July 1, 1994 – The Lion King Celebration Parade Premieres in Disneyland
“Attention, all creatures great and small. It is time to trim your manes, stomp your hooves, and ruffle your feathers, in glorious celebration as we present the Legend of the Lion King!”
On July 1, 1994, the Lion King Celebration Parade began in Disneyland. The parade was the first time Audio-Animatronic figures, used on the floats, appeared outside stationary attractions; remote-controlled crocodiles and large African bugs were also used in the parade.
The parade was a mix of a Disney parade and a stage show: The parade would stop at various intervals and perform for visitors a brief show, which included the song “Circle of Life.” The segment also included men and women dressed as birds perfoming acrobatic stunts on poles, and an Audio-Animatronic Simba letting out a loud roar from the Pride Rock float. This section of the parade would end with a performance of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” before continuing down the parade route. The parade ended its performance run on June 1, 1997.