Fastpass To History: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Fastpass To History: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Earlier this week, we discussed Mickey Mouse’s debut in the 1934 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Throughout the years, Mickey and even a few other various Disney characters have made appearances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Many times, Mickey’s appearance marked a special event within the Walt Disney Company.

  • In 1972, both Mickey and Donald appeared in the parade as a celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s first year.
  • Mickey returned to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade once again in 1973 – this time marking 50 years of animation, as the Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923.
  • Donald Duck celebrated his 50th birthday in 1984, and of course, what better way to celebrate a birthday than with an appearance in the most watched Thanksgiving Day parade!
  • The 1992 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade saw the addition of a Santa Goofy balloon, as well as 6,000 tap dancers wearing Mickey ears. This marked the setting of a new Guinness World Record for the largest assembly of tap dancers.
  • A new Mickey balloon appeared to mark the new millennium in 2000. This balloon featured Mickey dressed as bandleader – after all, he is the leader of the band!
  • Just a few years ago in 2009 and 2010, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade saw a giant Captain Mickey balloon to mark the announcement of Disney Cruise Line’s two newest ships – the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.

Which Disney balloon has been your favorite in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Let us know in the comments!


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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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  • I never knew about all the different balloons that have taken part in the macy’s parade! Cool info!

    • The Disney balloons are always my favorite ones in the parade! I especially love Captain Mickey!

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