Way Back Weekend - Tapestry of Nations, Epcot, 2001
The Tapestry of Nations was a parade at the Epcot theme park in Walt Disney World, Florida, USA, that ran around the World Showcase Lagoon from 1999 to 2001, after which it was rethemed as Tapestry of Dreams. The parade had a unity and world peace theme and featured a variety of large puppets and massive rotating drum units. The puppets were designed by Michael Curry who also designed the puppets for The Lion King on Broadway and a variety of Disney theme park shows. The leader of the parade was the Sage of Time, who was represented as a stilt walker in an elaborate costume featuring alchemy symbols, gold trim on a white robe, a staff, and a headpiece resembling a sun with a face.
The Puppets included:
Reverse Marionette, a large multicolored puppet with a little marionette being held in its arms.
Disc Man, a large character with discs within the body and dreadlocks. This was the heaviest and tallest of all the puppets.
Hammer Man, a humanoid character made of pieces of sheet metal.
The Sprite, a winged character with a three tiered tail.
Angel Girl, a feminine figure with a massive wingspan and human face.
Wiggle Girl, similar to Angel Girl, but had a smaller wingspan and lacked a face, also had movement in the hips.
Bird Man, with a large wingspan and a crane-like face. This puppet was the hardest to control.
Aztec Man, with an Aztec-style head, small wingspan and several flaps at its end, similar to kite tails.