Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

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Disney World just introduced their newest daytime parade at Magic Kingdom, the Festival of Fantasy Parade. It is one of the most spectacular parades, with bright colors and amazing new music. Here is the latest press release from Walt Disney World as well as some amazing photos of this awesome parade!

Enchanting stories and characters from Fantasyland come to life for Magic Kingdom guests in a new, daily spectacular – Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.

The fanciful tribute to Fantasyland highlights several new and classic Disney and Pixar stories on a grand scale. There’s nearly 100 performers – on stilts, swings and flying rigs – donning vibrant costumes in this lively mini-Broadway cavalcade soaring to new heights on Main Street, U.S.A.

The parade, which began Sunday, March 9, is already thrilling park guests with eye-filling scenes: a fire-breathing dragon, a pirate ship with smoking cannons, a music box that’s a seashell, sassy Bubble Girls with cotton-candy hair, a mega-sized bagpipe, and more.

Disney Festival of Fantasy parade is the first of a new generation of parades for Disney Parks featuring never-beforeused technology on eye-popping floats adorned with Disney characters from more than a dozen fairytales. Set to an all-new musical score, the dazzling parade floats will soar up to three stories tall with spirited performers donning dramatic costumes crafted at ten different design houses across the country.

“The parade celebrates and pays homage to what the Magic Kingdom is all about,” said Randy Wojcik, senior show director Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Creative Entertainment. “It has the most beautiful floats, enchanting characters, vibrant costumes that come to life; and the choreography is just glorious. Yet, it is also very kinetic, relevant and powerful on a scale never seen before at Walt Disney World.”

Seven unique units comprised of nine spectacular floats will march down Main Street, U.S.A to the beat of an original soundtrack inspired by favorite Disney films, composed by Mark Hammond, known for his work on World of Color at Disney California Adventure and the Flights of Fantasy parade at Hong Kong Disneyland. The parade has its own voice with a theme song customized for each float followed by a medley of songs woven throughout the cavalcade.

“It’s visually stunning, like mini Broadway shows rolling down the street,” said Wojcik.

Here’s the float-by-float lineup:

The Princess Garden – This pageantry of princesses celebrates Disney royalty. Cinderella, Tiana and Belle accompanied by their respective princes, ride in a garden of topiaries with woodland creatures, birds and more. Cinderella’s dress playfully twirls like a turntable, while Swan Court couples lead the 50-foot-long majestic float, capped off with a special appearance by Anna and Elsa from Disney’s hit animated feature, “Frozen.”

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Tangled – A massive long ship on the high seas showcases Flynn Rider and Rapunzel in search of adventure and another Best. Day. Ever! Rapunzel’s iconic tresses weave throughout this 36-foot-long float decked out with swaying pendulums carrying dastardly thugs.

Rapunzel

The Little Mermaid – Ariel and her friends sit atop a colorfully kinetic seashell music box that boasts an enchanting musical jubilee. There’s no shortage of whimsy on this Under the Sea float with conga dancing fish kicking up their fins and bubbles galore. Shimmering fabrics and intricately designed costumes for the Lion Fish, Coral Fish, Seashell and Sea Horse performers are runway-inspired.

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Peter Pan – Straight from Never Land come Peter Pan and Wendy soaring high aboard the famous Jolly Roger pirate ship complete with smoke effects and special surprises. A rainbow arch shines over Skull Rock and Tinker Bell nestled among giant flowers, while Captain Hook takes center stage on a swinging anchor. “Newsies-inspired” Lost Boys kick up their heels to high-energy choreography.

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Brave – Celtic couples and a vessel shaped like an enormous bagpipe announce the arrival of Merida perched high on her majestic crown. Scottish dancers step to melodies of the Great Highlands in celebration of the popular Disney*Pixar film, “Brave.”

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Sleeping Beauty – The heroic Prince Phillip battles a Steampunk-inspired Dragon as the wicked Maleficent. This float stretches 53 feet in length and 26 feet tall with a prickly spinning wheel dead center of the float. With fiery eyes and glowing effects the spectacular dragon was built on an articulating chassis allowing the float to bend and flex as it moves along the parade route – a first for Disney parades. This float was designed in a partnership with Tony Award-winner Michael Curry. There’s Prince Phillip, thorn-inspired stilt performers, dramatic raven dancers, plus the three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather glide along the parade route.

