The show Mickey’s Halloween Celebration at Disneyland Paris is, in my opinion, the best experience of the entire Halloween season in the French resort. If you want to make the most of Disneyland Park during this time of year, then you should watch this daytime mini-parade!
Get ready because the music is fantastic, the costumes are stunning and the choreography is wonderful. Throughout your day in the park, you’ll see a hellish performance, surrounded by a ghostly, colorful, and chilling atmosphere!
So, do you want to know more about The Show Mickey’s Halloween Celebration At Disneyland Paris? Keep reading!
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Brief History of Mickey’s Halloween Celebration at Disneyland Paris
The daytime mini-parade Mickey’s Halloween Celebration at Disneyland Paris (in French, “La Celebration Halloween de Mickey”) premiered on October 1st, 2013. As a result, the show inspired a similar mini-parade at Hong Kong Disneyland, in 2016. The Asian version was called “Mickey’s Halloween Time Cavalcade”, though it changed the name to “Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Party”.
Mickey’s Halloween Celebration at Disneyland Paris has been recreated every Halloween Season over the years, except in 2017. This was because of the special celebrations concerning the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris. Normally, the mini-parade takes place three times per day, although it is subject to last-minute changes or cancellations. For example, weather conditions are not always favorable in the middle of October.
The show has four floats and lasts for 20 minutes, starting at Fantasyland next to “it’s a small world”. Then, the parade continues to Central Plaza (in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle) where the characters leave the floats. After a 5-minute performance in the four central stages, they go back to their places, crossing Main Street. The mini-parade ends at the Town Square, the entrance/exit of Disneyland Park.
1. Miss Harvest & Friends
Mickey’s Halloween Celebration at Disneyland Paris presents itself as a harvest festival, very popular in the United States of America and Canada. This annual celebration takes place around the time of the harvests of a specific country or region. For example, the famous harvest festivals in North America take place between September and the end of November.
Therefore, here the star is Daisy Duck, as Miss Harvest, who appears with five dancers, dressed in autumnal tones. In the meantime, you’ll start hearing “Vive La Vie”, the theme song of this parade, very cheerful and catchy!
The float immediately follows, imitating what appears to be a country wagon. Led by Donald Duck, it also carries the most adorable Disney rabbits: Thumper and Miss Bunny (from “Bambi”, 1942)! At the same time, there are four dancers around the float, dressed in corn cobs. Hidden in the back of the vehicle, you can still find the miserly Scrooge McDuck!
Making the transition to the second scene are the Three Little Pigs and four dancers in farmer’s clothes. Who doesn’t remember the fable that Walt Disney converted into a short film in 1933? Three Little Pigs integrated “Silly Symphony”, a series of 75 animated short films, released between 1929 and 1939. And not only did it win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, but also became one of the most profitable shorts ever!
2. Winnie the Pooh & Friends
Mickey’s Halloween Celebration at Disneyland Paris continues with four dancers in pumpkin costumes and two forgotten cartoon characters: Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar. The anthropomorphic couple unveils one float that brings on board characters from the “Winnie the Pooh” franchise. Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore, as well as two dancers, dance on a set that resembles an abandoned barn.
If one of the dancers imitates a frightening tree (such as the ones on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”), on the other hand, the other dresses as a mushroom. The latter is joined by four more “mushroom dancers”, who close this second performance.
3. Minnie Mouse & Friends
Three couples of dancers open the third and almost last section of Mickey’s Halloween Celebration at Disneyland Paris. In fact, with costumes in shades of orange and purple, they’re the most perfect representation of Halloween! In addition, the following float represents a cornucopia, one of the icons of the harvest festival and Thanksgiving in North America.
Interestingly, the cornucopia was known as the “horn of abundance” in Classical Antiquity, symbolizing wealth, prosperity, and nutrition. In Greco-Roman mythology, they portrayed it as a horn-shaped vase, from which varied fruits, vegetables, cereals, and flowers came out. This description hasn’t changed in modern times, with the difference that now the products are local and seasonal.
Allusive to the harvests, you’ll find corn cobs, pumpkins, grapes, red berries, nuts, and sunflowers, surrounding the leader Minnie Mouse. On the other side of the float, you’ll also find the restless Chip and Dale, accompanied by Clarice. Finally, this segment of the parade ends with four dancers dressed as sunflowers.
4. Mickey Mouse & Friends
When Mickey’s Halloween Celebration at Disneyland Paris returned in 2018, a new float was added. Thus, the main star of the parade received his own vehicle, nicknamed Mickey’s Illusion Manor. This float was part of a series of innovations because of Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday (November 18th).
Widely inspired by the Phantom Manor attraction, Mickey’s Illusion Mansion includes two characters from the “haunted house” in Frontierland. They are Mélanie Ravenswood (The Bride) and the Phantom, the spirit of her father, Henry Ravenswood. In the same way, the nine zombie dancers that surround the float look like those ghosts from the ball scene!
And speaking of zombies, you can’t miss the four skeletons that close the parade, surprisingly intimidating! Or even the triplets Huey, Dewey, and Louie, dress as little devils! And what about the protagonist who gives his name to the show? You’ll have to wait and see his magic tricks since there is not one, not two, but three Mickey! He appears on each side of the mansion, especially on the balconies, with different colored suits (purple, green, and red).
Once in Central Plaza, everyone heads to the stage for a short animated choreography, before the parade continues. Depending on the exhibition you watch, the route can go from Fantasyland to Main Street or vice versa.
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