes from different areas of the country. The main theme song was “Livin’ It Up in America”. It ended in June for the World According to Goofy Parade to start for the summer.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GOOFY PARADE ~ This parade features a tribute to Goofy for his 50thbirthday. It begins on Tuesday, June 19, 1992 and ends on Sunday, November 15, 1992. It features Historical floats as if the world and all its historic events were run by ancestors of Goofy.


THE 1992 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by George Kennedy.


THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ This 15 minute parade continues its run in 1992. The first half of this parade was nearly identical to the previously running Fantasy on Parade, which it replaced, but had a new recorded soundtrack and a longer and more elaborate Christmas section. Because of the release of the movie, Pete’s Dragon in 1977, Elliot was added in his first parade.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1993 PARADES


MICKEY’S TOONTOWN DEDICATION PARADE ~ This one-time Parade for the official Grand Opening Festivities of the newest land, TOON TOWN is held on Monday, January 25, 1993.


ALADDIN’S ROYAL CARAVAN PARADE ~ This parade begins on Friday, April 2, 1993 and is based on the animated film, Aladdin and focuses on Aladdin’s royal parade into Agraba. This was the first in a series of parades used to promote a theatrical release of a Disney Animation Feature.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE 1993 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas story is narrated by actor, Michael York.


THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ The parade has now been lengthened to 40 minutes and continues its run in 1993. The parade now features all Christmas scenes with Disney characters, as well as Reindeer, Dancing Snowmen, skating snowflakes and Santa himself.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1994 PARADES


ALADDIN’S ROYAL CARAVAN PARADE ~ This parade continues into 1994 and ends in June of 1994. It is based on the animated film, Aladdin and focuses on Aladdin’s royal parade into Agraba. This was the first in a series of parades used to promote a theatrical release of a Disney Animation Feature.


LION KING CELEBRATION PARADE ~ Based on the recent popular film this daytime only parade began on Friday, July 1, 1994. It featured characters from the Lion King. This parade was quite popular and played for three years. This is the first parade to include an Animatronic character of Simba on a moving float!


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE 1994 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas story is narrated by Peter Graves.


THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARADE ~ The parade has now been lengthened to 40 minutes and continues its run in 1993. The parade now features all Christmas scenes with Disney characters, as well as Reindeer, Dancing Snowmen, skating snowflakes and Santa himself.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.

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Disneyland Parades ~ 1995 to 2004

 1995 PARADES


LION KING CELEBRATION PARADE ~ Based on the recent popular film this daytime only parade continues through 1995. It featured characters from the Lion King. This parade was quite popular and played for three years. This is the first parade to include an Animatronic character of Simba on a moving float!


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon.


THE 1995 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by David Ogden Stiers.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE ~ Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented. Parade units included the opening float, Santa's Mail Room, Santa's Toy Factory, A Recipe for Gingerbread Treats, Greetings from a Winter Wonderland, The Candlelight Christmas Ball, and Christmas Homecoming.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1996 PARADES


CRUISIN' THE KINGDOM PARADE ~ This parade was featured on weekdays in place of the regular parade. This was likely done as an economic measure, as it was far less elaborate than a full-scale parade. It featured several Disney Characters, all driving customized hot rod automobiles. 


HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME TOPSY TURVY CAVALCADE – Beginning on Thursday, June 27, 1996, this parade was a promotional tie-in to the film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It reenacted the Festival of Fools segment of the movie. It continued to run for two years and was used to promote the live stage show; Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fools being presented in the back area of Frontierland.


LION KING CELEBRATION PARADE ~ Based on the recent popular film this daytime only parade continues through 1996. It featured characters from the Lion King. This parade was quite popular and played for three years. This is the first parade to include an Animatronic character of Simba on a moving float. This trend would become more common the years to follow.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade is brought back in 1977 with a new opening fanfare that introduced “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound”. The original floats included the Blue Fairy, Casey Junior Circus Train, Alice In Wonderland, Chinese Dragon, Dumbo’s Circus, Cinderella’s Ball, “it’s a small world”, and the American Finale. The vehicles feature 500,000 sparkling lights, and 500 miles of wiring. This parade usually ran during high attendance periods when the park was open late, excluding Christmas. Also added was a new dragon, Elliott, the dragon from the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon. It ends on Saturday, November 25, 1995 for the third time.


