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Limited-Time Magic Parade
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Park

Magic Kingdom

Designer

Steve Davison

Attraction type

Parade

Theme

New Fantasyland

Opened

1.March 9, 2014 2.January 18, 2019

Closed

December 12, 2018

Replaced

Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade

Limited-Time Magic Parade (previously known as Festival of Fantasy Parade in 2014) was the daytime parade at the Magic Kingdom park in the Walt Disney World.

Development[]

Festival of Fantasy Parade[]

Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade is performed daily in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, debuting on March 9, 2014.

The parade takes two floats and themes from Tokyo Disneyland's former daytime parade named Jubilation!, which ran until early 2013, at which point it was replaced by Happiness is Here Parade.


Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade presents these stories through a spectacle fleet of fantastical floats. The parade reflects the hard, creative work of Parade Designer Richard Improta, Creative Director Steven Davison and Managing Producer Kris Bunner. Many others have contributed to the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. Mark Hammond, whose previous work includes Disney California Adventure’s World of Color and Hong Kong Disneyland’s Flights of Fantasy Parade, designed the musical score. Mirena Rada, who has previously worked on projects for Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, designed the costumes.

On February 10, 2014, Walt Disney World rolled out the red carpet to show off the latest elaborate costume creations for their upcoming Festival of Fantasy parade, debuting next month. With a backdrop of three of the new giant-sized floats, Disney sent parade performers walking the “catwalk” backstage behind the Magic Kingdom to unveil costumes inspired by films.[1]

On May 11, 2018, the Maleficent dragon float burst into flames as it was breathing fire while the parade passed through Liberty Square. The fire was soon put out and there were no injuries, but the float's head was completely destroyed.

The following day, the Gazebo float seen in various other parades (like the Rainy Day Cavalcade) eaturing Aurora and Prince Phillip replaced the Maleficent float. It is unknown whether this is a permanent replacement.

Limited-Time Magic Parade[]

From January 2019, the parade was known as the Limited-Time Magic Parade. The parade incorporated the new Limited-Time Magic theme that both the Walt Disney World Resort were using at the time. It featured lots of Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration generic dancers instead of the Disney characters in the street This parade also had new soundtrack which was previously been used for Disney's ImagiNations Parade at Disneyland Park (Paris), with a float concept of surprise celebration that would create magic during the show stop.

It was later announced that the parade will introduce new floats based on Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, Fantasia 2000 and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

The parade takes two floats and themes from Tokyo Disneyland's former daytime parade named Happiness is Here Parade, which ran until early 2018, at which point it was replaced by Dreaming Up!.

Parade Units[]

  • Opening & Mickey’s Airship: Goofy leads a magical train over a piano, with Chip and Dale as passengers. Other characters featured in this unit include The Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf, Pluto, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar, characters from Dumbo. This float was recycled from Tokyo Disneyland's former daytime parade Happiness is Here Parade. Sporting zany new costumes Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse sit sky high in Mickey’s Airship — a giant hot air balloon that rounds out.
  • Alice in Wonderland Unit: Based on the 1951 animated film. Alice, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and March Hare appear on a float depicting a Tea Party, featuring Teacups and Pots, walls made out of Cards and flowers adorning the green grass. This float looks similar to the Alice in Wonderland Unit from Disneyland's former daytime parade Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams.
  • Pinocchio Unit: Based on the 1940 animated film. Toys on lead in the large clock-themed float. Pinocchio stands on the front of the float, in front of Cuckoo Clock famous clock. During the show stop, four bungee-jumping Russian puppet rise into the air to perform tricks. This float looks similar to the Pinocchio Unit from Disneyland's former daytime parade Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams.
  • Disney Princesses and Disney Fairies Unit: Cinderella, Princess Aurora, Rapunzel and Belle follow on an ornately-decorated swan float; this is attached to the fairy garden float, which features Tinkerbell and two fair friends. More fairies and bugs round out the unit. This float was recycled from Tokyo Disneyland's former daytime parade Happiness is Here Parade.
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 Unit: Based on one of the chapters of the 2000 animated film Fantasia 2000. Perched atop colorful toys, Tin Soldier and Ballerina take water aboard the Wood Boat, with Jack-in-the-Box sitting on the back.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Unit: Based on the 1977 animated film. the large dream-themed float. Winnie the Pooh stands on the front of the float, in front of Heffalumps and Woozles, while bee on the other sections of the float During the show stop two bungee-jumping bees, including Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit & Tigger. The unit is rumored to receive twins to Hong Kong Disneyland's daytime parade Flights of Fantasy Parade.
  • Frozen Unit: Based on the 2013 Academy Award-winning hit animated film. Olaf rides in a sled pulled by Sven, Anna, and Elsa appear at the balcony of the ice palace. the main float were originally used in the Frozen Royal Welcome Parade at the Disney's Hollywood Studios.
  • Finale Unit: Mary Poppins gracefully floats high over houses near Big Ben, and Peter Pan and Wendy Darling flying high over the moon with the help of pixie dust and happy thoughts. Other characters featured in this unit include characters from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Brave, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Lilo & Stitch.

