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Step In Time: Donald Duck’s Birthday Parade Takes Flight at Magic Kingdom Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

The 50th birthday of Donald Duck was celebrated in a big way in 1984, with “Donald Duck’s Birthday Parade” stepping off at Magic Kingdom Park.

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In it, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse led the celebration down Main Street, U.S.A., riding atop a Donald Duck-themed float that was flanked with Donald’s cheerleaders. Donald’s fellow fowl friends – Daisy, Ludwig Von Drake, Uncle Scrooge, and nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie – also appeared.

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In the big photo above, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck are celebrating atop a float, but who’s the lady duck in the bottom row? Can you identify her? Tell us in the “Comments” section below. We’ll update the post later today with the answer.

ANSWER: The mystery duck is Grandma Duck, Donald’s grandmother. She first appeared in the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color short, “This Is Your Life Donald Duck.”

Comments

  • Happy, Happy – It’s Donald’s birthday – Happy, Happy Birthday to you! This is still how we sing happy birthday in my family – that was a great parade! Only 2nd to the Aladdin parade at (the then) MGM.

  • Hey Donald, Happy Birthday! It’s Donald’s Birthday! Happy, Happy Birthday to YOU.. HEY DONALD!
    I remember this parade and song like it was yesterday!

  • Will Magic Kingdom celebrate Donald’s 80th birthday this summer? What will they do?

  • At some point in the future, it would be really cool to have another parade centered on Donald: he’s such a cool character 😛

  • We were there that day, my girl and I. And now my girl’s my wife (“and a lovely thing she is too” – queue pearly Kings and Queens singing um-diddle-um-diddle-um-diddle-I)

  • This is the first Disney parade that I ever saw in person… and I have been hooked ever since. 30 years of great memories!

    • That’s great to hear, Bobby!

  • Nope now that I look at the pictures, that’s not Hortense, but Grandma Elvira as all of you smart people have noted!

  • Is that Hortense McDuck, Donald’s mom? I remember taking my daughter there that year and we got her a stuffed Donald. She’s 32 now with 5 boys of her own. Don’t know what happened to the stuffed Donald :-(

  • I have this parade’s soundtrack on my ipod X3 It’s so good! I love Donald Duck, I made me happy when I first found out he got his own birthday parade. The Duck deserves it!

  • I actually have a T-shirt from Donald’s 50th Birthday that still fits, is in great shape, and I still wear to the parks!

  • Maybe it’s Donald’s sister Della. This parade looked pretty awesome. How could you not want to celebrate Donald?

  • Grandma Duck

  • that is Grandma Duck

  • Its Grandma duck ofcourse! Elvira coot is her name!
    Oh I wish I could afford to go there now! It has been long overdue for me to go back.

  • Elvira “Grandma Duck” Coot is the grandmother of Donald Duck . He is and has always been my favorite character! I would like to see more Donald merchandise.

  • That year marked my first trip to Walt Disney World; I went with my mom, grandmother, and little brother.

    I believe the lady duck on the bottom is Donald’s grandmother, Elvira.

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