THE 1996 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Mary Hart.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting on Sunday, November 26, 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1997 PARADES


HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME TOPSY TURVY CAVALCADE – This parade continues as a promotional tie-in to the film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It reenacted the Festival of Fools segment of the movie. It was used to promote the live stage show; Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fools being presented in the back area of Frontierland. It ended in early 1997.


HERCULES VICTORY PARADE ~ A parade that begins on Friday, June 27, 1997 and it based on the latest Disney animation film, Hercules. It was less popular than other movie-based parades and only lasted for one season.


LION KING CELEBRATION PARADE ~ Based on the recent popular film this daytime only parade continues and ends on Tuesday, June 1, 1997. It featured characters from the Lion King. This parade was quite popular and played for three years. This is the first parade to include an Animatronic character of Simba on a moving float!


CRUISIN' THE KINGDOM PARADE~ This parade was featured on weekdays in place of the regular parade. This was likely done as an economic measure, as it was far less elaborate than a full-scale parade. It featured several Disney Characters, all driving customized hot rod automobiles. 


LIGHT MAGIC PARADE ~ This nighttime only parade premiered on Thursday, June 27, 1997. Covered in fiber optic lighting, boasted by an entirely new lighting system along the parade route and filled with Disney characters dressed in their night clothes, this parade did not catch on with the public, who still missed the Main Street Electrical Parade.


THE 1997 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Joseph Campanella.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1998 PARADES


HERCULES VICTORY PARADE ~ A parade that continues through the spring and closes before June of 1998 and it based on the latest Disney animation film, Hercules. It was less popular than other movie-based parades and only lasted for one season. Hercules Victory Parade ends on Tuesday, September 8, 1998. 


CRUISIN' THE KINGDOM PARADE ~ This parade was featured on weekdays in place of the regular parade. This was likely done as an economic measure, as it was far less elaborate than a full-scale parade. It featured several Disney Characters, all driving customized hot rod automobiles. 


MULAN PARADE ~ This popular parade began on Friday, June 19, 1998 and lasted two seasons. It also replaced the Light Magic with special nighttime performances, enhanced by all the special new lighting that had been installed. It featured two songs from the movie including “Honor to Us All” and “I’ll Make A Man Out of You”. This would be the last parade to feature a single movie tie in. 


THE 1998 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Richard Crenna and Edward James Olmos.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – This seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


1999 PARADES


MULAN PARADE ~ This popular parade continues its second season. It featured traditional elements found in Chinese parades, with a stylized Disney look. This would be the last parade to feature a single movie tie in. It closes on Monday, November 22, 1999 to make way for the Christmas Parade.


THE 1999 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by actress, Olympia Dukakis.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2000 PARADES


45 YEARS OF MAGIC PARADE ~ [Later to be called PARADE OF THE STARS in 2001] Held in honor of Disneyland’s 45th anniversary, this parade began on Friday, February 18, 2000. Guests were randomly chosen to dress in tutus and wear animal hats to take part in this parade. It featured many characters from Fantasia.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


THE 2000 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by John Tesh and Barry Bostwick on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2001 PARADES


45 YEARS OF MAGIC PARADE ~ Originally, held in honor of Disneyland’s 45th anniversary in 2000, this parade continues until April when it is renamed PARADE OF THE STARS. Guests were randomly chosen to dress in tutus and wear animal hats to take part in this parade. It featured many characters from Fantasia.


PARADE OF THE STARS~ Following Disneyland’s 45th anniversary, this parade was renamed and changed slightly and began in April. Guests were randomly chosen to dress in tutus and wear animal hats to participate in this parade. It featured many characters from Fantasia. This parade ran until 2004.


THE 2001 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by David Ogden Stiers. 


