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Rhythm is king when the magic of Disney music takes to the streets in the new “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” in Disneyland park. A bevy of favorite Disney characters including Aladdin, Ariel, Cinderella, and Peter Pan will follow “the leader of the club,” Mickey Mouse, as they lead guests on a journey of sound and story.
“Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” comes alive with Disney characters, performers and nine new parade floats, each designed in the style of a children’s “pop-up” story book with eye-catching visuals and whimsical elements. Each parade unit is brought to life through the fun and lively rhythms of drumlines, percussion teams and jazz horns. Images of musical instruments and oversized drums decorate the parade lineup.
Mickey Mouse leads all the performers onto the Disneyland parade route and demonstrates his own rhythmic prowess sitting atop the first float and playing an acoustic drum set. Just ahead of Mickey’s float are six live drumline musicians who drive the beat and set the tone for the entire parade. The drumline performers playfully interact with guests as they make their way down the parade route. Also included in this classic character unit are Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip ‘n’ Dale, and Goofy.
Next, the Genie from “Aladdin” takes over the street, brandishing a drum major’s baton and leading six Cymbal Dancers who set a new rhythm. Aladdin himself commands the top of this float as he strikes a large gong and greets guests. Bringing up the rear is an animated version of Aladdin’s pet monkey, Abu, who claps and plays cymbals of his own.
From there, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” takes guests “Under the Sea,” accompanied by a distinctively Caribbean sound including steel drums and marimbas. The world’s favorite mermaid, Ariel, “floats” above this whimsical parade unit while a humorous octopus shows off a multi-armed talent for music making.
The next unit looks to land south of the border as The Three Caballeros introduce the spirited sounds of Latin America. Flower dancers and piñata dancers complete the scene around this rhythmic parade unit where Donald Duck dangles a piñata overhead for Jose and Panchito, Donald’s friends from the 1944 classic film, “The Three Caballeros.”
Disney’s newest heroine, Rapunzel, leads a royal procession including Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White on a float dominated by Rapunzel’s tower. This “Heroines” unit also features graceful court dancers in a lyrical tribute to the timeless tales of Disney princesses.
Jungle drums sound the arrival of Disney jungle inhabitants, including Simba perched majestically atop Pride Rock. The unit’s music includes nods to such Disney melodies as “I Wanna Be Like You,” “Trashin’ The Camp” and the score from “The Lion King.”
The parade next transports guests to New Orleans and the world of Princess Tiana, with jazz rhythms bursting from a classic Mississippi riverboat as it rolls down the parade route. Mardi Gras dancers beat tambourines in celebration as they surround Tiana’s riverboat.
Adventure waits in Neverland as Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and some bumbling pirates appear with the next float, locked in a comical battle. Above them, Tinker Bell plays on mushrooms as if they were drums and three butterflies flutter below her.
Mary Poppins and her friend Bert bring “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” to a close riding astride two carousel horses that appear to have just leaped from their perches in search of a musical adventure. This grand finale unit includes a moving, musical carousel and a “rooftop unit,” meant to suggest the rooftops of London. Eleven chimney sweeps complete the parade with a high-energy broom dance.
“Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” will be presented daily beginning May 27 along the Disneyland parade route between Main Street, U.S.A., and “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland.
- Disneyland Resort Celebrates Soundsational Summer! (chipandco.com)
- Disney Parade Viewing Spots from a Wheelchair (chipandco.com)
Disney excitement of all kinds – from under the sea, to down Main Street, U.S.A., and to a galaxy far, far away – arrives at Disneyland Resort in summer 2011. Several highly anticipated attractions and entertainment experiences will make their debuts, enhancing all the fun and adventure that create memories for guests throughout the year at the Disneyland Resort. Highlights of this Soundsational Summer include the latest milestone in the expansion of Disney California Adventure park, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, plus the sensational new 3D excursions of Star Tours and the exciting new “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” in Disneyland park.
