The Parade Is About To Start
Did You Know? - The "A Christmas Fantasy Parade" is an annual parade presented at Disneyland Park in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. The parade is a holiday parade that runs (usually) from the weekend before Thanksgiving until the Sunday after New Years. It debuted in during the 1994 Holiday Season, replacing the "Very Merry Christmas Parade."
The parade features several Christmas themed floats and a catchy soundtrack, along with favorite Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, Max Goof, Clarabelle Cow, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Mister Geppetto, Woody & Buzz, Belle, Beast, Snow White and her Prince, Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Ariel, Prince Eric, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and the Babes in Toyland soldiers. Earlier versions of the parade included Scrooge McDuck, Roger Rabbit, characters from Lilo & Stitch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Aladdin, and also young children.
- Music box float, with a dancing ballerina atop a revolving platform, and Duffy the Disney Bear (since 2011, a unnamed one was used until 2010) sitting beside her
- Toy Soldiers from Babes in Toyland marching that play trumpets and snare drums
The first float
Hope she is heated because it is a bit cool outside
The toy soldiers herald the coming of the parade
Did You Know? - Stannie Dum (Stan Laurel) and Ollie Dee (Oliver Hardy), live in a shoe (as in the nursery rhyme There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe), along with Mother Peep (the Old Woman), Bo Peep (Charlotte Henry), a mouse resembling Mickey Mouse (and actually played by a live monkey in a costume), and many other children.
The mortgage on the shoe is owned by the villainous Silas Barnaby (Henry Brandon), who is looking to marry Bo Peep. Stannie and Ollie set out to get the money for the mortgage from their boss, The Toymaker (William Burress).
But after the Toymaker finds that Stannie has mixed up an order from Santa Claus (building 100 wooden soldiers at six feet tall, instead of 600 soldiers at one foot tall) and one of the soldiers wrecks the toy shop, Stannie and Ollie are fired without getting the money.
Do they look like they would wreck a toy factory
Santa's Mail Room Unit
Winter Wonderland Unit
A Recipe for Gingerbread Treats Unit
Candlelight Christmas Ball Unit
- Lady Tremaine, Drizella, and Anastasia (Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters) are not invited and therefore walk in front of the unit while playing with guests.
- 8 Ball Dancers dance beautifully in front and behind the Candlelight Ball float.
- Princess Aurora, Prince Philip, Snow White and her Prince, Belle, Beast, Ariel, Prince Eric, Cinderella, and Prince Charming are all invited to the ball.
Here come the "Bell Inspectors"... They stopped and examined Paul's various bells
The princesses dance around the float
The current line-up of the Disney Princess franchise. From left to right: Snow White, Pocahontas, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Aurora, Jasmine, Ariel and Mulan.
Did You Know? - Disney Princess is a media franchise owned by The Walt Disney Company. Created by Disney Consumer Products chairman Andy Mooney in the late 1990s, the franchise features a line-up of fictional female heroines who have appeared in various Disney animated feature films.
The ten current members of the franchise are Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, and Rapunzel.
In July 2013, Princess Mérida from Brave will be joining the line-up.
The franchise has released dolls, sing-along videos and a variety of other girls' products, apparel, home decor and a variety of toys featuring the Disney Princesses.
Santa's Toyland Unit
- Chip and Dale lead the unit in the "Humdinger," a mini Hummer-type vehicle.
- Woody from Toy Story on a rocking horse is atop a Toy Block float.
- Pinocchio , Jiminy Cricket (or Foulfellow or Gideon), and Geppetto ride on top the giant Toy Factory float.
- 6 Toy Factory Elves dance alongside the float.
- Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story in a spaceship is atop a Toy Block float.
Look at the chassis... loads of steel in the chassis ... Wheels are independently operated
To Santa's workshop and beyond!!
Santa's Finale Unit
- The Seven Dwarves hold buckets full of jewels as they dance in front of a moving Christmas Tree adorned with jewels.
- 8 Finale Dancers (4 male, 4 female) dance and sing to Christmas carols.
- Santa Claus sits atop his sleigh on the Finale float led by the 8 Reindeer.
- Two Finale Elves dance on the back of the Finale float.
- Two or Three Rope Carriers end the parade
Here Comes Santa Claus
Dancers and reindeers
Careful.... They bite
Ho Ho Ho!
"Have you been good??"
The end of the parade
Great seats! Merry
A Stroll Inside Disneyland Before Heading For Dinner
The model of the Sleeping Beauty Castle
Water ride... Not today, thank you!
Inside the "Rocket to the Moon" circa 1955
Did You Know? - Tomorrowland's showpiece was the TWA Moonliner, derived from Disney's "Man In Space" television episodes developed in the 1950s. The Moonliner was the tallest structure in the park at the time, even taller than the park icon Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Moonliner hosted Rocket To The Moon which was a ride to the moon.
We rode the Tomorrowland Train
Remember the boats in Tomorrowland??
Did You Know? - In 1956, Tomorrowland Boats were renamed Phantom Boats, and were closed later in the year. These boats were housed in the Tomorrowland Lagoon, which is roughly where the submarine lagoon is now situated. Originally called the Tomorrowland Boats, they opened to the public in July of 1955. Designed as an attraction where young pilots could motor a boat around the lagoon--like an aquatic version of Autopia--the attraction soon proved problematic.
The fiberglass boats were poorly designed, particularly in the engine compartment. The enclosed motors quickly overheated as young boaters tried for speed, with the boats then towed back to the dock. To add to the problems, these motors also threw off a lot of smoke.
Overtime Disneyland formed two solutions to these problems: (1) engineers redesigned the backend of each boat, enclosing the motor (which limited ambient smoke but increased engine heat) and (2) park operations added an employee to pilot each boat to insure the boats didn't overheat.
The park also renamed the boats the Phantom Boats. With this, the boat attraction became a money-loser for the park. On peak days, the 14 little boats required 14 employees to operate them, with each boat carrying two or maybe three guests at most.
The Phantom Boats turned their final lap around the little lagoon in August 1956, a little more than a year after the park first opened.
The original Disneyland newspaper
The lights are starting to come on
Great show.... Voices Of Liberty
Did You Know? - The Voices of Liberty is an eight-member a cappella group that hosts patriotic choral performances in the pavilion rotunda throughout the day, often as a pre-show to the next scheduled performance of the main presentation. The group also performs in year-round events including the Candlelight Processional and other special events.
4:45 and time to visit Catal
Strolling Downtown Disney To Catal
Schreech.... The group comes to a halt
Busy making candy
Sue loved the Christmas tree decorated apple
The moon is up... Time to eat
The higher to moon gets... The more hungry we get