Mickey's Soundsational Parade is new this year at Disneyland!
In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of Mickey's Soundsational Parade at Disneyland Park in California. This parade began for Summer 2011, and is expected to be Disneyland's major parade for the next several years.
What Disney characters are in Mickey's Soundsational Parade?
Expect to see MANY of your favorite Disney characters!
In the slide show at the top of this page, you're viewing floats from the 1st half of Mickey's Soundsational Parade. Just as the parade's name implies, MUSIC is the main theme of this parade. You can tell that from the moment this exciting parade begins.
How? Well, the first thing that you'll see is a colorful drumline, with skilled percussionists rousing the crowd with both their catchy rhythms...as well as whimsical shenanigans.
At the same time, Minnie Mouse comes into view---and her skirt very obviously looks like the keyboard of a piano! Then high atop the opening float...hidden from view at first by the float's design...soon Mickey Mouse will appear---and he's playing a set of drums!
Goofy, accompanied by Chip and Dale, follow the opening float on a smaller (and obviously musically-themed) float, waving & grinning to the crowd.
Crowd-pleasing, catch music is ALWAYS a part of Disneyland parades, but with Mickey's Soundsational Parade, the music itself is a central point. Each different float showcases different songs and different styles of music, as you'll notice as each float passes the spot where your family is viewing the procession.
Next up, you'll see Aladdin high atop a float that looks like a drum. He's accompanied by the big blue Genie, along with a troupe of dancers.
The Little Mermaid float comes next, and following that, you'll see a float representing the classic "Three Caballeros" animated movie. And then, along comes a float dedicated to the Disney Princesses, on which you'll see Snow White, Aurora, Cinderella, Belle...and Rapunzel (from the recent Disney movie, "Tangled.") In the slide show below, you'll see floats from the 2nd half of Disneyland's new Soundsational Parade.
Mickey's Soundsational Parade, Pt 2
Here come still MORE of your favorite Disney characters!
Many Disney fans ADORE the Lion King...and if you're one of them, you're in luck! Next in the parade comes the Lion King float, full of pageantry and colorful costumes...and still more terrific, high-energy music.
Princess Tiana is the star of the next float, also full of color and catchy tunes. As you may remember from seeing the "Princess and the Frog" movie, music was in integral and important part of the film...making this movie a "natural" for getting its own float in this new Disney parade.
Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Mr Smee all make appearances in Mickey's Soundsational Parade, as well. Tink rides high atop float, waving to the crowd & blowing them kisses. Meanwhile on the ground, Peter Pan indulges in a bit of mock fighting with Captain Hook and his band of grizzly pirates.
"Mary Poppins," the classic live-action Disney movie was yet another film in which music was such an important part that the story could hardly have moved forward without it. As such, it's only fitting that Mickey's Soundsational Parade should have a large float showcasing the movie and its music. Mary Poppins and Bert, beloved characters from the movie, go riding past you on beautiful carousel horses. Meanwhile, an entire troupe of chimney sweeps dance in the street and mug for the crowd. What a wonderful way to end a terrific new Disneyland parade!
Pictures of the former Disneyland Parade, "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams"
The Parade of Dreams has ended...but it still has many fans who will never forget it!
"WALT DISNEY'S PARADE OF DREAMS" is no longer running at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. However, many people fondly remember it, and claim that the Parade of Dreams was a better parade than those which have followed it at the park. On the rest of this page, you'll be able to see pictures of this by-gone parade so that you may remember it.
WHAT CHARACTERS WERE FEATURED IN WALT DISNEY'S PARADE OF DREAMS? In the slide show above, you saw a number of Disney characters, dancers and floats from the parade. The slide show included pictures of---
* Snow White and some of the Seven Dwarfs
* Princess Aurora from the Disney animated movie, "Sleeping Beauty"
* Gepetto, the kindly carpenter who wished Pinocchio could become a real boy
* Ariel, the little mermaid, and the evil sea monster Ursula
* Characters from Disney's animated "The Lion King" movie
* Alice and The Mad Hatter (in a scene from the "Alice in Wonderland" movie)
* Disney Characters Donald Duck, Goofy, and Dale the Chipmunk
* Belle, Beast and other characters from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" movie
WERE THERE OTHER CHARACTERS IN THE PARADE who aren't pictured on this page?