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2002 PARADES


ANAHEIM ANGEL'S CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE ~ This one-time only parade featured the Anaheim Angels team in vehicles to celebrate their recent 2002 World Championship win on Saturday, September 28, 2002.


PARADE OF THE STARS~ Following Disneyland’s 45th anniversary, this parade was renamed and changed slightly and began in April. Guests were randomly chosen to dress in tutus and wear animal hats to participate in this parade. It featured many characters from Fantasia. This parade ran until 2004.


THE 2002 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Mickey Rooney and Stephen Collins.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2003 PARADES


PARADE OF THE STARS~ Following Disneyland’s 45th anniversary, this parade was renamed and changed slightly and began in April. Guests were randomly chosen to dress in tutus and wear animal hats to participate in this parade. It featured many characters from Fantasia. This parade ran until 2004.


THE 2003 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Louis Gossett, Jr. and Marie Osmond.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADE –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2004 PARADES


PARADE OF THE STARS~ Following Disneyland’s 45th anniversary, this parade was renamed and changed slightly and began in April. Guests were randomly chosen to dress in tutus and wear animal hats to participate in this parade. It featured many characters from Fantasia. This parade ran until Thursday, November 18, 2004.


MICKEY’S SHINING STAR CAVALCADE ~ This small parade of characters begins on Wednesday, January 7, 2004. It ends on Tuesday, February 10, 2004.


SLEEPING BEAUTY’S ROYAL CELEBRATION ~ This small parade paying tribute to Sleeping Beauty and all the prince and princesses begins on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 and ends Saturday, April 24, 2004.


MICKEY’S MAGIC KINGDOM CELEBRATION ~ This small character parade begins on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 and ends Saturday, April 24, 2004.


THE 2004 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Marie Osmond.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.

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Disneyland Parades ~ 2005 to 2014

2005 PARADES


MICKEY’S SHINING STAR CAVALCADE ~ This small parade ran from Friday, January 7, 2005 to Wednesday, February 10, 2005 and was used to bridge the after-holiday gap until the next big parade could begin running. This was a twice daily parade.


SLEEPING BEAUTY’S ROYAL CELEBRATION ~ This parade started on Friday, January 28, 2005 and ended on Sunday, April 24, 2005. This parade featured a glance of all the Disney Prince and Princesses and their court dancers in one parade and stopped in two locations on the parade route to perform. The soundtrack was mostly instrumental and quite regal. It ran twice daily.


MICKEY’S MAGIC KINGDOM CELEBRATION ~ This parade started on Friday, February 11, 2005 and ended on Sunday, April 24, 2005. It ran at twice daily in between showings of the Sleeping Beauty Royal Celebration which also ran twice daily. This parade featured the song “At the Happiest Place on Earth”. The parade stopped in two locations to perform songs featuring the five “lands” of Disneyland.


WALT DISNEY’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE OF DREAMS ~ begins on Thursday, May 5, 2005 as part of the Happiest Homecoming on Earth, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland in California. The Brother Bear song, “Welcome” was used throughout the parade and the color scheme of the parade is gold to match the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. Julie Andrews narrated the parade introduction.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade continues as an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


THE 2005 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narration by actor, Dick Van Dyke. This is his 2nd time narrating the story. He last read the Nativity story forty years ago in 1965.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2006 PARADES


WALT DISNEY’S PARADE OF DREAMS ~ Continuing into 2006 as part of the Happiest Homecoming on Earth, celebrating the previous year’s 50th Anniversary of Disneyland in California. The Brother Bear song, “Welcome” was used throughout the parade and the color scheme of the parade is gold to match the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland. Julie Andrews narrated the parade introduction.


THE 2006 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Andy Garcia and Hector Elizondo.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade continues as an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2007 PARADES


WALT DISNEY’S PARADE OF DREAMS ~ Continuing into 2007 as part of the HAPPIEST HOMECOMING ON EARTH, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland in California in 2005. The Brother Bear song, “Welcome” was used throughout the parade and the color scheme of the parade is gold to match the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. Julie Andrews narrated the parade introduction.


