Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy Returns With a Special Surprise

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Disney Fanatics rejoice! The beloved Walt Disney World parade will be returning come January 1 with a special surprise for Guests.

The Walt Disney World Resort is treasured by all Disney fans and Guests for its unique offerings, be that in its Theme Parks—Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom—its shows and spectaculars—like Harmonious, Fantasmic!—its rides and attractions, and the immersive Disney experience it provides.

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“Partners Statue” in front of Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom/Courtesy of Disney

Notably, one of the primary parts of this experience are the Disney parades—many are seasonal, like Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade or Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade, and yet others are more evergreen, and are available for Guests to enjoy through the year unless they’re making way for the special seasonal ones. Guests love collecting at Main Street, U.S.A., to witness these wonderful shows.

Of all of these offerings, the Festival of Fantasy is one of the most loved by all Disney Resort and Disney Park Guests worldwide. This parade was replaced for the holiday season to make way for Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

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Maleficent’s Dragon, Festival of Fantasy/Courtesy of Disney

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However, beginning Sunday, January 1, the Festival of Fantasy Parade returns to Magic Kingdom–not just with one performance per day but two performances per day. So far, the calendar for the parade at Disney World’s official website gives showtimes through February 4, 2023, and each day, beginning on January 1, there are two performances–at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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Festival of Fantasy/Courtesy of Disney

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Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade first came to Magic Kingdom on March 9, 2014, as part of the celebration of New Fantasyland. When the parks closed in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the parade was also temporarily shut down, and Guests were thrilled when the daytime parade finally returned this year on March 9, 2022.

In the parade, Guests can,


See Disney Characters and Much More

Be a part of this grand gala, with spectacular, state-of-the-art floats starring some of your favorite Disney Characters from Tangled, Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid. It’s a festival of fun for everyone!

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About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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