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A New Version of ‘Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire’ is Coming to the Magic Kingdom

During today’s Destination D23 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney fans were treated to the news that a number of live entertainment experiences will soon be returning to the Walt Disney World Resort. Many live entertainment offerings have remained closed since the Walt Disney World Resort closed over a year and a half ago in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Royal Friendship Faire Magic Kingdom

Today, Disney has officially shared the news of a number of live performances that will soon be returning to the Walt Disney World Resort. Some of these returning offerings will come back in new, reimagined forms.

One reimagining will be Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire which prior to March 2020 took place daily on the Cinderella Castle stage in the Magic Kingdom. The show will relaunch as Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire, a reimagined version of the show created just for the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort.

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During Destination D23, we learned that the new show will be revealed in 2022, but did not receive a more specific timeframe than that. We imagine that the show will be similar to its predecessor with some EARidescent touches (perhaps the characters will wear costumes similar to the outfits worn during their 50th anniversary character sightings?)

Destination D23 also shared the news that the Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy parade will be returning in 2022 as well, again with no more specific date given, as well as a new character cavalcade called the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade coming later this winter.

In other parks, we learned that Fantasmic will be returning to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland, and Finding Nemo: The Musical will also be returning in a newly reimagined form to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We will keep you updated here at Disney Fanatic as we learn more about new and returning entertainment at the Walt Disney World Resort.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."