Festival of Fantasy parade debuts high-energy entertainment at Walt Disney World with ‘Frozen,’ ‘Tangled’, among fun floats

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Today Walt Disney World debuted a new daytime parade for the Magic Kingdom theme park for the first time in more than a decade. The new Festival of Fantasy Parade features classic characters mixed with today’s most popular films inspiring high-flying, vibrant floats set to a rousing new musical score.

It’s a much-needed upgrade for the park, leaps and bounds better than the previous parade. It even rivals Disneyland’s current fan favorite Soundsational Parade, quite possibly more extravagant and enjoyable in many ways.


Video: Full Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at the Magic Kingdom


The Festival of Fantasy Parade is sure to impress all Disney fans with massive floats featuring plenty of movement, from swinging weapons from the Snuggly Duckling in “Tangled” to Olaf spinning around Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” to the increbiel sight that is the steampunk-inspired Maleficent dragon that moves its head, tail, and spits fire – evoking audible gasps from the crowd every time.

Festival of Fantasy’s music is dreamy but upbeat, perfectly accompanying the whimsical style of the floats’ designs and new colorful costumes. The supporting cast of performers eagerly dance along sporting eye-catching outfits while Disney’s most famous characters both wave from high atop amazingly elaborate floats and traverse the park’s streets, giving out high-fives.

There are attention-grabbing moments throughout the parade, beginning with Princess Anna from “Frozen” showing up in her coronation dress (a Disney park debut) alongside her sister Elsa at the tail end of the Princess Garden float.


Video: Frozen parade float with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf in Festival of Fantasy at Walt Disney World


Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Then comes Rapunzel and Flynn Rider along with many “Tangled” characters and easter eggs hidden throughout the huge float inspired by the Snuggly Duckling – another “wow” of the new parade. And it even features a particularly hilarious (and huge!) mime drawing laughs ahead of the float.

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

The “Sleeping Beauty” unit is unusually dark for a daytime parade, adding balance to an otherwise bright and happy performance. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather wave their winds wildly with worried looks on their faces while Prince Phillip tries to fend of the giant fire-breathing Maleficent dragon along with her eerie henchmen. Watch out when the dragon waves its tail over guests’ heads.

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

The unquestionably tall “Peter Pan” float features shooting canons atop a pirate ship while Captain Hook dangles underneath, chased by an equally huge crocodile (one of the few elements borrowed from a prior Walt Disney World parade). And the “Newsies” inspired Lost Boys do a great job pumping up the crowd.

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

The units inspired by “Pinocchio,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Brave” add the most splashes of color to the parade with a highly stylized Monstro leading the wooden boy down the street much like Sebastian pulls Ariel while she sits above guests’ heads on a seashell.

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

It all wraps up with Mickey and Minnie Mouse along with a cavalcade of characters, making sure everyone sees at least one favorite.

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has succeeded in creating a brilliant new daytime parade that exceeds everyone’s expectations and will definitely draw fans to return day after day to see it again and again.

Check back to Inside the Magic tomorrow for an even closer look at the Festival of Fantasy Parade with details from some of its creators.

More photos from the Festival of Fantasy Parade debut at Walt Disney World:

33 Comments

  1. Chaz

    This parade definitely outshines the Soundsational Parade for me. In fact, this new parade would be my favorite Disney parade if not for the old Parade of Dreams years ago. I’ll have to watch again and pay more attention to this parade’s soundtrack, but thus far Festival of Fantasy wins in terms of float design while Parade of Dreams wins in terms of music.

  2. Thanks for posting this so quickly, Ricky! I’ve been dying to see full video of it. I loved all of it, except for the Brave portion. It was kind of bland compared to everything else, and I’m not really sure what Merida was doing up there. Those movements are so unlike the character. Aside from that, it was all wonderful. The costumes, the floats, the contrast of dark & light. I can’t wait to see it in person this Fall.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Merida just seemed excited to be there. Or maybe she ate too many of those special pastries…

  3. Ryan R

    I have a question to ask. With this new parade, does it also happen at night and if it does, would it replace the Main Street electrical parade. Is the MSE parade still happen at Disney World

    1. Dan

      This parade only happens in the Day time.

