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Vintage Walt Disney World: A ‘Zero to Hero’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

When the Hercules – Zero to Hero Victory Parade rolled into Disney’s Hollywood Studios today back in 1997, it once and for all answered the question, “Who put the ‘glad’ in ‘gladiator’?” – it’s Hercules.

The Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997

This 14-minute cavalcade celebrated Walt Disney Pictures’ 35th animated movie by taking guests back to the Big Olive in Greece where the townsfolk rally around Hercules after his triumph over the Hydra.

The Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997

Hercules’ trainer Phil joins in the fun with a float sponsored by the Athens Athletic Union, and even that devious God of the Underworld, Hades, makes an appearance.

Hercules’ trainer Phil at the Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997 Hades at the Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997

Forever the hero, Hercules is the perfect package that “packs a pair of pretty pecs.” Reminding me to go hit the gym. Immediately.

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Comments

  • Oh gosh thanks so much for posting these photos! I saw this parade on my very first visit at Walt Disney World and I still remember it fondly!

  • I loved that parade – probably saw it 50 times while working on the college program that summer!

  • They should bring this back in 2017 for a 20 years anniversary! Looks amazing!

    • I agree. I never had a chance to catch this parade either!

  • This looks like so much fun! But doesn’t Herc pack a pair of PRETTY pecs? :)

    • Yes, yes! They’re pretty not perfect. I know that! Can I blame autocorrect? :)
      I’ll fix it.

  • LOVE that movie. Wouldn’t mind seeing Herc and Meg make appearances in the parks more often….

  • This looks so much fun! I wish those Muses made an appearance of “Forgotten Character” day! And just every day, always.

  • Who put the glad in Gladiator?……

    • I’m referring to the song “Zero to Hero” in the movie. :)

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