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Still Jammin’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom After All These Years

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Hi! I’m Shawn Slater, communications manager for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment. It’s been a decade since we honored the anniversary of Walt Disney’s birth with our 100 Years of Magic celebration, and one of the best features of that event is still delighting guests today. This month, Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Disney’s Animal Kingdom marks ten years of the Disney characters paying tribute to the wild spirit of their animal friends.

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Disney's Animal Kingdom After All These Years

Rafiki leads the procession through the park, bringing with him a Party Patrol of dancers, stilt-walkers and gigantic puppets. Joining the parade are Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, aboard customized Adventure Rovers, along with park guests selected to ride along in fanciful rickshaw taxis.

Reed Jones, Director of Creative Development for Walt Disney World Resort, was the Show Director on Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade. Reed said, “Creating this show was a blast. Because Disney’s Animal Kingdom wasn’t built for a parade, our perceived limitations actually inspired the final creative concept. The tight paths inspired the narrow rovers and the heights of the visuals, and the dense jungle greenery inspired the vibrant color palette so all the various elements would stand out.”

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Disney's Animal Kingdom After All These Years

Since there was no sound system covering the parade route, the units had to supply their own sound sources, blending together to build each of the world beat songs, from rhythms to chants to lyrics. Reed said, “Music Director Dan Stamper and I searched for just the right theme song, until we realized our description of what we were looking for was just the song we needed, so we wrote it ourselves! The solos on ‘Rhythm of One’ are sung by Montego Glover, who is currently starring on Broadway in ‘Memphis,’ and Phillip Lawrence, the current voice of Sebastian, as well as a producing partner with Cee-Lo Green and Bruno Mars. Both were performing in our ‘Tarzan Rocks!’ show at the time.”

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Disney's Animal Kingdom After All These Years

On your next adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, join the “Rhythm of One” and bark and growl and screech and roar along with Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, a Guest favorite for ten years and counting!


  • Thanks, everyone! I’m honored to be among the team of authors asked to contribute to the Disney Parks Blog.

  • I feel like maybe it is time for a new parade in Animal Kingdom, after 10 years a change would be welcome!!

  • Kudos to the Disney Parks Blog for adding Shawn to the team. One of the best Disney bloggers out there! Congrats, Shawn!

  • Welcome to the blog Mr. Shawn!

  • I love this parade! but it has been ten years, isn’t it time for a new parade?

  • Great info, as usual, Shawn! So happy to see you here on the Disney Parks blog team! Looking forward to more. 🙂

  • Great write-up! Welcome to the blog team!

  • Welcome Shawn to the blog. I am a big fan of your personal blog and I really enjoy your view on the parks. Keep up the great work sir;)

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