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First Look: ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ Floats From ‘Little Mermaid’ & ‘Brave’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today we have an exciting sneak peek at “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” the new daytime parade that’s set to debut at Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.

As we previously announced, this procession will specifically highlight the stories of “Sleeping Beauty,” “Dumbo,” “Pinocchio,” “Peter Pan,” and “Tangled” among others. Today, we’re happy to share two new renderings of floats that will appear in “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” that are inspired by “The Little Mermaid” and the Disney●Pixar film “Brave.”

Ariel's 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade' Float

Here, Ariel and her friends grace a larger-than-life music box that will showcase a colorful musical party “Under the Sea.”

Merida's 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade' Float

And in this rendering, a troupe of Scottish dancers and an enormous bagpipe travel down Main Street, U.S.A., to announce the arrival of Merida, who is accompanied by her triplet brothers in their bear forms.

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Other floats on tap for the parade will celebrate Disney Princesses in a Royal Court Garden float. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will appear on a longship off on a search for another “Best. Day. Ever.” And Peter Pan and Wendy will soar high above on a pirate galleon ship, joined by Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and Tinker Bell.

To make room for “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” the park’s current daytime parade, “Celebrate a Dream Come True,” will end it’s daily run on December 20, 2013, with finale performances scheduled for January 1-4, 2014. During the holiday season, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime” Parade will be presented each day, and guests will still be able to enjoy performances of “Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It” and “Main Street Electrical Parade” at the park throughout the changeover, leading up to the spring debut of “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”

Which parade float are you most excited to see in the new parade? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Jennie from CA on September 26th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

This makes me even more excited for our trip in May. Those concept drawings look wonderful. The Brave float on the bagpipe is fabulous and I love Tangled. Disney floats are always phenomenal.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 26th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I’m happy you’re excited! Stay tuned for more info.

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Lisa on September 26th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

So excited, can’t wait to see it next year when my daughter and I visit.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 26th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

:)

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Beth on September 26th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Toss up: the Peter Pan float looks pretty amazing, but who can resist seeing Minnie and Mickey in a hot air baloon? Either way, it would be a win to see them in person!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 26th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I think Peter Pan wins for my favorite so far – although Brave is a cool idea, too!

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CARLOS on September 26th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I like the Mickey & Minnie float and the Peter Pan Float , but i’m so excited to see all floats on the Parade:)

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Shannon on September 26th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Oh my goodness, this parade is going to be Awesome!!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 26th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I think so, too!

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Jud on September 26th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Ahhh! Been a long time! This looks very exciting!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 26th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Which float is your favorite, Jud?

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Steve on September 26th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

That tangled float is amazing! We will be there in 4 weeks I wish it was going to be live then.

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Jeanie on September 26th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Merida on bagpipes….Can’t wait to see all of this but especially the red hair princess!!!!

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ALICIA on September 26th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Peter Pan is absolutely amazing!

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Hilary on September 26th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

This is going to be an amazing parade!

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Tanya on September 26th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

We are so excited about the new parade coming to Magic Kingdom!
We are AP holders and have been blown away by the new Fantasy Land, I can only imagine how fabulous this new parade will be :)

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 26th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

New Fantasyland is amazing. This parade looks like it will be beautiful, too!

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Frank on September 26th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Peter Pan….hands down…..

Though I also like the Tangled and Brave floats as well…

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Gaspar on September 26th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Brave’s float looks amazing! Hope we can know the opening date soon!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 26th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I hope so, too!

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Alana on September 26th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

OMG. Cupid on the Tangled float- best ever! What magical floats! <3<3

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valeria from buenos aires on September 26th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

We are visiting Magic Kingdom on Febrary… I really love to see the parade

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Trent on September 26th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

i like this concepts, it reminds me the parade in disneyland paris, that i think is the most incredible of them all :)

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Dustin on September 26th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

The Tangled float looks the most impressive, b/c of its size, detail, and that it looks ready for action/adventure. All the floats really look great, but a little Princess-heavy imho. Any room for Aladdin and/or Jack Sparrow/Pirates of the Caribbean?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on September 27th, 2013 at 9:21 am

Dustin – These are just the renderings we’ve released so far. There are many more to come!

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Eric from MA on September 26th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Trent – Yes, my first reaction was that these looked a LOT like a tweaked East-coast import of Disney’s Soundsational Parade out west, and if so, it’d be nice to have it here! :)
(Will we get a version of the Three Caballeros float, too?)

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Marc on September 26th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Kevin and Jody? Fans would love to hear how they started as hourly cast members.

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Jennifer on September 27th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

So there are no parades at Magic Kingdom over President’s week? Seems unusual…

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Paul from CA on September 27th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

The floats look great, looks like you guys are using the concept of large floats and small floats like Soundsational does with the drum floats, looking forward to seeing it next year.

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Ellen on September 30th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I can’t wait to see all of them. we are coming towards the end of march 2014. so excited.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on October 1st, 2013 at 11:55 am

Stayed tuned for more updates on this parade – and hopefully the opening time frame!

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JEANY on October 4th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I can’t wait to see the new parade in the Magic Kingdom in September 2014!

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Tammie from UK on October 13th, 2013 at 10:08 am

Any news of dates the new parade will be running? I will be at DisneyWorld in early February and I would hate to think that there wont be a parade on the days I am at Magic Kingdom. And my daughter will be upset too. If the new parade isn’t running, will there be any parade at all?

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Alex on October 18th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

We are travelling from the uk at the beginning of feb 2014 and we will be deeply upset and disappointed if there’s no parade :(

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Sarah on November 25th, 2013 at 12:15 am

I am visiting in January, so will there just not be a daytime parade at all then? So disappointing if that is the case!!

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Mark on January 3rd, 2014 at 2:14 pm

I’m taking my family to Disney World mid-March so will the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy” parade be presented then?

I hope so since my sister and brother-in-law will be joining us on this vacation and it will be their first time visiting any Disney resort or park.

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Sofia on January 4th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

this looks sooooo cool! I’m so excited for it!! all I hope is that it’s not TOO tall and that you’re still able to see every character pretty well! And I hope they still do have something for all the princesses without a special car to be on that way everyone can be part of the parade!!

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Tamara on January 24th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Does anyone know the general times for the parade at the end of March, the 24th and 25th?

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Janice on February 11th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

The Festival of Fantasy Parade is really exciting this Grandma! I am excited to be coming March 22nd. Do wee know the parade times yet? Please respond , thanks.

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