Today is a very special #SundaysOnParade!
We have a surprise two parade line up for all of our time travel bunnies
Up first is the Disney Easter Parade. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter with family and friends.
With an active turn-of-the-century Main Street, U.S.A in 1956, it seemed natural to have an old-fashioned parade, just as small-town residents might have experienced in the day, and what better occasion than Easter? So when Easter fell on this day in 1956, Disneyland’s Director of Entertainment Tommy Walker produced a recreation of an Old- Fashioned Easter Parade. There were neither electronic sound systems nor prerecorded soundtracks at the time, and there were no Disney characters dancing down the parade route. This parade was as close to what occurred on Main Streets 50 years earlier. The impressive display of turn-of-the-century vehicles traveling up and down the parade route was thanks to the participation of the Horseless Carriage Club. There was also an accent on Easter fashion, ladies dressed to the hilt and most wore Easter bonnets with celebratory frills.
Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade (television) The first of many annual television specials aired on ABC on April 7, 1985. Directed by Paul Miller. Hosted by Rick Dees and Joan Lunden. Only in 1986 did the Walt Disney World Easter Parade appear as part of The CBS Easter Parade (March 30, 1986), which switched between the Walt Disney World parade and one on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The 1988 parade was hosted by Joan Lunden, Alan Thicke, and Regis Philbin. The telecasts continued until 1999.
Our second parade on the schedule is Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary Parade.
This parade was a more elaborate staging of the original 1955 opening day parade, featuring a section to represent each themed area in the park. This version had a recorded soundtrack and was expanded to also include Bear Country and New Orleans Square, along with opening and closing floats to tribute the 25th anniversary. The parade was featured for the entire year during 1980.