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Sketches and photos of Disney World's 'Festival of Fantasy Parade' unveiled

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Yesterday, Jan. 13, 2014, the Disney Parks Blog revealed the first pictures of Walt Disney World's newest parade, the "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade," which is scheduled to make its first appearance down Main Street U.S.A. this spring 2014. Prior to this, only sketches and brief descriptions have been available to the public, but this first look has fans eager to see the rest of the parade.

The "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade" will be replacing the "Celebrate a Dream Come True" afternoon parade at the Magic Kingdom which already had its last run on Jan. 4, 2014. This will mark the 21st afternoon parade Magic Kingdom has had, not counting the "Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Parade" which is still making two appearances a day, weather permitting. There have been two nighttime parades and several special event and holiday parades since the park's opening in 1971.

This newest parade will feature brand new floats and incorporate some of the characters featured in New Fantasyland. It will also give characters like Rapunzel and Merida their own floats for the first time. Rapunzel was previously seen in parades alongside other Disney princesses and Merida has been seen on horseback during some of the special event parades.

To see pictures and sketches of the floats designed for the "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade," click the photos above to scroll through.

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Maleficent gets a new look
Maleficent gets a new look WDW News

Maleficent gets a new look

Take a look at one of the first official pictures of the "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade." This new Steampunk-inspired float shows Maleficent from Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" when she was in her dragon form towards the end of the movie as she was attempting to prevent Prince Phillip from rescuing Princess Aurora. The float stands at 35 feet long and 26 feet high. While the rest of the parade is not Steampunk-themed, this new approach to representing Disney characters has fans interested to see see how the rest of the parade will look once assembled.

No official word yet on which characters will be accompanying this float.

Mickey and Minnie float
Mickey and Minnie float WDW News

Mickey and Minnie float

Mickey and Minnie will now be making their way down Main Street USA in this new hot air balloon inspired float. Designed to represent the new circus portion of New Fantasyland, the float also features some of the characters seen in Disney's "Fantasia" along the bottom.

Rapunzel and Flynn float along
Rapunzel and Flynn float along WDW News

Rapunzel and Flynn float along

The Snuggly Duckling is coming to the Magic Kingdom. After the new "Tangled" inspired bathrooms became such a hit with fans in New Fantasyland, this new float featuring Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (Eugene Fitzherbert) will delight park guests as they sail down Main Street in a boat similar to the one seen during the floating lantern sequence.

Fans of the film will notice a big difference between that boat and this one as the parade float includes characters and decorations seen in the Snuggly Duckling Inn. Take a look at the sketch shown here and see how many references you can find.

Peter Pan soars to new heights
Peter Pan soars to new heights WDW News

Peter Pan soars to new heights

The "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade" also give Peter Pan his own float. Previously, Peter and Wendy shared a float with characters from Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Mary Poppins." Now, the two characters from Neverland soar to new heights in Captain Hook's flying ship as the dastardly pirate and his first mate Mr. Smee dangle from the anchor below.

While the front of the float features the foreboding Skull Rock, the tail end of the float is where fans will find their favorite pixie, Tinker Bell, in a floral setting. No announcements have been made regarding the appearance of any other fairies from Pixie Hallow, but one can only hope.

Ariel swims to a new tune
Ariel swims to a new tune WDW News

Ariel swims to a new tune

While this float from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" may seem familiar, it too will be an entirely new float. Perched atop a music box with her friends Flounder and Sebastian nearby, Ariel can wave to the crowd to a brand new soundtrack that will created for the "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade."

Magic Kingdom fans may notice some similarities between this sketch and the design used in the "Remember the Magic" float for Ariel in the late 1990s. While she was shown in her human form with Prince Eric by her side in recent years, this new parade will allow the mermaid to resume her original form and shake her fins along to the beat.

Merida shows off her 'Brave' side
Merida shows off her 'Brave' side WDW News

Merida shows off her 'Brave' side

Merida is another Disney princess (Pixar actually) to be getting her own float for the first time. The star of Disney-Pixar's "Brave" will be able to greet guests with enthusiasm atop a large set of bagpipes with Scottish dancers surrounding her. One of her brothers, in his bear form, can be seen at the very top of the float, most likely getting into trouble yet again.

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