Virtual parade brings Disneyland’s Magic Happens home during coronavirus closure – Daily News



Disneyland hopes to sprinkle a little “virtual pixie dust” on the living rooms and home offices of fans sheltering in place during the coronavirus closure of the Anaheim theme parks with a video version of the new Magic Happens parade.

The professionally produced 8-minute video of Magic Happens features parade floats with characters from “Moana,” “Coco,” “Frozen,” “Cinderella,” “Sword in the Stone,” “Princess and the Frog” and “Sleeping Beauty” all lead by Mickey Mouse.

The new twice-daily Magic Happens parade had only been performing along Main Street U.S.A. for two weeks when Disneyland closed on March 14 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can catch a review of the parade along with previews of the floats, costumes, choreography and music in previous stories about the launch of the Magic Happens parade.

The new “virtual viewing” of the Magic Happens parade was inspired by the #HomemadeDisney attractions made by fans while they #StayAtHome during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know Disney fans are searching for ways to bring magic and joy into their everyday lives and we’ve loved seeing some of you recreate your favorite Disney Parks experiences in your very own living rooms,” according to the Disney Parks Blog. “In fact, you’ve inspired us to share #DisneyMagicMoments for you and your family, to enjoy at home.”

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Princess Aurora’s fairy godmothers, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, atop a float during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Minnie Mouse during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Coco during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The Frozen II float during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Cinderella during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Moana during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Dancers ahead of the Maui’s float during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Pepita, a giant alebreje spirit guide, during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Dancers ahead of the Maui’s float during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Anna, Elsa and Olaf during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Tiana and Prince Naveen, from Princess and the Frog, during the new Magic Happens Parade on Main Street U.S.A. inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Disneyland’s virtual version of Magic Happens offers much higher production values than the hand-held smartphone videos of the parade posted by fans to YouTube. It’s more like watching the Rose Parade or Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television.

Multiple cameras from locations along the parade route offer a variety of angles of the procession. Crane shots swoop over the Moana float. Close-up shots track the individual Kakamora dancers wearing coconut armor.

The camera helps slow down the parade so viewers can catch all the details they might have missed in the park — like the dozen skeleton chihuahuas yapping on the back of the Coco float. Viewers stroll along with Kristoff from “Frozen” as he strums his lute for fans along the parade route.

Stay tuned for more as Disneyland promises additional editions of “virtual pixie dust” will be coming to living rooms soon during the unprecedented coronavirus crisis.