PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Festival of Fantasy is BACK in Disney World!

It’s here, y’all! The moment we’ve all been waiting for.

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A lot has returned to the parks since Disney World reopened in 2020. We’ve celebrated the reopening of some of our favorite restaurants, enjoyed the return of the ride pre-shows, and marked our calendars for the last Disney World hotel to finally open its doors at the end of this month. Now, a MAJOR entertainment offering is finally back in Disney World!

Did you already guess the reason for our excitement? The Festival of Fantasy parade is BACK in Magic Kingdom! We’ve seen some parades return to Disney World during the holiday season, but now the regular daytime parade has finally returned. Festival of Fantasy is a fun and gorgeous display of several Disney movies and characters.

We learned that this parade would return from Destination D23 in 2021, and we revealed the return date in January 2022. But now that date has arrived and we’re lining Main Street USA to watch the whimsical show. Come along with us to see its grand return!

The parade begins in Frontierland, winds through Liberty Square, and finishes with a grand finale down Main Street, USA

It’s starting!

Today’s parade started out with Cast Members being honored as Disney ambassadors! They got to ride along in a very fancy old-fashioned car.

cool

You’ll first see a float with Disney princessesincluding Belle

Here they come!

Cinderella

As regal as ever

Tiana

Looking amazing, of course!

…and Elsa! They’re greeting guests from a float that looks like a royal garden.

Catch a glimpse of Olaf, too!

Next up is the Tangled-inspired float, which looks like a huge boat with swinging axes. You’ll see Rapunzel in the ship…

Punzie!

….and Flynn is hanging out on those huge pendulums…

Be careful Flynn!

…along with others Tangled characters.

Just hanging out

the Little Mermaid float is a chariot. But, it is introduced by these absolutely fabulous fish dancers!

Like, look at this style!

Just FAB.

The float has all kinds of sea creatures and treasures, and Ariel herself is on top with flounder.

Under the sea or on top of a float?

Don’t be scared by the huge skull that introduces the next float — it’s arrived straight from Neverland! But first, you’ll see wendy and some of the Lost Boys.

Look who’s coming up next!

On top of the float is Peter Pan

A bit scary!

…and Captain Hook is underneath the rainbow swinging on a giant anchor!

Look out for that sneaky captain

On the back is Tinkerbell!

Tink!

Up next, introducing a very intimate float, you’ll spot Prince Philip other Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.

Hello Philip. Shouldn’t you be fighting that dragon behind you?

They’re followed by frightening raven-like figures on stilts.

creepy!

Then, we see the return of the Maleficent Dragon float! This is a huge steampunk-style dragon that actually breathes fire. Watch for cool details like a spinning wheel inside the dragon’s ribcage!

She’s BACK!

The finale is a huge float, led by Jimmy Cricket!

Let your conscience be your guide

There are a bunch of characters coming our way!

The float has characters like Pinocchio riding a colorful whale…

Look at that whale!

…Donald Duck…

DONALD

…and Pluto on board!

Hey ol’ pal!

Then we see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

They’re having a great time

Finally, Mickey and friends round out the parade with a giant hot air balloon!

The end is coming up!

We see goofy

The Goof

Chip ‘n’ Dale

These costumes are amazing

Daisy

Daisy!

…and minnie!

A moment for Minnie’s dress, please

Then, Mickey is the final character in this spectacle!

There’s the Big Cheese!

If you’re hoping to catch the parade soon, you can watch it at 11:30AM and 2:30PM from March 9th through the 12th. After that, the parade will run every day at 12PM and 3PM. These times are subject to change, so keep an eye on the schedule in the My Disney Experience app.

And keep following DFB for more of the latest news from Disney World!

Learn more about another show that’s returning soon to Disney World.



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