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Hollywood Holly-Day Parade parade
“Disney-MGM Studios Presents Hollywood Holly-Day Parade”

If this parade looks strangely familiar, there’s a reason. It’s a holiday—oops, I mean “Holly-Day”—makeover of the Disney Stars & Motor Cars parade.

The cars, which are all themed to movies or television programs, are now decorated with snowdrifts, wreaths, garland, gift boxes, ribbons, and ornaments.

To the music of “Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland” and other holiday favorites, Disney characters and other parade performers walk, drive, and dance their way down the parade route.

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
It’s Santa Goofy... Or is it Goofy Claus?
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Mickey and Minnie are the Grand Marshalls of the parade.
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Toy Story holiday car
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Mary Poppins holiday car
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Sweetums and The Muppets holiday car
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
A parade cast member interacts with the audience.
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Playhouse Disney holiday car
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
How high is that parade performer off the ground?
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Monsters, Inc. holiday car
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Aladdin holiday car
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Hades from Hercules carries a sign, “Holidays give me heartburn.”
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Mele Kalikimaka from the Lilo and Stitch holiday car
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Little Mermaid holiday car
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
Snow White holiday car
 
Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios
“Hello, everyone! Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!”

Yes, the biggest star gets the biggest car, a 1929 Cadillac. The regular Disney Stars & Motor Cars parade ends with Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the grand Cadillac. During the Christmas season, Santa Claus is a bigger star than Mickey, so Santa gets the Cadillac.

And that’s the end of the holiday version of the parade.


The Disney Stars & Motor Cars parade from October 1, 2001, through March 8, 2008, at Disney-MGM Studios (which became Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the beginning of 2008). For the first three years, there was no special holiday version.

The Hollywood Holly-Day Parade debuted on November 24, 2004, and ran through New Years Day. The holiday makeover returned for the 2005, 2006, and 2007 holiday seasons.

For more information about the parade and its history—and the real story about those “vintage” cars—see Disney Stars & Motor Cars.


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Updated November 9, 2012.

All photographs of Hollywood Holly-Day Parade: 2006 by Allen Huffman, courtesy of Allen Huffman.