When you visit Disney Parks there are staples that make the experience beyond anything you’ve felt before. It could be anything from the usually immaculate service synonymous with Disney, to the incredible vistas of castle’s and other dreamy icons. None of these staples happen just by chance or even magic but rather through incredible hard work that builds on a legacy of Disney Parks that spans over 50 years. Parades are one of the Disney staples and they bring such a delightful power to their parks. When a new parade, Disney’s Festival of Fantasy was announced for the Magic Kingdom, we felt it was overdue but we were overjoyed by its sheer potential. But even when you have the power of the Walt Disney Company, creating a parade that is not just sparkly and new but rather bold, exciting and different, is a challenge. A challenge that we are overjoyed to see Disney face and match up exquisitely with their breadth of talent to create a spectacular daytime extravaganza that is befitting of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
With over 100 performers and fantastic kinetic floats the highest of which tops out at 32 feet over on-looking guests, this parade is nothing like the Magic Kingdom has ever seen before. As we were capturing the wonderful video of the parade and photos for you to enjoy, we kept hearing a nearby guest exclaiming, “this is awesome.” And she was right. There was a magical electricity on opening day as guests lined up nearly from the time the park opened to await the afternoon festivities but even they couldn’t expect to be blown away. The parade begins with Disney royalty both classic and new and though that start of the parade is stunningly beautiful in of itself, it isn’t even close to matching the incredible wonders of what’s to come.
From Beauty and the Beast to Frozen our first post in this wonderful series will introduce you to the details that make the Festival of Fantasy parade an instantly beloved classic by all who set eyes upon it. It is a classic Disney adventure taken to a whole new level and that is exactly what a Disney staple should be. Well folks, it is time for the parade to begin!
A new park map on this day can only mean one thing. Magic Kingdom has a new parade!
Well a new parade still has to have the classics right? Nothing like seeing the red, gold and white making its way through Main Street, U.S.A.!
Check Out the not-so-hidden-Mickey on the front of the classic car.
You could just feel the anticipation as the crowds had begun gathering since early morning for the afternoon spectacle.
And here it is, waltzing down Main Street, U.S.A. on Opening Day!
The performers are what make Disney parades come alive.
These royal, classical styled performers are but just the start.
Kudos to everyone who performed on Opening Day, what a spectacular moment.
The Disney Princesses float nears and this isn’t much like the float you remember from days gone by.
This costuming takes MK’s parade to a new level.
I mean just look at the detail and it only gets more exquisite as the parade continues.
“Barely even friends…”
These parade floats have details for days and that makes them feel so grandiose.
I know you can’t hear it but you’ve got to enjoy our video as well because the soundtrack of this parade is phenomenally Magic Kingdom.
Festival of Fantasy celebrates New Fantasyland and it is only fitting that Beauty and the Beast leads the way.
So much for never being royals…
True Love on Opening Day at Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade. Just Perfect.
The Princess Float has revolving set pieces which reveal the princess.
Tiana and Prince Naveen look marvelous in their Festival of Fantasy Debut.
Last but not least, Frozen makes its snowy yet warm debut at the Magic Kingdom.
Anna and Elsa ladies and gentlemen, oh and don’t forget Olaf!
Frozen and we are only just getting warmed up! Yes Festival of Fantasy gets even better…