Well folks, today is the last scheduled performance for this daytime parade at Tokyo Disneyland. It's currently 12:30pm (local Tokyo time) and it's due to begin at 3:00pm here. It has been raining since late morning and forecasts call for continued rain. So, we'll see if there is a last performance or not.
This original version, Disney's Dreams on Parade (DDOP), debuted in January 2003 as part of the Park's 20th Anniversary celebrations. It contained a "show mode" in which the parade would stop for a few minutes and Mickey, whose float was in the center of the parade, would invite guests to "wish together" to make their dreams come true.
After the 20th events ended in March 2004, some parade floats, the show mode and soundtrack were changed in order to remove references to the 20th. In Spring 2006, some floats were removed, new floats were added, a new soundtrack was written and Mickey was moved to the front of the parade. The show mode was also removed and the parade had a new name, Disney's Dreams on Parade 'Movin On'.
Early in 2008, the float featuring "Buzz Lightyear" had a structural failure during a performance and the parade was cancelled for a few days in order to run inspections on all the floats. When the parade returned, 5 floats were missing and all but the "Buzz" float subsequently returned.
The parade ends today and the new daytime parade "Jubilation!" will make its official debut on Tuesday, Aprl 15th for the Resort's 25th Anniversary celebrations. Sneak previews will begin in a day or two.
So, what are your lasting impressions of Disney's Dreams on Parade and its "Movin On" version? Feel free to add any photographs or links to videos online!
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