Welcome to week two of our #SundaysOnParade!
Today we’re traveling to 1971 in what once was swampland and a dream in the mind of Walt Disney.
This parade ran in 1971 and featured a small marching band dressed in red and white uniforms playing “The Mickey Mouse Club March,” while Mickey Mouse kept the beat on an over-size drum. A large cast of Disney characters followed, including: Dumbo (“Dumbo”); Queen of Hearts and White Rabbit (“Alice In Wonderland”); Thumper and Flower (“Bambi”); Gepetto and Honest John (“Pinocchio”); Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and the Queen (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”); the Aristocats (“Aristocats”); and Winnie the Pooh, Heffalumps and friends (“Winnie the Pooh” featurettes). A fleet of marching toy soldiers followed, trailed by waltzing alligators and hippos from “Fantasia.”
A highlight of the parade took place when the Herald Trumpeters of the United States Army Band lined the top of the buildings on Main Street, U.S.A., to signal the arrival of a 1,076-member marching band. This line of marching musicians, directed by “The Music Man” composer Meredith Willson, stretched from the park’s main entrance all the way to Cinderella Castle and played “76 Trombones.” A mass choir then appeared on the castle stage to join the band in “When You Wish Upon A Star.”
During the last verse, larger-than-life drums that lined the parade route were opened to release 50,000 multicolored balloons. Simply amazing!
Welcome to the opening parade of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Character Parade!