The last few years have looked quite different at the Walt Disney World Resort, especially when it comes to live entertainment. Several shows were cut during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic including Voyage of The Little Mermaid at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well as Festival of The Lion King and Finding Nemo – The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. However, one beloved Disney show returned recently and fans couldn’t be more excited.
The return of Festival of Fantasy has been long-awaited by many, as Walt Disney World has been one of the last to bring back parades. Disneyland Paris was the most recent to re-debut their Disney Stars on Parade parade, however, they were running their h0liday parade during the day as well for months. The show features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, of course, as well as Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Rapunzel and the gang from Tangled, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Wendy, and Peter from Peter Pan, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Brave, and more!
The show has been running for a few weeks but today’s performance ended slightly differently than what was expected. As shown in a tweet from Nick (@MagicalNewsLIVE), one of the balloons on the floats deflated, leaving the finale of the show in an interesting state.
See the video below:
The balloon float deflated at the end of Festival of Fantasy this afternoon. #DisneyWorld
— Nick – MagicalNewsLIVE ✨ (@MagicalNewsLIVE) March 27, 2022
As you can see, the float stopped for several seconds while the balloon started to deflate. Luckily the problem was eventually solved and the show went on.
We also noticed there were a lot of differences between this new version of Festival and Fantasy and the one that used to stroll the streets of Magic Kingdom pre-covid. From missing floats to a smaller number of performers, there were quite a few changes made to the beloved show which you can read about here.
Festival of Fantasy can be described as:
Magic Marches Down the Street
The unbridled enchantment and vivid pageantry of Fantasyland—and its many inhabitants—winds its way through the park in a thrilling parade spectacular. The dazzling mix of floats, motion and original music will keep you humming along for days to come.
See Disney Characters and Much More
Be a part of this grand gala, with spectacular, state-of-the-art floats starring some of your favorite Disney Characters, colorfully costumed performers on stilts, pendulums and swings—and even a fire-breathing dragon. It’s a festival of fun for everyone!
Have you seen the new Festival of Fantasy Parade at Disney World yet?
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At Magic Kingdom there is so much to see and do! Cinderella Castle is decked out for the 50th anniversary and soon Festival of Fantasy and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will return. You can ride the three big mountains: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain, or calm things down on Peter Pan’s Flight. Rope drop the Park to get on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then enjoy a mid-day snack with some Dole Whip. Be sure to meet Mickey Mouse and enjoy the firework show, Disney Enchantment!