WDW Debuts Festival of Fantasy

Fire-breathing Maleficent is featured in a 53-foot-long float. (Photo from disneyworld.disney.go.com)

Fire-breathing Maleficent is featured in a 53-foot-long float. (Photo from DisneyParks.disney.go.com)


The first completely new parade in more than 12 years has taken off at Walt Disney World.

The Festival of Fantasy, described by Ken Pilcher of Local 6 Theme World, as the grandest parade in the Magic Kingdom in decades, features 100 performers and 9 floats, including the 53-foot-long Maleficent Dragon float.

Seven units take part in the parade:

The Princess Garden features princesses and their princes plus a special appearance by Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.”

Tangled, in the form of a 35-foot-long long ship, includes Flynn Rider and Rapunzel, whose long hair weaves throughout the float.

Little Mermaid Under the Sea float features Ariel and friends along with conga dancing fish and lots of bubbles.

Peter Pan and Wendy overlook Never Land from atop the Jolly Roger pirate ship, while Captain Hook swings on an anchor and Tinker Bell nestles among giant flowers.

Brave, with its requisite Celtic theme, has Scottish dancers and an enormous bagpipe that announces the arrival of Merida.

In Sleeping Beauty, Prince Phillip battles the evil Maleficent, who bends and moves along the parade route on an articulating chassis.

Finale and Mickey’s Airship features a 90-foot-long caravan of colorful Disney characters with newly costumed Mickey and Minnie sitting in a hot air balloon overlooking it all.

The parade, which runs about 12 minutes, takes place afternoons at 3. Detail can be found at the Disney World website.


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