YEAR OF A MILLION DREAMS GRAND MARSHALL CAVALCADE ~ This Cavalcade and often a pre-parade is presented when Disneyland celebrated what was called “A Year of a Million Dreams,” a promotional campaign granting park guests an array of prizes [or dreams] from free vacations to overnight stays inside the park. Each day one lucky family was chosen to be honorary grand marshals and traveled at the head of the parade in a special customized car down the parade route.


MICKEY’S COSTUME PARADE ~ This parade runs during the Halloween season at Disneyland.


THE 2007 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Jane Seymour.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2008 PARADES


DISNEYLAND’S PARADE OF DREAMS ~ Based on the previous Parade of a Million Dreams, this revamped Parade also originally honored Disneyland’s 50th birthday in 2005. Repurposed the song “Welcome” from the animated feature “Brother Bear” as the theme for the parade. Floats all had a Gold Tone, to tie in with the Golden Anniversary. This parade ended on Sunday, January 29, 2008. 


MICKEY’S COSTUME PARADE ~ This parade runs during the Halloween season at Disneyland.


THE 2008 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by John Stamos.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2009 PARADES


CELEBRATE! A STREET PARTY ~ This street party parade began on Friday, March 27, 2009 and included a series of different popular dances, and guests were encouraged to dance along. The music, floats and costumes were very contemporary in feel. The intro to the parade would often change based on what the current holiday was, as this was promoted to celebrate a special event. When there was no holiday, they would reference possible anniversaries, birthdays or family reunions as the reason to celebrate. 


MICKEY’S COSTUME PARADE ~ This parade runs during the Halloween season at Disneyland.


THE 2009 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Jon Voight.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2010 PARADES

CELEBRATE! A STREET PARTY ~ This street party parade continues into 2010 and included a series of different popular dances, and guests were encouraged to dance along. The music, floats and costumes were very contemporary in feel. The intro to the parade would often change based on what the current holiday was, as this was promoted to celebrate a special event. When there was no holiday, they would reference possible anniversaries, birthdays or family reunions as the reason to celebrate. It ends in early 2010 to make way for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.


MICKEY’S COSTUME PARADE ~ This parade runs during the Halloween season at Disneyland.


THE 2010 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Tom Skerritt.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2011 PARADES


MICKEY’S SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE ~ This parade continues into 2011, it features a series of segments, each themed to a different genre of music, as they tie into Disney’s classic films. Parade units included a Frozen pre-parade unit, Mickey Mouse striking up the band, Aladdin’s Magical Cymbal, Donald’s Fiesta Fantastico, the Royal Princess Romantic Melodies, Simba’s Beastly Beats, Tiana’s New Orleans Jazz Jubilee, Peter Pan’s Neverland Buccaneer Blast and Mary Poppin’s Spoonful of Rhythm. 


MICKEY’S COSTUME PARADE ~ This parade runs during the Halloween season at Disneyland.


THE 2011 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Gary Sinise.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2012 PARADES


MICKEY’S SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE ~ This parade continues through 2012, it features a series of segments, each themed to a different genre of music, as they tie into Disney’s classic films. Parade units included a Frozen pre-parade unit, Mickey Mouse striking up the band, Aladdin’s Magical Cymbal, Donald’s Fiesta Fantastico, the Royal Princess Romantic Melodies, Simba’s Beastly Beats, Tiana’s New Orleans Jazz Jubilee, Peter Pan’s Neverland Buccaneer Blast and Mary Poppin’s Spoonful of Rhythm. This parade went on hiatus on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 to make way for the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade.


MICKEY’S COSTUME PARADE ~ This parade runs during the Halloween season at Disneyland.


