August 21, 2013

Wednesdays with Walt : Everyone Loves A Parade! (Full Videos)

Street parades have been a beloved Disneyland tradition since Opening Day. In fact, the most vivid memories I have of my first visit to Disneyland in 1986 (as a nine year old girl) are mostly of watching the Totally Minnie daytime parade and my favorite parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade, later that evening. While I know that parade time is an awesome time to enjoy the rest of the parks, I never let a trip to Disneyland go by without seeing a parade go down Main Street USA.

This summer the Disneyland Resort is offering two major parade experiences:

In Disneyland park guests can currently enjoy the sights and sounds of Mickey's Soundsational Parade. This memorable and festive parade begins with a drumming Mickey Mouse and continues with beloved characters from such unforgettable Disney classics as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Three Caballeros, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, The Lion King, Jungle Book, Tarzan, The Princess and the Frog, Peter Pan and Mary Poppins. My favorite parts of the Mickey's Soundsational Parade are Mickey and Minnie's grand entrance to the "Mickey Mouse Club March" and Mary and Bert riding bicycle carousel horses alongside energetic chimney sweeps as they sing and dance to "Step In Time". It is approximately 18 minutes long and can be seen on a parade route which travels from it's a small world to Town Square. 

In Disney California Adventure park guests can experience the very playful and fun Pixar Play Parade. The current version of this popular Pixar parade starts off with Sully and some of his monstrous friends from Monsters University and continues with memorable characters from the Incredibles, Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life, Toy Story and Cars. The parade ends with Mater helping out cast members with a little extra crowd control. My son and I both really love this parade as huge Pixar fans, especially during the hotter summer months when being squirted with water is a welcomed surprise. Past versions of this parade have also included brothers Remy and Emile from Pixar's Ratatouille and the very popular Lightning McQueen from Cars and Cars 2. The parade lasts approximately 14 minutes.

The two videos below were filmed on August 12, 2013 for My Adventures in Disneyland and include both Disneyland Resort parades in their entirety. Enjoy!

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