Something new has rolled into the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, the delightful new Festival of Fantasy parade! We’ve got over 100 photos to share with you today. Let’s take a look.
Before we head into the park today, there were some rumors that the Polynesian lobby would soon be changing and that the iconic waterfalls would be going away. Thankfully, when I visited, they were still around, and I was able to get some photos for you just in case the rumors are true.
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!
The new Festival of Fantasy parade is now featured on the park maps.
Pavement work is done in front of City Hall, but more popped up right next to it.
The new and expanded outdoor Casey’s seating area is now open:
The Hub remodel is now well underway, with walls everywhere, and things being taken down and moats being drained.
The old Swan Boat landing is now almost completely gone.
This might not last either.
Cosmic Ray’s is now all glassed in.
In Liberty Square, the pathway by the boat landing is now much wider, a welcome change.
Time for parade shots. There are a lot of new floats with very impressive effects, some cool new music, and here are a lot of photos.
Beauty and the Beast lead the way.
Followed by Princess and the Frog and Frozen.
Little Mermaid up next.
Then Peter Pan and his crew.
Merida then rolls in.
Time for Sleeping Beauty, which is probably the most elaborate of the parade, combining floating folks, stilt walkers, and a steampunk inspired Maleficent.
Maleficent was supposed to breath fire, but I’m told that because it wind, it didn’t happen.
Lastly, we have a barrage of characters followed by Mickey and Minnie in a hot air balloon to end the parade.
All in all, the parade is quite the improvement over what used to be there, which is all we as fans can ask for. There were some effects that were not working, which is a little troubling this early on in the parade’s run. But, the performers did a great job, and connecting with the guests is what makes these parades work.
Moving on to a few Mine Train photos, which is rumored to be dedicated on May 2nd. No word on if that is true or not.
That’s it for this week!
So, what does everyone think of the new parade? Let us know in the comments below!!!
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