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Parade of Dreams

This show is permanently closed. This page is retained here for historical interest.

Parade of Dreams closed permanently on November 11, 2008. This page is kept here for historical interest.

Parade of Dreams is the new parade for the 50th Anniversary celebration at Disneyland, though it doesn't have much to do with the history of the park. Each float in the parade is an elaborate stage for characters from Disney. Doing lengthy show stops the floats come alive with dynamic elements and the performers step things up before moving on.

General Information - Hide Section

    This show is permanently closed. This page is retained here for historical interest.


  • Location: For the first show, the parade runs from the Fantasyland parade gate down to the Main Street gate next to Mad Hatter. The route is reversed for the second show.
  • Date Opened: May 5, 2005
  • Date Closed: November 11, 2008
  • Capacity: Viewing is available along the entire parade route, though not all locations are equal. The show stops will give different locations different experiences.
  • # of Shows: Two parades per day
  • Characters: Characters from many of the animated films since Little Mermaid and several classics are in the parade.
  • Photos and Autographs: No
 
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Wait Times: Parade of Dreams is a popular parade and the Disneyland viewing aisles are very narrow (except right at the Fantasyland end of the parade route). For a front row view of the parade in one of the show stops, expect to claim a spot 30 minutes before the scheduled start time. Standing back views will be available up to show time, however.
  • Length of Show: 20 minutes
  • FastPass: No
  • Queue Description: The parade route runs from the gate next to Mad Hatter on Main Street to the gate opposite from "it's a small world." The first parade of the day runs from Fantasyland to Main Street with the second parade (if there is one) running in the opposite direction).
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction:
  • Ride Access: Guests in wheelchairs and ECVs can watch the parade from any location along the route, though a designated wheelchair area does exist near Plaza Inn.
  • Wheelchair Transfer:
  • Service Animals: Yes
  • Audio: Music plays throughout the parade and some characters may talk. No assistive devices are available.
  • Weight and Size Issues:
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: No
  • Child Swap: No
  • Other Issues: There should be no issues with the show for children. However, if you wish to get a really great spot for the parade it will require a fair bit of sitting around so be prepared to deal with boredom.
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: Many parades have travelled down main street over the decades, here is a list of some of them:
    • Other Trivia
    • Decades of Parades: Here are some of the parades that have moved down Main Street over the decades:
      • Candlelight Procession (Christmastime, 1958 to current)
      • Christmas in Many Lands Parade (Holiday season, 1957 to 1964)
      • Fantasy on Parade (Holiday season, 1965 to 1976 and 1980 to 1985)
      • Main Street Electrical Parade (June 17, 1972 to November 25, 1996)
      • America on Parade (June 14, 1975 to September 6, 1976)
      • Very Merry Christmas Parade (1977 to 1979 and 1987 to current)
      • Flights of Fantasy Parade (June 18, 1983 to September 10, 1983)
      • Circus Fantasy Parade (Spring 1986, 1987, and 1988
      • Totally Minnie Parade (Summer 1986)
      • Blast to the Past Parade (Spring 1988 and Spring 1989)
      • Party Gras Parade (January 11, 1990 to November 18, 1990)
      • Celebration U.S.A. Parade (June 21 to November 24, 1991)
      • World According to Goofy Parade (June 19, 1992 to November 15, 1992)
      • Aladdin's Royal Caravan (April 1993 to June 1994)
      • The Lion King Celebration (July 1, 1994 to June, 1997)
      • Light Magic (May 1997 to September 2, 1997)
      • Hercules Victory Parade (June 27, 1997 to Summer 1998)
      • 45 Years of Magic Parade (February 18, 2000 to Spring 2005)
      • Disney's Parade of Dreams (May 5, 2005 - Current)
    • This attraction's history: Other than minor tweaks in the show stops and running just once per day during off-seasons the show has remained the same through its run.


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