The float was original as the Dumbo unit, Casey Junior, from its former daytime parade The Wonderful World of Disney Parade since 1998. The float consists of five separate, articulated sections forming Casey Jr's train, with Dumbo perched on the roof of the driver's cab. Since no actual characters from the film could be featured, a large group of clowns in bright yellow raincoats travelled with the float. This lack of any real characters accompanying the float was likely its downfall though. By the time the parade returned in 2001 this float simply served to close the parade. The float was lost with the May 2003 relaunch of the parade as "The Princess Parade", only to reappear again in January 2004 to provide a much-needed eighth float. It was finally retired in mid-July 2006, when the parade was rebranded as Disney Princess Parade.
In early 2007, the float was remodeled and repainted to form the train in various mini parades, starting with the 15th anniversary "Disney Characters' Express". Since then, the train has a lots of time to re-design and re-theme in a lots of way.