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Looking Back at the Walt Disney World 20th Anniversary Surprise Celebration Parade (Vintage Series #7)

Hi everyone!

I posted an article about the 20th Anniversary of Walt Disney World last week, which was our vintage series article #6 as we near the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World. This week, Jeff chose from his archives photos of the Surprise Celebration Parade from that year as our seventh article in the series. All of our vintage articles can be found here. The Surprise Celebration Parade was a lively, colorful parade.

Back in 2014, the Disney Parks Blog said of this parade, “The centerpieces of the parade were towering balloons (some measuring as tall as 35-40 feet) depicting Disney characters celebrating festivals from around the world, including balloons for Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and Roger Rabbit. The parade also featured festive costumes and floats. Other Disney characters walked the parade route carrying red Mickey balloons.”

The parade ran from September 22, 1991 and ended June 4, 1994 and was based on the Party Gras Parade from Disneyland.

Chip and Dale were on a float.

Minnie is festive with fruit on her head.

Here is another angle of Roger Rabbit as he moves through Liberty Square.

Eeyore is pulled on a horse and carriage. Tigger is off to the right and you can see Pooh (or the top of him) to the left.

Donald looms large behind them.

The Three Cabelleros have masks on and bright outfits.

Pluto held maracas.

On the Pluto float were the Country Bears – and Pluto.

Goofy as a large balloon was also part of the parade.

The King Mickey float carried Mickey Mouse, Snow White and other characters.

Here is a look at Mickey and Snow White.

We will continue this series for the coming weeks, I look forward to seeing what Jeff chooses to share from his huge collection!


Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary books I’m looking forward to:

A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of The Most Magical Place on Earth (Disney Editions Deluxe)

Disney World at 50: The Stories of How Walt’s Kingdom Became Magic in Orlando

Birnbaum’s 2022 Walt Disney World: The Official Vacation Guide (Birnbaum Guides)


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