OF COURSE there were! There were just too many characters, dancers, and float details to include pics of every one of them.
WHERE WAS "WALT DISNEY'S PARADE OF DREAMS PERFORMED?
"Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams" was performed regularly from May, 2005 through late 2008 at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. It was the parade that debuted especially for Disneyland Park's 50th anniversary celebration!
This popular Disneyland parade was performed ALMOST every day of the year...either once or twice per day. There are some notable times when this parade was NOT performed: mainly, during the Christmas season, when a special seasonal parade is offered, instead.
WAS WALT DISNEY'S PARADE OF DREAMS A NIGHTTIME PARADE?
Actually, whether you saw this lovely Disneyland Park parade during the daytime or at night depends on the time of year you visit the park.
During the summertime...with its longer days and sunsets that don't occur until after 8 pm...you probably experienced Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams as a daytime parade. Even if you visited Disneyland Park on a day when 2 performances were scheduled, both will take place during daylight hours.
However, if you visited the Disneyland theme park when days were shorter...such as the wintertime and early spring...you were able to experience some parade performances after dark. While Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams is both beautiful and whimsical whether seen in the daylight or at night, you were able to view the parade floats' nighttime lighting only during evening performances.
WAS WALT DISNEY'S PARADE OF DREAMS "INTERACTIVE?"
Some Disney parades are more interactive than others. Parades at Disneyland's sister park (Disney's California Adventure) have been more interactive. Parades such as "High School Musical," "Pixar Play Parade" and "Block Party Bash" encourage viewers from the sidelines to dance, clap and sway with the characters in the parade. Disneyland's new Celebrations parade will be more like this, with audience participation encouraged.
Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams was more "traditional," in the sense that kids don't actually dance with the performers as the parade passes by them.
Nevertheless, characters from the parade DO visit the parade's sidelines, waving at onlookers...and occasionally stopping to shake hands. Characters mounted atop floats (who cannot actually leave the float & meet guests on the sidelines) actively wave to BOTH sides of the crowd so that everyone will get a chance to see them.
DOES VIEWING THE DISNEYLAND PARADE CAUSE ME TO MISS OTHER DISNEYLAND RESORT ENTERTAINMENT?
Disneyland Park schedules usually "stagger" performances so that guests attending the park for only one day will, nevertheless, have a chance to view all of the MAJOR entertainment offerings at Disneyland Park. This was true for Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams, and it will also be true for the new Celebrations parade.
Even though the theme park's schedules make it possible to view a performance of each major show during a one-day visit, you WILL miss out on some of the park's rides if you take time to catch all of the parade, fireworks and other entertainment. That's why it's always a good idea to spend more than one day at Disneyland Park...especially if it's your first visit.
Question: If I have only one day at Disneyland Park, which is better--=the rides or the entertainment?
The answer to this question is that, "There's NO answer to this question!" It totally depends upon your own personal tastes and interests what you'd enjoy best. Some people have no interest in parades or show, no matter how good they might be. Others have little interest in the rides. MOST people, however DO wish to enjoy BOTH...and that's where the problem comes in!
Try to remember that it's impossible to see and do everything at the Disneyland theme park in only one day. In order to experience as many rides AND performances as possible, try to stay more than one day. If that's not possible, be sure to know in advance of your visit which attractions are on your "must see" list---and plan accordingly.
Lastly, don't forget to pick up the latest showtime schedule as you enter the park...every day that you enter! Never assume that the show schedules will be the same on your 2nd or 3rd day at the park as they were on the 1st day you arrived. It's sad to say...but some guests have been known to miss shows they wanted to see because they made that assumption!
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