The finale float of Magic Happens is apparently stuck in the hub near Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland after a performance this evening.
Our onsite reporter witnessed the parade in its entirety, including the 15-minute period stop before the end. The performance was halted before the Cast Members on the Sleeping Beauty Castle float were evacuated and asked to walk the rest of the route, which you can see in our video below.
After the parade cleared, it became apparent that the Sleeping Beauty Castle float was not following backstage. Rather, Cast Members began to block the area around the float and funnel guests past on the sides.
A cause for the float’s predicament has not been confirmed at this time. This float also broke down during a performance last week as well and had to be towed backstage. As an isolated incident, a breakdown is not too unusual, but a repeat occurrence may suggest an ongoing issue.
It remained stuck in place as of 7:53 p.m. CT.
This is a developing story; stay tuned for more information.
“Magic Happens” debuted in early 2020 but was only performed for two weeks before the resort closed due to COVID-19. Created as part of the 65th Anniversary celebration, the daytime parade lined Main Street, U.S.A., for a mere two weeks before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic forced a hiatus that lasted for nearly three years.
When parks reopened, “Magic Happens” was noticeably missing from the lineup. The procession’s highly-anticipated return was announced at D23 Expo 2022 last year after a year of speculation. The parade was scheduled to return on Friday, February 24, but the first public performance was canceled due to inclement weather. Unfavorable weather conditions led to “Magic Happens” performances being canceled on Saturday, as well, but it finally returned on Sunday, February 26.
It features modern films like “Frozen,” “Moana,” and “Coco,” combined with classics like “Cinderella.” And, of course, Mickey kicks off the parade.
The parade is back now, performing in the afternoon and at night, for two unique experiences. Click here for our coverage of the daytime version and here for a look at the nighttime “Magic Happens.”
The line, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” which is also the title of the song originally composed for the controversial Disney film, “Song of the South,” was perhaps most widely recognized as part of the Splash Mountain attraction based on the film. The phrase has been replaced at the end of the “Magic Happens” parade with the line, “think of the happiest things,” from the song “You Can Fly” featured in Disney’s “Peter Pan”.
In Disney’s continued effort to be inclusive, the “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” song was also removed from the soundtrack of King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland in 2021. The first signs of the song’s erasure from Disney Parks were noticed in 2020 and then was quietly removed from Disneyland Resort music loops across the Esplanade and Downtown Disney.
Pending any global pandemics, weather delays, or cancellations, “Magic Happens” will be performed twice each day at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.