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Share a Dream Come True Parade
The Share a Dream Come True Parade takes place every afternoon at 3pm in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The parade winds its way from Frontierland into Liberty Square, past Cinderella’s Castle along Main Street and then into Main Street USA itself, and lasts approximately fifteen minutes. The parade comprises characters inside huge, special ‘snow globe’ floats, all themed around various Disney films. There are good locations all along the route for viewing so it does not really matter where you are when the parade begins.
The parade was introduced in 2002 to mark Walt Disney’s 100th birthday (if he were still alive today). Each park was given a new or updated parade to mark this celebration.
The ‘snow globes’ are made from acrylic and measure eight and a half feet in diameter. The acrylic used is the same type used in jet fighters for their windshields. Each of the floats has a special effect including strobe lights, fog and snow.
Over one hundred and ten cast members participate in the parade accompanied by music, which was recorded in London by members of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic. The floats are all named and make various stops throughout the parade route, where children are all encouraged by the Disney characters to join in.
The first snow globe called ‘It Was All started by a Mouse’, features none other than the boss himself, Mickey Mouse. Eleven other Mickeys surround the globe, from Disney films including Steamboat Willie, Fantasia and Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
The ‘Wish Upon a Star’ float features Pinocchio with some of his friends accompanying him including Jiminy Cricket, Figaro and Gepetto. Other characters are from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The next float is named ‘A Thousand Dreams to See’. Aladdin riding his magic carpet appears inside the float surrounded by Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore.
My favourite parade floats are named ‘A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes’. These feature three separate snow globes with a Disney prince and princess inside each one. Cinderella and her Prince Charming, Belle and the Beast from ‘Beauty and the Beast, and lastly, Ariel with Prince Eric from ‘The Little Mermaid’.
Of course, nothing to do with Disney is ever complete without some form of villain. The villain’s float is called ‘Face the Darkest Fears’. The Evil Queen from Snow White appears in her globe and if you watch closely, as the float passes by, you may just see her transform herself into the old witch with the apple! Plenty of other villains surround the float including Cruella De Ville, Ursula and Jafar.
Nearly every Disney character features in the parade. If they are not in a snow globe then they can be found dancing in the streets. If you are one of the lucky ones, you may be chosen to join in!
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