Inside a cavernous warehouse 17 miles from Pasadena 2,000 plus volunteers have been working on Disneyland's entry into the 124th Rose Parade — "Destination: Cars Land." Disney has a long tradition with the Tournament of Roses Parade. The first float was in 1938 featured characters from Snow White. This year the theme "Oh, the places you will go!" parlayed perfectly with the opening of Cars Land in Disney's California Adventure this past June.
Randy Wojcik, Senior Show Director with Creative Entertainment, Walt Disney Company, took blogger Lisa Robertson, me and our kids on a tour of the float.
"I'm just humbled by the amount of volunteers who come out, the details and effort they give to the float is amazing," Randy told us. All together it will have taken 25,000 man hours to make Destination Cars Land roll down the parade route on New Year's Day.
Once the float is in full-swing it will be there are over 45 moving parts including, tractors, Luigi, Guido, Sally and Lighting McQueen all constantly in motion, along with live working waterfalls and high-energy dancers grooving to the tune of Route 66 by the Cheetah Girls.
When we saw the float it was still in two pieces but once the last details are finished — like adding the license plate to the back and the Cars Land postcard to the front — the California-shaped float will be 125 feet and reach 35 feet at its highest point.
I've never seen a Rose Parade float up close before and didn't know what to expect on our tour. It was fascinating to see the detail and creativity involved in the smallest detail.
The Tournament of Roses Parade begins at 8 am. Disney's Destination: Cars Land float is expected to appear around 9 am and rumor has it, there will be some VERY special guests who will make an apperance on the float.
Look for our personal touch. The kids and I got to add our own roses to the side of the float, just below McQueen and Sally.
Happy New Year!