Mickey’s Soundsational Parade premiers at Disneyland California

Friday, May 27, 2011

“C'mon everybody, let's do this! Here we go!”

“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 the spirit. Let everyone hear it. So come on, come on. Soundsational!”

On Friday May 27, 2011, the Disneyland Park in California welcomed “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade”, a new daytime parade that brings to live beloved melodies from classic Disney movies in a variety of rhythms and styles.

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade was conceived by Kevin Kidney, Jody Daily, John Addis and Steve Davison (who created “Disney Dreams” as well).

The parade consists of nine units representing popular Disney films such as “Aladdin”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Lion King”, “Princess and the Frog”, and “Marry Poppins”.

It features a bevy of characters, including Jose the parrot and Panchito the rooster (from “The Three Caballeros”), both rarely seen in Disney theme parks.

All floats of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade are designed in the style of a children’s “pop-up” story book with eye-catching visuals and whimsical elements.

The music used in the parade is derived from Hong Kong Disneyland’sFlights of Fantasy Parade”. The upbeat soundtrack loop is supplemented by live music.

Mickey Mouse plays an acoustic drum set. The cymbal dancers in the Aladdin sequence create rhythm using hand cymbals. And Tinker Bell plays the mushrooms of Pixie Hollow, part of the Never Land unit, using her wand as a drumstick.

All photos were made by the 'Designing Disney Research Center' crew on September 5, 2011.

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