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The Disneyland Parade
There's been a parade at Disneyland for years. The theme changes periodically and the current one premiered in 2011 when Mickey's Soundsational Parade rolled down Main Street U.S.A. for the first time.
It's a fun parade, with lots of bright colors and high energy - and we hope it sticks around for a while so we can see it again.
With floats more elaborate than some you might see in the Rose Parade, this Disneyland parade has nine units, featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Aladdin, Ariel, Donald Duck, The Lion King, Peter Pan, Disney princesses and heroines. The music is upbeat, arranged by "Glee" vocal director Tim Davis. Each themed float is preceded by dancers and followed by a related character such as Sebastian from The Little Mermaid.
Disneyland also has a night parade. You can find out all about it here.
What You Need to Know About the Disneyland Parade
- Rating: ★★★★
- Location: Runs between the Main Street train station and it's a small world
- Show Time: It takes... about 15 minutes to pass a single spot. You can check the daily schedule when you arrive for exact times or go to the Disneyland website ahead of time.
- Recommended for: Anyone who loves a parade
- Fun Factor: High. This is one of the best Disneyland parades of the last decade
- Wait Factor: Plan to be in position at least 30 minutes before the parade for the best views of it. Make that an hour or more on busy days.
- Seating: You'll be standing to watch this parade, unless you snag one of the few benches along its route. Little ones can also watch from the curb where there is one.
Where to Watch the Disneyland Parade
The parade runs between a gate next to the Mad Hatter shop on Main Street and a gate opposite "it's a small world." The spaces along that corridor are great places to stand. Previous parades stopped to put on a show before moving on, which left some people out. That doesn't happen in this one.
The area in front of the restrooms next to Alice in Wonderland is a nice, shady place to watch. So is the platform in front of the train station near the entrance.
If you have small children with you, it's well worth your time to arrive early enough to claim a spot in front. There's lots of street action that they'll miss otherwise.
If you want to leave the park immediately after the parade, choose a spot near City Hall and the entrance. If you want to stay in the park afterward and avoid the crowds rushing toward the exit, choose a place near small world.Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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How to Have More Fun at the Disneyland Parade
- During the Christmas holidays, the Disneyland parade is a special one, created just for the season.
- The only place you can watch the parade sitting down is around the hub (between the castle and Main Street). Elsewhere, you'll be standing, although little ones are allowed to sit on the curb where there is one.
- If you want your kids to get noticed by people in the parade, get them into the front row. Dress them cute. Give them something even cuter to hold like a stuffed Disney character - or even a small sign with a cute message. Then hope for the best.
- On a moderately busy day, get to your chosen viewing area at least 30 minutes before the parade starts and an hour ahead of time if you want to be on the front row (where the characters may come and greet you).
- The Entertainment Times Guide you get at the entrance tells which direction the parade is traveling and at what time.
- It takes about 20 minutes for the parade to travel between it's a small world and City Hall, and a big crowd... wants to leave right afterward. Check which direction it will be traveling and plan your exit to avoid the worst of it.
- On a hot day, people avoid viewing spots in the sun. If you want front row seats without having to get there so early, bring an umbrella, sunscreen, and a mister fan, then head for the sunny side of the street;
It's easy to watch the parade from your wheelchair or ECV. You'll find several parking areas along the route. Any Cast Member can tell you where they are. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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Fun Facts About the Disneyland Parade
According to AllEars.net, The parade was designed to look like a child's pop-up book. Paper artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Dailey did the original designs.
The parade is named "Soundsational," a word that didn't exist before its creators decided that the “Sound” of Disney's famous music makes a “Sensational” parade.
The parade's signature song starts out like this: "It's a music celebration Come on, come on, come on. Strike up the band."