When Walt Disney was Grand Marshall of the 1966 Tournament of Roses Parade


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Walt and Mickey Mouse riding in the parade.

For 130 years – since 1890 – the Tournament of Roses has been America’s New Year’s Day Celebration, bringing the traditions of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game to Pasadena and to the world.

54 Years Ago:

On January 1, 1966, on a beautiful and sunny day, Walt Disney – along with his friend, Mickey Mouse – served as Grand Marshall of the Tournament of Roses Parade held in Pasadena, California.

Sadly, Walt would not live to see the 1967 TOR parade, dying of lung cancer on December 15, 1966.

Watch the video of Walt and Mickey riding in the TOR parade (start at the 4.24 mark): Walt as Tournament of Roses Grand Marshall


And 50 years later to the day, Disneyland entered a beautiful float in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade and won the Extraordinaire Trophy parade trophy!

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Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Anniversary Float was actually 3 floats tethered together.  Of course it had fireworks!

We watched the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2016.

The Disneyland float was amazing!  Adding Walt’s audio when the float was stopped in front of the grandstands and the characters all came out to dance was a very nice touch!

Watch 60 second clip:  2016 Disneyland Float at Rose Parade

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What fun listening to Walt speak!

The Disneyland float won the Rose Parade’s Extraordinaire Trophy award:

Extraordinaire Trophy The most spectacular float including floats that do not retract to 55′ in length. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

It took approximately 650,000 flowers to make the Disneyland Diamond Celebration – Awaken Your Adventure float!

Short video of making the Disneyland float: Making the Disneyland Float.

Designed to honor the park’s 60th anniversary, the Disneyland float features a representation of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in its “Diamond Celebration” decor, as well as units devoted to “Frozen” and Star Wars Land.

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The 3 tethered floats:  #1: Frozen float, #2: Sleeping Beauty Castle, #3:  Star Wars float


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Cheers to a new year!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

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Walt and Mickey.
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We love this ‘Partners’ statue of Walt holding Mickey’s hand.


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