May 27, 2009

Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams

Premiering on May 5, 2005 for Disneyland's Golden Anniversary, Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams has played peak seasons up until Christmas Season 2008. The parade celebrates the dreams of Disney characters. The parade includes eight floats such as Getaway to Dreams, Dream of Enchantment, Dream of Laughter, Dream of Another World, Dream of Imagination, Dream of Adventure, and Dreams Come True...
The parade had two different opening speeches one for Happiest Celebration on Earth and another for Year of A Million Dreams...
Happiest Homecoming on Earth Introduction: "Fifty years ago a magical place was born; a place of Enchantment and Adventure, Laughter and Imagination, where new worlds of joy and wonder just waited to be discovered and in this marvelous kingdom there lived many delightful friends who made our dreams come true. Today we invite you to celebrate fifty years of magical memories with your Disney family as we proudly present Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams, we dedicate it to dreamers around the world and to that special dream that first began when Walt Disney proclaimed To All Who Come to This Happy Place, Welcome "
Year of a Million Dreams Introduction: "Once upon a time, a marvelous dreamer found the power to transform wishes into reality, and with just a sprinkle of pixie dust, a magical kingdom came alive for dreamers of all ages to enjoy. Soon the young at heart gathered from around the world, following their dreams to the place where anything is possible. The magic place where dreams come true. Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams is dedicated to children of all ages, and to that special dream that first began when Walt Disney proclaimed "To all who come to this happy place, welcome." First, the Gateway to Dreams (Opening Unit) float features Peter Pan is inside a golden train with Tinkerbell sitting on top of it with the Main Street train station as the backdrop of the unit. The Fairy Godmother, the Blue Fairy and Flora, Fauna and Merrywether dance around this unit. Rosetta, Iridessa, Fawn and Silvermist
came out for a month in November. The Dream of Enchantment (Beauty & the Beast Unit) is themed to the ballroom Bell and the Beast dance and an Audio-Anamatronic Lumiere sings. Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip entertain the crowd as well while spoons, forks, knives, salt & pepper shakers, and plate dancers perform around the unit. This was Jerry Orbach's last time supplying the voice of Lumiere. Orbach died in December 2004 after he recorded the dialogue for the parade. Thrid, the
Dream of Laughter (Pinocchio Unit) features Pinocchio and toys from Gepetto's workshop dance around a giant Gepetto who is controlling the Can-Can and in the background music playing "An actors life for me" and Dutch dancing puppets from the movie. Hanging behind the unit are Russian Puppets on bungee cords. The part of the unit that they hang on raises up during the show stop to allow the Russian Puppets to perform amazing bungee tricks. Other toys include two bell ringers, two ballroom dancers attached to female doll counterparts, a toy drummer, and Bo Peep. Other characters include Foulfellow, Gideon, Jiminy Cricket sitting atop a toy block and Cleo swimming around in her fish bowl. As of September 28, 2008, Jiminy Cricket was no longer on the parade float. Next, is the Dream of Another World (The Little Mermaid Unit) where Ariel sits on top of a giant fountain made of clam shells, with Part of Your World and Under the Sea playing in the background. Bubbles float around Ariel. This unit also features Audio-Animatronics Sebastian and Flounder. Before the unit are dancers decorated like stylized waves, blue and white pearl dancers, and light-colored 'fish kites' (No Longer apart of the Parade). When the Parade returned in 2007 the water fountains on Ariel's shell was replaced by clear plastic tubing. For the parade's 2008 run, the fountains returned... A giant Urusla puppet float follows the Ariel float, she cackles and sings Poor Unfortunate Souls with Flotsam and Jetsom lurking around. The Dream of Imagination (Alice in Wonderland Unit) comes next which features a Giant Trampoline disguised as a tea table themed to the Mad Tea Party, carrying a live-action Mad Hatter and Alice. A giant animatronic Caterpillar sits on the back of the unit atop a mushroom, and music from the masterpiece it self : Unbirthday song and joyful Mad tea Party music too! The Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit entertain the crowd, while Tweedle Dee and Dumb are pushing stylized tea cups, a pair of Royal Marching Cards, and four 'jumping' flowers entertain the crowd. The Cards climb atop the trampoline during the show stop to perform incredible acrobatics. The Dream of Adventure (The Lion King Unit) float features Simba atop Pride Rock with Zazu, and Pumbaa sleeping in a hamock, a live-action Timon, Rafiki, and Nala. Various costumed animal dancers surround the unit. On the back of the unit are two Bird performers. During the show stop, the "tree" part of the unit raises up and the Birds perform an amazing Spanish Web routine. Finally, the Dreams Come True (Finale Unit)float features Mickey and Minnie as King and Queen on Sleeping Beauty Castle with other Disney royalty, including Princess Aurora, Snow White and Cinderella. Attendants Chip n Dale, Suzy and Perla, Goofy, Pluto and Donald also perform on and around this unit along with the 7 Dwarfs entertain the guests! With the "Welcome" song in the background and have a dance to end the parade! Occasionally all of the dwarfs except Dopey will be absent, but this is rare.
Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams came to an end in 2008 before the Holiday Season. On March 27th 2009, Disneyland premiered Celebrate! - A Street Party as a replacement for Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams. Disneyland will get a new parade tentatively titled "Worlds of Wonder" in time for Disneyland's 55th Anniversary in July 2010.
Tomorrow we will have the Pics and Pins of the Parade of Dreams.... Stay Tuned...
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