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“Magic Happens” Parade to Return to Disneyland on February 24th, 2023

Hi everyone!

The “Magic Happens” parade will return to Disneyland on February 24th, 2023! The parade was short lived back in late February through mid-March, 2020 before the pandemic closure. I was there during that time and was able to enjoy the parade a few times (read my article from 2020 with  plenty of photos).

Magic Happens” included the debut of Miguel from “Coco”. The parade was not only a fantastic daytime parade but also looked great at night.

I have our two videos below of “Magic Happens”, one during the day and the other in the evening.


Photo by Denise Preskitt, Mousesteps

This is the “Magic Happens” parade during the day, shot at the it’s a small’ world mall.

We also shot the parade looking down Main Street U.S.A. in the evening. The parade really looked wonderful after dark.

It will be great to have “Magic Happens” return!

From the Disneyland website about “Magic Happens”:

As part of the Disney100 Celebration at Disneyland Resort, celebrate the return of this unforgettable spectacle that reminds us you don’t need wings to fly, shooting stars are for wishes and magic doesn’t end at midnight!

With a wave of his wand, Mickey Mouse leads a cavalcade of fabulous floats, whimsically costumed performers and popular Disney pals around the park and into your hearts—all while moving to a high-energy contemporary musical score that puts a spin on classic Disney hits. In addition, a stirring song co-composed by singer-songwriter Todrick Hall brings some of your favorite Disney tales to life like never before.

Watch Moana ride the crest of a beautiful wave in her voyager canoe, followed by Coco’s guitar-strumming Miguel joined by his dog Danté and other fantastical spirit animals and behold the enchanted forest from Frozen 2 as Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven pass by. The parade’s grand finale commemorates memorable moments from Disney classics in an incredible procession that’s not to be missed!