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Share A Dream Come True Parade

by Sheila Hagen

The Magic Kingdom romanticizes the Disney Legacy for its part in the Walt Disney World 100th Birthday Celebration. The Share A Dream Come True Parade is every little girl's princess fantasy come to life. Eight snow globe floats depict famous moments in time from Disney animation. Accompanying each float are plenty of dancing ink-and-paint artists and Disney characters who interact with the audience.

The parade itself is not very long length-wise; it stretches in total from Main Streets Town Square to the hub by the castle. But with plenty of parade stops, it is pretty entertaining, with lots of eye candy for everyone to enjoy.

Just before the parade begins, a stagecoach comes down the street. In it is a family chosen to ride in the same stagecoach that Walt Disney used to ride in when he made parade appearances at Disneyland in California. This is a nostalgic moment.

Share A Dream Come True Parade

Then over the loudspeakers comes the voice of Julie Andrews. She introduces herself and notes that in 1901 a man was born, and 100 years later we have the legacy that Walt Disney left us. She states that she was privileged to work with him and to be part of the movies he created.

Then the host of the parade, Peter Pan, welcomes all and reminds us that "once upon a dream, it was all started by a mouse." The parade officially begins and the first float rolls into view.

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

An animator draws sketches of Mickey Mouse during the parade. As he finishes, chosen lucky audience members get to keep the drawings.

Share A Dream Come True Parade

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

The artist is followed by the first snow globe "It Was All Started By A Mouse," which depicts Mickey in all of his incarnations.

Share A Dream Come True Parade

Following close behind are four of Sorcerer Mickeys brooms.

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

The second float, "Wish Upon A Star," features Pinocchio and Snow White and her Seven Dwarves.

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Share A Dream Come True Parade

The parade comes to a stop and the "snow" in Pinocchios snow globe comes alive. Snow White and the Dwarves invite children from the audience to come up and dance with them.

Share A Dream Come True Parade

Aladdin and the Genie roll by in "A Thousand Dreams To See." Aladdin's magic carpet is "mysteriously" suspended inside the globe.

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

The villains are not too far away. The Evil Queen from Snow White magically turns into the Old Crone inside the "Face The Darkest Fears" snow globe.

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

The back of the villains float features Ursula.

Share A Dream Come True Parade

And as good always triumphs over evil in any Disney film, the "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" floats appear. Accompanied by her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella and her Prince Charming wave to everyone.

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Belle and the Beast.

Share A Dream Come True Parade

Ariel and Prince Eric.

Share A Dream Come True Parade

A parade stop occurs here, and the three princesses waltz with their princes. The music ends and they all kiss.

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

Of course, no princess would be without her ladies-in-waiting.

Share A Dream Come True Parade

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

The final float, "As Long As There Is Imagination Left In The World," should be familiar to anyone who has ever stepped inside the Crystal Arts Shop on Main Street. The castle is based on the crystal castle there. At the parade finale, the float lifts up to reveal a crystal carousel inside.

Share A Dream Come True Parade
Photo by Jeff Moxley

On the back of the final float contains a nice reminder of the man who gave us this legacy. Adorning the float is a crystal engraving of the famous photo of Walt Disney walking through Sleeping Beauty's Castle one morning.


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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