Saying Farewell to Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom

| March 24, 2014 | 11 Replies

I love the parades at Walt Disney World. Growing up, they were always factored into our touring plans for each and every trip. One of my favorites was Aladdin’s Royal Caravan parade over at Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios) from the early 90s. It featured a 26-foot tall giant Genie balloon, dozens of dancers, and the infamous spitting camels which now reside outside of Adventureland’s Magic Carpets attraction. My love for parades continued well into adulthood, and I make sure to see them during each visit to the World. Most recently, I spent some time with Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade over at Animal Kingdom – an entertainment offering which is ending in just a few short months.

 

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If you’ve read any of my former articles, it will come as no surprise to you to find out that Disney’s Animal Kingdom is my favorite park at Walt Disney World. Everything from the sights to sounds to adventures waiting to be had attract me to this park. One little gem that tends to get overlooked though is Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade which runs everyday at 3:45 pm from the beginning of the Tusker House Gate in Harambe Village and returning there after a full circle of the park. Like everything in the park, it is themed to highlight the beauty of nature as well as the creativity and ingenuity in the craftsmanship of far away places such as Africa and Asia.

 

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Unfortunately, the construction of the new Avatar Land will soon impede the path for Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade. Disney has confirmed that the parade will end May 31st. If you haven’t had the chance to see it yet, be sure to make a point of doing so during your next trip!

 

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Fun Facts about Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade

  • The parade is approximately 12 minutes long.
  • Five character safari vehicles, four drum sculptures, and three rickshaw taxis make up the caravan.
  • Eight animal puppets, 14 Disney characters, 10 stilt-walkers, and 12 “Party Patrols” are included.
  • The eight abstract animal puppets in the parade were designed by the same company that created those in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway.
  • The prototypes for the puppeteer costumes were crafted in Africa by native artisans.
  • There are 63 cast members in the parade’s various roles including performers, drivers, and coordinators.
  • Up to 23 guests are selected daily to ride in the parade.

 

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Image Credits:

N. Mancini



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  • auntfrannie

    I agree that Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle parade is one of Disney’s best. While I’m sad to see it go I am happy that I will get to see it one last time in May.

  • http://batman-news.com saralizley

    Thank you so much for letting us know! We have yet to see the parade, and will make it a MUST SEE on our April 2014 trip.

  • Dennis Fry

    My family and I were one of the lucky guests to be picked to ride in the parade in 2011. It is a fun parade and will be sorry to see it go. Hopefully they will bring it back with more fun and exciting floats.

  • bruce

    Are they going to put another parade in there after?

    • Nicole L. Mancini

      Right now, there are no plans, but who knows? The construction of Avatar Land is in the way for the time being. We can hope!

      • Marie Aristocat

        Yes they are going to add a night parade and more fun fun rides

  • Bytor01

    We were also lucky enough to be chosen to take part in this parade. One of our greatest memories.

  • Ashley

    Just an FYI- I saw this for the first time today, and it started and ended at Pizzafari, not Tusker House. :)

  • Tina Mansfield

    I wonder what will replace it?

  • Marie Aristocat

    There are new change in DAK that are coming with the new area of the movie Avatar Animal Kingdom is going to be a full day park as the other 3 parks new adventure like a Safari with night vision goggles night shows and more. The new area is going to be in the Mickey and Minnie’s camp moving The Show Of The Lion King to Africa (wish make more sense) beside the Tusker House in Summer of this year and the new area is debuting In mid 2017. So wait for a new Animal Kingdom

  • PATRICIA CREMINS

    WAS SO LUCKY TO BE PICKED TO BE ON THE MICKEY FLOAT ALONG WITH MY FAMILY A FEW YEARS AGO BEING A MEMBER OF THE DVC HAVE BROUGHT ME TO WDW MANY TIMES. NOW A SENIOR FROM NY I STILL LOVE MY YEARLY VISITS TO WDW…SEE YOU AGAIN REAL SOOOOON.