A Look Behind The Scenes of Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade

Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade is this years (2021) new holiday parade at Disneyland Paris. The parade is performed both during daylight hours as well as at night. 

The parade is composed of 5 enormous floats and numerous performers. It’s not often that we get to peak behind the scenes of how the magic is made at Disney Parks. Disneyland Paris recently shared an insightful interview with the talented Tiphaine, who works as a stage designer assistant within the Entertainment Creative Department.

Tiphaine Working on a Model for Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade, Source: Disney
Tiphaine Working on a Model for Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade, Source: Disney

Tiphaine’s job consists of turning the set designer drawings into an actual product made up of paint an resin. 

The finalising of the parade began in 2019. The floats sketches had been illustrated by Jody Daily and the 3D models sculpted.

3D-Model of a Float From Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade, Source: Disney
3D-Model of a Float From Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade, Source: Disney

Now paints and finishes needed to be selected, which, as Tiphaine reveals was a challenge. 

Paint Testing on a Scale Model for Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade, Source: Disney
Paint Testing on a Scale Model for Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade, Source: Disney

In order to narrow down the selection, paints are tested on scale models.


The parade needed to look beautiful no matter the time of day (or night). Which was a challenge when it came to selecting the right paint.

An Artist Paints a Full Size Float for Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade, Source: Disney
An Artist Paints a Full Size Float for Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade, Source: Disney

By carefully combining varnish and colored ink the floats could look beautiful even when illuminated. 

Check Out Our Complete Video of The Nighttime Parade Here:

Check Out The Full Interview Here:

Published by AirMagique

AirMagique is an unofficial Disneyland Paris Podcast dedicated to the most magical place in Europe. Let's talk about everything Disneyland Paris, from park tips to history and news. AirMagique is an unofficial podcast, made with love, and is not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company

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