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Step In Time: A ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ Parade Marches On at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Which of you Mouseketeers out there just adored “Mickey Mouse Club”?

When designing a parade to follow the popular America On Parade bicentennial celebration that ended in late summer 1976, Entertainment looked to the long-time favorite TV show for inspiration. The result was the “Mickey Mouse Club Parade.”
'Mickey Mouse Club' Parade at Magic Kingdom Park

The parade debuted in September 1976, and brought the fun of the “Mickey Mouse Club” to the streets of Magic Kingdom Park, twice daily. Favorite Disney characters, some holding balloons, marched along to a new recording of the “Mickey Mouse Club March,” including Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs.

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Larger-than-life Mouse Ear hats also traveled down the parade route – but not in the traditional black color. These fit the parade’s bright color scheme, appearing in blues, pinks, oranges and greens. All of this led the way for the big cheese of the Club himself, Mickey Mouse, who waved at the crowd from atop the final float.

The parade ran through June 10, 1977.

Do you remember seeing this parade? Tell us what you loved about it in the “Comments” section below.

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1

Robert on October 28th, 2013 at 9:36 am

Most amazing change between this parade and the current parade . . crowd levels. There is some prime real estate along those sidewalks.

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Brian on October 28th, 2013 at 10:08 am

Look how few people are lined up for the parade. Certainly much different from today.

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Jeanne on October 28th, 2013 at 11:08 am

I just converted old slides to photos, and this parade was included in them!! I remember those “ears” spinning around and scooting from side to side on the parade route!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on October 28th, 2013 at 11:46 am

Fun!

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Ryan on October 28th, 2013 at 11:16 am

I noticed Flower, Thumper, J. Worthington Foulfellow, Eeyore and Pooh (the old school 70s version w/the honey pot on his head) walking in the parade. You NEVER see these great characters anymore.

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Jackie on October 30th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Anyone else find the disembodied Donald head a bit creepy, or is it just me?

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Deb on November 2nd, 2013 at 8:06 pm

We marched in the parade in June of 1974 with the John Hersey Band from Illinois. It was so much fun to be taken through the tunnels from the back of the park to the front of the park, something I will never forget!!! We marched from the Main Entrance to the Castle, and then did a 30 minute concert in the front (there used to be an area where we could stand). I remember the uniforms that were just fine for Chicagoland football games in October were very hot for Orlando in June!!! I also remember that we all got a coupon book of tickets. We did have an E Ticket time!!!

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