The audio system crashed during the Magic Happens Parade in Disneyland earlier this week, leaving parts of the parade without sound Wednesday night.
Magic Happens Audio Issues
At the 6:30 p.m. Magic Happens parade, the audio noticeably crashed, leaving Cast Members scrambling to get it fixed.
Once the Frozen float passed through the end gate near “it’s a small world,” the audio completely cut out. This left the finale in almost complete silence other than the music projected from other floats — which isn’t exceptionally loud.
The following video excerpt from the event helps illustrate how these complications impacted the experience:
Parade support attempted to remedy the issue by turning the volume all the way up on the float speakers, though it ultimately did not help completely.
The parade finished in complete silence and the performers were forced to abandon choreography and revert to walking and waving instead.
About the Magic Happens Parade
Magic Happens debuted in early 2020 but was only performed for two weeks before the resort closed due to COVID-19. Created as part of the 65th Anniversary celebration, the daytime parade lined Main Street, U.S.A. for a mere two weeks before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced a hiatus that lasted for nearly three years.
When parks reopened, Magic Happens was noticeably missing from the lineup. The procession’s highly-anticipated return was announced at D23 Expo 2022 last year after a year of speculation. It was scheduled to return on Friday, February 24, but the first public performance was canceled due to inclement weather. Unfavorable weather conditions led to Magic Happens performances being canceled on Saturday as well, though it finally returned on Sunday, February 26.
Magic Happens features modern films such “Frozen,” “Moana,” and “Coco,” combined with classics like “Cinderella.” Mickey kicks off the parade, of course.
The parade is back now, performing in the afternoon and at night, for two unique experiences. Click here for our coverage of the daytime version and here for a look at the nighttime Magic Happens”
The line, “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” which is also the title of the song originally composed for the controversial Disney film “Song of the South” was perhaps most widely recognized as part of the Splash Mountain attraction based on the film, but it also had a place in Magic Happens. The phrase has since been replaced at the end of the parade with the line, “think of the happiest things,” from the song “You Can Fly” featured in Disney’s “Peter Pan”.
In Disney’s continued effort to be inclusive, the “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” song was also removed from the soundtrack of King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland in 2021. The first signs of the song’s erasure from Disney Parks were noticed in 2020, followed by quiet removals from Disneyland Resort music loops throughout the Esplanade and Downtown Disney.
Pending any global pandemics, weather delays, or cancellations, Magic Happens will be performed twice each day at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
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