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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.


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.



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.”


  • 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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