    2. Josh

      Why would it happen at night if it isn’t decorated in lights (like the current, nightly MSE is). On that note, has any day-parade at a Disney park come out at night in the past?

      1. Marc

        Josh, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is presentig at day and at night…

  4. Carson

    I really loved this parade! Can’t wait to see it. The only thing I was wondering was that I noticed in the frozen float there was a huge wall behind Elsa and Ana. How does the other side of the people get to see them? Do they just see a big wall? Thank you! Can’t wait to see it in person.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      When it spins around, Tiana and Naveen are on the other side of it. So you see one side or the other as it passes by. Likewise, you either see Cinderella’s big pink dress or Cinderella herself.

      1. Carson

        Ooooooh. Thank you for that, I had no clue Tirana and naveen were on it. I feel like more kids would want to see Anna and Elsa. Thanks for the coverage! Keep up the great work!!

  5. Craig

    Looks awesome, thanks for the great video. Wish I could have been there. Can’t here the music very well, and the position seem to be off from the current float in the video.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      The music does just kind of fade into the background. Even in person, it wasn’t terribly prominent.

  6. Christine bujnicki

    Loved this parade…. But I missed Cinerella! I know she was there, but Cinderells deserves her famous pumpkin carriage! If we blink we miss her!

  7. Christine

    More Cinderella!

  8. Mark

    I think the parade is great, and a much needed addition to the Magic Kingdom, however, i do not think it outshines Disneyland’s Soundsational Parade. This parade just does not have the same upbeat energy that Soundsational has, the energy is much higher and everyone is clapping along and dancing along the parade route, As Festival of Fantasy is nice, the soundtrack and energy is definitely lacking for me. After so many years with the same stale parade, i was hoping for something a bit more.

    1. Anonymous

      (sigh) People like you ask for too much.

    2. Tom

      What I would say is that Soundsational is dependent on music. It drives the parade. Here the floats are the main feature with a complimentary, catchy background music accompanying it.

  9. Joe

    I only have one complaint! Where the heck is Princess Aurora? They should add her to the sleeping beauty section.

    1. Diane Wilshere

      If Philip is fighting Maleficent then Aurora is asleep. It is logical is not there

    2. Jeff Lynch

      Duh. Princess Aurora is SLEEPING…and Prince Phillip is fighting the dragon to rescue her. Don’t you know anything? 🙂

    3. Tami

      I still find it stupid to not have her and they have done this more then once…. I dont care if he was fighting the dragon she should have been there to kiss and have her wake up, but they had an ugly Elsa who visits the botox fairy apparently.

  10. Kurt

    The floats remind me of the floats from Tokyo Disneyland. I’m so excited to see this parade when I go to Disney World!!

  11. Charlie

    Did Princess and a Frog made 1 billion -and counting- or won any Oscars? Am I missing something? No offense to Tiana fans, but that’s a waste of prime real state in the parade.
    Frozen is the biggest hit since Lion King and all we get is Anna & Elsa in a rotating (good luck with your photo op!) tiny spot at the very back?
    Princess unit should have had Anna & Elsa where Beauty & Beast are and viceversa. Come on Belle, you even have your own restaurant. Just 3 words: LET IT GOOOOOOO! 🙂

    Come on Parks and Recreation people!

    1. Anonymous

      You just posted a very stupid comment, don’t you know! >:(

    2. Tom

      Tiana is still popular-you’ve got to remember Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo didn’t do that well but Walt saw they had good stories to tell. Also Frozen wasn’t supposed to be a big hit-only 500-600 million max. But they released a viral vid for let it go and word of mouth quickly spread. You’re lucky they’re in the parade so be grateful. It was a last minute addition and they did it really well.

  12. Amelinda

    Is there any footage of the Katy High School band that was the pre-opener for the parade? If so, How can I get it?

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