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Disneyland Resort Rose Parade Float : Behind-the-Scenes and Fun Facts
The Disneyland Resort is putting the finishing touches on its fabulous float that will debut in the upcoming Rose Parade. I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the float, and I gotta say, it’s impressive!
The “Disneyland Diamond Celebration – Awaken Your Adventure” float goes hand-in-hand with the Rose Parade’s theme, “Find Your Adventure.” The float honors some of the most exciting adventures awaiting guests at the Happiest Place on Earth.
It’s set to be the talk of the parade, and we have a few fun facts for you on the Disneyland Resort Rose Parade Float:
- The “Disneyland Diamond Celebration – Awaken Your Adventure” float is more than 150-feet long, the longest float in this year’s parade.
- The float is covered with approximately 650,000 flowers.
- The “Frozen” section of the float features “ice” made of blue statice, ice blue coconut, silver leaf, lunar and button mums.
- The Star Wars-themed section features cases of tangerines and kumquats, and mountains of gold, bronze, and rust chrysanthemums.
- The Millennium Falcon is covered with flax seed, carnations, strawflower and seaweed.
- The center section features Sleeping Beauty Castle, covered in 250 “diamonds” made from white coconut, blue statice and silverleaf.
- More than 5,000 bunches of blue statice are used on Elsa’s “Frozen” ice castle and Sleeping Beauty Castle.
- A natural blue flower dye is used to create light blue “ice.”
- Hundreds of “Pincushion Protea” and “Moby Dick Tak” flowers adorn the Star Wars unit.
- Designers used 47 varieties of seeds and combinations of seeds to decorate the three sections.
The Disneyland Resort Rose Parade float is split up into three different sections, a sparkling re-creation of Sleeping Beauty Castle, the world of “Frozen” including Elsa’s ice castle, and then finally, the float makes the jump to hyperspace for a thrilling adventure dedicated to the Star Wars films.
The Sleeping Beauty Castle float will featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse while the Frozen float will have Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff. The Star Wars float will have a host of Stormtroopers and a few more surprises!
I also got the opportunity to talk to Chris Buck, director of “Frozen,” and Peter Del Vecho, producer of “Frozen” about the float, the movie that is still going strong, and what else is in the works for this film.
On the music
The music was such an integral part. It became a part of people’s lives.
It’s constantly overwhelming. We get emails and videos every day, and then we go to the parks and we see how people have embraced the film. It’s more than we could have ever predicted.
On what’s next for Frozen
The Hyperion show coming up at Disney California Adventure is going to be great. It’s a 45 minute Broadway production with actors. There’s also the ride opening at Epcot that opens Spring 2016. Then there’s the sequel that will be out in a few years.
On the float
We’ve been working on the float by taking some of the coconut and putting it on the surfaces. It’s really labor intensive, and there’s the flowers that people have to cut. I have an even deeper respect for all the work that people put into the float.
Catch the Disneyland Resort Rose Parade float in the 127th Rose Parade, broadcast live from Pasadena, California on January 1, 2016.
Originally published on December 29, 2015. Last Updated on January 2, 2019 by Pattie Cordova