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Style Snapshots: ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy’ Parade Costumes

Michelle Stepney

by , Production Director

Fashion insiders from around the globe have been flocking to the Big Apple since last Thursday for New York Fashion Week. It’s a bi-annual tradition where America’s top designers unveil their new collections for the upcoming season and set trends for months and years to come.

At least one Disney designer is taking her turn in the fashion spotlight this week as Disney Parks unveils a new collection of costume creations for “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,” which debuts at Magic Kingdom this March. And we all get a seat on the coveted “front row.”

Costume designer Mirena Rada is expanding her portfolio of design projects for Disney Parks with this latest endeavor for a Walt Disney World Resort theme park. Previous creations include work for Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. These costumes, some of the most extravagant and elaborate in Disney Parks history, took almost a year to complete. The creations transpired in 10 different costume houses across eight cities and two countries, with the Creative Costuming facilities in both Florida and California among the mix.

The production process mirrors current fashion trends, utilizing new technology to design and print custom fabrics in house. Rada partnered with Walt Disney World costumers to select fabrics that would work well in the Central Florida climate while also accommodating the needs of each performer.

Our style squad got a sneak peek of some early sketches and behind-the-scenes video of some completed works.

We can’t wait to see these whimsical designs come to life when “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” finally steps onto the streets of the Magic Kingdom Park. Let us know what you think.


A modern interpretation of classic elements is a hallmark of Rada’s designs as seen in the sculpted conch shell headpiece and shimmering pastel dress that comprise “The Little Mermaid” unit’s “Seashell Girl.”


After gathering the materials, Rada and a Creative Costuming graphic artist worked together to create almost 40 custom fabrics including the furry plaids and tweed stripes worn by the “Newsies-inspired” Lost Boys of the “Peter Pan” unit.


An innovative 3D printing technology was used to create the elegant beaks of the “Ravens” in the “Sleeping Beauty” unit. Each piece was base coated, bronzed, lacquered and gilded with fiery Swarovski stones to complete the finished look.


The Finale unit’s “Cha Cha Girl” is the queen of head-to-toe ensemble with her big top inspired fit and flare dress, bolero jacket embellished with sequins, star spangled tights and hair reminiscent of pulled taffy exuding the essence of Storybook Circus in New Fantasyland.

Which costume is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!


  • Wonderful and vibrant costumes! Will we be able to see this parade during the last week of August 2014? Thanks!

  • I’m super excited to see them all coming down Main Street, even though it’ll be a while till I can see them in person. My favourite would have to be the Vine/thorn stilt walkers…

  • These are incredibly beautiful!!!! Exquisite work Mirena!!! This parade is going to be gorgeous!!!

  • Being on the West coast I had no feelings about this new parade. I imagined it was something I might or might not get to see so I havent been really INTO the posts about it. The floats are really great, don’t get me wrong, but I just didnt want to get really exicted over something that I might not get to see. BUT NOW this video… WOW!!! Those costumes. Sealed the deal. I HAVE TO PLAN A TRIP TO WDW SOON! Pretty please post some hints at dates for this and SDMT so we can plan a vacation. With pixies dust on top?

  • Just amazing and so much fun. I look forward to getting back to the park to see these fantastic celebration costumes in the parade!!!

  • I can’t wait to see this parade! All of those costumes are fantastic, but that raven knocks my socks off. I would love to see the mask up close, with the Swarovski elements; and those wings are incredible!

  • I want to wear one of these costumes! Beautiful and super fun! Can’t wait to see them in person

  • Praying that this will open the first week of March – my best friend and I are coming down to WDW for spring, and would love love love to see a new parade!

  • WOW WOW. I cannot wait to see this in person.

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