The 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® will take to the streets of New York City Thursday morning, and this year’s parade will feature two Disney-themed additions making their debut.
The first is Disney Cruise Line’s “Magic Meets the Sea” float, and is inspired by its new ship, the Disney Wish, which sets sail in summer 2022.
The float will feature 15 favorite Disney friends who represent the stories and experiences on the Disney Wish, including: Captain Minnie Mouse, who proudly stands at the ship’s bow; Princess Tiana, who cooks up the power of imagination in an all-new interactive adventure aboard the ship; Aladdin and Jasmine, whose story has been reimagined into an original Broadway-style stage show on board; and Cinderella, whose beautiful bronze statue will grace the fairytale-inspired Grand Hall.
Showcasing the grandeur of a Disney Cruise Line vessel, the new float will feature iconic design elements including a Mickey Mouse-inspired color palette, towering red funnels and an intricate filigree motif along the hull.
Disney Channel and Broadway star, Jordan Fisher, will also be stepping on board to perform an original Disney Cruise Line song titled, “Together We Set Sail.”
Disney will also be represented in the air as Funko debuts The Mandalorian’s Grogu balloon.
The Grogu-inspired balloon emulates the Funko Pop! version of the character, though much, much larger. It measures 41-feet high, 29-feet long and 37-feet wide, and was created by Funko art director Reis O’Brien just for the parade,
“We’re no strangers to the thrill of translating Star Wars characters into the Pop! form,” O’Brien tells StarWars.com. “Thanks to the strong creative relationship with Lucasfilm, we knew we could develop a fun, charming and iconic moment. After a crash course in how the Macy’s balloons are constructed, we started the creative process inspired by everyone’s love for Grogu. His giant ears were an unexpected challenge of their own, but once we finally got a peek at the final result we knew that all of our hard work and collaboration had paid off. There’s going to be a whole lot of cuteness floating above the streets of New York City come Thanksgiving morning.”
And if you really love the float, Funko even has a Pop! version of the float for sale at Funko.com.
The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV, Thursday, Nov. 25 from 9am to noon in all time zones. For the first time, fans can also stream the broadcast on Peacock.
For more information visit macys.com/parade.