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A Look at Mickey’s Opening Float for Magic Happens Parade at Disneyland

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The Disneyland Resort has shared a look at the opening unit for Magic Happens, the new parade premiering soon at Disneyland Park. The parade opens with Mickey Mouse in an iridescent sorcerer-inspired costume riding a coordinating float featuring a 15-foot tall magical hat.

Joining him, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale, and a group of energetic “magic makers” help get things started, dancing to original music by Todrick Hall.

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Show Director Jordan Peterson shares a look behind-the-scenes at Mickey’s float:

Other fun facts:

  • Magic Happens features 9 newly designed floats
  • The parade features two songs: “Magic Happens,” plus a special song for the finale featuring themes from Remember the Magic, Wishes, and Remember…Dreams Come True.
  • 90-plus performers are in the parade, including more than two dozen Disney and Pixar characters
  • The lyrics of “Magic Happens” are printed on two of the costumes to represent the magic of music
  • The opening float has 300 LED lights on Mickey’s giant hat
  • LED panels on the Moana float will provide a glimpse into the magic the ocean holds, including cameos of characters from Finding Nemo
  • The Moana float is 32 feet long, 22 feet tall, and 12 feet wide
  • Miguel appears in person for the first time on the Coco float
  • Dante transforms from his dog form into his alebrije form as he crosses the float’s marigold bridge
  • The Coco float is 36 feet long, 19 feet tall, and 11 feet wide
  • The Frozen 2 float features Anna and Elsa exploring the mysteries of the Enchanted Forest
  • Kristoff also appears in the parade along with animated versions of Sven and Olaf
  • The Frozen 2 float is 39 feet long, making it the longest in the parade
  • The finale includes magical moments from several stories, with performers wearing costumes and carrying flags that represent different stories.
  • In addition, look for other magical characters like Genie, Aladdin, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Blue Fairy, Pinocchio, and Fairy Godmother
  • The Cinderella float features Cinderella inside the pumpkin as it transforms into a glistening carriage
  • The transformation includes vines that become wheels and leaves that turn into stained glass
  • The carriage is 16 feet tall and 10 feet wide
  • The Sword in the Stone float has Arthur making his Disneyland debut, as he claims his place upon the throne
  • Look for an animated Archimedes, plus nods to Arthur and Hazel as squirrels
  • The float is 15 feet long, 19 feet tall, and 12 feet wide
  • The Princess and The Frog float features Tiana and Naveen as they complete their transformation into human form
  • The golden swirls of flowers around the pair rotate
  • The float is 19 feet tall and 11 feet wide
  • The Sleeping Beauty float features Aurora and Prince Philip, plus representations of Flora, Fauna and Merryweather
  • Aurora’s dress shimmers between hues of pink and blue
  • The turret on the float is 30 feet tall, making it the tallest float

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Magic Happens makes its way through the streets of Disneyland starting February 28th.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Tom is the host and producer of the DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast, plus Disneyland Editor of The DIS. He enjoys traveling with his wife and teenage son. At this point, their favorite destination is Alaska, with a FIFTH cruise there planned for the Summer of 2019. In his spare time he volunteers with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and help found his son's former Cub Scout Pack. His favorite Disneyland attraction is Space Mountain.


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