Disney Stars and Motor Cars
Presented by Chevrolet
 
Daily at 3:00 p.m.
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aaaa car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Disney Stars and Motor Cars, Presented by Chevrolet.

When the stars of Disney’s classic family movies and current television series travel to a red-carpet Hollywood movie premiere, they don’t travel in boring, conventional limousines. They travel in cars that reflect who they are. That’s the premise of the clever Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade.

So grab a water bottle and find a good spot. The parade route starts at the Backlot Express eatery, goes past the 12-story-tall Sorcerer Mickey hat, goes down Hollywood Boulevard, and disappears backstage at Sid Cahuenga’s One-of-a-Kind shop.

For the next 25 minutes, you’ll be treated to a cavalcade of Disney stars and their customized cars. Some stars ride in the cars. Others walk along side them, often interacting with guests.

Toy Story car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Toy Story car

The stars of Toy Story travel in car that reminds them of Andy’s bed.

Mary Poppins car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Mary Poppins car

Mary Poppins and Bert, wearing their “Jolly Holiday” attire, sit atop old-fashioned carousel horses. Dancing Penguins stroll down the parade route.

Jim Hensen’s Muppets car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Jim Hensen’s Muppets car

Sand bags tied to side of the Muppets blimp-car keep Kermit and Miss Piggy from being lifted high into the air. Sweetums walks nearby, greeting park guests.

Star Wars car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Star Wars car

Although the parade is presented by Chevrolet, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia from Star Wars ride in a bullet-nose 1950 Studebaker Champion Regal convertible. Three jet engines suggest that this might be a very fast Studebaker. It’s okay that Studebaker was never a General Motors brand, because Star Wars isn’t a Disney movie either.

Mulan car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Mulan car

Mulan’s car is topped by a Chinese umbrella. Mushu and the Chinese Warriors escort Mulan on foot.

Monsters, Inc. car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Monsters, Inc. car

Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan ride in a simple red convertible with a front grill reminiscent of the one on Mike’s car in the Disney/Pixar short subject Mike’s New Car.

Aladdin car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Aladdin car

It appears that the shape-shifting Genie has transformed himself into a Genie-colored car for Aladdin and Jasmine.

Disney villains in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Evil Disney Villains

Protect your children. The Disney Villains have ganged up! But only one of them gets to ride in car...

Disney Villains car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Evil Villains car

Hades from Hercules gets to ride in menacing black limousine decorated with flames.

Lilo and Stich car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Lilo and Stitch car

Lilo and Stitch have a “woody” surfer convertible with surfboards as back rests for comfort and attached palm trees for shade. The tiki hood ornament, hibiscus-print paint job, tiki torches, and mini-surfboard license plate leave no doubt that they drove here from the Aloha State. (After all, there really are U.S. Interstate Highways in Hawai‘i.)

The Little Mermaid car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
The Little Mermaid car

Ariel, Sebastian, and Flounder ride in a one-seahorsepower car. The shiny blue paint job looks like the bottom of a swimming pool on a sunny day.

Power Rangers car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Power Rangers car

When the Walt Disney Company acquired the Fox Family (now Disney Family) cable channel in 2001, Disney wound up owning the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as part of the deal. One Power Ranger stands guard while the other Power Rangers perform in the street.

Bear in the Big Blue House car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Playhouse Disney car

The Bear in the Big Blue House towers over the driver. Stanley, Treelo, and P and J Otter are in the Blue House. JoJo and Goliath walk along nearby.

Snow White car in Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade
Snow White car

When you’re a princess, your car can match your dress. It appears that the Toy Story gang, Aladdin, the Playhouse Disney gang, and Snow White all had the same taste when it comes to the base model car. They’ve just chosen different option packages.

Cadillac with Donald, Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie
Donald, Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie car

The biggest stars get the biggest car, a 1929 Cadillac. And that’s the end of the parade.


On October 1, 2001, as part of the “100 Years of Magic” marketing campaign, four new (or somewhat new) parades premiered at the four major parks of Walt Disney World.

1. At Magic Kingdom Park, the new Share a Dream Come True parade featured giant snow globes with live Disney characters inside them. Cynics suggested it was a merchandising effort to sell more snow globes. In August 2006, the parade was transformed into the Disney Dreams Come True Parade, primarily by removing the clear acrylic globes from the floats.

2. At Epcot, the old Tapestry of Nations parade from the Millennium Celebration was updated to become the Tapestry of Dreams parade. The music and many of the giant puppets were reused. The parade gained a new theme, “celebrating children, dreams and the legacy of Walt Disney.” The Sage of Time from Tapestry retired. In his place, three Dreamseekers—Leonardo Columbus, Elfin, and Cosmo—joined the parade. Each represented specific qualities, but it was unclear what they were unless you did your homework on the Internet before watching the parade. Tapestry of Dreams ran until March 2003.

3. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the new Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle parade featured large, colorful animal puppets, designed to look as if they were created by folk artists from found objects. This parade is still performed daily.

4. And, as described in this article, the new parade at Disney-MGM Studios was Disney Stars and Motor Cars. According to Disney publicity copy, “5 cars and 3 motorcycles make up the cavalcade. 63 character performers and 18 drivers participate.” The actual number of cars and performers could vary. For example, if Luke Skywalker was unavailable, only Princess Leia would ride in the Star Wars car.

When the Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade premiered, it included a Hercules car—a golden convertible decorated with clouds and Greek columns. Hercules and Megara rode as passengers, while Pain and Panic went along on foot. There was also a rather odd Atlantis: The Lost Empire car—a gray-green, Ketak-like convertible with Milo James Thatch and Princess “Kida” Kidagakash riding in back.

The Monsters Inc. and Power Rangers units were not originally part of the parade. Temporary units, such as Ratatouille and Enchanted, joined the parade when those movies were current.

You might be wondering where Disney found so many vintage cars. In reality, there are only two vintage cars in the whole parade—the 1950 Studebaker and the 1929 Cadillac. For all other cars, the parade’s creative team acquired “kit cars”—brand-new replicas of classic vehicles. This explains why some of the base cars look so similar; they started as the same kit car. The cars’ gasoline engines were replaced by electric motors.

The final performance of the Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade at the Studios park—now named Disney’s Hollywood Studios—is March 8, 2008. Block Party Bash, previously at Disney’s California Adventure, will take over in mid-March 2008. It’s a street party with floats and characters from Pixar films.

So what will happen to the Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade, with its fleet of distinctive cars? Will this parade be shipped to another Disney park? Or are the cars destined for eBay? Anything’s possible, but when the Disney Company has something that’s good, they don’t like to throw it away. Disney Stars and Motor Cars would be a perfect replacement for the Disney Cinema Parade at Walt Disney Studios Park at the Disneyland Resort Paris. The Disney Cinema Parade ended its long run on March 31, 2008.


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Photograph of Disney Stars and Motor Cars banner: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Toy Story car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Mary Poppins car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Jim Hensen’s Muppets car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Star Wars car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Mulan car: 2006 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Monsters, Inc. car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Aladdin car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Disney villains: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of car with Hades from Hercules: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Lilo and Stitch car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of The Little Mermaid car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Power Rangers car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Playhouse Disney car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Snow White car: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Cadillac with Donald, Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie: 2007 by Werner Weiss.