- The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – The adventures of Ariel will unfold in colorful scenes filled with Audio-Animatronics characters and memorable music from the Disney animated motion picture hit “The Little Mermaid” when this modern version of the classic Disney “dark ride” premieres in Disney California Adventure on Friday, June 3. The attraction brings the popular motion picture to life in magnificent scenes where guests will sing along with Sebastian and friends, keep an eye out for the evil Ursula, and experience the romance of Ariel and Eric. Special effects will transport guests “under the sea,” taking them into Ariel’s world in ways never before seen.
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Guests will never know where the Force might take them as they embark on thrilling new Star Tours journeys, now enhanced with the breathtaking immersion of 3D. Premiering Friday, June 3, in Disneyland Tomorrowland, the new journeys will feature more than 50 different story combinations, bridging that “long, long time ago” between the two “Star Wars” trilogies. At the bustling new Spaceport where droids run the show and excursions to the stars are advertised overhead, eager travelers will board fully reimagined Starspeeders for interstellar treks to Coruscant, Hoth, Naboo and many more destinations in the “Star Wars” galaxy. In the course of their adventures, voyagers will encounter characters from the “Star Wars” movies, some of them making their first appearances in the refreshed attraction.
- “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” – Explosions of dynamic rhythm and bold percussion will accompany beloved Disney characters as they stomp and strut along Main Street, U.S.A., in the new “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade,” premiering Friday, May 27. The parade brings characters and melodies from Disney films to life with a syncopated drum line, flashing cymbals and more than 90 performers, as Mickey Mouse and his pals get the Disneyland crowd into the beat of this giant jam session. “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” features nine parade floats, each designed in the style of a children’s “pop-up” storybook with eye-catching visuals and whimsical details.
Also at Disneyland:
- “Magical” Fireworks Spectacular – Tinker Bell and Dumbo will take to the air over Sleeping Beauty Castle as the “Magical” fireworks spectacular returns for its third consecutive summer. Tink waves her wand to awaken a pyrotechnic spectacular inspired by Disney’s most magical characters, including Pinocchio, Mary Poppins, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, and the Three Good Fairies from “Sleeping Beauty.” Dumbo makes a “Magical” summer appearance, too, as the enchanting storytelling of a fireworks show creates memories for guests of the Disneyland Resort.
Also at Disney California Adventure:
- Goofy’s Sky School – Joining the fun along Paradise Pier beginning June 3, this coaster attraction is inspired by the classic Goofy “How-to” shorts of the 1940s and 1950s as well as the cartoon short “Goofy’s Glider.” The theme is a flying academy with your pal Goofy as the wacky instructor. Guests will enjoy all the dips, twists and thrills as Goofy tries to teach a group of novice pilots how to soar through the sky.
- “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” – “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” are now appearing at Disney California Adventure as part of “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” – a theme park show that is a favorite of young guests. Co-starring in the production are characters from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Handy Manny” and “Little Einsteins” – other shows that are part of the Disney Junior schedule on Disney Channel. Children and families are invited to dance and sing along as “Disney Junior–Live on Stage!” is presented several times daily.
- Paradise Pier – New restaurants, shops and attractions will open this summer as Paradise Pier completes its transformation into a vintage beachside playland. New dining locations will include Paradise Garden Grill and Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. The popular Corn Dog Castle returns, along with Seaside Souvenirs (formerly Souvenir 66), a restyled merchandise location. These additions will be adjacent to the new Goofy’s Sky School and Little Mermaid attractions.
- “World of Color” – The award-winning “World of Color” water spectacular continues for a second summer of nightly performances on Paradise Bay. The show combines nearly 1,200 versatile, performing fountains, popular Disney music and a kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, including both classic and new animation projected on giant screens of water. “World of Color” floods the senses and takes the audience on an imaginative, emotional journey into the colorful worlds of Disney classics such as “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid” along with Disney?Pixar films including “Toy Story” and “Finding Nemo.”
