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Step In Time: Bringing Dumbo’s Circus to the Parade Route at Magic Kingdom Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

In the 1941 film “Dumbo,” there’s a scene in which the circus comes to town in a big way – by parading through the streets and offering a glimpse at fun that awaited would-be customers in the big top. In the scene, the procession includes exotic camels, colorful clowns, Dumbo and more.


In 1979, Walt Disney Entertainment brought a parade inspired by this scene to life at Magic Kingdom Park in the form of Dumbo’s Circus Parade, with famous (and a few long-lost) Disney characters taking up circus roles. The train from Dumbo, Casey Jr., rolled down the parade path, with Winnie the Pooh waving from the caboose. A large three-ring circus float followed with Mickey Mouse dressed as the ringmaster, Minnie Mouse as a lovely aerialist, Donald as a snake charmer and Goofy as circus weightlifter. The circus ended with the clown headquarters, an Engine House float, moving down the line.

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  • Is the Casey Jr. from this parade the same Casey Jr. that appears in the Main Street Electrical Parade now? Did they add lights to the same locomotive, or build a new one?

  • So cute!
    But had to admit that the pic really bother me trying to figure the viewing point for this. Finally realized it is reversed!

  • I remember watching this with my Aunt on the very first trip I ever took to Disney World. Not to date myself, but it was a kindergarden graduation present.

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