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'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade' floats arrive at Magic Kingdom

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Walt Disney World Resort will introduce a new daytime parade to Magic Kingdom this spring, one that promises to bring the stories of New Fantasyland to Main Street. On Jan. 28 Disney Parks Blog released a sneak-peak video of the parade’s floats arriving at the Magic Kingdom Central Shop storage area.

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“Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” will feature new floats, vibrant costumes and an original soundtrack that includes both familiar movie music and a theme song for the new parade. In preparing for the new parade, Walt Disney World (WDW) cast members and crew escorted several of the floats down the road in the middle of the night.

One of the highlights of the new WDW parade is the Steampunk-inspired Maleficent Dragon, inspired by the 1955 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The dragon, designed in partnership with Tony Award-winner Michael Curry who also worked on 1999’s “Tapestry of Nations” and “Finding Nemo – The Musical,” stretches 53 feet in length and 26 feet above the parade route.

Also part of the parade will be Mickey Mouse and Minnie as well as beloved Disney and Pixar characters from classic animated movies such as “Fantasia,” “Tangled,” “Peter Pan,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Brave”.

“Disney Festival of Fantasy Pade” replaces “Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade,” which closed in late 2013. According to Orlando Attractions Magazine, “Celebrate a Dream Come True” started in 2001 as “Share A Dream Come True Parade.” It then became the “Disney Dreams Come True Parade in 2006,” and then debuted in its final incarnation as “Celebrate a Dream” in 2009.

“Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” will debut at Magic Kingdom Park in March 2014.

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