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Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Debuts Today at Magic Kingdom!

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The brand new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will make its debut at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort this afternoon! A fire-breathing dragon, a pirate ship with smoking cannons, a music box that’s a seashell, sassy Bubble Girls with cotton-candy hair, and a mega-sized bagpipe are just a few highlights from the new parade we are looking forward to.

Classic Disney stories will soar to new heights when the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade hit the streets of Magic Kingdom. The parade pays tribute to Fantasyland while highlighting several new classic Disney and Pixar stories with almost 100 performers and larger-than-life floats.

Disney Festival of Fantasy parade will be the first of a new generation of parades at Disney Parks that will feature “never-before-used technology on eye-popping floats adorned with Disney characters from more than a dozen fairytales. Set to an all-new musical score, the dazzling parade floats will soar up to three stories tall with spirited performers donning dramatic costumes” made at ten different locations all over the country.

Seven unique units made of nine amazing floats will march down Main Street, U.S.A to the beat of an original soundtrack that was inspired by several Disney films. The parade will have its own voice with a theme song created for each float that will be followed by a medley of songs woven throughout the parade.

You can learn more about each float with the following details and descriptions:

The Princess Garden – This pageantry of princesses celebrates Disney royalty. Cinderella, Tiana and Belle are all accompanied by their respective princes and ride in a garden of topiaries with woodland creatures, birds and more. Cinderella’s dress playfully twirls like a turntable, while Swan Court couples lead the 50-foot-long majestic float, topped off with a special appearance by Anna and Elsa from Disney’s most recent successful animated feature, “Frozen.”

Tangled – A massive long ship on the high seas features Flynn Rider and Rapunzel in search of adventure and another Best. Day. Ever! Rapunzel’s iconic hair will weave throughout this 36-foot-long float that has been decked out with swaying pendulums carrying dastardly thugs.

Little Mermaid – Ariel and her friends will sit  on top of a colorful seashell music box that plays an enchanting musical jubilee. There will be no shortage of whimsy on this Under the Sea float, complete with conga dancing fish kicking up their fins and bubbles galore. These runway-inspired costumes will feature shimmering fabrics and intricately designed costumes for the Lion Fish, Coral Fish, Seashell and Sea Horse performers.

Peter Pan – Peter Pan and Wendy will be soaring high above the famous Jolly Roger pirate ship, featuring smoke effects and special surprises. A rainbow arch will shine over Skull Rock and Tinker Bell will be nestled among giant flowers while Captain Hook sits center stage on a swinging anchor. There will also be Lost Boys kicking up their heels to high-energy choreography.

Brave – Celtic couples and a float shaped like an enormous bagpipe will announce the arrival of Merida sitting high on her majestic crown. Scottish dancers will dance to melodies from the Great Highlands in honor of the Disney-Pixar film, “Brave.”

Sleeping Beauty – The heroic Prince Phillip will battle the wicked Maleficent, a Steampunk-inspired Dragon. The float is 53 feet long and 26 feet tall with a prickly spinning wheel at the center of the float. With fiery eyes and glowing effects the massive dragon was built on an articulating chassis to allow the float to bend and flex while it moves along the parade route. The float will be accompanied by Prince Phillip, thorn-inspired stilt performers, dramatic raven dancers, and the three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather gliding along the parade route.

Finale and Mickey’s Airship – The parade will finish with a 90-foot-long magical caravan featuring Disney characters such as Pinocchio, Dumbo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Mad Hatter, Pluto and more in a splashy carnival of color. There float will be accompanied by Pegasus horses, dancing hippos and sassy Bubble Girls with cotton-candy-like hair celebrating Storybook Circus in New Fantasyland. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will also be here sporting zany new costumes, and sitting sky high in Mickey’s Airship — a giant hot air balloon that culminates the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.

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Costumes and More Details Announced for Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade

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In just a couple weeks, Magic Kingdom will feature a brand new afternoon parade. On March 9, Walt Disney World Resort guests will get to see some of the most extravagant and elaborate costume designs in the history of Disney Parks when the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade debuts. This magnificent parade will dance right down the streets of Magic Kingdom.

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is a celebration of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. The parade will celebrate beloved characters from this magical land on Main Street, U.S.A. through innovative parade floats, a new soundtrack that combines classic Disney favorites with an original theme song, and an stunning array of spectacular costumes.

Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade was a year in the making, with ten different locations designing costumes, covering eight cities and two countries. Costume designer Mirena Rada was invited to design the costumes for Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Disney’s Festival of Fantasy will highlight Disney movies such as Tangled, Brave, The Little Mermaid, and more. We will see the Swing Thugs on Tangled‘s longship, a troupe of Scottish dancers announcing Merida’s arrival from Brave, and more. Each float and costume was carefully planned and designed down to small details. Colors and textures from each float was incorporated into the costume designs along with patterns and fabric to “capture the essence of each story.”  One goal of the costume designs was to add a modern twist to classic elements and Rada combined the old with new flawlessly. Rada worked with another Creative Costuming graphic artist to create almost 40 custom fabric prints for the parade. An “innovative 3-D printing technology brought to life even Rada’s most intricate concepts.” Disney wanted to not overlook any detail and complete each performer’s look with the perfect hair, makeup and accessories.

When will your next Disney World vacation be so you can see Disney’s Festival of Fantasy parade first hand?

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