All About ‘Magic Happens,’ The New Parade at Disneyland

With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge last year and the upcoming Avengers Campus this summer, “Magic Happens” redirects attention to and celebrates the core animated storytelling the company is renowned for.

“There are so many new stories to tell. This is the first time we’ve had a chance (in a parade) to tell those tales like ‘Moana’ and ‘Coco,'” says Jordan Peterson, show director at Disney Live Entertainment. “At the same time, we are going back and telling stories that are so classic and so important to us like ‘The Sword in the Stone’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty.'”

Here is a by-the-numbers breakdown of the upcoming parade:


➜ Number of floats highlighting magical moments from films including: “Moana,” “Coco,” “Frozen 2,” “Cinderella,” “The Sword in the Stone,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and “Sleeping Beauty”


➜ Number of original songs with the title song “Magic Happens” co-composed by Todrick Hall
➜ Number of years it took to develop the parade
➜ Number of times the parade will launch daily
➜ Number of collaborating artists with Emmy nods: Emmy-award winning choreographer Tessandra Chavez and Emmy-nominated makeup artist David Petruschin (aka Raven of “Rupaul’s Drag Race fame”)


➜ Number of parades show director Jordan Peterson has performed in at Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort


➜ Number of performers outfitted in fashion-forward costumes featuring gold vinyl and embroidery


➜ Number of LED lights twinkling in Mickey’s sorcerer hat in the opening float


➜ Length in feet of the “Frozen 2” float, the longest float in the parade, which offers multiple perspectives as the float passes by as well as an interactive snow element from Elsa


➜ Height in feet of the “Sleeping Beauty” float, the tallest float in the parade


Number of marigolds decorating the bridge between the living and the dead on the “Coco” float


➜ Number of Disney and Pixar characters you’ll get to see and wave at, including Blue Fairy, Peter Pan, Genie, and Fairy Godmother

See it!

The parade debuts Feb. 28 at Disneyland park. You can purchase a dining package at Plaza Inn for reserved viewing.

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