Disney Guest Hitches Ride on Parade Float

A Disney Parks parade has gone viral online after a video surfaced of a Guest hopping on one of the floats to ride alongside Goofy.

Disney Parks Entertainment shows are one of the most magical experiences on a Disney vacation. In addition to stunning choreography, intricate costumes, magnificent floats, and original soundtracks, Disney parades often allow Guests to see some of their favorite characters in unique situations or witness those who are not otherwise present in the Parks.

Disneyland DCA Lunar New Year

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Plus, Disney often introduces exclusive shows for After Hours events or limited-time celebrations. For example, the Disneyland Resort recently updated its entertainment offerings for the Lunar New Year Festival at Disney California Adventure Park, adding in new experiences and rare character meet-and-greets with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and his partner Ortensia.

From “Hurry Home,” a charming short that premieres before the new World of Color – One spectacular to the return of Mulan’s Lunar New Year procession, there’s plenty for Guests to enjoy while ringing in a prosperous Lunar New Year. Moreover, the parade, described on the Disneyland website as a “bright and bold magical march honoring family, friendship, and the potential for a fortune-filled new year,” is one of the only ways Disneyland Guests can see and interact with characters like Mushu and the beautiful warrior Mulan.

Mulan's Lunar New Year Procession

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In addition, Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession features elaborately decorated floats with Chinese lanterns, dragon dancers, and of course, abundant use of red. Some of these floats feature beloved members of the Fab Five, like Goofy, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie Mouse, dressed in traditional Chinese New Year attire.

Of course, these parade floats are always popular with Guests, who love to watch the procession each year as it makes its way across the Disney Park, especially since Disney has extended the New Year parade route this year to span from Pixar Pier to Hollywood Land. In fact, it seemed to be such a hit with one Guest, they just had to jump in on the magic… Literally!

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TikTok user Jenn (@smolbobasaurx3) shared a video from the recent incident. You can see the parade float travel down Hollywood Boulevard, with Guests lined up on either side of the street to view the Lunar New Year Celebration:


don’t be THAT guest ? #disney #disneylandresort #disneyland #dca #disneycaliforniaadventure @disneyparks

♬ original sound – Jenn ♡

Then, as the float passes by, a Guest appears on the end of the platform, standing on the steps beside a Disney character performer for a few moments to travel down the street blowing kisses to the audience, Disney shopping bag in hand, before hopping off and reentering the crowd. Recent issues involving theme park Guest conduct have led to courtesy reminders on the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort websites, as well as some visitors receiving citations, being escorted from the Park, or even being banned for life.

Of course, one should never board a moving parade vehicle unauthorized because it puts the Guest and all the Cast Members aboard a risk. Whether this person wanted to join the parade or a bit of transportation through Disney California Adventure, as Jenn points out in the video’s caption, please, “don’t be that Guest.”

About Spencer Johnette

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the Walt Disney Family Museum halls and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @gothelsflower.