Over 65 years ago, Walt Disney visited Europe and found inspiration for his future theme parks at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. Now, Walt Disney World is returning the favor by designing an “It’s A Small World”-inspired float for Tivoli’s 2018 Jubilee Parade, which will celebrate the 175th anniversary of one of the world’s oldest amusement gardens.
Walt Disney World Resort will contribute designs for a custom float, “Friendship Garden,” to Tivoli’s 175-year Jubilee Parade, which is scheduled to premiere in summer 2018. Disney and Tivoli have a long-standing tradition of collaboration, dating back to Walt Disney’s multiple visits to Tivoli in the early 1950s. He carefully studied Tivoli’s landscaping, attractions and experiences, and returned to Tivoli several times before opening Disneyland in 1955.
Tivoli’s 2018 Jubilee parade will be based on the theme, “The world comes together in Tivoli,” and will present the story of Tivoli and its four “pillars”: gardens, culture, rides and food. The procession will be more than 100 meters (328 feet) long, featuring floats, performers, well-known figures and Tivoli characters. The theme of the Disney-designed float is based on “It’s a Small World,” an iconic attraction found at Disney destinations across the globe.
The Jubilee Parade will premiere on May 1, 2018, and will begin every weekday (except Friday) at 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. on weekends. The parade route starts in the Castle Square by the Lake, and parades around Tivoli before ending at the Open-Air Stage. The music for the parade will be composed by Bent Fabricius-Bjerre, known internationally as Bent Fabric.
George A. Kalogridis, President, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida said, “Walt Disney loved Tivoli, and so do we. Out of long friendship and deep mutual respect, Tivoli and Disney Parks have maintained a very cordial dialogue over the years, ranging from employee exchange visits to discussions of best practices amongst our leadership. We at Walt Disney World Resort hold the Tivoli organization in the highest esteem, and we are pleased to express that through our participation in the Tivoli 175-year Jubilee Parade.”
Lars Liebst, Chief Executive Officer, Tivoli said, “One of Tivoli’s visions is to be a leading international experience brand. With this in mind, Tivoli’s long and amicable relationship with Disney is now expressed through a beautiful float to be part of our 175-year Jubilee Parade. We are both proud and honoured they are going to be part of our jubilee celebration in this way.”
To learn more about Tivoli Gardens, visit their English-language website.