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America on Parade ("AOP") was a temporary replacement for Disneyland's and the Magic Kingdom's The Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
("MSEP") for the United States Bicentennial. Like the Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
it was also created under the direction of Disneyland's Director of Entertainment, Bob Jani. The parade float units were designed by New York theatrical designer Peter Larkin. The first run was in the summer of 1975 and was originally designed to run through 1977, to commemorate the United States Bicentennial. Where the Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
ran twice nightly, America On Parade ran once during the afternoon and again just prior to the nightly fireworks display. It traveled the full length of Disneyland
Disneyland
from It's a Small World
It's a Small World
to Town Square at the beginning of Main Street, U.S.A.. The various parade float height design created a problem because returning the parade units to the starting point required traveling behind the Disneyland
Disneyland
Public areas, encountering over-pass bridges and tunnels. The taller units were rigged to telescope up after collapsing to pass under the low ceiling obstacles. Other units' stacked towers were hinged to drop or fold on top of the parade float. Each float was an engineered marvel which the public never viewed after the parade terminated at the Main Street finale.

Contents

1 Soundtrack 2 TV Special 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Soundtrack[edit] The Sherman Brothers
Sherman Brothers
who had left Disney
Disney
Studios to work for independent film companies were asked to write a specialty song for the American Bicentennial. The song was called "The Glorious Fourth" and was performed as a part of AOP. The parade also featured synchronized music to which performers danced set routines created by Disneyland
Disneyland
choreographers (Barnett Ricci and Marilyn Magness). Each of the parade performers sported costumes appropriate to the float around which they danced, as well as enormous heads fixed on a custom-built apparatus for support, with the performer looking through the neck, giving the parade a carnival appearance. The parade's soundtrack was Don Dorsey's first project for Disney. He used synthesizers and antique carousel organs to create the soundtrack.[1] During the parade's run, Dorsey conceptualized a system which Disney
Disney
would develop a computer-controlled system called "Mickey Track" that controls the parade's music from 1980 and on.[2] TV Special[edit] In 1976, a TV Special
Special
"Walt Disney's America on Parade" aired, showing the parade and presented by Red Skelton.[3] See also[edit]

Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
attraction and entertainment history

References[edit]

^ Don Dorsey "Don started a consulting relationship with Disney
Disney
in 1975, when he was asked to create a unique new musical sound for the Bicentennial pageant “America on Parade.” He did so by combining the sounds of synthesizers with those of antique carrousel organs." http://www.dorseyproductions.com/dscoop.htm ^ "As a result of Don’s coordination and timing work, Disney
Disney
was persuaded to begin development on a computer system to handle the float tracking and audio coordination tasks. The first “Mickey Track” control system was completed and implemented in 1980 with software designed to Don’s specifications." http://www.dorseyproductions.com/dscoop.htm ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_2wiGxRSNg

Sherman, Robert B.
Sherman, Robert B.
Walt's Time: from before to beyond. Santa Clarita: Camphor Tree Publishers, 1998.

External links[edit]

TV special: America on Parade on IMDb

v t e

Disneyland

Current attractions Former attractions

Main Street, U.S.A.

Disneyland
Disneyland
Railroad Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln The Disney
Disney
Gallery Main Street Cinema Main Street Vehicles Main Street windows

Fantasyland

Alice in Wonderland Casey Jr. Circus Train Dumbo the Flying Elephant Fantasyland Theatre It's a Small World King Arthur Carrousel Mad Tea Party Matterhorn Bobsleds Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Peter Pan's Flight Pinocchio's Daring Journey Pixie Hollow Sleeping Beauty Castle Snow White Grotto Snow White's Scary Adventures Storybook Land Canal Boats

Adventureland

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room Indiana Jones Adventure Jungle Cruise Tarzan's Treehouse

Tomorrowland

Astro Orbitor Autopia Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Disneyland
Disneyland
Monorail Disneyland
Disneyland
Railroad Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple Space Mountain

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue Star Wars
Star Wars
Launch Bay Star Wars: Path Of The Jedi

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island Frontierland
Frontierland
Shootin' Exposition Golden Horseshoe Saloon Mark Twain Riverboat Sailing Ship Columbia

New Orleans Square

Disneyland
Disneyland
Railroad Pirates of the Caribbean The Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Critter Country

Splash Mountain Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Mickey's Toontown

Chip 'n Dale Treehouse Donald's Boat Disneyland
Disneyland
Railroad Gadget's Go Coaster Goofy's Playhouse Mickey's House and Meet Mickey Minnie's House Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Future

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular Pixar Play Parade

Entertainment

The Dapper Dans Fantasmic! Halloween Screams

seasonal

Other

Partners

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The Sherman Brothers

Richard M. Sherman Robert B. Sherman

Motion pictures

The Parent Trap (1961) The Absent-Minded Professor
The Absent-Minded Professor
(1961) Greyfriars Bobby (1961) Bon Voyage! (1962) A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962) In Search of the Castaways (1962) Big Red (1962) Moon Pilot
Moon Pilot
(1962) Summer Magic
Summer Magic
(1963) The Sword in the Stone (1963) The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
(1964) The Moon-Spinners
The Moon-Spinners
(1964) Mary Poppins (1964) Those Calloways
Those Calloways
(1965) The Monkey's Uncle (1965) That Darn Cat!
That Darn Cat!
(1965) Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
(1966) Follow Me Boys
Follow Me Boys
(1966) The Happiest Millionaire
The Happiest Millionaire
(1967) The Jungle Book (1967) The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
(1967) The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
(1968) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(1968) Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
(1968) The Aristocats
The Aristocats
(1970) Goldilocks (1971) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
(1971) Snoopy, Come Home
Snoopy, Come Home
(1972) Charlotte's Web (1973) Tom Sawyer (1973) Huckleberry Finn (1974) Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
(1974) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1976) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1977) The Magic of Lassie
The Magic of Lassie
(1978) Magic Journeys (1982) Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
(1983) Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992) The Mighty Kong
The Mighty Kong
(1998) Seasons of Giving
Seasons of Giving
(1999) The Tigger Movie (2000)

Stage musicals and musical revues

Victory Canteen (1971) Over Here!
Over Here!
(1974) Dawgs (1983) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1984) Busker Alley (1994) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(2002) On the Record (2004) Mary Poppins (2004) Merry-Go-Round workshop (2007) A Spoonful of Sherman
A Spoonful of Sherman
(2014)

Theme park attractions

Golden Horseshoe Revue (1955) King Arthur Carrousel
King Arthur Carrousel
(1955) Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
(1963) It's a Small World
It's a Small World
(1966) Adventure Thru Inner Space
Adventure Thru Inner Space
(1967) Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
(1972) America Sings
America Sings
(1974) Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
(1975) America on Parade (1975) CommuniCore
CommuniCore
(1982) Imagination! (1982) Magic Journeys (1982) The World Showcase
World Showcase
March (1982) Japan (Epcot)
Japan (Epcot)
(1982) Journey into Imagination (1983) Meet the World (1983) Innoventions (1998) Rocket Rods
Rocket Rods
(1998) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1999) Disneyland
Disneyland
Forever (2015)

Books

Walt's Time: from before to beyond (1998) Moose: Chapters From My Life (2013)

Related

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks
(2013) The Jungle

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