Former Units[]

  • Princess Garden: This pageantry of princesses celebrates Disney royalty. Cinderella, Tiana, and Belle accompanied by their respective princes, ride in a garden of topiaries with woodland creatures, birds, and more. Cinderella’s dress playfully twirls like a turntable, while Swan Court couples lead the 50-foot-long majestic float, capped off with a special appearance by Anna and Elsa. This float was recycled from Tokyo Disneyland's former daytime parade Jubilation!.
  • Tangled Unit: Based on the 2010 animated film. A massive long ship on the high seas showcases Flynn Rider and Rapunzel in search of adventure and another Best. Day. Ever! Rapunzel’s iconic tresses weave throughout this 36-foot-long float decked out with swaying pendulums carrying dastardly thugs.
  • The Little Mermaid Unit: Based on the 1989 animated film. Princess Ariel and her friends sit atop a colorfully kinetic seashell music box that boasts an enchanting musical jubilee. There’s no shortage of whimsy on this Under the Sea float with conga dancing fish kicking up their fins and bubbles galore. Shimmering fabrics and intricately designed costumes for the Lion Fish, Coral Fish, Seashell, and Sea Horse performers are runway-inspired.
  • Peter Pan Unit: Based on the 1953 animated film. Straight from Neverland come Peter Pan and Wendy Darling soaring high aboard the famous Jolly Roger pirate ship complete with smoke effects and special surprises. A rainbow arch shines over Skull Rock and Tinkerbell nestled among giant flowers, while Captain Hook takes center stage on a swinging anchor. “Newsies-inspired” Lost Boys kick up their heels to high-energy choreography, with Tick-Tock the Crocodile from Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade in pursuit.
  • Brave Unit: Based on the 2012 Disney and Pixar film. Celtic couples and a vessel shaped like an enormous bagpipe announce the arrival of Merida perched high on her majestic crown. Scottish dancers step to melodies of the Great Highlands in celebration.
  • Sleeping Beauty Unit: Based on the 1959 animated film. The heroic Prince Phillip battles a Steampunk-inspired Dragon as the wicked Maleficent. This float stretches 53 feet in length and 26 feet tall with a prickly spinning wheel dead center of the float. With fiery eyes and glowing effects the spectacular dragon was built on an articulating chassis allowing the float to bend and flex as it moves along the parade route – a first for Disney parades. This float was designed in a partnership with Tony Award-winner Michael Curry. There’s Prince Phillip, thorn-inspired stilt performers, dramatic raven dancers, plus the three good fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather glide along the parade route. The Dragon float has a twin at Disneyland Park (Paris)'s daytime parade Disney Stars on Parade.[2] The float was damaged on May 11, 2018 due to an accidental technical fault.
  • Finale & Mickey’s Airship: The parade culminates with a 90-foot-long magical caravan of characters featuring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Alice in Wonderland. Pluto and more in a splashy carnival of color. There’s Pegasus horses, Ostriches, Hippos, Elephants, and Alligators from Fantasia, also the sassy Bubble Girls with cotton-candy-like hair celebrating Storybook Circus in New Fantasyland. This float was recycled from Tokyo Disneyland's former daytime parade Jubilation!.

Gallery[]

Festival of Fantasy Parade (March 9, 2014 - December 12, 2018)[]

Limited-Time Magic Parade (January 18, 2019 - Present)[]

See also[]

References[]

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