- “ElecTRONica” – The party on “The Grid,” inspired by the Disney movie, “TRON: Legacy,” will continue nightly throughout the summer. “ElecTRONica” features music, live performances and interactive experiences, and it has become the place to dance the night away. Inspired by the computer-world environment of “TRON: Legacy,” ElecTRONica comes to life in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. DJs keep the energy going with electronic party music while dancers costumed as “Sirens” and “Programs” from the movie rock out at locations throughout the party.
At the Disneyland Hotel:
- Disneyland Hotel Enhancements – As part of an exciting renovation, the Disneyland Hotel gets a retro theme with a contemporary twist. Along with beautiful new décor in the rooms and a new pool, guests will enjoy historic and nostalgic elements of Disneyland park reminiscent of the 1950s. In keeping with that spirit, the new Tangaroa Terrace restaurant will open this spring, along with the new bar, Trader Sam’s. Their tiki-inspired design and storyline tie in thematically with the mid-century modern architecture of the Disneyland Hotel and the adjacent Dream Tower, soon to be renamed Adventure Tower.
About the Disneyland Resort: The Disneyland Resort features two theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s three hotels are the luxurious, newly expanded 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 970-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.
- New Images from ‘Mickey’s Soundsational Parade,’ Debuting May 27 (disneyparks.disney.go.com)
- Mickey’s Soundsational Parade to Debut in Summer at Disneyland (chipandco.com)
The other day Chip, our fearless and generous leader, decided that all of us with blogs should write about them and he would post them on the Chip and Company website. So without further ado, I give you “My Dreams of Disney”!
I started writing My Dreams of Disney back in September 2010. The previous June my wife and I had taken my daughter Sophie and our niece Stephanie to Walt Disney World for Sophie’s birthday, and we had such an incredible time that I wanted to remember all of those great memories for years to come. The more I thought about it, the more I decided that starting a blog was the way to go! My Dreams of Disney was born.
I have been going to Walt Disney World since I was ten years old. My first trip to the Magic Kingdom was with my Grandma and Grandpa and my Mom and my sister, and I never forgot how cool it was to stand on Main Street, U.S.A. and look down the street at a world that I never knew before. I had read about this world, a world of simpler times, of lazy walks to the movie theater, but until that first trip, I had never imagined that I would live in that world.
Since I started writing My Dreams of Disney, the world of Walt Disney has opened up so many exciting possibilities. For starters, I sent an email to Chip because I had read that he needed writers, and he took me on to be one of the writers! Once that started, readership in my blog started increasing! Before I was added to the Chip & Company writer pool, I averaged about 73 page views per month. Since December, though, I am averaging 710 pageviews a month! Writing that number down astounds me.
In addition to writing for Chip & Company, I have also been writing for The Magical Blogorail on a monthly basis. That has opened up even new possibilities for me, all because I started a blog. It is amazing to me.
Walt Disney himself, of course, created the Magic that is Walt Disney World. Everything I’ve read about the man indicates that everything he did was done for the betterment of improving life for countless people. I think Mr. Disney would be extremely proud that the Magic he created was being spread day by day by the incredible Disney Community, starting with each of our blogs, continuing into the bigger blogs such as Chip & Company and The Magical Blogorail, and hopefully passing along some of that Magic on to our readers.
My Dreams of Disney is my repository of memories about Walt Disney World. The memories of past trips that we have taken, both when I was a kid being taken by my family, and now my memories of when I’m the Dad, taking my family on vacation and helping them to have memories that they will remember when they grow up. This site is a labor of love; a joyous, constant reminder that for us, Walt Disney World is that place that we can go to when we need to forget about the troubles of the world for a while; that place where we can wear Mickey Ears or Minnie Ears (or my Mickey Safari Hat); and most of all, that place where we can feel the stress, worry, and anxiety of the world roll off of our shoulders, and just remember that we are all kids at heart, as long as we choose to be. And that, my friends, is why I started this blog.
- Why I started My Dreams of Disney (mydreamsofdisney.com)