Magic Kingdom Festival of Fantasy Parade!

Magic Kingdom Festival of Fantasy Parade!


Festival of Fantasy Parade

The Most Fantastical Parade

I thought I’d ressurect this fun post from last year¬†because you all enjoyed it so much and it’s so pretty!

Last week my senses were overcome by the fantastical new Magic Kingdom Festival of Fantasy Parade at Walt Disney World. I’ve lived in Central Florida since third grade and been here through many parades and this one is unlike any other I have seen. I remember 25 Years of Disney Magic, that one was so moving it made me cry, it seemed so special and was held during a special time in my life. But it was nowhere near as grande as Festival of Fantasy.

Ariel's Float Festival of Fantasy Parade


It’s So Big!

One of the things that makes Festival of Fantasy so over the top is the size. Some of the floats are as much as three stories high and I assure you they all look that tall from where you’ll be standing. This time around the parade will focus on both the Disney and Pixar films including characters such as Rapunzel from Tangled and Merida from Brave and of course Frozen and old favorites like Pinocchio, Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty. I personally love Jiminy Cricket, he has always been a favorite and a hard to catch character and he makes an appearance in the parade!

Jiminy Cricket Festival of Fantasy Parade



The costumes are over the top in the best way ever. It took 10 costume houses in eight cities and 2 countries to pull this together. That’s a lot of people and a lot more work. Things had to be sculpted, hand curled, cut out, bedazzled, glued back on and the list just goes on and on. But the good part is that it shows while you are watching the parade. These are by far the best costumes we’ve seen, ever, in a Walt Disney World parade. Festival of Fantasy certainly lives up to its name.

Mickey Mouse Float Festival of Fantasy Finale


And of course as I’m sure you’ve heard, Maleficent makes a fiery appearance. And by appearance I mean she rolls up as a Steampunk Metal Dragon that breathes fire. Breathes fire ya’ll. She is awesome. Prince Phillip is there to slay her but Aurora/Sleeping Beauty is nowhere to be seen which breaks my heart since she is my favorite (she gets to sleep all the time and no one judges her for it).

Festival of Fantasy Dragon Steampunk Malefecint


Festival of Fantasy Poster Artwork

*I was invited into Disney complimentary to view the parade. All the opinions are my own. Jiminy Cricket is a legend. Seriously, he’s your conscience so listen closely when he tells you that disclosing for every little thing isn’t necessary.


  1. 1
    Daphne Turner says:

    I’ve never been there but would love to ride the Monorail, presuming they have that.

  2. 2

    We specifically like to attend on Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party.

  3. 3
    Vicki Wurgler says:

    I have never been there but I would love to go on their rides

  4. 4
    D Schmidt says:

    We love to see the parade!

  5. 5
    Linda Kish says:

    I’ve never been there but at Disneyland I like to go on Star Tours.

  6. 6
    cheryl s says:

    I love seeing the characters and all the fun rides

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    tammy shelton says:

    My favorite thing to do is have a blast with the grands and take lots of pictures.

  8. 8

    I love riding the omnibus.

  9. 9

    I like space mountain.

  10. 10
    Elizabeth Ray says:

    I like quite a few things there, but one absolute must-see for me is the Hall of Presidents. I never get tired of that.

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    Kimberly Schotz says:

    We went once 30 years so I am betting things have change a lot. We were surprised that they didn’t have a Matterhorn.

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    We love it all: the rides, the characters, the shows, the parades, the fireworks!

  13. 13
    ken smith says:

    I never beem to disneyland anything I would see would be awesome to see!

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    jamielee kimball says:

    I have never had the pleasure of going, but I suppose my favorite thing would be anything that made my 5 year old happy… :)

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    Heather Snyder says:

    My favorite thing at Disney is definitely the visual artistry of the rides. Pirates of the Caribbean the haunted mansion and splash mountain are my favorites!

