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Magic Happens Parade Debuts at Disneyland While Disney Springs Gets New Attraction

New Parade at Disneyland

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In Anaheim, Calif., Disneyland's new Magic Happens parade debuts in 2020, while across the country at the Disney Springs Florida location, a Cirque de Soleil attraction has been announced.

Disneyland's new parade, debuts February 28th, 2020, featuring floats, costumes and characters from Disney, such as Frozen 2, Moana, Coco, and Sleeping Beauty.

The focus of the parade will be the heart of Disney stories, with Mickey Mouse leading the route down Main Street, USA.
The parade will boast incredible floats, Disney costumes and characters galore, and there will also be a brand new musical score and new song, co-composed by Todrick Hall. The parade replaces the nightly parade attraction that closed in July 2019, Mickey's Soundsational Parade.

Everyone loves a parade, so here are some of the highlights making their appearance in this elaborate new variation: Frozen 2's Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf explore the enchanted forest of the Northundra people, protected by stallion water spirit Nokk. Moana appears in two floats: on her voyager Wayfinder's canoe, with an ocean wave, and a manta ray which is her grandmother's spirit animal. Then she's seen paired with demigod Maui, making a Disneyland Resort debut on his own island, alongside Moana's pet pig, Pua. Artists concepts of these floats reveal a strong attention to detail such as koa wood carvings.

Miguel, the hero from Coco also makes a debut, here playing the guitar of Ernesto de la Cruz on a float featuring marigolds, alebrije spirit animals and Miguel's dog Danté. And for a parade grand finale, classic stories are highlighted, including Sleeping Beauty along with the fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather appear, as does Princess Aurora dancing with Prince Philip in a sparkling gown that switches between pink and blue, a feat which happens on film that now transpires in real life. The parade features a whole bevy of Disney favorites, including characters such as Peter Pan, Aladdin, Cinderella, Princess & The Frog, Sword in the Stone, and Pinocchio, among others.

According to Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman Bob Chapek, Magic Happens celebrates awe-inspiring moments from many Disney stories, reminding viewers, to quote Disney promotional materials, that they don't need wings to fly, shooting stars were made to wish upon, and magic doesn't stop at midnight.

Aside from the parade, Disneyland will also be debuting Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park on January 17. Virtual queues will be used when the ride opens, much like the system used at Disney's Hollywood Studios where the attraction opened late in 2019. As in Florida, Disneyland Resort guests will join a Boarding Group to access Rise of the Resistance.

The virtual queue will be available starting at published park opening hours and guests must have entered Disneyland Park to join while using the Disneyland App. Guests should look for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Access by Boarding Group on the app's main page to access the ride; guests that don't use the Disneyland App will be able to join a Boarding Group by scanning their admission at locations within the park. Once they've joined, guests can explore other park areas while they wait; they will receive a push notification when their Boarding Group is called, and can also monitor the Disneyland App or look for signage throughout the park that indicates group numbers. Attendees will also have to scan their admission when they enter the attraction.

And over at the adjoining Disney California Adventure Park, the Avengers' Campus opens in 2020, premiering a brand-new Spider-Man starring attraction.

In Florida, Cirque du Soleil and Disney are debuting their new Cirque production called Drawn to Life at Walt Disney World Resort's Disney Springs in April 2020.

The collaborative effort combines the talents of Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering. The project was written and directed by Michel Laprise, with Fabrice Becker as the creative director. Previews open on March 20th, but the official premiere date is April 17th, with tickets available as of this writing.

Cirque du Soleil president and CEO Daniel Lamarre describes the program: “For Cirque du Soleil, this is a beautiful way of celebrating Disney's legacy in the art of animation. This new and exciting production is most certainly the best way to highlight the privileged relationship we have with our colleagues at Walt Disney World and our joint commitment to continually bring audiences new experiences that surpass their expectations.”

The show's storyline follows that of a girl named Julie, who discovers an unfinished animation piece, left to her by her late father. She begins a journey guided by a magical pencil, and learns to imagine new possibilities and animate the story of her future.

Walt Disney World Resort president Josh D'Amaro says “In creating this show, we've brought to life an extraordinary new entertainment experience for the whole family. It blends all the heart, humor and joy of Disney storytelling with new acrobatic performances and effects never-before seen in a Cirque du Soleil production.”
The original production combines Disney storytelling with Cirque du Soleil's performance style, and includes an international cast of over 65 artists.

It will celebrate and showcase the art of Disney animation, along with elaborate new original acrobatic sequences, as well as choreography, music and characters.

“We had the chance to work with some of the animators that have worked on iconic Disney movies,” creative director Becker states. “You'll get to meet some of your favorite characters, but maybe in a very different way.”
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