Sneak Peek: Disneyland’s New ‘Magic Happens’ Parade Concept Art and Behind the Scenes Looks


Disneyland Park is getting a new parade on February 28th, called Magic Happens.

The theme for the parade is the celebration of Disney and Pixar “moments of magic” in their stories. Through costumes, floats, and music the parade hopes to invoke those magic moments.

The performance times listed are 3:30PM and 6PM local time.

The Disney Parks Blog has posted some concept art for you to admire:

Cinderella’s pumpkin is transformed into her carriage:

Merlin and Arthur when Arthur pulls the sword from the stone.

It’s actually exciting that Disney is including The Sword in the Stone for this. It’s something we don’t see very often.

Even more interesting is that Disneyland recently had their sword in the stone damaged when a guest actually pulled it from the stone. I guess that makes them king of Disneyland?  Move over Bob Iger.

Tiana and Naveen are transformed into their human forms:

The art on this is beautiful!

Previously we also saw other concept art for floats:


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Sleeping Beauty:

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I think they are going to do the dress color transformation on this one. They already do it in some of the overseas parks. Check it out! It’s something to see (volume is a bit loud on this so adjust before hitting play, just FYI)!

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We even have a video showcasing some of the behind the scenes work going on!

In this video David Duffy, Creative Director for Disney Live Entertainment, talks about the upcoming parade.

Here’s the official write-up:

Starting February 28, Disneyland Park will welcome Magic Happens, the park’s first new daytime parade in nearly a decade—and one that reminds us wings aren’t needed to fly, shooting stars were created 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 like Anna, Elsa and Olaf around the park and into your hearts—all while moving to a high-energy musical score that puts a contemporary spin on classic Disney hits. In addition, a brand-new song co-composed by singer-songwriter Todrick Hall helps bring some of your favorite Disney tales to life like never before.

The parade features several distinct “stories,” with a delightful mix of characters. Watch Moana ride the crest of a beautiful wave in her voyager canoe, followed by Coco’s guitar-strumming Miguel, who’s joined by his dog Danté and other fantastical spirit animals.

Behold the enchanted forest from Frozen 2, as Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven pass by. Then prepare for the grandest finale of all as the parade commemorates memorable story moments from Sleeping Beauty and other Disney classics. It’s an incredible procession not to be missed!

I think this parade is really going to be something. They are going for pivotal “magical moments” with this so I expect there to be some amazing transformations and effects.
The float designs on these are stunning with the attention to detail. If the real-life floats are anything like the concept art, I think we are in for an amazing parade!

If you need to see the parade route for this here it is:

I can’t wait to see this one!

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: Disney Parks Blog, Disneyland,

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