February 16, 2000 – The Disneyland 45 Years of Magic Parade Premieres
“To find inspiration for this special parade, we literally searched the stars. We looked to the stars of our most loved films.” – Jean Luc Choplin, Vice President, Creative Development
On February 16, 2000, the 45 Years of Magic Parade kicked off in Disneyland. Celebrating the park’s 45th anniversary, the parade featured characters from classic Disney films, such as Disney princesses Cinderella and Aurora, as well as several sections featuring elements from the movies Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. The parade also featured heavy cloud imagery, and a new feature of “audience participation,” where up to 45 spectators were invited to wear tutus and hats and dance during the parade. Originally the music to accompany the parade was Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” but after a rather lukewarm reception from guests, the music was changed to a more upbeat Disney medley.