Disney has been a long-time participant in the annual Tournament of Roses parade, which features floats, marching bands, and equestrian units completely fashioned from flowers. Fans will surely remember such past Disney entries as the Tower of Terror float (a fully functional attraction complete with a two-block-long rose-covered queue), and the Disney/MGM Studios float (which controversially featured a Wizard of OZ scene in which a house fell on Michael Eisner).
This year’s entry — Disney’s Ninja Float — surprised everyone, both because it seemed to have nothing to do with the 2008 Tournament theme (“Passport to the World’s Corporations”) and because it operated in full ninja stealth mode for its entire run. Although the float was not seen, it certainly left its mark. The Knotts Berry Farms and Dreamworks floats were both fatally wounded before the parade even started, the NBC float, working through severe injuries, barely make it through the performance, and the city of Anaheim’s float had its affordable-parade-viewing section burned to the ground.