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

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

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.


  • 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.

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

  • 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!!

  • 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.

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

  • 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 🙁

  • 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?

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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?)

  • 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?

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

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

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

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

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

    • I hope so, too!

  • Peter Pan….hands down…..

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

  • 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 🙂

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

  • This is going to be an amazing parade!

  • Peter Pan is absolutely amazing!

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

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

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

    • Which float is your favorite, Jud?

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

    • I think so, too!

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

  • 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!

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

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

    • 🙂

  • 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.

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

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