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Throwback Thursday - Celebrate! A Street Party
DisneyDan  Thursday, August 13, 2015 8:58:07 AM
Hello everyone,

Today's Throwback Thursday is to Disneyland's "Celebrate! A Street Party".

Celebrate! A Street Party replaced the much loved Parade of Dreams, opening on 27th March 2009, during the "What Will You Celebrate?" campaign at the US Disney Parks. Unfortunately, Celebrate! A Street Party was no comparable replacement for the Parade of Dreams, and was widely unpopular with regular Disneyland guests.

Celebrate! A Street Party featured twenty-three characters, ranging from Mickey and friends, Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and Woody, as well as many talented performers. The performance was not so much a parade, but more what the name suggests, a street party. In general, there was nothing wrong with this concept, but when you take into account the fact that this replaced a much loved day parade, which featured beautiful floats and great music, this was not going to cut it. It would be like the Magic Kingdom ending its day parade and advertising Move It! Shake It! as the main parade for the day - and we all know how awful that is.

To its credit, the street party did include new costumes for Mickey, Minnie and Clarabelle Cow. Chip 'n' Dale's sweet heart, Clarice, was also featured in the party; fans will know that, sadly, Clarice doesn't get out much in the US parks, so it was good to see her.

Celebrate! A Street Party featured the (actually not-so-bad) Disney created campaign song "Celebrate You", along with a remix of King Louie's "I Wanna Be Like You", and even Ricky Martin's "Ole Ole Ole". Overall, the idea of having a street party with popular characters is not a bad one, but when you look at the characters they included, and then listen to the soundtrack, you can see why it didn't work! Mary Poppins, Bert, Geppetto and Winnie the Pooh, all dancing along to "Ole Ole Ole" is not really within those characters' genre. Combined with the fact that this was the replacement for a wildly popular parade, it simply didn't work.

Celebrate! A Street Party ran for a year and a half, and ended at the start of the 2010 Christmas season. It did not return in spring 2011, and was replaced with the much more appropriate, and much better received, Mickey's Soundsational Parade, which still runs today.

Let's take a look back at some photos from both August 2009 and August 2010, when we watched Celebrate! A Street Party.

You can share your thoughts and memories of Celebrate! A Street Party with us by clicking the Discuss bar at the end of this article.

Disneyland Aug 2010 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2010 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2010 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2010 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2010 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2010 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2010 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party

Have a great weekend everyone!

Dan.

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Celebrate! A Street Party
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