Creative Director David Duffy talks about the show in a new video released today by Disney.
Magic Happens will feature nine all-new floats, featuring animated films Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, The Princess and the Frog, Moana, Coco, and Frozen 2, as well as - of course - Mickey Mouse and his friends. The parade also will feature dozens of live performers and characters dancing alongside the floats to the sounds of a new score and theme song, co-written by former American Idol contestant and RuPaul's Drag Race choreographer Todrick Hall, who got his start as a cast member in the Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage show at Walt Disney World.
"This is a full circle moment for me," Hall said. "I learned how to dance from watching Disney parades, so the fact that I am getting to create the music that these iconic Disney characters are going to be performing to is pretty much the most epic thing that has happened to me in my life."
Disneyland's press release said that "while the music and stories seen in 'Magic Happens' are rooted in iconic Disney lore, the soundtrack and choreography are heavily influenced by today’s pop culture designers, putting a contemporary spin on the classic Disney hits."
Magic Happens opens at Disneyland on February 28.
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