Final 2023 Magic Happens Parade Performance Date Confirmed, Parade Will Return Later

Shannen Ace

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Final 2023 Magic Happens Parade Performance Date Confirmed, Parade Will Return Later

Disney has confirmed the final 2023 performance date for Magic Happens parade at Disneyland Park.

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Starting October 2, 2023, Magic Happens will go down from two performances per day to only one at 6:30 p.m. PT on weekdays. Weekends in October will still offer two performances at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. PT.

The parade will host its final performance of the season on October 15, 2023.

“A Christmas Fantasy Parade” will return to Disneyland on November 10. The annual holiday parade will run through January 7, 2024.

Magic Happens could return after “A Christmas Fantasy Parade” concludes or at a later time.

Rumors suggest the fan-favorite Paint the Night parade will return in 2025 for the resort’s 70th anniversary. A new parade is also rumored for Disney California Adventure.

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Magic Happens debuted in early 2020 as part of the 65th anniversary celebrations and ran for only two weeks before the resort closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It returned to Disneyland in February 2023 after a three year hiatus.

The parade is led by Mickey and friends, followed by contemporary Disney hits “Moana,” “Coco,” & “Frozen.” The next segment of the parade is Disney Classics, including “Sleeping Beauty,” “Aladdin,” “Peter Pan,” “Pinocchio,” and “Cinderella” characters.

Watch our full video of a daytime performance below, followed by a nighttime performance (which features lighting on the floats).

Upon its return, the line of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” was noticeably missing from the finale of the show. The line, 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.

Additionally, Polynesian guests took to social media earlier this year to criticize the choreography of the “Moana” section of the “Magic Happens” parade. Hawai’ian TikTok user @kehanuolani shared a video disapproving of the choreography, writing, “Y’all should not have put us in the front row of this parade[.] Not [sic] hate to the girl who’s playing Moana but the choreographer needs to do some different work[.]”

A Hawaiian friend of WDWNT and frequent Disneyland guest told us, “Hula is the telling of a story with your hands. It’s about the ʻāina and the land. This is a complete [bastardization] of the culture. It would be better for her to just stand there and wave.”

The parade has also suffered a series of small mishaps, from the audio system crashing, Merlin from “The Sword in the Stone” losing his shoe, and the finale float getting stuck in the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. 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.

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