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Building the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ for Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 21st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Among the most spectacular aspects of the upcoming “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” are the incredibly detailed floats, each bringing a classic Fantasyland story to the streets of Magic Kingdom Park.


Today, Managing Producer Kris Bunnell brings us a special behind-the-scenes look at the development of those floats with Parade Designer Richard Improta and Creative Director Steven Davison.

Which “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” float are you most excited to see when the parade debuts this spring? Let us know in the “Comments” section.

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Joe on January 21st, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Looks to be a amazing parade – cant wait to see it! Did you get to see all of the floats already?


Jennifer on January 21st, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Looks wonderful…..hopefully it will still be running when we go back in 2015….


Mark on January 21st, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I cannot wait to see Mickey and Minnie’s balloon float which also features the dancing hippos and ostriches from “Fantasia”.

But all of this teasing is driving me crazy!! What is the starting date for the parade? My next WDW resort vacation starts on March 14th…so will I be able to see the parade then? Please say “yes” I’m bringing my little sister with me for her first visit ever and am hoping we can enjoy this parade together and create a special memory.


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 22nd, 2014 at 8:54 am

As soon as we know the opening date, we’ll share it here!


Sandra on January 21st, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Really looking forward to seeing the new parade.
Any timescale as to when it will be rolled out, as we travel late April.


Kimberly on January 22nd, 2014 at 10:10 am

I am so impressed at the creativity of these new floats! A bagpipe–who would have thought?! Can’t wait to see the new parade!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 22nd, 2014 at 11:18 am

Me, too, Kimberly!


Alyssa on January 22nd, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Thanks for sharing! This post made my day, can’t wait to see the parade! :)


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 22nd, 2014 at 3:47 pm

That’s so nice of you, Alyssa!


Jennifer on January 22nd, 2014 at 11:23 pm

We are coming April 27-May 2. Hoping for it’s debut before or when we get there. Fingers crossed!!!!! It will be our first ever Disney Trip :)


john on January 23rd, 2014 at 12:17 am

With Steven Davison heading up this parade it’s sure to be something special, he’s done so many things for years at Disneyland and around the world for Disney Parks including Wish’s at the Magic Kingdom It’s great to see him back working on the new Festival of Fantasy Parade.


Paul from CA on January 23rd, 2014 at 12:39 am

Is the princess float the same one from Tokyo Disneyland’s Jubilation Parade or a copy of it?


COURTNEY on January 23rd, 2014 at 2:37 pm

The parade floats look incredible. The concept art and sneak peaks are so stunning, I cannot even imagine how beautiful they will be in person. I cannot wait!!! Really looking forward to this.


Dionisia on January 23rd, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Will disney land get a new parade this year


melissa on January 24th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Is the new Mine Train roller coaster up and running? If not any word on when it will be? we are looking to visit in August.


Tina on January 25th, 2014 at 11:20 pm

I Love Disney Parades!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 27th, 2014 at 9:05 am



Ryan on January 26th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

will Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys make an appearance on the Peter Pan float?

And I love anything & everything “Fantasia”!!


Daniel on January 26th, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Hi Jennifer, Are you aware of any Annual Pass preview event for Festival Of Fantasy? If so would it be a sign up contest type thing or open to all Annual Pass holders? I know Disneyland had special Annual Pass event for the Soundsational Parade.