Archive | March, 2014

Festival of Fantasy Parade – The Story

16 Mar

After nearly a decade of planning, preparation, Imagineering and a whole lot of pixie dust, WDW’s the Magic Kingdom debuted its new parade, Festival of Fantasy, last week.

What a fantasy it is. I drooled for nearly 95 percent of the parade. The Peter Pan float got me all choked up (he’s been a long-time personal favorite), but the real stunner of the parade is Maleficent’s float. (How apropos considering we’re less than a month out from seeing Angelina Jolie’s performance as the Sleeping Beauty’s villain in the live-action Maleficent. Nice timing, guys…)

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She towers over Guests while she glides down Main Street USA, breathing fire every so often and rightfully instilling the fear of a steampunk god in those who behold her.

Other highlights of FOF include:

Rapunzel’s swinging float:

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Merida getting her own float (HUGE considering how popular Frozen has become in recent months. I would’ve guessed last-minute adjustments would’ve been made to the parade. I don’t doubt Elsa and Anna will be getting their own parade segment some time in the very near future…):

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There are so many amazing details in FOF that I really should just stop talking so you can watch the parade…

My final thoughts: I’m so jealous of all DCPs who witness and were a part of FOF’s debut, and incredibly proud of everyone who worked on this. IT LOOKS A MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN “CELEBRATE A DREAM COME TRUE” PARADE.

Finally, WDW gets an answer to Disneyland’s amazing performances and shows, and it seriously kicks some honey-buns.

What do you think of FOF? Anyone sad that some characters were missing from the floats (I’m looking at you, Pooh fans…)? Sound off by leaving comments. Also, 10 pixie dust points and a pat on the back to those who caught the Mulan reference!