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Walt Disney World introduced a brand new parade in the Magic Kingdom in March 2014. The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade features innovative parade floats, a 26-foot-tall steampunk dragon, and a cast of 91 performers--some of them on stilts--wearing vibrant and intricate costumes. The new daytime parade brings the stories of the new Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A. with an original soundtrack featuring beloved songs from favorite Disney films. The parade highlights some of the stories and characters from popular movies such as "The Little Mermaid," "Sleeping Beauty," "Dumbo," "Pinocchio," "Peter Pan," "Tangled," and "Brave."
In the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" takes the form of a steampunk-inspired dragon measuring 26 feet tall and 35 feet from nose to tail.
Sleeping Beauty's Steampunk Villain
The steampunk Maleficent Dragon was designed in partnership with Michael Curry, who won a Tony award for best costume design for "The Lion King" musical. The dragon can bend and flex as it moves along the parade route, and even breathes smoke and fire.
Raven from "Sleeping Beauty"
From the "Sleeping Beauty" entourage, a spectacular raven wears talon-like boots and a Swarovski crystal embellished, gold filigree beak headpiece designed with a 3D printer. The armored bodice is attached to elaborately crafted wings operated with a modified pulley system to achieve a 12-foot wingspan.
Lion Fish from "The Little Mermaid"
A school of dramatic and colorful lion fish from "The Little Mermaid" dances down Main Street U.S.A. The costume features a fiery bodice, spotted wings, a spiny headdress and yellow eyelashes. "The Little Mermaid" float is led by Sebastien and features Ariel sitting atop a clam shell.
Seahorse from "The Little Mermaid"
Performers wearing swiveling seahorse side panels accompany "The Little Mermaid" entourage in the new Festival of Fantasy Parade. This is one of 39 intricate looks created by designer Mirena Rada and Disney's Creative Costuming team for the cast of 91 performers.
Floral Maidens from "Tangled"
Floral maidens from "Tangled" wear costumes featuring soft lace details, colorful woven ribbons, bright flowers and lace-up shoes with floral touches.
Swinging Thugs from "Tangled"
Brutish thugs ride swinging pendulums on the "Tangled" float. Here they display their ruggedness through costumes comprised of 28 different fabrics, including leather and fur, plus gold-trimmed details and studded headpieces.
The Lost Boys from "Peter Pan"
The crew of Lost Boys from "Peter Pan" wears costumes featuring snazzy socks, furry plaids and tweed stripes and caps that pay homage to woodland creatures. On the "Peter Pan" float, Captain Hook’s ship sits high atop a giant rainbow from which hangs a swinging anchor.
Swan Court and Princesses
The parade is led by a Princess Garden float that marks the parade debut of Elsa and Anna from "Frozen" and also features the princesses from "Cinderella," "The Princess and the Frog," and "Beauty and the Beast." In this couple from the swan court, the lady wears a yellow ball gown and an elegant headpiece featuring artificial feathers and touches of sparkle.
Storybook Circus Girls
Inspired by the sassy big-top vibe of Storybook Circus in the new Fantasyland, Cha Cha Girl (sporting the blue taffy-inspired hair) and Bubbles Girl accompany the parade's final float featuring the signature Disney characters including Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Daisy and, of course, Mickey and Minnie.