Saturday, February 2, 2013

Share a Dream Come True parade

Q: On my first trip to Walt Disney World about 10 years ago, there was a parade that took the kids off the sidewalk and let them interact and dance with the characters. What was that called, and why don't they let kids be a part of the parade anymore? 
Bridget, Brooklyn, New York 

A [Dave Smith]: You are likely thinking of the Share a Dream Come True parade, which premiered with the 100 Years of Magic celebration in 2001. The parade invited guests to participate with characters along the route in a series of "show stops" for a number of years. The most recent version of the parade, Celebrate a Dream Come True, adopts a new theme and currently does not incorporate show stops.

"Hello everyone and welcome. This is Julie Andrews and I'd like to tell you a story. In 1901 a little boy named Walt Disney was born and a dream began. The dream of imagination that today, 100 years later, has touched every one of our lives. I once had the privilege to know the dreamer, Walt Disney. His imagination inspired and built his dreams into reality for all of us to share and he made them practically perfect in every way. Today we celebrate and share the legacy of Walt Disney filled with pixie dust, princesses, fairy tales, and fantasies and above all the magic of dreams. (children's chorus sings Sharing a Dream Come True. A child enthusiastically announces) And now Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and girls the Magic Kingdom proudly presents the Share a Dream Come True Parade."

Beginning with Mickey Mouse and ending with a fairy-tale finish, this spectacular new parade of giant Disney snow globes is a tribute to all those stories and characters that have touched our hearts through the years. It’s a flurry of classic Disney moments frozen in time. (from

All the music in the show was recorded in London by members of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was composed by Gavin Greenaway. It consisted of the main theme called Fantasy, as well as the Share a Dream Come True theme used for the 100 Years of Magic celebration.

All audio is controlled through DTMF tones transmitted by RF signals from the antennas on Cinderella's Castle to each unit. Each unit has its own audio themed to the unit, with the main parade theme played on the zone speakers.

All the music from this parade can be found on the Magic in the Streets: Parade Memories CD
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