Tapestry of Dreams

World Showcase, Epcot

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Tapestry of Dreams was a reworked version of the Tapestry of Nations parade at Epcot's World Showcase. The parade debuted as part of 100 Years of Magic celebration on Oct 1, 2001.


Opening date: Oct 1, 2001.
Closing date: March 1, 2003

Epcot’s magical parade, “Tapestry of Dreams,” celebrates children, dreams and the legacy of Walt Disney. The spectacle begins with Dream Seekers dancing alongside the Dream Catcher -- an enormous “float” that interacts with guests. The parade is a “visible dream,” in which ideas, images and emotions are evoked through a series of extraordinary puppets and music.

Parade Length: 30 minutes

Performed: Twice daily at 6:30 and 8:10 p.m.

Location: From Mexico to Morocco in World Showcase

Puppets: Eight different puppets and 54 designs. Colorful, larger-than-life puppets soar 12 to 19 feet high with wingspans between 8 and 16 feet wide.

Performers: 112 cast members including drivers.

Music: Original music was composed by Gavin Greenaway and Jonathon Barr, and recorded in London by members of the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic.

Lighting: Features 412 lighting fixtures throughout the promenade.

Audio System: The largest networked audio system in the world with 416 speakers throughout the promenade and 137 amplifiers, totaling 164,400 watts of power.

The parade is divided into the Procession and the Celebration.

The Procession blends music with children’s voices, each telling their own dream, interspersed with a narrator revealing the power of dreams. There are three Dream Seekers: Elfin (representing nature, magic and emotion) and Cosmo (representing space, the universe and infinity) dance the parade route, interact with guests and “harvest” dreams; Leonardo Columbus (representing discovery, invention and genius) rides the Dream Catcher float, operates its gigantic “wings” and manipulates the float so that chimes and bells ring magically.

The Celebration is a spectacular street festival combining color, music and larger-than-life puppetry that weaves its way through World Showcase. During this joyous celebration, whimsical puppets dance together with guests. Each puppet’s specific movements emphasize its distinct character.

The puppets include:

Hammerman - A futuristic, powerful and mature spiritual warrior that is friendly, with moves similar to a praying mantis.

Discman - A teenager, class clown, a rag doll who loves people, very interactive, thinks he’s a dancer but is uncoordinated.

Reverse Marionette - A toy-like, fatherly teacher who moves in a tender, gently protective way.

Aztec - A primitive guardian of the human spirit who moves in a precise, regimented and uplifting manner.

Wiggle Girl - A flirt, child-like, funny and beautiful, who moves like a dancer in a playful, explosive, interactive and unexpected manner.

Angel - A spiritual, uplifting, heavenly puppet whose movement is graceful, inspiring, free and interactive.

Sprite - A fragile, vulnerable, shy character who moves in a graceful ballet-like manner.

Birdman - A tribal, eagle-like protector whose movement is majestic, statue-like, slow and commanding.