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Disney Festival of Fantasy costume preview, part four: Underwater delights

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The Festival of Fantasy Parade, which starts in March at Walt Disney World, overs a lot of territory, from princesses to pirates to an appearance by Mickey Mouse himself. It even delves under the sea, as you can see from the costumes in the slideshow accompanying this article. Three of the costumes from the Little Mermaid float were on display during a special media preview on February 10.

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Costume designer Mirena Rada designed flowing fabrics that fit in perfectly with the underwater theme, as you can see by the brightly colored lion fish costume. She also worked in some modern pop culture influence, as you can't help but think of Lady Gaga when you catch the stunning headpiece on the seashell costume. The sea horses will remind you of stained glass, and they're not just a static piece. They'll whirl and twirl as they made their way down the parade route.

The Little Mermaid costumes shimmer and shine, but your eyes will be drawn to Ariel as she sits up on a seashell music box on the float. Like all the floats, this one will have its own musical accompaniment, with a medley of songs woven throughout the entire cavalcade. The original music was composed by Mark Hammond, who is known for his word on World of Color at Disney California Adventure and the Flights of Fantasy parade at Hong Kong Disneyland.

The design process for the costumes was quite sophisticated. For example, several of the pieces, including the head piece for the Seashell Girl you'll see in the slideshow, were digitally sculpted and then grown to size with a 3D printer. The costume itself took 30 yards of fabric, including 12 different colors of Nitrex mesh.

If you'd like to see all the costume photo slideshows from the February 10 media preview, use the links below:

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