THE 2012 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ There were 22 evening week-end performances in 2012 that featured the following narrators: December 1-2, 2012: Dennis Haysbert; December 3-5, 2012: Kurt Russell; December 6-8, 2012: Edward James Olmos; December 9-11, 2012: Lou Diamond Phillips; December 12-13, 2012: Dick Van Dyke; December 14, 2012: Dennis Haysbert; December 15-16, 2012: Patricia Heaton; December 17-19, 2012: Molly Ringwald and December 20, 2012: John Stamos.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2013 PARADES


MICKEY’S SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE ~ This parade continues through 2013, it features a series of segments, each themed to a different genre of music, as they tie into Disney’s classic films. Parade units included a Frozen pre-parade unit, Mickey Mouse striking up the band, Aladdin’s Magical Cymbal, Donald’s Fiesta Fantastico, the Royal Princess Romantic Melodies, Simba’s Beastly Beats, Tiana’s New Orleans Jazz Jubilee, Peter Pan’s Neverland Buccaneer Blast and Mary Poppin’s Spoonful of Rhythm. 


MICKEY’S COSTUME PARADE ~ This parade runs during the Halloween season at Disneyland.


THE 2013 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Kurt Russell and Blair Underwood.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2014 PARADES


MICKEY’S SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE ~ This parade continues through 2014, it features a series of segments, each themed to a different genre of music, as they tie into Disney’s classic films. Parade units included a Frozen pre-parade unit, Mickey Mouse striking up the band, Aladdin’s Magical Cymbal, Donald’s Fiesta Fantastico, the Royal Princess Romantic Melodies, Simba’s Beastly Beats, Tiana’s New Orleans Jazz Jubilee, Peter Pan’s Neverland Buccaneer Blast and Mary Poppin’s Spoonful of Rhythm. 


MICKEY’S COSTUME PARADE ~ This parade runs during the Halloween season at Disneyland.


THE 2014 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Beau Bridges.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.

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Disneyland Parades ~ 2015 to 2019

2015 PARADES


MICKEY’S SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE ~ This parade continues through 2015, it features a series of segments, each themed to a different genre of music, as they tie into Disney’s classic films. Parade units included a Frozen pre-parade unit, Mickey Mouse striking up the band, Aladdin’s Magical Cymbal, Donald’s Fiesta Fantastico, the Royal Princess Romantic Melodies, Simba’s Beastly Beats, Tiana’s New Orleans Jazz Jubilee, Peter Pan’s Neverland Buccaneer Blast and Mary Poppin’s Spoonful of Rhythm. 


PAINT THE NIGHT PARADE ~ Formerly a Hong Kong Disney parade, the Disneyland version debuted on Friday, May 22, 2015, as part of the park's 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration. The parade is a successor to the long-running Main Street Electrical Parade, which had appeared at many Disney parks in several different incarnations since 1972. Paint the Night Parade had its last regular performance on Monday, September 5, 2016, but returned briefly for the 2016 holiday season. 

There is no HALLOWEEN PARADE listed in 2015.


THE 2015 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Geena Davis and Lana Parilla. 


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2016 PARADES


MICKEY’S SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE ~ This parade continues through 2016, it features a series of segments, each themed to a different genre of music, as they tie into Disney’s classic films. Parade units included a Frozen pre-parade unit, Mickey Mouse striking up the band, Aladdin’s Magical Cymbal, Donald’s Fiesta Fantastico, the Royal Princess Romantic Melodies, Simba’s Beastly Beats, Tiana’s New Orleans Jazz Jubilee, Peter Pan’s Neverland Buccaneer Blast and Mary Poppin’s Spoonful of Rhythm. 


PAINT THE NIGHT PARADE ~ The Disneyland version debuted on Friday, May 22, 2015, as part of the park's 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration. The parade is a successor to the long-running Main Street Electrical Parade, which had appeared at many Disney parks in several different incarnations since 1972. Paint the Night Parade had its last regular performance on Monday, September 5, 2016, but returned briefly for the 2016 holiday season. 


FRIGHTFULLY FUN PARADE ~ This parade is specially for the 17 nights of Halloween Season Private events only. This parade began on Friday, September 23, 2016.


