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Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

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

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

It’s Santa Goofy… Or is it Goofy Claus?

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Mickey and Minnie, the Grand Marshalls of the parade

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Toy Story holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Mary Poppins holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Sweetums from The Muppets

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

The Muppets holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Parade cast member, interacting with the audience

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Mulan holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Jump!

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Monsters, Inc. holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Aladdin holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Cruella de Vil, where is your holiday attire?

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

More Disney villains

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Hades from Hercules: “Holidays give me heartburn”

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Mele Kalikimaka from the Lilo and Stitch holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Little Mermaid holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Power Rangers holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Playhouse Disney holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

Snow White holiday car

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade at Disney-MGM Studios

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2006

“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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