The last day of my trip was mostly spent waiting for and freaking out about the debut of the Magic Kingdom Festival of Fantasy Parade. On top of it being the first day of the new parade, it also happened to be Dapper Day, and boy the park was packed! Featuring a cast of over 100, the newest MK parade contains characters from over a dozen stories in the eight gorgeous floats. Be prepared for lots of pictures.. I couldn’t help myself 😉
After waiting hours in our amazing spot at the entrance to Tomorrowland, the bands finally appeared to start the parade!
The first float, The Princess Garden is more than 50 feet long and features Belle & Beast, Cinderella & Prince Charming, Tiana & Naveen, and Frozen‘s Elsa and Anna. Preceding it are the dancing Swan Court Couples in beautiful yellow/white feathered costumes.
While it may or may not be true that Aurora was planned to be on the end of the float, I like it better with Anna and Elsa. After all, Disney is all about telling a story. If Phillip is fighting the dragon, wouldn’t Aurora be asleep? (Just saying..)
Perched atop a seashell music box, is Ariel where she and her runway inspired under the sea friends dance to the music.
The Seashell Girl costume takes 30 yards of 12 different colors of fabric. The pink Coral Twins pieces are hand poured in three colors by the Creative Costuming Craft Team, and baked for 16 hours in an oven.
Peter & Wendy fly the Jolly Roger 28 feet up in the sky in the Neverland float on top of skull rock.
One of if not the most spectacular parts of the parade is Sleeping Beauty battle.
Prince Phillip battles the 53 foot long (snout to tail), 26 foot tall steampunk inspired Maleficent Dragon. Designed with Tony Award-winner Michael Curry, this float will definitely take your breath away.
The Bubble Girls “cotton candy” headpiece is actually three different clown wigs blended together. Remember seeing it in the costume department when I went on the Backlot Tour?
The hand rolled, pressed, and curled wigs for the Cha Cha Girls are each made out of 148 yards of horsehair. So beautiful! Well what can I say? The effects, costumes, floats, music, choreography… everything is perfect and exceeded my already extremely high expectations. While my pictures and posts give you a taste, it doesn’t even express how incredible The Festival of Fantasy is in person.
Thanks for joining me in this magical celebration… See ya real soon!
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