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September 10

September 10, 1983 – The Flights of Fantasy Parade Ends its Run

“Your imagination will run wild, right before your eyes.”

On September 10, 1983, the Flights of Fantasy Parade ended its run in Disneyland. Beginning on June 18, the parade featured floats and characters from rarely seen films, such as Babes in Toyland, Fantasia, and Pinocchio. The parade also featured Mickey and his friends “floating” into the parade in hot air balloons. This parade was also distinctive for being both a daytime and nighttime parade taking place at both 4pm and 10pm.

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August 29

August 29, 1992 – The Dinosaurs Live Parade Ends its Run

“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille!”

On August 29, 1992, the Disney-MGM Studios parade and show Dinosaurs Live! ended its run. Opening on September 26, 1991, the parade featured the cast of the ABC series Dinosaurs as the “Surprise Family of the Day.” The song for the parade was a rendition of the 1988 song “Walk the Dinosaur,” originally by Was (Not Was). The parade was considered the beginning of adding the characters from the show into a larger presence within Disney-MGM Studios, but after falling ratings, these plans were cancelled. After Dinosaurs Live! ended its run, it was followed by Aladdin’s Royal Caravan.

June 12

June 12, 1975 – America on Parade Begins in Disneyland

“Floats throughout America on Parade represented historical, cultural and scientific achievements throughout the first 200 years of our nation.”

On June 12, 1975, the daytime parade America on Parade began its run in Disneyland. Celebrating the bicentennial of the United States of America, the parade featured special floats and character costumes that celebrated the history, culture, and heroes of the country, accompanied by a medley of popular songs. The parade was also led by Mickey, Goofy, and Donald, dressed in the “Spirit of ‘76” costumes. This parade was the first time that the parks on both coasts jointly worked on a production, which was viewed by over 25 million guests. The Disneyland version of the parade ran for 678 productions, ending on September 12, 1976.

June 4

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June 4, 1994 – The Surprise Celebration Parade Ends Run in Walt Disney World

“Beginning in September 1991, Magic Kingdom Park kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration early with the debut of a new parade – the “Surprise Celebration Parade.”

On June 4, 1994, the Surprise Celebration Parade had its final run in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Beginning on September 22, 1991, the parade was created to celebrate the park’s 20th anniversary. It was based on the Party Gras Parade that was held exclusively in Disneyland, with several of the floats being repurposed for the Walt Disney World parade. The parade featured 35 to 40 feet balloons of several popular characters, including Roger Rabbit, Goofy, and, of course, Mickey Mouse. It was preceded by Mickey Mania.

May 28

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May 28, 1999 – The Main Street Electrical Parade Moves to Walt Disney World

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls…”

On May 28, 1999, the popular Main Street Electrical Parade began its run in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. In moving this popular nighttime parade to the East Coast, the parade’s floats underwent a complete refurbishment. The parade ran in Walt Disney World until April 1, 2001, when it was moved back to Disney California Adventure Park. The parade would return to Walt Disney World on June 5, 2010 before concluding again on October 9, 2016, and moving back to Disneyland Park for a limited engagement.

January 20

January 20, 2017 – Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland for Limited Engagement

“Join us in January as we welcome the Main Street Electrical Parade home to Disneyland park for a limited time!”

On January 20, 2017, the Main Street Electrical Parade began a limited engagement run in Disneyland. Originally premiering on June 17, 1972, the floats and synthesizer music became a huge hit with park guests. A version of the parade was created for Walt Disney World, which premiered on June 11, 1977. The Disneyland version ended its run on November 25, 1996. With the limited engagement version, special merchandise and food offerings were offered to help guests enjoy the experience.

January 18

January 18, 2011 – The Flights of Fantasy Parade Kicks Off in Hong Kong Disneyland

“Watch and cheer as Disney Characters join this sky-high celebration with music, dancing and excitement ‘in the air.’”

On January 18, 2011, the Flights of Fantasy Parade kicked off its run in Hong Kong Disneyland. The parade was created as part of the celebrations for Hong Kong Disneyland’s 5th anniversary. The parade was a collaboration project with cast members from Disney Parks around the world, and features several floats with themes ranging from Dumbo to Toy Story, accompanied by acrobats and aerialists. The twenty minute parade also features Cantonese and English versions of popular Disney songs, such as “You Can Fly” and “Heffalumps and Woozles.” The parade also features its own song, “Flights of Fantasy,” and a Cantonese version of the Jonas Brothers’ song “Fly With Me.”