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Disneyland reveals new details about the Magic Happens parade

Disneyland reveals new details about the Magic Happens parade

The Magic Happens parade coming to Disneyland later this month will feature a new musical score by an “American Idol” alum, nine floats and more than 90 performers, including two dozen Disney and Pixar characters.

The new Magic Happens parade launches Feb. 28 along Main Street U.S.A. at the Anaheim theme park. Disneyland invited the media to a preview of the parade on Tuesday, Feb. 11 that included a look at the lead float and costumes as well as samples of the music and choreography.

Disneyland’s new daytime parade will include characters from “Frozen,” “Moana,” “Coco,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Aladdin,” “Pinocchio,” “Princess the Frog” and “The Sword in the Stone” all led by a float featuring Mickey Mouse.

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Mickey Mouse poses in front of the lead float of the Magic Happens parade during a backstage rehearsal. (Disney)

The parade opens with Mickey at the helm of an iridescent float topped with a 15-foot-tall sorcerer’s hat. Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Chip n’ Dale will dance alongside the float in artsy blue and purple fashion-forward costumes.

A 32-foot-long Moana float will feature the title character on a flower-covered sailboat riding a sweeping blue wave. The wave will be filled with LED screens that offer glimpses of animated images of familiar ocean-based Disney and Pixar characters. The demigod Maui will follow on his own island float.

The 36-foot-long Coco float will be connected by a red and orange floral bridge. The bridge dripping with 30,000 marigold flowers connects the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead from the animated “Coco” film. Miguel plays guitar under a gazebo while a pair of skeletons perform on stage under a blue sugar skull marquee. A dozen singing Chihuahuas on the back of the float will recreate the battle of the bands scene from the movie.

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The 39-foot-long Frozen float will be designed to look like the enchanted forest from the “Frozen 2” animated movie sequel. A frozen version of Nokk, the horse-shaped water spirit from the film, heads up the glimmering float. Anna and Elsa are joined on the float by Olaf the snowman. Kristoff tags along pushing a cart with his loyal pet reindeer Sven nearby.

Towering castle turrets dot the 30-foot-long Sleeping Beauty finale float as Princess Aurora dances with Prince Phillip. Nearby, the fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather wave their magic wands. Aurora’s shimmering gown will change colors from pink to blue and back again.

The grand finale float will be joined by smaller floats featuring Tiana and Naveen from “The Princess and the Frog,” Merlin the wizard and young Arthur from “Sword in the Stone” and Cinderella with her Fairy Godmother.

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Magic Happens will feature a new song and musical score produced by “American Idol” singer-songwriter Todrick Hall. A second original song that weaves in musical themes from Disneyland’s “Remember the Magic” parade and the “Wishes” and “Remember… Dreams Come True” fireworks spectaculars will accompany the grand finale series of floats.