On March 12, 2020, Disneyland Paris announced that the original version of the parade would close temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak's impact on Paris. On January 10, 2022, following Disneyland Paris' reopening, Disneyland Paris announced that an updated version of the parade would return.
However, it was later announced that Disney Stars on Parade will be replaced by a new parade for the park's 30th anniversary celebration in 2022.
From March 26, 2017, Disneyland Paris presents Disney Stars on Parade, a brand new Parade, which is more stunning than ever, featuring a plethora of Disney Characters to celebrate the 25th Anniversary in style. Mickey and Friends journey through Disney and Pixar masterpieces to the land of imagination. New floats, new music, new costumes, and never-before-seen choreography: the new Parade will dazzle guests in a whirlwind of joy, laughter, emotions, and color. It is now more than ever the highlight of any visit to Disneyland Paris.
“In Disney Stars on Parade, we will follow Mickey and Friends on a journey of discovery to the land of imagination” explains Emmanuel Lenormand, the Show Director. “We started with the words that are most frequently used by our guests when they talk about Disneyland Paris. This helped us to create a story with eight chapters, and as many emotions. We then associated these emotions with major Disney and Pixar animated films that have proved a huge hit with the public”.
Characters Tuesday is a Guest Star Day: Since July 4, 2017, each Tuesday features a special pre-parade in Disneyland Paris: “Tuesday is a Guest Star Day”. Each pre-parade will feature rare characters. Each week, new characters made their way down the parade route. The pre-parade coincides with the actual parade time for the day, and pays tribute to the segment with the same name that was shared on the Mickey Mouse Club, when Mouseketeers welcomed a special guest for an exclusive on-stage performance each Tuesday of the first two seasons. It was on hiatus during Festival of Pirates and Princesses from March 30 to May 31, 2018.
Discover the Magic: The parade opens with Tinker Bell, who escapes from the pages of an enormous storybook. This is followed by an amazing float featuring Mickey Mouse and Friends dressed as explorers of the future… “A future in which technology retains a magical aspect” according to Olivier Dusautoir, the Set Designer. The float is lead by Aladdin, Genie, Mary Poppins, Bert, Alice, Mad Hatter, Pinocchio, and Tigger.
Discover Friendship: Based on the Disney and Pixar film Toy Story. The second highlight pays a dazzling tribute to children’s games. Buzz Lightyear’s rocket pulls an oversized truck in which Andy Daly has placed all his toys in carefree disarray. Woody, Jessie, and the other toys celebrate true friendship and take us to infinity and beyond! The wheel of death of this float is the retheme one of the Finale unit from Jubilation!
Discover Adventure: Who better than Simba form 1994 animated film The Lion King or Baloo and Mowgli form 1967 animated film The Jungle Book to embody the spirit of adventure? A high rock overlooks the exuberant jungle flora, while the percussion and shimmering colors release the wild instincts of an exotic world where, fortunately, it takes very little to be happy. Since later summer 2018, Zazu has been removed. This float was recycled from Tokyo Disneyland's former daytime parade, Jubilation!
Discover Imagination: Based on the 1953 animated film Peter Pan. From Skull Rock to another, this one is in the shape of a skull and serves as the throne of Captain Hook. Peter Pan is close by, at the helm of a ship suspended beneath an immense, dreamlike moon. “After all, Disneyland Paris is – quite literally – the Land of Imagination!”, Emmanuel Lenormand reminds us. This float was recycled from Tokyo Disneyland's former daytime parade, Jubilation!
Discover a New World: Based on the 2003 Disney and Pixar film Finding Nemo. Crush swims above a majestic float, covered with coral. Dory, Nemo, and Martin remind the guests of their philosophy: “Just keep swimming!” and leave guests starry-eyed. Sea stars, of course.
Discover Enchantment: Based on the 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty. Water is followed by fire, in hot pursuit. The story would not be complete without an epic battle starring Prince Phillip against an evil dragon as the wicked Maleficent, described by Olivier Dusautoir as “mechanical, made entirely of copper with visible mechanisms, as if it has been taken straight out of Jules Verne’s imagination”. Faced with a fire-breathing monster, will good win out? The float was duplicated from Magic Kingdom's daytime parade, Festival of Fantasy Parade.
Discover Romance: Fortunately in fairy tales, good… and love always triumph in the end. Contrasting beautifully with the impressive floats that precede them, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Belle and Prince Adam, and Cinderella and Prince Charming make their entrance on three graceful carriages from its former daytime parade, Disney Magic on Parade. A romantic moment which will melt the hearts of little girls… of all ages.
Discover Wonder: Based on the 2013 Academy Award-winning hit animated film Frozen. The great Disney storybook closes with a flourish with Anna and Elsa, on the balcony of the ice palace, accompanied by a few friends who are particularly popular with guests. Like Elsa’s silvery blue cape floating in her wake, a sense of wonder fills the air and remains long after the last float of Disney Stars on Parade has passed by.