Unwrapping the Archives: 12 Rare Disney Photos to Kick Off Your Holiday Cheer!

12 Rare Disney Photos
12 Rare Disney Photos

Unwrapping the Archives: 12 Rare Disney Photos to Kick Off Your Holiday Cheer!

In the spirit of Walt Disney himself, we can’t help but love the holiday season! To celebrate reaching Halfway to the Holidays 2024, we’re unlocking a treasure trove of 12 rare Disney photos from the archives, some you haven’t seen before! Get ready to be sprinkled with Christmas magic.

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12 Rare Disney Photos

Disneyland kicked off its tradition of holiday parades in 1955, making them a beloved part of the park’s festive offerings ever since.

In 1960, Disneyland introduced a new holiday parade concept: The “Parade of Toys.” Walt Disney himself even participated as the Grand Marshal! This innovative parade featured a now-iconic wooden toy soldiers band, and over 3,000 participants dressed in colorful costumes who sang and danced along to classic holiday tunes.

12 Rare Disney Photos

During Disneyland’s “Fantasy on Parade” in 1972, Christmas spirit soared as Mickey Mouse himself took the reins of Santa’s sleigh! This magical moment brought holiday cheer to all the park’s guests, including the reindeer who joined the festive parade.

12 Rare Disney Photos

A touch of Christmas magic once adorned the summit of Matterhorn Mountain at Disneyland Resort. Believe it or not, Santa Claus himself used to assist with a giant star, adding a delightful touch to the holiday season. This enchanting scene was last captured in a photograph taken in December 1978.

12 Rare Disney Photos

The 1976 Walt Disney World Christmas parade surprised guests with a special appearance by Herbie the Love Bug, who joined Santa and his merry musical elves.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse led the parade, riding on a moving gazebo. They were joined by other favorite characters, all on floats inspired by drums and toy boxes.

12 Rare Disney Photos

A festive photo captured Mickey and Minnie in 1988, trimming a sparkling Christmas tree and wrapping presents with cheer at Walt Disney World Resort.

12 Rare Disney Photos

In festive cheer, Chip and Dale spread holiday magic at Walt Disney World Resort in 1989. Sporting their finest holiday attire, the mischievous chipmunks greeted guests with warm wishes at EPCOT!

The Country Bear Christmas Special was a delightful seasonal twist on the classic Country Bear Jamboree attraction! Debuting in November of 1984 at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the show featured the beloved bear characters performing a heartwarming holiday revue. The Christmas classics like “Deck the Halls” and “Let It Snow,” were part of the fun, along with some new original songs written just for the special. Even Max, Buff, and Melvin got into the Christmas spirit, adding to the jamboree!

12 Rare Disney Photos

Get ready for a sprinkle of holiday magic! Disney Parks are gearing up for the most wonderful time of year with more heartwarming stories like this one. We can’t wait!

Credit: Disney Parks

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