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Band-Tastic Cavalcade brings a parade of Disney characters to Main Street U.S.A. for a brief Disneyland run

Band-Tastic Cavalcade brings a parade of Disney characters to Main Street U.S.A. for a brief Disneyland run

A new cavalcade of Disney characters marching down Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. will replace a long-running parade for an extremely limited run beginning next week.

The Mickey and Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade will take place twice daily July 18 to Aug. 1 along the Disneyland parade route during a brief two-week run.

Band-Tastic Cavalcade replaces the long-running Mickey’s Soundsational parade that has been a favorite at the Anaheim theme park.

The new cavalcade will feature a procession of Disney characters riding in Main Street U.S.A. vehicles accompanied by live music from the Disneyland Band. Band-Tastic Cavalcade will make show stops along the parade route where the Disney characters will dance with visitors. The procession is expected to feature Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Genie, Aladdin and King Louie as well as rarely-seen characters.

Mickey’s Soundsational parade debuted at Disneyland during the summer of 2011. The popular parade has gone on hiatus a number of times during holidays and special events. The Soundsational parade returned to Disneyland in January after the holiday season.

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Soundsational is not scheduled to return to Disneyland after the Band-Tastic Cavalcade ends on Aug. 1. The Main Street Electrical Parade will return to Disneyland on Aug. 2 for nighttime performances. The Halloween season begins Sept. 6, but a Disneyland parade was not announced as part of the entertainment lineup.

A new daytime parade for Disneyland has not been announced. WDW News Today reported that a new tentatively-titled Magic Happens daytime parade will debut at Disneyland in 2020.

The curiously timed Band-Tastic Cavalcade arrives at the peak of the summer season. The new mid-summer entertainment offering comes as Disneyland is experiencing some of the lightest crowds the park has seen in decades following the opening of the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disneyland annual passholders with Deluxe, Southern California and Southern California Select passes will be blocked out during the brief run of Band-Tastic Cavalcade.