7 Fun Facts about Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade

by Carrie McLaren with no comments

Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom Park is always a ‘must see’ on my list when we visit the Walt Disney World Resort. This whimsical parade takes place each day at three o’clock starting in Frontierland near Splash Mountain and exits the park near the fire station on Main Street U.S.A.

7 Fun Facts about Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade - blog

The parade is filled with whimsical characters, dancers, favorite songs, princesses and more. And, of course, Anna and Elsa make an appearance too.

I found these fun facts on the official Walt Disney World media site and they were too great not to share. Enjoy!

Disney characters from more than a dozen classic stories are represented among nine parade floats. 

You’ll see Anna and Elsa, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Ariel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan and Wendy and my favorite – Jiminy Cricket.

Festival of Fantasy - Frozen credit Matt Stroshane

Matt Stroshane for Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Airship finale float is the tallest float topping out at 32 feet.

Look up high and wave at Mickey and Minnie as they serve as the finale of the parade.

Festival of Fantasy - Mickey and Minnie - credit Matt Stroshane WDW

Matt Stroshane for Walt Disney World

The Festival of Fantasy Parade features a cast of more than 100.

From aerial performers high in the air to the dancers in the BRAVE section of the parade, castmembers bring this story to life.

Festival of Fantasy - Merida

40 additional characters are presented in animated or sculptural form.

The attention to detail on the floats is just breathtaking. I spot something new each time I watch the parade. While I love all the floats, the Pinocchio section is so colorful and over the top – so fun.

Festival of Fantasy - Floats credit Matt Stroshane WDW

Matt Stroshane for Walt Disney World

Elaborate costumes were crafted by 10 different costume houses, in eight cities, in two countries — including Florida and California.

Festival of Fantasy - Costumes - David Roark WDW

David Roark for Walt Disney World

The Bubble Girl headpiece is made from three separate clown wigs that are blended together by the Creative Costuming Millinery Team.

I think Bubble Girl may be my favorite costume of the parade. Whimsical, bright and there’s nothing bad about wearing a pink afro!

Festival of Fantasy Bubble Girl - David Roark WDW

David Roark for Walt Disney World

The Steampunk-inspired Maleficent Dragon stretches 53 feet from snout to tail and reaches 26 feet in the air.

I remember my girls being scared of the dragon the first few times we saw this parade. Now, they are mesmerized by the details and massive beast – it is quite a sight.

Festival of Fantasy - Maleficent Dragon credit David Roark WDW

David Roark for Walt Disney World

Have you seen Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade? I love grabbing a seat on Main Street U.S.A right beneath the train station and watch the stories come to life. No matter how many times I’ve seen it, I still find it magical and exciting each time.

What’s your favorite part of the Festival of Fantasy Parade? 


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