Looking to develop a new parade for Disneyland, various concepts were considered, including an entire Princess and the Frog parade with the film's music being so strong. Eventually, director Steve Davison chose the idea of doing a parade based on Disney music in general, allowing for numerous films to be utilized. The parade currently does daytime and nighttime run except for during the Halloween and Christmas seasons. The nighttime performances went on hiatus during Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration to perform the new Paint the Night Parade, and again with the temporary return of the Main Street Electrical Parade. The parade will take a hiatus in 2018 for the Pixar Fest event where it will be temporary replaced by the Pixar Play Parade which will move across the street from it's home at Disney California Adventure for the festivities.
Pre-Parade: Based on the 2013 Academy Award-winning hit animated film Frozen and came from June 13th 2014 to early 2015. Lovable snowman Olaf dreams of what it would be like in summer, longing for warm breezes and sunny blue skies. Elsa the Snow Queen has created a magical parade float of snow and ice and will be greeting everyone along the parade route, as Olaf and Princess Anna frolic in the snow.
Mickey Strikes Up the Band!: Mickey Mouse (with moving lips) plays drums and cymbals on the large float. He directs a group of six snare drummers ahead of the float in a march. He is accompanied on the float by Minnie Mouse. Pluto follows behind Mickey's float dancing. Chip 'n' Dale follow the large unit by pushing a smaller float with Goofy on it. Goofy occasionally hits a large drum and gongs in the formation of a Mickey head behind him.
Aladdin's Magical Cymbal Celebration: Based on the 1992 animated film Aladdin, the diamond-in-the-rough street rat Prince Ali dances atop a drum shaped float (which is a common theme throughout the parade). Genie leads his dancing team, which is formed of six harem girls and a golden coin dancer, and Abu, as a toy cymbal monkey, is pushed by a banana salesman bringing up the rear.
Sebastian's Calypso Carnival: Based on the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. Ariel and Sebastian ride atop a larger float dominated by a blue and purple octopus who plays many hanheld percussive instruments including a triangle and maracas. A maraca-playing hermit crab follows behind. The performers' costumes were a rumored to receive a twin for the original Jungle Safari and Lilo & Stitch unit from Tokyo Disneyland's former daytime parade Jubilation!. The hermit crab also uses the same technology as the snails in the "Main Street Electrical Parade."
Simba's Beastly Beats: Characters such as King Louie from The Jungle Book, Simba and Zazu from The Lion King and Terk from Tarzan are featured in this float. Simba stands atop a drum-shaped float before a golden sun featuring the image of King Mufasa, with four monkey dancers, a headress dancer, and 2 dancing stilt walkers. If the animatronic Simba is under repairs, a live performer Rafiki takes his place.
Tiana's New Orleans Jazz Jubilee: Based on the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog. Tiana and Louis the trumpet-playing alligator ride aboard a large Mardi Gras-inspired boat. Also present on the float, as decorations, are: Ray the firefly, from the same film, as well as Evinrude the dragonfly, from the 1977 animated film The Rescuers.
Peter Pan's Neverland Buccaneer Blast: Based on the 1953 animated film Peter Pan. Pirates are described as having come out from Neverland. Tinkerbell takes on the starring role atop the drum float, which is decorated with giant flowers and humongous mushrooms to make the diminutive pixie appear smaller than the other characters in the parade. Captain Hook & Mr. Smee with two pirates chase Peter Pan around the base of the float, and two butterfly girls bringing up the rear, who generously sharing their joy and happiness to everyone！
Mary Poppin's Spoonful of Rhythm: Based on the 1964 animated- and live-action musical film Mary Poppins. The large float features Mary Poppins and Bert riding on a bicycle carousel horses in front of the float, finish the Parade with chimney sweeps, Big Moon, and horn-playing penguins riding on a whimsical 2 Carousel horses next to Jolly Holiday Fox Hunter & Fox riding a penny-farthing high wheeler bicycle, and deliver the greatest “Jolly Holiday” of "Soundsational".
"The Three Caballeros" / "Saludos Amigos" / "Baía"
"Someday My Prince Will Come" / "Once Upon a Dream" / "So This Is Love" / "Beauty and the Beast" / "I See the Light"
"Trashin' the Camp" / "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" / "I Wanna Be Like You" / "Circle of Life"
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG UNIT
"Gonna Take You There" / "Dig a Little Deeper"
PETER PAN UNIT
"A Pirate's Life" / "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" / "You Can Fly!"
MARY POPPINS UNIT
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" / "A Spoonful of Sugar" / "Step in Time"
Grand Marshall song:"Mickey's Soundsational"
Main Chorus Lyrics
It's a music celebration
Come on, come on, come on
Strike up the band,
Feel the beat, what a great sensation
Come on, come on, come on
Move and clap your hands,
Get into spirit
Let everyone hear it,
So come on, come on
Whoa, whoa - hey, hey, hey
Whoa, whoa - hey, hey!
Note:The Princess Unit's chorus lyrics are unique. "Strike up the band" is replaced with "Let your voices soar", while "Move and clap your hands" is changed to "Whatcha waiting for". In addition, the last two (purely vocal) lines do not exist for this unit and are replaced with instrumentation. Another slight change appears in the The Three Caballeros Unit, where "Come on" is replaced with "Olé". And Peter Pan Unit, where "Come on" is replaced with "Yo ho", as per the pirate dancers and Captain Hook. During the Lion King/Jungle Book section of the parade, the chorus is not sung at all, instead being purely intrumental until "Hey, Hey, Hey," at which time the words are replaced by grunts following the same pattern.