Disneyland and the Rose Parade have had a long history together and their paths intertwine again. This year, Disney will once again take part in the annual event in Pasadena, CA as Disneyland celebrates 60 years of making magic. With the theme “Find Your Adventure,” Disney has submitted a beautiful three-part float featuring the movie Frozen, Sleeping Beauty Castle, and Star Wars. With the release of The Force Awakens, the announcement this year of a new Star Wars-themed land, and the recent launch of Season of the Force at the parks, including the franchise seemed appropriate. And of course, there is nothing more iconic about Disneyland than the castle, but the inclusion of Frozen? Didn’t that come out in 2013?
Yes, but the power and influence of that movie continues today. With a new Frozen musical following the popular run of Aladdin at the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure and the icy sisters presence in pretty much everything at the parks, featuring Elsa and Anna is more than banking on their popularity but celebrating one of the most influential animated films of all time. Frozen will pop up again in the Norway pavilion at Epcot this year and a new Broadway musical is also in development, so the movie will definitely be creating new adventures for guests at least into the near future.
The float itself looks to be beautiful! Probably the most eye-popping feat will be how they use only natural components to make the castle look diamond-like. As part of the rules for float decorating, all of it must be part of a plant of some sort. While flowers are given prominence, seeds, bark, and other parts of the plant may be used also. Disney hasn’t revealed if there will be any moving parts to the float besides the float itself, but it would be really impressive to see the Millennium Falcon blast off into hyperspace. If you would like to help decorate the float you can volunteer with the company who is putting it together, Artistic Entertainment Services. They are only decorating two floats for the Rose Parade so the chance you’ll get to work on the Disneyland float is at least 50/50. On their website they inform potential volunteers that they will be asked to help where it is needed the most. Whether it’s cutting parts for the float or decorating the float itself is completely up to their discretion. And you have to be at least 12 years old. But how amazing would it be to get to decorate the Disneyland float for the Rose Parade?
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