Disney on Parade (partially found Disney multimedia arena shows; 1969-1974)
Disney on Parade was a series of touring live arena shows based on Disney's popular films and characters. The shows were produced by NAWAL Productions, a joint venture between NBC (Natonal Broadcasting Company) and Walt Disney Productions, with Disney being the creative partner. The first edition of Disney on Parade premiered in December 1969, with subsequent shows touring he U.S. until 1974, and internationally until 1976. These shows are generally seen as the forerunners of the popular Disney on Ice shows.
Each "edition" of Disney on Parade, four in all, was a multimedia show that toured in arenas throughout the United States and around the world. They utilized a blend of costumed characters on a stage, film clips of Disney movies and cartoons projected onto a circular movie screen, and pre-recorded music and voices. The shows' major acts were extravagant productions based on beloved Disney classics, with minor acts in between them being musical or comedy bits featuring characters like Donald Duck, Goofy, and Herbie the Love Bug.
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||Partially Found - A one-hour television special, taped during the Australasian tour, was broadcast on NBC in 1971, and two recordings from Disney Channel reruns have surfaced. Black-and-white newsreel footage from the U.K. tour also exists.|
||Partially Found - The aforementioned TV special was modified in 1998 to include a promotional film of highlights from this edition. A reel of news footage promoting the show's run at Madison Square Garden (Aug. 3-29, 1971) has also surfaced.|
||Partially Found - A commercial for the show has surfaced, though it's incomplete and plagued with artificial zooming. The opening number was staged live during the 1972 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but the only known footage is very brief due to having been recorded during an instance of "channel surfing".|
||Partially Found - A commercial for the show has surfaced, as has a promotional film featuring highlights from the show.|