In December of 1992, the Aladdin’s Royal Caravan parade debuted at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios). The parade featured numerous characters from the newly released Disney film. It focused on presenting Prince Ali to the people of Agrabah and was truly a sight to see.
Prominently featured throughout the parade was everyone’s favorite Disney genie. As the parade began, Genie lead the marching band in a chorus of Prince Ali. Following the marching band was the biggest Genie parade float you will ever see! At 32 feet tall, this inflatable Genie was definitely one of the highlights of the Aladdin’s Royal Caravan parade. The float also featured treasure, dancers, and was followed by more dancers with swords.
Next in the parade were two giant golden camels, another parade highlight for me. These weren’t just your average giant camels on a parade float. The camels would often turn their heads and spit! Don’t worry, it was just water.
Following the spitting camels was yet again another Genie. This time his upper body was a balloon supported by two poles held by performers. His pants were separate and would walk along in the parade, often completely separating from the rest of Genie. The next float in the parade featured the monkey balloon which appeared in the parade in the film. This parade float also featured Genie’s head sticking out of a treasure chest. And just what followed the monkey? Why, another Genie of course! This time, Genie appeared in a bathtub on the back of a camel.
Next in the parade were performers wearing costumes designed to resemble a pair of acrobats. These costumes were quite unique. The acrobats were followed by more dancers and a float featuring the sultan’s palace and the people of Agrabah. Genie was also featured on this float; this time coming out of a snake charmer’s basket. Next, dancing camels and strong men preceded bandleader Genie.
The next float in Aladdin’s Royal Caravan was equally as impressive as the giant Genie balloon. The parade’s namesake, Aladdin, appeared dressed as Prince Ali, with Jasmine at his side. The two were located high above the crowd atop the Magic Carpet which was sitting on the back of Abu, the elephant. This float was spectacular! Abu even turned his head with the music.
Closing the parade as the street sweeper was the film’s villain, Jafar. He pushed a cart with Iago inside. Iago could often be heard talking as Jafar walked past.
Aladdin’s Royal Caravan ran at Disney-MGM Studios until 1995 and was one of the more memorable MGM parades. Since the close of the parade, Disney has made use of some of the parade’s elements. The two golden camels could be seen outside of the Soundstage Restaurant at Disney-MGM Studios for a while. They have since found a new home at the Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction in the Magic Kingdom. And yes, they do still spit at passing guests. Other parts of the parade, including the dancing camels, were used in the Remember The Magic parade (also known as Disney’s Magical Moments Parade).
Did you have a chance to see this great parade at Disney-MGM Studios? Let us know which is your favorite float in the comments below!
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