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Magic Happens At New Parade 9 Reasons To See It

Magic Happens
Ashley Ludwig
February 20, 2020
February 27, 2020
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Grab your mouse ears and head to the Disneyland Resort to drink in the most imaginative new parade to hit the park in many years. Disneyland is full of magic, and the new parade launching Feb. 28 will bring an all new type of spectacular to the park. Guests who pause along Main Street or along the route to take in the scene will see moments from favorite Disney films throughout the years.

Among those you'll witness are "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "The Sword in the Stone," "Frozen 2," "Coco" and "Moana." Plus, leave it to the Disney App, make reservations for a "Magic Happens" dining package and get reserved viewing area seating for the event.

With nine new, never before seen floats, we thought you would enjoy nine reasons and fun facts about the latest Disneyland feat. Over 90 performers and two-dozen Disney and Pixar characters are in the parade, with vibrant costumes, energetic music and a new Magic Happens grand finale song.

With magic at the heart, you'll see all types of "Disney Magic" in the parade, especially the "magic makers" normally invisible to humans in and around the floats.

The opening float, "A Swirl of Magic," Mickey's giant magical hat, is lit by over 300 shimmering LED lights. It is 15 feet tall, over 9 feet in diameter, and hand painted in iridescent colors. Mickey's gang kicks off the parade, including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Chip n' dale.

Moana's "Wave of Magic" will wow you. Over 32 feet long, 12 feet wide, the float will hearken to the journey of Moana and Maui. Watch the water for a glimpse of a familiar Finding Nemo character or two!

Coco brings a "Bridge to Magic" and his first appearance in a Disney parade. Miguel celebrates the magic that happens when he plays his guitar. The bridge that connects the living and the dead is vibrant and includes 30,000 individual marigolds. Dante, Miguel's dog, will magically transform as he crosses the marigold bridge. The "Coco" float is 11 feet wide, 19 feet tall and almost 36 feet long.

The "Frozen 2" "Magical Forest" where aspen trees and canopy leaves protect Anna and Elsa as they explore the mysteries within. Notice the characters and details as the float moves down the parade route. Olaf and Sven are there, as animated figures. At 39 feet long, this is the largest float in the parade.

Cinderella's Pumpkin Magic captures the moment of "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo," as Cinderella is seen inside a grand pumpkin, just as it magically transforms into a glistening carriage to whisk her off to the ball. Vines begin to take shape as wheels, while leaves stretch into stained glass, creating a translucent jeweled form of a carriage. The float reaches 16 feet at the top of Cinderella's carriage, and it's approximately 10 feet in diameter.

The Sword – "The Sword in the Stone" shows you Merlin as he wisely leads the way for young Arthur, who finds the magic within himself as he pulls the sword from the stone and claims his place upon the throne. Guests will be able to see Archimedes, the educated but irritable owl from the film. Archimedes is an animated figure on the figure on the float, and his neck and eyes move. Two squirrels, named Arthur and Hazel, are perched on top of the gothic architecture featured on the float. They serve as a nod to the sequence in the film where the characters transform into squirrels. Arthur makes his official Disneyland Resort debut in "Magic Happens." This float is approximately 19 feet tall, 15 feet long and 12 feet wide.

The Kiss – "The Princess and the Frog" Tiana and Naveen are seen amidst a swirl of golden flowers where they share a kiss, completing their transformation back into human forms. The flowery swirls surrounding Tiana and Naveen rotate, creating a beautiful and magical movement. The tree that stands above Tiana and Naveen is modeled from an actual mangrove tree. "The Princess and the Frog" float is 19 feet tall and 11 feet in diameter.

The Once Upon a Dream – "Sleeping Beauty" The happily-ever-after scene from "Sleeping Beauty" features the three good fairies – Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather – revolving gracefully atop turrets at the front of the float. Princess Aurora is seen dancing with Prince Phillip, and her gown shimmers between hues of pink and blue. The flag symbols are all designed in the style of Sleeping Beauty, as if to represent the different kingdoms and banners found in her castle. The Sleeping Beauty float is the tallest float in the parade, with the top turret reaching approximately 30 feet tall.

The grand finale of "Magic Happens" celebrates magical moments from several classic Disney stories. Each finale performer wears a slightly different costume piece and flag, representing the kingdom they are leading. The finale brings together a collection of iconic magical characters, including Genie, Aladdin, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Blue Fairy, Pinocchio and Fairy Godmother.

These characters lead the way as more floats are introduced, each highlighting moments of magic that changed the characters' lives.

The finale score includes musical nods to past Disney entertainment productions that have special meaning to show director Jordan Peterson, weaving in themes from the "Remember the Magic," parade as well as "Wishes" and "Remember… Dreams Come True" fireworks spectaculars.
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