A Christmas Fantasy Parade (Disneyland Resort)

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The magic of the season hits Main Street, USA as all the Disney characters join Santa and his elves for a musical celebration.

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Special Tips


Location: Parade route (Town Square to it’s a small world Holiday.
Show Type: Traditional parade.
Show Length: About 20 minutes.
Typical Showtimes*: 3:30pm and 6:30pm.
Suggested Arrival: At least forty-five minutes prior. See Special Tips for more info.
 
*Showtimes may vary day to day and some offerings might not be available every day of the week. In addition, other factors (such as weather or special events) may delay or cancel regularly scheduled entertainment.
  • While most guests tend to crowd Main Street, U.S.A. to view the parade, excellent viewing is also available near it’s a small world Holiday as well as along Matterhorn Way.
  • On days when there are two performances, the first parade generally travels from it’s a small world Holiday to Main Street while the second parade generally travels the opposite direction. Be sure to take this into account when judging how long you want to wait, since it does take about 20 minutes after the posted start time for the parade to work its way to the end of the parade route.

Fun Facts

  • This parade premiered December 1, 1995.
  • For the past few years Disneyland has been slowly replacing the iconic floats as well as updating a lot of the costumes. The floats replaced include all of the “storybook” title floats, Santa’s float, and the entire Toy Shop unit.
  • Each performance of "A Christmas Fantasy" Parade features 105 performers, 18 float drivers and 12 musicians.
  • While the parade’s theme song, “A Christmas Fantasy,” accompanies the various units, each unit has its own music that plays at the middle of the soundtrack. Listen for “Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Deck the Halls,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and many other Holiday favorites to be featured.
  • At one point in the parade’s history, it actually featured carriages pulled by live horses!
  • In addition to Big Thunder Ranch, this is the only other location at the resort where you can see Mrs. Claus. She actually has her own float in the parade!
  • If the Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus units pass by and you feel the sky becoming a cool blue, it’s not your imagination! The lighting along the parade route actually changes when each of these units passes in front of you.

Safety and Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes. Guests may remain in wheelchair or ECV to experience this show.
  • Assistive Listening Devices: None.
  • Safety Considerations: None.

Video

First 2010 Christmas Fantasy Parade Evening Performance (1 of 2)

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A Christmas Fantasy Parade Lyrics

The soundtrack for each float begins and ends with the original "A Christmas Fantasy" song.

The major difference between the float's soundtracks are the connecting bridges in the middle which utilize original lyrics that relate directly to the theme of the float. Each verse is also followed by a medley of known Christmas songs that also relate to the float theme (Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, etc.)

Although the same song book ends each float unit, the recordings for each are all slightly modified to better fit the respective float's theme. For instance, jingle bells can be heard in the background of one float unit while a flute or the sounds of a toy factory can be heard on another.

Opening Verse

There's a special magic
at Christmastime this year.
Hearts are gay and merry
and full of Yuletide cheer.

The spirit of the season
will make your dreams come true.
Memories of Christmas
are here for me and you.

With caroling, bells ring-a-ling,
And Santa Claus will always be
Part of Christmas Fantasy.

Opening Unit Verse

On this special holiday
Old Saint Nick will load his sleigh.
Santa always finds his way
In a Christmas fantasy.

Children sing the ________
Counting presents and keeping score
No one sleeps the night before
A Christmas Fantasy!

<"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Bridge>

Mrs. Claus' Mailroom Verse

On this special holiday
Old Saint Nick will load his sleigh.
Santa always finds his way
In a Christmas fantasy.

Children sing the ________
Counting presents and keeping score.
No one sleeps the night before
A Christmas Fantasy!

<"How Much Longer," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Bridge>

Winter Wonderland Unit Verse

On this very special night
We wish we may, we wish we might
Have the wish we wish tonight
In a Christmas Fantasy

A wonderland in winter's light
A sleigh ride in the chill of night.
A holiday turned snowy white
In a Christmas Fantasy

<"Sleigh Ride," "Frosty the Snowman," "Let it Snow" Bridge>

Candy Shop Unit Verse

On this very special night
We wish we may, we wish we might
Have the wish we wish tonight
In a Christmas Fantasy

Peppermints and lolipops
Gingerbread and lemondros.
It's all free at the candy shop
In a Christmas Fantasy.

<"Deck the Halls," "Nutcracker Suite" Bridge>

Candlelight Christmas Ball Unit Verse

On this very special night
We wish we may, we wish we might
Have the wish we wish tonight
In a Christmas Fantasy

A ballroom dance, with Yuletide flair
There's love and romance in the air.
A mistletoe kiss be shared
In the Christmas Fantasy

<"Christmas Carol" Bridge>

Toy Factory Unit Verse

On this very special night
We wish we may, we wish we might
Have the wish we wish tonight
In a Christmas Fantasy

A factory that Santa runs
Elves a-play and making fun.
Lots of toys for everyone
In a Christmas Fantasy!

<"Here Comes Santa Claus," "Toyland" Bridge>

Santa's Finale Unit Verse

On this special holiday
Old Saint Nick will load his sleigh.
Santa always finds his way
In a Christmas fantasy.

Sugarplums and candy canes
A sleigh ride down a snowy lane
Carolers sing a bright refrain
Come and sing along with me

<"Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" Bridge>

Closing Verse

The spirit of the season
Will make our dreams come true
Memories of Christmas
are here for me and you.

With caroling, bells ring-a-ling,
And Santa Claus will always be
Part of Christmas Fantasy.

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