The new parade at Disneyland has an opening date

December 11, 2019, 9:51 AM · Disneyland's newest parade will debut on February 28, 2020, the resort announced this morning.

Magic Happens will "remind guests they don’t need wings to fly, that shooting stars were made to wish upon, and that magic doesn’t stop at midnight," according to the park's press release. Featuring a new theme song by Todrick Hall, the parade will include floats themed to modern Disney films such as Frozen 2, Moana, and Coco, as well as Disney classics including Sleeping Beauty, which will comprise the parade's finale.

Here are Disney's concept images for those floats:




Sleeping Beauty

Mickey Mouse will kick off the parade, whose debut will follow the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland on January 17.

That's also the day that the Lunar New Year celebration kicks off for 2020 at Disney California Adventure park. That festival will run for 24 days, through February 9, and include the return of Mulan's Lunar New Year Procession, the "Hurry Home" prelude to World of Color, and food marketplaces inspired by Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures.

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Replies (6)

December 11, 2019 at 10:14 AM

I’m hoping this parade will be about the same size as Soundsational. It seems the parades have gotten shorter and shorter in their recent debuts.

In other news...hopes are still high for a new nighttime parade at WDW. Guests need to speak up that they want this entertainment. I remember thinking Spectromagic was actual magic when I was a kid. WDW Magic Kingdom is seriously missing this key component.

December 11, 2019 at 12:33 PM

I agree, Robert Parker. WDW NEEDS a nighttime parade. I'd love to see a new version of SpectroMagic play exclusively on the East Coast, while the West Coast gets an exclusive run of Paint the Night. Speaking of Paint the Night- does anyone know why this phenomenal parade sits in storage? Is it a crowd flow issue? I sure miss it.

December 11, 2019 at 1:47 PM

Sorry, but I can't stand theme park parades, particularly Disney ones. If you want to see one with decent sight lines, you have to devote significant time to camp out to get a decent spot. If you're not interested in the parade at all, it makes navigating the parks a total nightmare. The only positive affect of a parade is that it typically makes attraction lines a little smaller.

December 11, 2019 at 8:46 PM

Great, so DLR now has THREE parades, and WDW has only ONE. WTF??

December 11, 2019 at 11:01 PM

1.5 in Magic Kingdom. I count Move It. Shake It. Celebrate It. I like it better than Festival of Fantasy.

Not sure why Studios and DAK don't have parades anymore tho.

December 12, 2019 at 6:41 PM

Three parks used to have a parade, and MK had a nighttime parade for the longest time. I say we need a new nighttime parade for the 50th anniversary in 2021.

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