Friday, December 19, 2014
Rose Parade moments remembered:
Nearly 10 years ago, on January 1, 2005, Mickey Mouse served as the grand marshal of the Rose Parade, part of Disney's long-standing relationship with the annual parade in Pasadena, California.
That relationship began in 1938 when characters from the newly premiered "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" were prominently featured in the parade. In 1966, Walt Disney served as grand marshal: many years later, in 2000, Roy E. Disney, Walt's nephew and the head of Disney Animation, served in that role. Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Entertainment representatives have served as float judges numerous times throughout the years.
Disney is often recognized for presenting some of the most creative parade floats. In 2004, the Disneyland Resort presented "A Sudden Drop in Pitch"- at the time the tallest float in Rose Parade history at 110 feet- inspired by The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction, which opened a few months later. In 2005, the resort's 50th anniversary was celebrated with a castle float titled "The Happiest Celebration on Earth." The following year, Disney created one of the longest floats in Rose Parade history(at 150 feet), which celebrated Disney Parks around the world. And in 2013, "Destination: Cars Land" celebrated the opening of the new land in Disney California Adventure Park.
The 2015 Rose Parade will be broadcast on ABC on January 1...........Dr Lee