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Vintage Disney: Retired Parades from Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Vintage Disney: Retired Parades from Disney’s Hollywood Studios

When you think of Disney World parades, you probably think of the many daily processionals that have come and gone at Magic Kingdom over the years. However, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has had its fair share of entertaining parades moving through the park.

The Mulan Parade (1998 – 2001)

The Mulan Parade debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in June 1998, on the same day the film was released. It was led by Mushu, the family dragon and featured several very tall floats and performers that represented characters and moments from the movie including:

  • The Matchmaker holding CriKee in a cage
  • Women dancing with parasols
  • Dancing pagodas
  • Mulan’s parents Fa Zhou and Fa Li with the family dog named Little Brother
  • Huns showing off their sword skills
  • Shan Yu tied to a bed of skulls and fireworks
  • Soldiers disguised as women
  • 150-foot long Dragon/Great Wall of China
  • Acrobats, Lion Dancers, and Stilt Walkers
  • A horse-drawn wagon carrying Shan and Mulan
  • The Emperor

During the parade, instrumental tunes from the movie’s soundtrack played including “Honor To Us All” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.” In total, the Mulan Parade featured 53 performers. It ran for almost three years, ending in 2001.

Disney Stars in Motorcars Parade (2001 – 2008)

Disney’s Stars in Motorcars Parade premiered in October 2001 as part of the “100 Years of Magic” celebration. The 25-minute parade featured a procession of characters riding down the street in cool highly-themed cars including 15 original cars and 18 updated vehicles. The total lineup included:

  • Toy Story – featuring Jessie, Sherriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, and the Green Army Men
  • Mary Poppins – featuring Mary Poppins, Bert, and penguins
  • The Muppets – featuring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and Sweetums
  • Star Wars – featuring R2-D2, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader
  • Aladdin – featuring Aladdin, Jasmine, and a few harem girls
  • Disney Villains – featuring Hades, Cruella de Vil, Jafar, Evil Queen, Captain Hook, and Frollo
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire – featuring Milo, Thatch, and Kida
  • The Little Mermaid – featuring Ariel and a variety of fish
  • Playhouse Disney – featuring Jojo and Goliath the Lion, Bear, Treelo & Stanley, Peanut & Jelly Otter, and Olie Polie & Zowie Polie
  • Snow White
  • The Grand Marshal – featuring Chicken Litle, Remy the Rat, and Giselle from Enchanted in honor of the newest Disney film releases at the time
  • Monsters, Inc. – Mike and Sulley
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Power Rangers – featuring Time Force, Ninja Storm, Wild Force, Dino Thunder, and Space Patrol Delta rangers
  • Cars – featuring Lightning McQueen and Mater

The Disney Stars in Motorcars came to an end at Hollywood Studios in March 2008 and the parade was moved to Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris.

Block Party Bash (2008 – 2011)

Hollywood Studios’ Block Party Bash was a parade/stage show hybrid that debuted at the park in March 2008 after retiring from Disney’s California Adventure. The procession traveled along the park’s regular parade route, stopping in two different “party zones” along the way.

All of the floats were Pixar-themed, including:

  • Toy Story – featuring Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bo Peep, Mr. Potato Head, Green Army Men, and Lots-O-Huggin Bear
  • A Bug’s Life – featuring Flik, Atta, Gypsy Moth, Heimlich, and Slim
  • Monsters, Inc. – featuring Mike, Sulley, Boo, George, Needleman, and Smitty

When the procession reached each Party Zone, floats stopped and performers danced to the song “Celebration” while other parade members unloaded party elements from the floats. Green Army Men went along the route to encourage parade watchers to join the party in the party zones. During the party break, activities included:

  • Characters, Pixar Pals dancers, and acrobats encouraging the crowd to jump along to “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” while using jump ropes and jumping stilts
  • Green Army Men hosting a screaming competition to “Shout!” with the song lyrics changed to “Scream!”
  • A dance party with performers, audience members, and The Incredibles to a medley of hits like “Dance to the Music”, “Stayin’ Alive”, and other upbeat party tunes.

After a finale performance to “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.”, characters got back on their floats and the parade started moving again. The Block Party Bash ended its run on January 11, 2011, and was later replaced with Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun.

Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun (2011 – 2013)

The Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun parade was a spin-off of Disney California’s Pixar Play Parade. It ran at Hollywood Studios from January 6, 2011, through April 6, 2013. The parade reused some floats and music from the Block Party Bash parade. The full lineup of floats included:

  • The Incredibles – featuring Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone
  • A Bug’s Life – A trash float loaded with instruments and the Circus of Bugs
  • Ratatouille – featuring Remy’s older brother Emile
  • Monsters, Inc. – A big Scream Factory float featuring Mike and Sulley
  • Up! – A tower float with Carl Fredricksen on top and Russell and Dug on the front
  • Toy Story – The float was decorated with many different toys from the movies featuring Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Bullseye, and Lotso

Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun was not well received by parkgoers and ended after just two years. The park was parade-less until the Frozen Royal Welcome Parade debuted in summer 2014.

Frozen Royal Welcome Parade (2014 – 2015)

The Frozen Royal Welcome Parade came to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of the Frozen Summer Fun Event in July 2014. During the royal procession, guests would cheer from the sides of the parade route as Anna and Elsa rode through the park on a horse-drawn carriage. In addition to the royal sisters of Arendelle, Kristoff traveled down the street on a float decorated like Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. Royal entertainers and a flag corp twirling the flag of Arendelle also joined in the moving celebration.

How many of these parades have you seen live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? For more vintage Disney, check out these long-lost Magic Kingdom attractions. To see the awesome parades and street parties currently running at the parks, grab your discount Disney World tickets from Tickets2You and get going!

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