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The Parades - Magic Kingdom
Everyone loves a parade so they say and one of the best is the Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The parade called Celebrate a Dream Come True, takes place generally every morning at 11am and in the afternoon at 3pm but times do vary according to the time of year and sometimes in low season (November, January, February) they are only on, on certain days so do check your leaflet when you arrive at the park.
The parade starts at the Main Street town square and carries on past Cinderella’s Castle then on through Liberty Square to finish up at the end of Frontier Land. It consists of floats carrying all the Disney characters, dancing, singing, playing instruments or walking along beside the floats meeting the children and shaking their hands. There is music playing and the characters all sing along. All the old favourites are there, Goofy, Pluto, Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh, but Mickey Mouse is always the star of the show on his own float.
Many of the floats depict classic Disney moments from The Beauty and the Beast to The Little Mermaid. All the characters are there – the good and the not so good: Captain Hook for example and the wicked step mother from Snow White. Cinderella in her wedding coach with her Prince Charming by her side is a regular favourite as are Chip and Dale playing a giant size piano.
At night after dark the parade changes to the Electrical Parade. All the floats are lit up and the characters wear clothes that are lit up with thousands of lights. Dragon flies dance and scamper on the ground meeting all the children and there are harlequins sat on top of huge electric balls which they steer along whilst waving to the crowd. Giant fish “swim” in front of the Little Mermaid float and the wicked Sea Hag floats by on a huge ball.
Many of the floats take on an eerie appearance, in particular, the Fantasia float which has an enormous devil in black with red lights all over him. His wings flap very slowly and his eyes are lit up red and he breathes smoke through his mouth. Most of the little ones run for cover at this point.
The finale is all the best known characters lit up in gold lights, Cinderella and Prince Charming lit up in gold in a gold coach and finally Mickey Mouse in a gold dinner suit trailing a huge gold cloak.
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