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Festival of Fantasy Parade: Opening Princess float

I’m still going through all the photos I took yesterday and I’ll post them a little at a time until I get through them all.  Of course, I’ll probably go back again this weekend and get some more shots.  I was standing directly across from the Fire Station, which was a great place to see it from, but a terrible place to shoot photos or video because the sun was behind the floats and characters most of the time.  I live an learn huh?

The new parade begins with an all new Prince and Princess float.  I’m happy to see the old mirror thing finally be eliminated from the daytime parade.  The new one is unique, because it rotates in some of the sections to allow guests to see all the characters on the float rather than have to watch twice to see each side.

There was great fanfare and the excitement for the parade was palpable.  People lined up for the perfect spot several hours in advance.  The crowd cheered each time a new float would pass.   The Lords and Ladies in Waiting set the stage for the first new float.

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The first characters you’ll see will be Belle and Beast on the front of the float.Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Princess Float Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Belle and Beast Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Belle and Beast Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Belle and Beast Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Belle and BeastThe center section of the float is a terrific version of Cinderella’s dress that was spoiled by her step-sisters in the film.  This section will rotate around to show you Cinderella and her Prince.  I liked how the mice were actively at work on the dress.

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You can see the section rotatingWalt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Cinderella and Prince Charming

And tada…true love!Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Cinderella and Prince Charming

The final section of the float rotates and it contains Naveen and Tiana as well as Anna and Elsa.  I only caught a brief glimpse of Naveen and Tiana on this day.Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Tiana and Naveen

Every time Anna and Elsa would appear on a side of the parade, the crowd would scream.  Frozen is popular beyond belief.  My brother told me when it released it wouldn’t become another Beauty and the Beast or Lion King.  Looks like it’s become even bigger with more than $1 Billion at the box office and people waiting FIVE hours to meet them at Epcot.

People around us said, “Look, they are wearing their coronation dresses.”  Well, sorta.  Anna is wearing the dress that she wore for Elsa’s coronation.  Elsa is wearing the dress that she crafted herself.  Elsa’s coronation dress was dark green with a purple train.  Either way, it is nice to see them outside that tiny room in Epcot.Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Anna and Elsa Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Anna and Elsa

That’s all for the first float section.  Back to choosing photos for the next section!

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12 thoughts on “Festival of Fantasy Parade: Opening Princess float”

  1. I did hear that the rotating floats rotate very slowly and that there is a chance depending on your position (unpredictable) that you won’t see some of the characters if they begin facing the opposite side. Was this your experience or were you able to view everyone pretty well? Thinking of doing the FP for viewing also

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  2. Thanks for this post. Excited to see Anna and Elsa in a parade. I’m still learning so much about Disney and we are headed there next week. Can you tell me if it’s worth doing the fast pass for this parade? Where do you go? My kids are small (4 and 2) so we are skipping a lot of the big rides that are recommended for fast pass.

    Also, I measured my daughter today and she is 39.5 inches. How strict are they on the 40 inch rule for the rides?

    THANKS!

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    1. It’s worth using the FP+ if you don’t want to wait around an hour or more. The FP+ guarantees your spot just a few minutes before the parade passes. The viewing location is in the hub, right across from the Castle.
      Very strict on ride heights!

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  3. It looks great, but the float looks like the opening float from “Jubilation”, Tokyo Disneyland’s previous parade. It is a good addition nevertheless, and I like the characters featured on that float.

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  4. It was a great movie, but how well it be remembered in 20 years? Don’t mean to rain on your parade, but will it have the merchandise and staying power as long as B&B, Lion King and Little Mermaids? I’ll buy you a MPB if it does. 🙂

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  5. Yay! I watched a livestream of it yesterday, which was super cool, but I can’t wait to see it in person! Thanks for sharing, Kenny.

    Any news on whether Disney might be thinking about moving Anna and Elsa out of that little room in Epcot? They seem to be far more popular than anyone imagined. It even seemed like they were added to the end of that float as an after-thought.

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