Festival of Fantasy parade returns to Magic Kingdom

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Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Festival of Fantasy Parade has returned to Walt Disney World.

The parade at Magic Kingdom rolled down Main Street U.S.A. Wednesday for the first time in two years. The parade returned the same day of its eighth anniversary at the theme park.

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The Festival of Fantasy parade has been suspended ever since Walt Disney World was forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

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The parade is the latest entertainment offering to return to the resort as Disney continues its reopening phase.

Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom (McReynolds)

Last month, Disney brought back the Magic Kingdom stage show Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire and the new cavalcade, Disney Adventure Friends.

Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom (McReynolds)

As with other things returning to Walt Disney World, there were some small changes that guests might notice. The parade had fewer performers, princesses were not joined by their princes and the Merida float from the movie “Brave” was removed all together.

Despite it all, the magic of the parade is still there as a number of popular floats and Disney characters can be seen throughout.

Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom (McReynolds)

Disney plans to bring back even more entertainment this year. Fantasmic is returning soon to Hollywood Studios, and leaders are working on a re-imagined “Finding Nemo” show at Animal Kingdom.

The Festival of Fantasy parade is currently running twice a day at the Magic Kingdom. Guests can find showtimes in the My Disney Experience app or a park map.

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About the Author:

Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.