So about that Disneyland Rose Parade Float (2016)
The official theme for the 2016 Rose Parade is "Find Your Adventure." The Disneyland Resort Rose Parade Float is officially called, "Disneyland Diamond Celebration: Awaken Your Adventure." According to the Pasadena Star-News the parade float description is as follows:
Sisters Elsa and Anna, along with their “Frozen” pals, join Mickey Mouse and friends and the “Star Wars” crew in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort. The three-part magical entry honors some of the adventures at the Anaheim theme park -- a re-creation of Sleeping Beauty Castle, Arendelle and Elsa’s ice castle from “Frozen” and a galaxy far away, a nod to the new Star Wars Land breaking ground in 2016.
Living in Southern California, the Rose Parade is a big deal. I also went to Cal Poly Pomona so it was a big part of the campus. My mother-in-law's neighbor worked for one of the float companies that design and he was good about always letting me know about any Disney-related work. There are specific commercial companies who are the "go-to" when it comes to building and designing Rose Parade floats. Companies, cities, organizations usually hire these "float companies" to help them envision and execute their Rose Parade Float with the parade theme in mind. There are also several self-built float organizations who work annually to build their float entry.
The company that Disney works with to do many of their float designs and other park decor is Artistic Entertainment Services (AES). They have a handful of Rose Parade floats that they design and build. I thought the following video was a good one to view their work around the theme park industry. You'll recognize many Disney floats and things here.
So soon after Christmas, a lot of locals spend their time volunteering at designated locations to help decorate various Rose Floats. All the parade floats are housed in several locations at the same time. In fact, there are still volunteer slots available if you are still interested in being part of the 2016 Rose Parade. Float decorating takes place all day until December 31st. It takes a lots of time and diligence to carefully place seeds, flower petals, other natural foliage in the right spot.
The warehouses are usually pretty cold but filled with lots of excitement. My cousin and her family went to the AES facility to volunteer their time. She took some of these behind the scenes photos of the Disneyland float and let me share them with you. Thanks, Cousin!
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I thought these photos of the Star Wars portion of the float were cool. You can get a feel for the scale of it. You can see the work in progress. I am sure it will be amazing in on New Year's Day.
If you want more information about the Rose Parade, visit their website. It has lots of info about the parade and more. There is also a free digital parade program available to download for your device. All the parade floats are also parked at a designated location so that the public can come see them up close. If you've never done that before, the park floats are available for public viewing until January 3rd. You can read about that opportunity HERE.
Enjoy the last days of 2015!