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.
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.
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!
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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