Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

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"Disney Stars and Motor Cars" was a daytime parade at the Disney-MGM Studios. The celebrity cavalcade featured custom cars designed and fabricated to tell a unique story honoring Walt Disney’s moviemaking career. The parade closed in 2008 and was replaced by 'Block Party Bash'.


Details

Opening date: September 24, 2001
Closing date: March 9, 2008

Parade Length:
25 min. (approximately)

Performed:
Daily at 4:30 p.m.

Location:
The parade steps off at the Star Tours gate, travels down Hollywood Boulevard and exits near the front of the park at Crossroads.

Miscellaneous Facts:
This parade featured guest participation. Seven guests would act as Grand Marshals or carry banners. 15 cars and 3 motorcycles make up the cavalcade. 63 character performers and 18 drivers participate.

Music:
The parade’s musical score was orchestrated by Gordon Goodwin and recorded in Los Angeles.

Design:
The “Disney Stars and Motor Cars” parade costumes were designed by Douglas Enderle and created at Walt Disney World Creative Costuming.

Highlights:

“Toy Story” Unit – This playful car features Buzz Lightyear and Woody atop Andy’s bed. Other favorite characters include Bo Peep, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head® and the Green Army Men.

“Mary Poppins” Unit – It’s a carousel of fun as Mary Poppins and Bert along with the Dancing Penguins stroll down the street alongside a colorful car with old-fashioned carousel horses dancing atop the vehicle.

The Muppets Unit – Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Sweetums travel in style inside a “floating” car. A giant balloon balances over this unit as the Muppets travel to Hollywood.

“Star Wars” Unit – Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia “fly” through the parade aboard their space travel machine. Nearby guests can discover Darth Vadar and R2D2.

“Mulan” Unit – You won’t miss Mulan and friends inside this colorful vehicle. A giant Chinese umbrella dangles over this unit. Mushu and the Chinese Warriors walk side-by-side escorting the courageous victor down Hollywood Boulevard.

“Aladdin” Unit – A striking unit featuring Aladdin and Jasmine sitting right “on top” of the Genie. Guests also interact with the Harem Girls as they boogie down the parade route.

“Hercules” Unit – This animated feature film comes to life on the streets as Hercules rides in his car splashed with thunderbolts. Phil, Pain and Panic join in the fun.

Evil Villains Unit – The characters you love to hate are all riding together on this ‘wicked’ float. From Hades to Cruella De Vil to Jafar, the Wicked Queen and Frollo, these scoundrels keep each other company atop a stretch limo -- painted black, of course.

“Atlantis” Unit – Milo Thatch and Kida are pulled from the animator’s page and placed inside a life-size Atlantian vehicle.

Mermaid Unit – Celebrate the sea with Ariel and Sebastian. From seashells to seahorses, favorite under-the-sea attendants “swim” through the streets of the Disney-MGM studios.

“Playhouse Disney” Unit – “Playhouse Disney” friends including Bear, Stanley, Treelo, and P and J Otter gather for fun inside a big blue house.

Snow White & Dopey Unit – A tribute to Walt Disney’s first Oscar.

Grand Marshall Unit – Gives our guest riders the opportunity to “feel like a star.”

Finale Unit – This unit celebrates the glamour of tinseltown with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald and Pluto. Old favorites wrap up the parade with style as the characters sit inside a 1929 Cadillac decked out with film strips in classic Disney style. Other characters interacting with guests include Alice, White Rabbit, Pinocchio and Geppetto.
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