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Sunday, January 2, 2011
Disneyland's Party Gras Parade
In 1990, Disneyland in Anaheim, California celebrated its 35th Birthday in a big way. The Party Gras Parade featured large balloon floats depicting Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and Roger Rabbit.
This looks like fun, and it was! I got to skip school for a few days and fly across the country to Disneyland in September of 1990.
They gave away prizes! I did not win anything, though.
I wonder what time the 3:00 parade starts? This question is frequently asked by Disneyland visitors. Luckily, the Party Gras Parade is shown twice a day!
Be sure to note where you parked your car! Disneyland's old parking lot is long gone (it's now a theme park, Disney's California Adventure).
Keep this show guide handy, because you don't want to miss Dick Tracy in "Diamond Double-Cross" or Roger Rabbit (in Adventureland!) with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy in "The Legend of the Island Jewel." I regret not seeing these shows!
In Tomorrowland, you could vote for "The Person of the Century." I wonder who won?
Delta was the official Airline of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Luckily, that's the Airline that got me to California!
Technically, I think Delta was only supposed to give this magazine to young children. I was a freshman in high school at this time, but I asked them really nice for a copy.
Oooh, Disneyland 35th Birthday Games!
Snow White has a message for us! What is she trying to tell us?! I think maybe it's "Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine."
I usually made a point not to mark on items like these, because I thought they might be a collector's item one day. I did deface this "Connect-The-Dots" page:
It's the Party Gras Parade!
The music is loud and lively, and the Disney characters are gigantic!
Mickey and Pluto lead the wild celebration.
The Party Gras Parade uses audience participation, and stops to perform and encourage you to dance and join a conga line.
It's tough to stand still during the Party Gras!
Look, it's Minnie and a Macaw!
Up next is a float with a fish lady riding on a big fish.
That's Ariel, The Little Mermaid, which was a new movie at the time.
Donald Duck appears with the Pluto balloon. I would hate to have to clean up after a dog Pluto's size...
It's Chip and Dale, dancers.
I don't think that any other Rescue Rangers were on this float.
Goofy fits in with the Jokers and Jesters.
Minnie is up next in her Carmen Miranda costume.
Panchito the rooster from "The Three Caballeros" is here, so surely Jose Carioca the parrot was in this parade, too.
Roger Rabbit used to be everywhere.
Roger Rabbit is the last balloon float in the parade. It looked like Roger would be shown regularly with Mickey and his friends, but he was phased out as Disney created characters it completely owned, like Ariel and her friends from The Little Mermaid (Roger Rabbit is co-owned with Amblin Entertainment).
The celebration is over, and Guests and Disney characters close the parade.
This high-energy event featured a terrific soundtrack:
Walt Disney World had a similar parade for its 20th Birthday in 1991.
It was called "Surprise Celebration" and included Disney character balloons that were very similar to Disneyland's (a couple of them, like the one used for Minnie Mouse, looked identical).