I used to be the person who would make sure to hit all the top rides during the big parade times so I could take advantage of the short lines and low crowds. While I still won’t ever line up hours before a parade just to get a prime spot (although I am a big fan of FP+ for this purpose!) I have found that I am enjoying Disney parades more and more each year. I suspect it is a combination of me getting older and my tastes changing and the parades getting better and more intricate over the years.
Our very favorite parade is the Main Street Electrical Parade, but on our last trip we got to enjoy the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade for the first time (and because we were following the parade out of the park, it was so nice we watched it twice!). I was blown away by the innovative beauty and details of the floats. And the Cast Members represent their characters so well that I was completely drawn into the story and couldn’t wait to see the next group pass by.
The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade travels through the Magic Kingdom most afternoons and celebrates the stories and characters of Fantasyland. I wanted to share my photos so you can relive the parade if you’ve seen it in the past and so that you can experience a preview of it if you haven’t gotten the chance yet.
The parade starts with a float with a full contingent of Disney Princesses. The front of the this float features Belle and the Beast.
The middle of the float has Cinderella and Tiana and the back of the float has a winter wonderland starring Elsa and Anna.
In between floats, there are characters dressed in amazing and fantastic costumes that are related to the floats.
This is followed by the Snuggly Duckling with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.
There are swinging axes and hammers that Flynn Rider and others are riding on which was mesmerizing to my preschooler. He’s still talking about that float a week later!
More elaborately costumed cast members dance and play again. These are undersea themed and are just gorgeous!
And, as you might expect, they are followed by Ariel and Flounder, being driven by Sebastian in an amazing float! I love the fish dancing around the bottom of the float.
The lost boys from Never Land frolic in front of the next float, being mischievous as always.
Wendy and Peter Pan navigate the sky on a pirate ship sailing on top of a rainbow.
Captain Hook chases along while hiding on the anchor.
Our favorites are Mr. Smee and Tick-Tock the Crocodile!
Kilted Scottish dancers lead the way for Merida and her bear brothers riding on a plaid patched set of bagpipes!
The parade takes a classic turn, with Flora, Fauna and Merryweather racing away from the coming danger. They spin around magically, appearing to float above the ground.
Riding high on stilts are dragon characters running ahead of the dragon.
As the dragon bears down on your location, be aware that it can be a little intimidating to the preschool set. My preschooler was fine with it the first time and insisted on being taken away into a shop the second time. He still loves watching the video of it, so I think that next time he’ll love it! Look at that face though!
And the clockwork details are so interesting and fun!
It’s an amazing sight to see the dragon lift its head and let out a big burst of flame!
After the dragon moves along, you get to enjoy classic Disney characters like Snow White.
More fun costumed characters follow.
Leading the way for Pinocchio and friends.
Daisy and Donald Duck are also on this float, waving high to everyone!
And this is also where you’ll find Pluto!
I think these are my favorite costumes of the whole parade!
And Chip and Dale are my very favorites no matter how they are dressed but these costumes are so cute!
And the final float features Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse in a hot air balloon wrapping up the 12 minutes of fun, fantasy and favorite characters.
This is such an exciting parade, there is always something stunning to look at the dragon is absolutely unbelievable! Reserved viewing with FP+ is available for this parade although we haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. Have you gotten the chance to see this parade yet? Did you love it as much as we did?