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May 4, 2004

Disneyland to Unveil New Parade For 50th Anniversary

Anaheim, CA -- Disney to unveil new parade titled "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams" for Disneyland's 50th anniversary. The all-new parade opening May 5, 2005 will highlight the many classic Disney stories and characters that have contributed to the magic of Disneyland over the past five decades. The parade will be performed twice daily during the 18-month long golden anniversary festivies.

Combining heart-warming Disney moments and beloved characters with visually stunning floats, timeless tunes and energetic performers, the parade (designed especially for the golden anniversary celebration) will be unlike any previous Disneyland parade spectacular, in scope and presentation.

"The parade will be a grand procession and performance that will thrill, engage and amaze our audience," said Anne Hamburger, executive vice president, Disney Creative Entertainment. "We have pulled out all the stops to include one of the largest gatherings of Disney Characters ever, plus fantastic dancers, rhythmic gymnasts, trampoline performers and aerial artists whose talents will take this parade to a whole new level - literally."

Raul Rodriguez, famed float designer for the world famous Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, served as a key production designer in the creation of "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams." The parade floats will act as rolling stages, featuring not only distinctive design but such whimsical elements as jumping fountains, confetti blasts, wafting bubbles and elaborate puppetry. There will be six individual parade units and some of the floats will reach heights of nearly 20 feet.