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Finale and Mickey’s Airship – The parade culminates with a 90-foot-long magical caravan of characters featuring Pinocchio, Dumbo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Mad Hatter, Pluto and more in a splashy carnival of color. There’s Pegasus horses, dancing hippos and sassy Bubble Girls with cotton-candy-like hair celebrating Storybook Circus in New Fantasyland. Sporting zany new costumes Mickey and Minnie Mouse sit sky high in Mickey’s Airship — a giant hot air balloon that rounds out Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.

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If you are heading to Disney World this year, make sure to get a chance to see the latest daytime parade at Magic Kingdom – it truly is spectacular! While times are subject to change and you should check the daily Times Guide each day at the park, right now it is scheduled each day at 3:00 pm down Frontierland, Liberty Square and Main Street, USA.

**All photos and press content courtesy of Walt Disney World News**

A Look Ahead to Disney 2014

The year is coming to a close and we are saying goodbye to 2013. Each year, we like to look ahead to what might be coming in 2014 with Disney at the parks, the movies and beyond. Some things we know for sure and some things are still in the rumor phase, but we like to round it all up and start to get excited for the new year ahead of us!

Disneyland

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  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will undergo an extensive refurbishment starting on January 4th of 2014 and won’t open until late in the year. Refurbishments will include new, more vibrant underwater colors.
  • In February, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will finally reopen! It will be refreshed as well as have new tracks and trains.

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Disney World

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  • A new daytime parade is set to launch at Magic Kingdom in spring of 2014. It is called Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade. It will include characters and music from Tangled, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Peter Pan and Brave. There will also be an original soundtrack and parade theme song.
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Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride under construction

  • The opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride will happen in spring or summer of 2014. This is newest attraction in the New Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom.

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  • Camp Minnie-Mickey will be closing in 2014 to make space at Animal Kingdom for construction on the new Avatar-themed land. The Lion King Festival will be moved to a new theater as well.

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  • Magic Bands, which have been testing and rolling out this year, will be fully integrated in 2014. Expect to see big changes park-wide with this new system and FastPass+.
  • In February and March, there are extended hours at many of the parks as well as changes to the Extra Magic Hours. If you will be at the park during those months, make sure to check the online calendar before you arrive.

FourSeasons

  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will open it’s first luxury resort at Disney World. It will feature a rooftop restaurant and views of the Magic Kingdom. It is located in the Golden Oak residential community which was created and master-planned by Disney.

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  • At Epcot, the new Morocco restaurant, Spice Road Table will be open. There will also be henna tattoo artists on hand to create temporary body art.

 Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland

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  • Disneyland Paris will be opening a new dark ride themed after Ratatouille. The roller coaster Indiana Jones Temple of Peril will undergo major renovations that are scheduled for at least a 5-month closure.
  • Tokyo Disneyland will introduce it’s own castle projection show starting in the spring of 2014. The Jungle Cruise will be closing for a lengthy renovation in 2014.

 Disney Cruise Lines

  • New itineraries for 2014 include an expanded collection of European cruises along the Greek Isles, as well as new homeports in Venice, Italy and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • The newly redesigned Disney Magic will return to the Mediterranean, and will visit Venice, the Greek Isles and Sicily for the first time.
  • Disney Wonder will sail a 7-night cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.

Disney Movies for 2014

  • The Pirate Fairy – The fifth Tinker Bell film, will be released on March 3 and will feature a new fairy character that joins forces with pirates and Tinker Bell and her friends head out on an adventure to find her
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    The Pirate Fairy Trailer
  • Muppets Most Wanted – This sequel to The Muppets movie is set to release in March. It features the comedic actors Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey.
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    Muppets Most Wanted Trailer
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – this upcoming sequel is set to release in theaters in 2D and 3D in April.
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  • Bears – This is the next Disneynature film being released in April. It follows a year in the life of two mother bears and their cubs.
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    Bears Trailer
  • Maleficent – Live-action thriller coming to theaters in May. This new film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and follows the story of Sleeping Beauty from her storyline.
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    Maleficent Trailer
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue – A sequel to the popular Planes film, this sequel will be released in July of 2014. Our hero, Dusty, will be returning and will be shifting into the world of airfare fire attack.
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    Planes: Fire & Rescue Trailer
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – This fantasy-comedy film is based on the children’s book of the same name. It is set to release in theaters in October. Cast includes Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Megan Mullaly and Jennifer Coolidge.
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  • Big Hero 6 – 3d computer animated superhero film that will feature Marvel characters like Wasabi No-Ginger and Honey Lemon. Set to release in November of 2014.
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  • Into The Woods – A Live-action fantasy musical adapted from the Broadway musical. Actors in this project include Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Christine Baranski. It is set to release in December of 2014.
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  • Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur – originally set to release in 2014, this film has had many setbacks and delays, and will now be released in 2015.

