The “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” has arrived at Magic Kingdom Park!
The parade, which serves as a tribute to New Fantasyland, officially debuted as the park’s new daily afternoon parade on Sunday.
The procession features nearly 100 performers and Disney characters, with floats specifically telling the stories of “Tangled,” “Peter Pan,” “Brave,” “Sleeping Beauty” and many more. Highlights you won’t want to miss include seeing Maleficent appear as a fire-breathing dragon, and an appearance by Anna, Elsa and Olaf (from “Frozen”) on the Princess Garden float. For more highlights and to hear what some of the first spectators think, be sure to check out the video below.
Were you there for the debut? What did you think? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
On October 1, 1991, Magic Kingdom Park welcomed a brand-new nighttime parade: “SpectroMagic”!
This parade differed from the previous nighttime parade, “Main Street Electrical Parade”, in that it featured a new theme song, “On This Magic Night”, displays filled with fiber optics and a host of new, parade-specific characters. The parade ran through May 22, 1999, to make way for the temporary return of “Main Street Electrical Parade” for the start of the Millennium Celebration, and then returned again March 26, 2001. “SpectroMagic” officially ended its run at Magic Kingdom Park in 2010.
What did you like most about this parade? Tell us in the “comments” section below!
“Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” the newest procession to make its way down Main Street, U.S.A., will debut at Magic Kingdom Park this Sunday, March 9.
The parade, which serves as a tribute to New Fantasyland, will feature nearly 100 performers telling the stories of “Frozen”, Brave”, “Peter Pan,” Sleeping Beauty,” and other Disney and Pixar films. Classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, of course, will also highlight parade floats, some of which will measure up to 26 feet tall and 90 feet long.
Which Disney character or float are you most excited to see in the new parade? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
This week’s “After Dark” photo was snapped at Hong Kong Disneyland of the lovely “Disney in the Stars” Fireworks, a show that lights up the night with Disney songs and color.
Which nighttime spectacular is your favorite to view at a Disney Park? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
This year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival returns to the park today, with new Muppet-themed topiaries, Outdoor Kitchens, and Flower Power concerts.
In addition to many lovely floral displays, this year’s topiaries will include Mickey, Minnie and Pluto; Mater’s Parts, Plants & Play Garden; Classic Disney Couples; Beauty and the Beast; and Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden. Kermit and Miss Piggy are also appearing in topiary form in between the Italy and the Germany pavilions with a display inspired by the new movie Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted“. For a behind-the-scenes look at how their topiary came to be, check out the video below!
Also at this year’s festival, guests will be able to enjoy tastes from eleven Outdoor Kitchens, which will serve up a slew of new “sweet & savory” and “spring-inspired” menu items. (Check out a sneak peek at this year’s dishes in Pam’s previous post).
The Flower Power Concert Series also returns this Friday with The Guess Who (“American Woman”) taking the stage. Upcoming acts also include two bands making their debut Flower Power Concert performance: Gary Lewis and the Playboys (“This Diamond Ring”) and The Alan Parsons Live Project (“Eye in the Sky”). Performances are included in park admission and take place Friday through Sunday at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.
Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared with us some amazing images from the top of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. These photos offer up the first look at what the view will be from atop the newest Disney “mountain” – what a gorgeous sight!
This first photo overlooks Beast’s Castle and the Belle’s Village section of New Fantasyland.
This shot was taken in the direction of the castle wall, Cinderella Castle, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and Pinocchio’s Village Haus. (You can also see a bit of the construction that’s still going on in this photo).
In addition to these sights, the Imagineers tell us that guests will also get a great view of Prince Eric’s Castle and Storybook Circus during their ride around the mine.
Seven Dwarf Mine Train will open to guests later this spring. Be sure to keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more information.
What a night for Disney’s “Frozen” at the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony – the film took home Oscars for both Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”).
At Disney Parks, we see every day how excited guests are about the film – whether it’s the families who line up to meet Anna and Elsa, the young guests who snap up Olaf plushes and “Frozen” princess dresses, or the thousands who end their night at Magic Kingdom Park by watching the “Frozen” segment in the “Celebrate the Magic” castle projection show.
Beginning this Sunday, March 9, guests at Magic Kingdom Park will also be able to spot the stars of this Oscar-winning film in yet another entertainment offering – the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.’ The procession, which will serve as a tribute to New Fantasyland, will feature floats inspired by popular Disney and Pixar films. Anna and Elsa will appear on the Princess Garden float alongside other Disney Princesses, including Belle, Cinderella, and Tiana.
By the way, did you know that “Let It Go” was penned by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who also wrote the soundtrack to “Finding Nemo – The Musical” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Don’t miss our interview with them on all things Disney here.
For more on the “Frozen”-inspired offerings at our Disney Parks, be sure to check out the related stories below.
Are you considering booking a trip to Walt Disney World Resort with your little one this spring or summer? If so, our latest vacation offer may be just what you’re looking for!
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The new package – good for stays most nights April 27 through June 15 and August 15 through September 30, 2014 — is a great way for parents or grandparents to experience Disney Parks, too, especially when bringing along a young park-goer taking in all the magic.
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This week was a big week at Disney Parks, with major announcements, news from New Fantasyland, and much more.
If you follow us on Twitter, you may have been among the first to see our #140Characters photo, an amazing photo that was a part of the announcement for our upcoming “Rock Your Disney Side” 24-hour party. This year’s party will take place at Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and Magic Kingdom Park from 6 a.m. on May 23, to 6 a.m. on May 24, local time. This year, everyone is invited to show their “Disney Side” during the event by dressing as a favorite Disney hero or villain!
In other news, we also shared new images – and an amazing ride-through video – from New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. The images above were snapped inside a Cartographer’s Shop that sits just across from Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid.
We also shared the news that the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will step off at Magic Kingdom Park starting Sunday, March 9. Be sure to click through the gallery above for a preview inside this parade!
Do you have a favorite pair of Mickey ears that you wear to show your “Disney Side” each time you visit the Disney Parks? Or do you grab a new pair for your collection during each trip? Check out the graphic below that can help you find the ideal pair for your next visit.