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Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade is the afternoon entertainment offering at the Animal Kingdom. Large floats bear the usual Disney characters, separated by stilt walkers, walking characters and dancers, and several human-powered animal floats. The music is upbeat and loud.
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade replaced the March of the ARTimals in October 2001. The March of the ARTimals had been shelved since July 1999. It was originally billed as "interactive street party" but is by now a more traditional parade.
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade is an enjoyable experience for the first few viewings, especially if you are a fan of the Disney afternoon parades in general. The animal floats, most of which are self-powered, are fascinating to see in motion. Disney has added enough characters, including the Br'er animals from Song of the South, to keep the youngest set happy. In all, the parade has a Carnaval feel to it, which is a bit odd since the park doesn't have much from South America.
The parade starts with Rafiki stirring up the crowd to move with the "Rythm of Life" while Baloo and King Louie dance around. Mickey radios ahead to keep the parade moving. Several animal floats, alternatively containing musicians and guests, come by next.
Chip and Dale precede Minnie's luxury RV (complete with bathtub). More animals follow, as do the Br'er characters, leading up to Goofy's overstocked truck. Another set of animals set the stage for Donald's duck-mobile, complete with water.
The last set of animals, accompanied by Pluto, introduce the Grand Marshall, Mickey, as "Rhythm of Life" reprises.
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