Disney Junior

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  • Sheriff Callie’s Wild West premieres on 24-hour Disney Junior Channel on January 20.
  • New pirate rock theme song to debut for Jake and the Neverland Pirates on January 3.

Disney Blu-Ray/DVD Releases

  • Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-Ray/DVD
  • Jungle Book Blu-Ray
  • Frozen

Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom

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One of my all time favorite Disney parades is the Main Street Electrical Parade (Disney has dropped the “Main Street” but I still call it that). I remember when it began at Disneyland. I loved watching it. It was always so much fun. And now that it is at Disney World, it brings back great memories every time I get to see it. I recommend to all families to see this parade. Children just marvel at the bring lights and the characters. Everyone loves the music, which you can’t get out of your head (ever!). And it puts you in a really happy mood, I promise!

I took lots of pictures so I could share them with you. They aren’t the best as they come out better without a flash but the exposure can be so long, there can be some blur. But I just wanted to share some fun pictures with you, as well as tips for viewing.

Tips For Viewing the Parade:

  1. The parade starts on Main Street and moves through Liberty Square and Frontierland past Splash Mountain, where it ends and disappears. Any spots along this path are good.
  2. Keep in mind that if the parade starts at 9:00 pm and you are at the end of the parade route (by Splash Mountain), it won’t reach you until 9:30 pm. So you can line up later toward the end of the route if needed.
  3. If the parade and fireworks are your end of the day, stay on Main Street and near the hub (center circle toward castle). This will allow for an easier exit with the mass crowds. The exit after fireworks is very crowded and difficult, so being closer to park gates it best.
  4. Line up for your spot about an hour in advance (for busy times like summer) or 30-45 minutes in advance for less crowded times.
  5. Bring glow sticks and necklaces for the kids from home and save on the pricey glow toys from Disney.
  6. Bring a blanket to sit on and save your space.
  7. All lights on the streets and buildings will turn off for the parade, which is very dark, so warn small kids in case they are afraid of the dark.

Tips for NOT Viewing The Parade:

  1. If you aren’t watching the parade and want to skip it, avoid Frontierland and Liberty Square as there are no breaks in the parade to cross and you could get stuck.
  2. Great parts of the park to visit during the parade are Tomorrowland and Adventureland, but you can’t do both as you won’t be able to cross the park at the hub during the parade.
  3. During the parade, lines for attractions are very low so it is great time to get on your favorite ride (unless it is Big Thunder or Splash Mountain, because the parade will block you leaving that area)

And now I would love to share my pictures! Enjoy!

Tinkerbell flies in on her hot air balloon!

Tinkerbell flies in on her hot air balloon!Turtle

Some Goofy fun!

Some Goofy fun!

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Pete's Dragon - one of our favorites!

Pete’s Dragon – one of our favorites!

Peter Pan and Hook...I love the way the little boy is amazed by this sight.

Peter Pan and Hook…I love the way the little boy is amazed by this sight.

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The Royal Ball

The Royal Ball

Cinderella's coach

Cinderella’s coach

A little wave from Cinderella

A little wave from Cinderella

And the final tribute to America!

And the final tribute to America!

Hooray for Parades!

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland

First, I must confess that I love Disney parades. Our family will stake out a good spot, and get some fun treats to enjoy while we wait for it to begin. And when it starts, we love every part from the music to the characters to the dancers…so much fun! I confess that I love parades because I think I am a bit biased toward loving all of them. With that said, our family completely loved Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland. It was filled with amazing characters and music and a wonderful energy. One of my favorite parts was right at the beginning with the drummers and Mickey – parades don’t usually start with Mickey so this was a great surprise. The parade spotlights some unusual characters as well as the usual favorites. Some of our favorite highlights were Aladdin and Genie, the Three Cabarellos, and Mary Poppins. Enjoy the pictures of this fabulous and sensational parade.

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Do you have a favorite parade or one your kids have especially loved to watch? Leave me a comment about a parade your family has really enjoyed.
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