  16. 16
    Stephanie Bondlow says:

    I enjoyed eating turkey drumsticks and watching the fireworks nightly. I also loved going to NIght of Joy as a teenager with my youth group.

  17. 17
    Ken Cooper says:

    I don’t know have never been there. Probably just to spend the time with my wife and son.

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    Kristina W. says:

    Mickeys not so scary halloween party

  19. 19

    I have never been there
    ..but from my childhood the song WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR resonates to this day.

  20. 20
    Dana Rodriguez says:

    Never been so I can’t say

  21. 21
    Margaret Maggie Porter says:

    ride space mountain

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    Donna W. says:

    I love meeting the characters and taking pictures – great memories.

  23. 23

    I would love to go for the Halloween celebration!

  24. 24
    Cheryl Thompson says:

    Love the Disney parades, especially at night.

  25. 25

    I love the rides!

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    Mary Casper says:

    My favorite thing is just walkiing around exploring and shopping

  27. 27
    Maureen Egan says:

    Splash Mountain is the best!!

  28. 28

    I wanna go!!!

  29. 29
    Anthony Markham says:

    fave thing–Haunted Mansion!

  30. 30
    Marisa King says:

    My favorite thing is the Mickey Ice Cream Bar.

  31. 31
    Lee Campo says:

    My favorite thing to do is ride the rides.

  32. 32
    Sarah Lynch says:

    I love the rides and the parade.

  33. 33

    We like to go on the rides.

  34. 34
    Zoey Smith says:

    My favorite thing to do is walk around, watch people, and eat.

  35. 35
    Steve Stone says:

    I enjoy all the rides.

  36. 36

    My favorite thing to do is the Haunted Mansion.

  37. 37
    Stephanie Galbraith says:

    My favorite thing to do would be to watch my kids faces light up with excitement at each new thing or ride.

  38. 38

    We liked the new area with Beast’s castle. We love eating at Be Our Guest.

  39. 39
    Traci Newcomb says:

    I have never been but bet I woukd love the parades

  40. 40
    Diana Mahnke says:

    I like the Carousel of Progress and the Peter Pan ride.

  41. 41
    Dawn K. says:

    My favorite all-time thing is to ride soarin’ and then go to the Garden Grill. But, really, everything is my favorite.

  42. 42
    Julie Link says:

    I havent been there since I was a child, but I know I would love to eat and see the characters.

  43. 43
    Derek Balaam says:

    I cannot wait to go see this parade.

  44. 44

    It’s been years since I was there!

  45. 45

    My fave: Animal Kingdom!

  46. 46
    Denise S says:

    I’d want to take pictures of the kids with characters.

  47. 47
    Kyl Neusch says:

    watch the fireworks

  48. 48
    Kristina Valcarce says:

    It’s a Small World all the way, baby!

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    amanda whiltey says:

    i love riding splash mountain and thunder mountain.

  50. 50

    I have never been but my first place would be the roller coasters.

  51. 51

    My favorite ride at Magic Kingdom is still Haunted Mansion, and we always make sure to ride that. I also try to ride Pirates and Big Thunder Mountain too. Those are the three rides I have been picking with the new Fast Pass Plus!

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    rose paden says:

    I went there one time and I just loved seeing the children so happy. The rides were amazing too!

  53. 53

    Took my kids for the first time, they loved it. We didn’t get a chance to see everything but they loved it. Going on the elevator was awesome !!!

  54. 54
    Vikki Billings says:

    I have not been there since I was about 8 years old and then my favorite ride was Its a Small World!

  55. 55
    Nichole S says:

    I love the character meals!

  56. 56
    Nicole D. says:

    Never been there so don’t have a favorite. We hope to take our son in the next year or two!

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    Leslie L Stanziani says:

    I loved the Tiki Bird show.I can’t believe it has been 20 years since I have been there and only live 4 hours away.

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    MARIA simon says:


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    Laurie Emerson says:

    My favorite thing to do is to eat different foods from countries I have always dreamed of visiting.


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