ORLANDO, Fla. — After a two-year hiatus, Disney’s Festival of Fantasy parade has returned to Magic Kingdom.
What You Need To Know
- Festival of Fantasy parade has returned to Magic Kingdom
- The parade has been absent since Disney World reopened its parks in July 2020
- A few changes have been made to the parade, including few performers and no "Brave" float
The parade, which first debuted in 2014, has been absent since Disney World reopened its parks in July 2020.
Visitors lined up along Main Street, U.S.A. and near Cinderella Castle on Wednesday for a chance to see the parade.
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The parade began with a float featuring Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” other Disney princesses, including Cinderella and Tiana. Other floats featured characters from “The Little Mermaid” and “Peter Pan” and “Pinocchio.”
The large Maleficent dragon float was also back, with visitors cheering as it made its way down the parade route. Behind the float were different characters dancing and waving, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice and The Mad Hatter.
Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, Goofy as well as Chip ’n’ Dale were featured near the end of the parade. Closing it out was Mickey Mouse on the hot-air balloon float.
Although the parade was back, it had a few noticeable changes. One change was the reduced number of performers on the floats and on the street below. Prince Charming and Prince Naveen did not appear alongside Cinderella and Tiana on their floats. The section that featured Merida from Disney-Pixar’s “Brave” was also absent.
Festival of Fantasy will have two showings daily—a change from the once-a-day run. And starting Friday, reserved viewing for the parade will be available through the Disney Genie+ service.
Festival of Fantasy is the latest live entertainment to return as Disney World continues to gradually bring back more offerings. Other entertainment offerings set to return include Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and a re-imagined “Finding Nemo” show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.