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September 22

September 22, 1991 – The Surprise Celebration Parade Kicks Off in Walt Disney World

“One of 20 spectacular new reasons to visit this year!”

On September 22, 1991, the Surprise Celebration Parade began its run in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Thrown to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Walt Disney World, the parade featured 40-feet-tall character balloons that celebrated different festivals from around the world. The parade ran until June 4, 1994, and was followed by the Mickey Mania Parade.

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September 11

September 11, 2014 – The Paint the Night Parade Premieres in Hong Kong Disneyland

“In millions of dazzling lights and astounding musical sounds, it’s the Paint the Night Parade!”

On September 11, 2014, the first LED nighttime parade, called Paint the Night, debuted in Hong Kong Disneyland, with an official opening taking place on October 1. The parade featured characters from both classic Disney films and Pixar films, and featured Cantonese versions of Disney songs, along with an original song in English and Cantonese entitled “Paint the Night.” The parade was also unique in its innovative use of technology, with guests able to purchase special “paintbrushes” that allowed them to interact with the floats and characters, making them change color through RFID technology. A version of the parade was brought to Disneyland to help celebrate the park’s 60th anniversary in 2015.

June 19

June 19, 1992 – The World According to Goofy Parade Kicks Off in Disneyland

“From the pyramids to politics, Goofy brought the hyucks to history.”

On June 19, 1992, the celebration parade The World According to Goofy kicked off in Disneyland. Celebrating the character’s 60th birthday, the parade takes important events in history and gives them a “Goofy” twist, including Cleopatra’s Egypt and the 4th of July. The parade ended its run on November 15, 1992.

April 28

April 28, 2006 – The 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade Wins a Daytime Emmy

“The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Television Academy in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.”

On April 28, 2006, the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. ABC won four awards, including one for Outstanding Special Class Special for The 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. This was ABC’s first, and only, win in this category as of 2017. Among those recognized for their contribution to the parade were co-hosts Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, and Ryan Seacrest.

March 11

March 11, 2001 – The Mulan Parade Has its Last Run in Hollywood Studios

“Hey folks! Can I make things happen or what?”

On March 11, 2001, the final run of the Mulan Parade ran through Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. The parade, which had begun on June 19, 1998 to replace the Hercules Victory Parade, was originally created to promote the upcoming film; the parade would then go on to run for almost three years. The parade was then replaced by the Parade of the Stars. This was the longest of the three Mulan parades in three Disney Parks, with the Disneyland parade lasting almost a year, and Disneyland Paris’ version not even running for a year.

February 16

February 16, 2000 – The Disneyland 45 Years of Magic Parade Premieres

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“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.

November 11

November 11, 1946 – Walt Disney Appears in Armistice Day Parade in Georgia

“Out of the past of every nation has come its folklore: simple tales handed down from generation to generation and made immortal by such names as Aesop, the brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Anderson.”

On November 11, 1946, an Armistice Day parade was held in Atlanta, Georgia; Walt Disney made a special appearance in the parade, as he was there to promote his upcoming film Song of the South, which was to premiere the next day. Disney had worked extensively with the family of author Joel Chandler Harris, original author of the Uncle Remus Stories, since he acquired the rights in 1939, and had visited Atlanta often to get a feel for the area where the stories were set. The parade featured several floats and bands, as well as representations of the characters from the upcoming film.