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Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams

“Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams” highlights many classic Disney stories and characters that have contributed to the magic of Disneyland over the past five decades.

Combining heart-warming Disney moments and beloved characters with visually stunning floats, timeless tunes and energetic performers, the parade is unlike any previous Disneyland parade spectacular, in scope and presentation. Produced under the creative direction of long-time Disney show director Steve Davison, the parade is a grand procession and performance that thrills, engages and amazes audiences, with one of the largest gatherings of Disney Characters ever assembled.

Four performance stops along the parade route dazzle audiences with unbelievable musical production numbers presented by over 100 performers. The parade floats act as rolling stages, featuring not only distinctive design but such fanciful elements as jumping fountains, confetti blasts, wafting bubbles and elaborate puppetry. Some of the float units reach heights of nearly 20 feet.

The seven elaborate parade units comprising “Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams” are:

  • Gateway to Dreams – Julie Andrews provides the perfect vocal introduction to this wondrous new parade while everyone’s favorite pixie, Tinker Bell welcomes everyone and leads off the procession with a generous sprinkling of pixie dust.

  • Dream of Enchantment -- The enchanted characters from Disney’s animated feature “Beauty and the Beast” invite everyone to “Be our Guest,” as dancing silverware, salt and pepper shakers and a flirtatious feather duster join Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts in a show-stopping musical spectacle.

  • Dream of Laughter – Geppetto’s workshop comes to life in a fantastical display of toys and life-sized marionettes that astonish the audience with their breathtaking antics utilizing elasticized “shock” chords, choreographed to the appropriate refrain of “I’ve Got No Strings” featuring “marionettes” leaping 20 feet into the air!

  • Dream of Another World – The audience is transported to the charming ocean kingdom of “The Little Mermaid” where Sebastian the Crab (brought to life utilizing Disney’s incredible Audio-Animatronics technology) contributes his famous Caribbean flair to the aquatic-themed proceedings.

  • Dream of Imagination – Mr. White Rabbit (on skates), the Queen of Hearts and all of the whimsical and wonderful characters from Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” happily celebrate “A Very Merry Unbirthday” at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

  • Dream of Adventure – This gathering atop Pride Rock utilizes amazing puppetry to portray the regal couple of Simba and Nala (brought to life through amazing puppetry), while all the creatures from the Pride Lands (assorted gazelles, zebras, giraffes and exotic birds represented by live performers, puppets and kites) join Rafiki in a “Circle of Life” celebration.

  • Dreams Come True – The finale depicts Sleeping Beauty Castle as an incredible backdrop for Disney Princesses and their Princes, along with a regally-attired Mickey and Minnie and an array of favorite Disney characters that bring the parade to a “happily ever after” conclusion.

About this Attraction

Location: Starts from opposite "it's a small world," down Main Street, U.S.A. and finishes next to the Mad Hatter shop. If there are two parades, the second parade will take the reverse route.

Type: Parade

Duration: Approximately 20 minutes

Ride Capacity: N/A

Fastpass: No

Best time to visit: Check park Times Guide for parade time

Tips & Fun Facts

To get your desired seating location, arrive up to an hour prior to the scheduled parade time. If you haven't bagged a seat by the time the parade starts you should be able to view standing up.
Best viewing spots are around Main Street, U.S.A.'s Town Square. The center of Town Square and the platform of the Disneyland® Railroad platform are particularly good locations for parade watching.

Debuted May 4, 2005.
The unifying musical bridge for the parade is its signature tune “Welcome” by Academy Award® winning composer Phil Collins (from the Disney animated film “Brother Bear”). In addition to its main theme, the parade features a host of beloved Disney songs and music that perfectly captures the spirit of each parade unit.

Additional Information

Viewable from anywhere along the parade route. There is a designated viewing area for guests in wheelchairs located near the Plaza Inn.

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