What happens when a Disney parade float breaks down?

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Parades are never infallible. Highly entertaining, Disney Parades meander through Disney Parks around the world, delighting first-time viewers and continuing to delight Disney Parks regulars. But even if these magic offers work hard, day after day, they too are liable to fail. But what happens when a Disney parade float breaks down? Disney is trying to keep the show going!

What happens when a Disney parade float breaks down?

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Since the show must go on, we turn to plan B… or C! Typically, the parade will stop where it is and the figures will continue to interact with the crowd, with music playing through the speakers in the parade route. Since it’s connected via Bluetooth, if the parade isn’t progressing, the music will “stick” to a certain loop in the soundtrack – that’s pretty wonderful technology.

Cast Members will attempt to remedy the situation themselves, but modern technology will also allow Cast Members driving the tanks to request additional assistance. If more help is needed, the float can be turned off (if it hasn’t already been) and a Disney Parade Float Wrecker will arrive on the scene. Using conventional flex ropes or larger tow ropes, the float can continue along the parade route with characters performing, or… simply be towed until it reaches the backstage. The cast members of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park got their money’s worth from the pirates, who were definitely after Peter and got more than they bargained for. The TikTok channel @disneyfoodiern shared a look at the shiny teal Disney parade tow truck pulling the Peter’s Festival of Fantasy Parade crew off stage, still performing in front of the agitated crowd.


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Watching the Soundsational Parade at Disneyland Park, these guests had to wait an awkward few minutes while Cast Members tried to keep the show on the road. Mickey’s Soundsational float was seen at the start of the parade being towed by a Disney parade tow truck, while Mickey happily continues to perform and the crowd doesn’t care at all.

But then the parade is hit at another stop as Tiana’s Soundsational parade comes to a halt near the Hub. Despite Cast Member’s best efforts, the parade tow truck had to step in and lend a hand. Although we don’t know how much time passed between the two stops and the resumption of the parade, it should be noted that the music never stops and all the characters continue to entertain visitors to the Disney park! The Fresh Baked team shares with us the breakdown of Disneyland Park:

It all comes to a halt when not one, but TWO parade floats break down and need to be towed. This video was shot July 17, 2013 in HD at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Once again, the poor Soundsational Parade is bogged down with breakdowns. This time it’s 2013 at Disneyland Resort and Mary Poppins’ float, carrying penguins and chimney sweeps, is the target of an error. You can see that the float mechanics are not working (the bottom of the bike wheel has been removed for towing) since the whole float is “off”. The dark green tow truck takes the float through the parade route and backstage.

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Related Link: Soundsational Parade Breaks Down


Have you spotted the rarely seen Disney Parade Float tow truck? Which tank did he help, since the show must go on? Leave us a comment below!

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