Festival of Fantasy Parade | Disney World

Last Updated on: March 28th, 2024

Festival of Fantasy Parade (Disney World)

The Festival of Fantasy Parade is a spectacular and colorful parade that takes place at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park. It premiered in March 2014 and quickly became one of the park’s most popular and beloved parades.

The parade features a stunning array of Disney characters and floats, each intricately designed and themed around different Disney stories.

During the fantastical procession, be on the look-out for:

  • A garden of Disney Princesses, starring Cinderella, Belle, Tiana, Elsa and Anna
  • Flynn Rider and Rapunzel from Tangled sailing in an ornate longship in search of another “best day ever”
  • An under-the-sea jubilee starring Ariel, Sebastian and an enchanted ocean ensemble from The Little Mermaid atop a sparkling music box
  • Peter and Wendy from Peter Pan soaring through the sky aboard a pirate galleon pursued by Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and Tick-Tock the Crocodile
  • Merida from Brave and her triplet “bear” brothers atop an enormous bagpipe, accompanied by a troupe of Scottish dancers
  • Maleficent as a fire-breathing, clockwork dragon wrapped in battle with Prince Phillip and his mighty Sword of Truth
  • High-flying fun with Mickey and Minnie in a giant hot-air balloon, plus a cavalcade of beloved Disney Characters from Pinocchio to Snow White

The Festival of Fantasy Parade is known for its catchy music, intricate costumes, and the sheer Disney magic it brings to the streets of the Magic Kingdom. It typically runs in the afternoon, and viewers can line the parade route through the park to catch all the magic.

Festival of Fantasy Parade (Disney World)

Fun Facts

  • There are a total of 9 floats in the parade
  • There are roughly 40 Disney characters in the parade
  • The Tangled float is 28 feet long
  • The Maleficent float is 53 feet long and reaches 26 feet in the air
  • The Princess Garden float is 50 feet long
  • The tallest float in the parade is Mickey’s Airship at the end. It stands at 32 feet high
  • Their are more than 100 cast members in the parade
  • There are more than 12 classic Disney stories represented in the parade

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