“Magic Happens” Parade Wins IAAPA Award

The Magic Happens parade at Disneyland has won the 2021 IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best Atmospheric Street Show Performance. The short-lived Disneyland parade beat out the Heroic Encounters at Disney California Adventure and the beloved Merry Menagerie at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Magic Happens debuted on February 28, 2020, less than a month before the Disneyland Resort would shut down due to COVID-19. In that short time, guests enjoyed the first Disneyland daytime parade in almost a decade as Mickey Mouse led a cavalcade of fabulous new floats down Main Street USA.

The parade features several distinct “stories,” with a delightful mix of characters. Watch Moana ride the crest of a beautiful wave in her voyager canoe, followed by Coco’s guitar-strumming Miguel, who’s joined by his dog Danté and other fantastical spirit animals.

Behold the enchanted forest from Frozen 2, as Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven pass by. Then prepare for the grandest finale of all as the parade commemorates memorable story moments from Sleeping Beauty and other Disney classics. It’s an incredible procession not to be missed!

During the closure of the Disneyland Resort, Disney released a virtual viewing of Magic Happens!

Magic Happens is currently not performing at Disneyland Park as the theme park continues a phased reopening.

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