America on Parade | Disney World

Last Updated on: January 21st, 2024

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom’s extinct America on Parade including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!


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What is America on Parade?

America on Parade - Extinct Disney World Attractions

America on Parade was a special bicentennial celebration parade held at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the United States in 1975. The parade was organized to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America, known as the Bicentennial.

The Bicentennial celebration took place throughout the country in 1976, but Disney chose to begin its festivities a year earlier in 1975 with America on Parade. The parade was a grand spectacle featuring elaborate floats, colorful costumes, and larger-than-life characters, all celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

The parade showcased various historical moments and iconic figures from American history, from the colonial era to modern times. It also paid tribute to the diverse cultural heritage of the nation and the spirit of unity that binds its people together.

One of the most iconic elements of America on Parade was the massive “Drum Unit” float, featuring a giant drum adorned with scenes from American history and manned by drummers in patriotic attire. The parade also featured a giant replica of the Liberty Bell, symbolizing American freedom and independence.

America on Parade was known for its catchy theme song, “The Glorious Fourth,” which became a favorite among visitors and captured the patriotic spirit of the celebration.

The parade ran for several months at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, captivating guests with its dazzling displays and heartwarming tribute to the United States. After its run, many of the floats and elements from America on Parade were repurposed for other Disney parades and attractions, leaving a lasting legacy in the parks.

While America on Parade was a special celebration for the Bicentennial, Disney continues to honor the spirit of America through various patriotic-themed events and attractions, reminding guests of the rich history and enduring values of the United States.



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