THE 2016 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Gennifer Goodwin on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2016,


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Started in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2017 PARADES


MICKEY’S SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE ~ This parade continues through 2017, it features a series of segments, each themed to a different genre of music, as they tie into Disney’s classic films. Parade units included a Frozen pre-parade unit, Mickey Mouse striking up the band, Aladdin’s Magical Cymbal, Donald’s Fiesta Fantastico, the Royal Princess Romantic Melodies, Simba’s Beastly Beats, Tiana’s New Orleans Jazz Jubilee, Peter Pan’s Neverland Buccaneer Blast and Mary Poppin’s Spoonful of Rhythm. This parade went on hiatus on Sunday, November 5, 2017.


PAINT THE NIGHT PARADE ~ This parade closes on Sunday, January 8, 2017 to make way for the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade. 


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ The Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland on Friday, January 20, 2017 for a limited engagement. Disneyland restored the drum float to once again read "Main Street Electrical Parade" as well as "Disneyland Presents". The Tinker Bell's float, added in 2009, was moved back to the Peter Pan unit and was altered for the 2017 run, making Casey Junior the new leader of the parade. In February 2017, the pixie dust swooshes added to the floats in 2009 were removed, except on Tinker Bell's float, since Tinker Bell was no longer the parade's leader. The Main Street Electrical Parade had its final performance of its most recent run at Disneyland Park on Sunday, August 20, 2017. 


FRIGHTFULLY FUN PARADE ~ This parade is specially for the 17 nights of Halloween Season Private events only. This 2016 parade continues until 2018.


THE 2017 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by Chris Hemsworth on Saturday, December 2, 2017 and Sunday, December 3, 2017.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2018 PARADES


MICKEY’S SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE ~ This parade returned in early 2018. Designed by Jody Daily and Kevin Kidney, with a retro look inspired by the art of the late Mary Blair, this parade features a series of segments, each themed to a different genre of music, as they tie into Disney’s classic films. This parade went on hiatus on Sunday, July 17, 2019 to make way for the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade.


FRIGHTFULLY FUN HALLOWEEN PARADE ~ This parade is specially for the 17 nights of Halloween Season Private events only. This parade is closed on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 and will be moved to Disney California Adventure in 2019.


THE 2018 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story is narrated by actor, Chris Pratt on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2, 2018.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.


2019 Parades


MICKEY’S SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE ~ This parade returned on Friday, January 25, 2019. Designed by Jody Daily and Kevin Kidney, with a retro look inspired by the art of the late Mary Blair, this parade features a series of segments, each themed to a different genre of music, as they tie into Disney’s classic films. This parade went on hiatus on Sunday, July 17, 2019 to make way Mickey’s 90thBirthday Celebration.


MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE ~ Considered to be Disneyland’s most popular parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland on Friday, August 2, 2019 for a limited engagement. Disneyland restored the drum float to once again read "Main Street Electrical Parade" as well as "Disneyland Presents". The Main Street Electrical Parade had its final performance of its most recent run at Disneyland Park on Monday, September 30, 2019. It performs twice nightly.


MICKEY AND FRIENDS BAND-TASTIC CAVALCADE ~ Starting on Thursday, July 18, 2019, this temporary cavalcade of Disney characters joins the Disneyland Marching Band. It ends on Thursday, August 1, 2019 to make room for the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade.


NO HALLOWEEN EVENTS at Disneyland in 2019 ~ All Halloween parades, shows and events were moved to Disney California Adventure in 2019.


THE 2019 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL ~ The Christmas Story narrator has yet to be announced.


A CHRISTMAS FANTASY PARADE – Originally starting in November of 1995, this seasonal parade is an all Holiday themed show. Like its predecessor, this parade included all new floats, and an original theme song. This parade has changed little since it was first presented. Current parade units include Anna, Elsa and Olaf bid you a warm winter welcome from their Frozen float, Mickey and Minnie work with Chip 'n Dale to organize letters to Santa, Woody and Buzz give a playful wave from a giant wooden building blocks, the Disney Princesses dance and curtsy at the Candlelight Ball. In the grand finale is Santa Claus himself.


RAINY DAY CAVALCADES –The covered Main Street motor vehicles including the horseless carriages and Omnibus are used to transport Disney Characters down the parade route during inclement weather. These mini parades are held when the weather will not permit use of the normally scheduled parade.

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