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Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

by Sheila Hagen

The Disney-MGM Studios theme park has put together a terrifically fun parade that not only celebrates the Disney characters but also takes some good-natured pokes at those stereotypical Hollywood movie premieres.

The Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade is a whimsical twist on parades that feature celebrities waving from convertibles. Each vintage-car float has been converted into a representation of a movie or television show.

Parade Viewing Tip: Streetmosphere players are stationed along the parade route and act as emcee/announcers. On the day we viewed the parade, the pre-show entertainment mentioned below was in front of the Sounds Dangerous attraction. Get there at least 30 to 45 minutes early for a front row seat.

Our Streetmosphere player is the famous Italian director, Al Dente.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Al Dente, who claims to be the director of "The Good, The Bad, and My Ex-Mother-In-Law" warmed up the audience with jokes and quizzed everyone on Disney trivia.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

Motorcycle police soon roared by. The press release for the parade describes them as "1940s-era escort cops" but those outfits sure looked a lot like Imperial storm troopers!

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Keeping in line with the current Disney tradition of including park visitors in its parades, the first car features a family chosen from the audience.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

As the parade passes by, Al Dente announces the arrival of each car and its famous occupants. One of the nicer touches for Disney Stars and Motor Cars is that as each car comes by, the parade music score segues to the theme for that movie. The cast of Toy Story II is first up.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

The car has been modified to look like Andy's bed, complete with Buzz Lightyear bedspread.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Oh it's a jolly holiday with Mary!

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

Miss Piggy and Kermit grace us with their stellar presence.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

Luke and Leia ride a land speeder disguised as an Earth convertible.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Mulan and warrior friend.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Arabian princesses announce Aladdin's arrival.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Prince Ali, fabulous he, Ali Ababwa!

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

But the Genie gets his own personalized license plate.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

Hercules and Meg wave to the crowd.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Hades and his fellow villains plotting right behind.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Who is the mole?!

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

Milo and Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

Ariel in her seashell car.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Rolie Polie Olie and Bear, who brought his Big Blue House with him.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

Snow White and Dopey.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Ending the parade, Goofy looking spiffy in a zoot suit and the rest of the Fab Four in a 1929 Cadillac.


If you'd like to write Sheila you can reach her at
showplanet@yahoo.com

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Photos on this page, unless otherwise noted, by Sheila Hagen

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