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Description And Comments
Festival of Fantasy features an original score and new floats paying tribute to The Little Mermaid, Brave, and Frozen, among other Disney films. Many of the floats’ pieces spin and swing to extremes not normally found in Disney parades: The Tangled platform has characters riding swinging wood hammers from one side of the street to the other. The most talked-about float is Maleficent (the villain from Sleeping Beauty, and the star of her own feature film) in dragon form—she spits actual fire at a couple of points along the route.
Since there is usually only a single showing of this parade each day, if you want to get first-row viewing, be prepared to camp out 30-45 minutes beforehand. The show winds all the way from Frontierland near Splash Mountain to Main Street, where it rounds Town Square and exits via a gate near the Fire Station.
If you want to see the parade at its peak, watch from Frontierland or the Hub - the choreography on some of the floats has parade performers tired out by the end of the route.
A note to parents with small children: the Sleeping Beauty parade unit contains a fire-breathing dragon as well as thorn stilt walkers and costumed raven performers, all of which may be a little scary to very small kids. The Sleeping Beauty unit is a change of pace from the rest of the parade, and those with little ones may want to be prepared.
Blogs Related to Festival of Fantasy Parade:
SATURDAY SIX: Six Reasons We Love the Festival of Fantasy Parade
Disney Dish with Jim Hill
Beauty Gets the Boot
The Festival of Fantasy parade has Maleficent-as-dragon, Prince Phillip, and Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty--but no Aurora. She was supposed to be featured on this parade's lead float, the Princess Garden. But then Frozen became a monstrous hit at the box office, and Aurora found herself out in the cold as that float was reworked to make room for Anna, Elsa, and Olaf.
Other Attractions in Main Street, U.S.A.
- Casey's Corner Pianist
- Dapper Dans
- Flag Retreat
- Let the Magic Begin
- Main Street Philharmonic
- Main Street Trolley Show
- Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
- Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
- Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire
- Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party
- Once Upon a Time
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
- Walt Disney World Railroad Main Street U.S.A. Station
- Wishes Nighttime Spectacular