Disney Magic on Parade (previously known as Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade) is a daily parade at Disneyland Park (Paris)
Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade
It was premiered on March 31, 2007 for the resort-wide 15th Anniversary Celebration. It has eight floats and aims to put emphasis on the varied performances of its cast members - ranging from puppetry, acrobatics, juggling, and stilt walking. It features the song "Just Like We Dreamed It" written by Sunny Hilden and performed by Renee Sands & Ruben Martinez, plus orchestral music arranged by Steve Sidwell. The entire parade was directed by Katy Harris, and is the first Disneyland Paris parade to be designed and built entirely in France.
The Parade closed in Early March 2012, to make way for Disney's Magic on Parade, a parade that uses most of the floats but it is themed to Disneyland Paris's 20th Anniversary. This parade featured 2 new floats with new characters.
There are eight floats in total, less floats than in the Wonderful World of Disney Parade. However, each float is split in two, with the halves representing different Disney films, although some are an assortment of various characters that fit into a category (e.g. Disney Princesses, villains, etc.) It is unknown if any new floats will be added over time. However, a guest with a good sense of smell can tell that each float has its own smell, One that most guests can smell is the 'Dreams of Power float, that has a strong smell of sulfur.
A traditional start of most parades at Disneyland Paris is an assortment of Disney characters greeting guests and leading the floats, often dancing or conversing with the audience. Characters in the opening, which tend to vary from day to day, include Lilo & Stitch, Genie, Daisy Duck, Lewis and Wilbur Robinson, Pocahontas, Brer Bear, Kenai, Koda, Esmeralda, Quasimodo, Cloplin, etc. All of the characters have previously appeared in other parades, although this is Lilo and Stitch's first appearance together in any parade set in Disneyland Park, as they have always appeared in parades at Walt Disney Studios Park (Stitch alone appeared in the Disneyland park Villain's Parade the year before). The pre-parade was only featured during 2007. Nowadays, 4 dancers precede the first float of this parade.
Float 1: Dreams of Imagination
The first float appears to be based on a giant storybook lying on the bottom of the float. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse stand in the basket of a giant hot air balloon shaped like the sun. They have anchored down on a giant purple crescent moon which sits on the back of the float. Donald Duck stands in the center on a revolving platform, while Goofy rests on the back of a pile of books, blowing bubbles. Pluto along with Chip 'n Dale lead the float.
Nowadays, this float has been removed in order to refurbish and renew it for the new Disney's Magic On parade, coming to the park for its 20th anniversary next April. Since this, the characters named below perform daily on a substitutive little modified float from the Christmas season show.
Another giant storybook makes up this view, serving as a divider for the two different themes, Toy Story 2 and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Plastic green army soldiers lead the parade and Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Rex (sculpted by Nick Petronzio), Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Hamm, Slinky Dog, Green Army Man, RC Car, Etch-E-Sketch, Mr. Spell and the Little Green Men trapped in their spaceship adorn the float. The other side features Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh standing outside his house preparing for a special party, with plenty of carrot pots scattered throughout the float. Piglet & Eeyore follow playing chase with Tigger, who bounces around wearing jumping stilts. In 2011, part of The Magical Moment Festival, Honey Bees Team followed the float. In addition, Lotso from Toy Story 3 performed on the beginning June 2011 special parade, as explained before. This was the first time that this character was seen in the parisian resort ever, and also the last one for the moment, as it returned to Walt Disney World after this short parisian trip.
Float 4: Dreams of Fantasy
This float is made up of Peter Pan and Mary Poppins. A group of pirates, led by Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, wield the flag of the Jolly Roger, with Tinkerbell tied up on front, as Captain Hook's ship sails into view, Tick-Tock the Crocodile swimming below it. Wendy Darling and Peter Pan wave from a window. A version of Big Ben stands in the middle of the float. The second half features Mary Poppins and chimney sweep Bert having a jolly holiday in their magical world featuring the carousel. Dancing penguins follow the float, but they were replaced in 2011 part of The Magical Moment Festival by new dancers.
Float 5: Dreams of Power (2007-2012)
This float features the Disney Villains. The float is led by flame dancers who juggle and use poi. The peak of Bald Mountain comes into view with the giant demon Chernabog perching on top. Jafar in his cobra form slithers along at the front. On the right-hand side, Maleficent and the Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs sends daunting looks at guests. On the opposite side, Hades fumes at the guests and Scar lurks in the shadows with crazed eyes. Perching on the back of the float is the sea witch Ursula originally followed by Flotsam and Jetsam puppets, however these were replaced in 2008 by octopus dancers.
In Mid-June 2010, Maleficent suddenly fell from the float and landed on her neck, due to her harness and seat structure snapping in half. The event took place not long after the start of the parade, near to the "It's a Small World" ride. After 5 minutes she was escorted backstage, and the parade then continued as normal. The float did not appear in the following day's performance, and Maleficent's voiceovers had been removed and her "spot" where she stands had been covered over to match that of the rest of the float. Maleficent was due to return for the Halloween celebrations of 2010 but didn't. She finally returned to the float in February 2011, but was removed again in late March due to harness issues. She has since returned.
Float 6: Dreams of Adventure
A giant, old tree makes up this float, which includes characters from The Lion King and The Jungle Book. The float is lead Simba sits on Pride Rock at the front of the tree, with giraffes and ostriches leading. Rafiki stands on the rock just before the tree, Timon & Pumbaa after. Various animals from those 2 films are visible in the tree's branches, including Kaa the snake and Shere Khan . The back portion is King Louie's temple, where himself and Baloo dance. The float also includes large bongo drums that are played during the parade. Following the float are Colonel Hathi and some vultures on jumping stilts (the same ones that were used by Tigger in the third float). In 2011, part of The Magical Moment Festival, it added a goat man, a rhinoceros man and three tree men follow the float.
Seasons Floats: Dreams of Trick or Treats (2009-2012)
Due to budget reasons, this float did not perform in this parade during the last Halloween season (2011). Other years, characters as Jack Sparrow, Shang Yu or Dr. Facilier performed on this float.
Seasons Floats: Dreams of Christmas (2009-2012)
Currently (2011), Dreams of Christmas features Duffy the Disney Bear in his own mini-float. Themed as a pile of presents with Duffy appearing out the top dressed as Santa. In front of the float are various dancers dressed in Christmas clothing. Following Duffy are various other dancers, dressed as toy soldiers, elves and various other Christmas themed toys. Santa Claus is on the final float. He is pulled along on his sleigh with six animatronic reindeers in mid flight. The music played whilst this section takes place is "Chante c'est Noël" and available to purchase on cd within the park.</span>
Disney Magic on Parade
On April 1, 2012 The Disney's Once Upon a Dream parade was transformed into the Disney's Magic On Parade, for the 20th anniversary of the park, changing some floats of the current parade and adding some extra ones, the parade changed the times as New Costumes and dancer/character changes. It features a new theme song "Magic Everywhere".
The new floats start with the reworking of the original Dreams of Imagination opening float as "Making Magic". Its sun, moon and hot air balloon for Mickey and Minnie were icons of the old parade, and they've been completely cleared off the storybook float to make way for a pink castle and three characters: Fairy Godmother, Blue Fairy and Merlin.