Significant Downgrades Made To Beloved Disney Parade Upon Return

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It’s been an exciting time at the Walt Disney World Resort recently, with one of Magic Kingdom’s most beloved shows returning for the first time in over two years!

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Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade has not been performed since early 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Guests have been eagerly awaiting its return ever since and finally, the day has come. Unsurprisingly, Disney has also added this parade to its growing list of choices that Guests can pay for using Genie+

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What many refer to as the 3 o’clock parade, Festival of Fantasy is a popular parade that strolls down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom. Disney World describes the parade 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.

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Be a part of this grand gala, with spectacular, state-of-the-art floats starring some of your favorite Disney Characters from Tangled, Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid. It’s a festival of fun for everyone!

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As the parade returned yesterday, however, we couldn’t help but notice the parade was downgraded significantly compared to a few years ago. First off, there was no parade float-themed to Brave (2012). This would be a big hit to the parade alone, but we also noticed that the number of Cast Members and performers in the show was nearly cut in half.

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Sadly, these two performers above who were lovingly called the “Cha Cha Bingo Girls” also failed to return. Throughout the show, we noticed nearly 40 performers seemed to have gotten cut when compared to previous versions. We are unsure why these changes were made, as it may have something to do with COVID-19 safety or an actual lack of performers.

See a full stream of the show’s return yesterday below courtesy of EarsomEmporium with Genevieve on YouTube:

According to the Walt Disney World website, Festival of Fantasy will show at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. as it runs through parts of Frontierland, Liberty Square, and down Main Street, U.S.A.

Many, however, were very excited to see the show return, and are happy to have Disney bring back a parade in any capacity!

Are you excited about Disney’s Festival of Fantasy returning? Let us know in the comments below. 

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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! 

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