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February 21, 2014

Soundtrack Preview Festival of Fantasy Parade

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The time is drawing closer for the debut of the Magic Kingdom's brand new parade, Festival of Fantasy.

The new original soundtrack is by Composer Mark Hammond. Here is a "Behind the Scenes" video (released by the Disney Parks Blog) of Mark and Senior Music Producer Dan Stamper offering a glimpse of the new soundtrack.

February 10, 2014

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Puts Contemporary Touches on Timeless Favorites

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Custom Designs Transform Magic Kingdom into a Costume Runway

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. - This March, Walt Disney World Resort guests will feast their eyes on some of the most extravagant and elaborate costume designs in Disney Parks history when the cast of Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade dance through the streets of Magic Kingdom.

A new daytime parade, Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is a celebration of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. The parade will bring beloved characters found in this enchanting land to Main Street, U.S.A. with innovative parade floats; a new soundtrack featuring classic favorites from Disney films and an original theme song; and an impressive array of stunning costumes.

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From first sketch to final stitch, the production process took almost a year to complete. The creations transpired in 10 different costume houses across eight cities and two countries, with the Creative Costuming facilities in both Florida and California among the mix.

Costume designer Mirena Rada is no stranger to Disney Parks, as her body of work includes design projects for Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. But when she was brought on to create costumes for Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, Rada reached a new milestone - designing for a Walt Disney World Resort theme park.

"This was a personal first and it turned out to be a very different experience from other projects," said Rada. "Everything here at Magic Kingdom is done on a considerably bigger scale and the resources are aplenty. I took every opportunity to avail myself of these specialties."

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From the Swing Thugs aboard the "Tangled" unit's massive longship to the troupe of Scottish dancers announcing Merida's arrival in the "Brave" unit, Rada carefully planned and executed the detail of each piece. Visual cues such as color and texture choices were taken from each float and incorporated in the costume designs. Additionally, she closely studied the style guide of each film for whimsical details and fabric patterns to capture the essence of each story.

Putting a modern spin on classic elements is a theme that resonates throughout Rada's designs. From the swan neck collar and iridescent feathers on the Princess Garden unit's Swan Court ball gowns to the sculpted conch shell headpiece and shimmering pastel dress that comprise "The Little Mermaid" unit's Seashell Girl, the old and new are blended seamlessly - a trend that is ever present in today's fashion world.

The production process mirrors current fashion trends, utilizing new technology to design and print custom fabrics in house. Rada partnered with Walt Disney World Resort costumers to select fabrics that would withstand the central Florida climate while also accommodating the needs of each performer.

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After gathering the materials, she and a Creative Costuming graphic artist worked together to create almost 40 custom fabric prints. This includes the spandex swirls on the Finale unit's bright and beautiful Bubble Girl, expansive fins of "The Little Mermaid" unit's regal Lion Fish and furry plaids and tweed stripes worn by the "Newsies inspired" Lost Boys of the "Peter Pan" unit.

An innovative 3D printing technology brought to life even Rada's most intricate concepts, with the hauntingly elegant beaks of the Ravens in the "Sleeping Beauty" unit being a prime example. Using a 3D origami program, a paper beak was created and placed on a performer's head to obtain the initial scale and shape. A digital sculptor then worked on the filigree beak design, which was printed, fitted and refined to produce the final shape. Each piece was base coated, bronzed, lacquered and gilded with fiery Swarovski stones to complete the finished look.

In the true spirit of fashion, each look was not considered complete until complemented by the perfect hair, makeup and accessories. The Finale unit's Cha Cha Girl is the queen of head-to-toe ensemble with her big top inspired fit and flare dress, bolero jacket embellished with sequins, star spangled tights and hair reminiscent of pulled taffy exuding the essence of Storybook Circus in New Fantasyland. However, simple touches that might elude guests, such as the elegant gold tones incorporated into eyelashes on the female Swan Court members, and in the custom socks worn by the Lost Boys were not overlooked - a testament to Disney's attention to detail.

When the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade steps off this spring, Rada will see her creations truly come to life. This perfect collaboration between artists, craftsmen and engineers is what she calls "a designer's dream."

Disney Festival of Fantasy Fun Facts

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade continues a long tradition of classic parades in the Magic Kingdom dating back to opening day more than 40 years ago. Some fun facts:

Parade features a cast of more than 100

Disney characters from more than a dozen classic stories are represented among nine parade floats

40 additional characters are presented in animated or sculptural form

Performers appear on stilts, swings and pendulums, bringing a kinetic energy to the procession

The Princess Garden lead float stretches more than 50 feet long

The Jolly Roger atop the Peter Pan float flies 28 feet above the parade route

Mickey's Airship finale float is the tallest float topping out at 32 feet

The trio of finale floats span more than 90 feet along the parade route

Elaborate costumes are being crafted by 10 different costume houses, in eight cities, in two countries - including Creative Costuming facilities in both Florida and California.

Some 27 separate custom designed fabrics were designed by Mirena Rada in collaboration with Creative Costuming Graphic Artist Paul Jordan.

Counting interfacings and trims, it takes 28 separate fabrics to make up one Swing Thug #1 Costume (Tangled unit). His vest requires vinyl to be cut into 75 separate diamond shapes and then stitched onto cool max fabric.

Some pieces, including the Seashell Girl (Little Mermaid unit) headpiece, were digitally sculpted and then grown to size with a 3D printer.

It takes 30 yards of fabric to make one Seashell Girl costume which includes 12 different colors of Nitex Mesh.

The coral pieces for the Coral Twins (Little Mermaid unit) were custom designed. They are being hand poured in three separate colors by the artisans of the Creative Costuming Craft Team and baked and finished for 16 hours each in an oven.

The socks worn by the Lost Boys (Peter Pan unit) are custom designs that were knitted to order in Hong Kong.

Minnie Mouse's Dress and Hat (finale unit) uses 95 gold lame dots that are cut out, "blinged out," and then sewn on.

The Bubble Girl (finale unit) headpiece is made from three separate clown wigs that are blended together by the Creative Costuming Millinery Team.

Cha Cha Girl (finale unit) - Her wig was designed with 148 yards of horsehair in four colors, that is then rolled, pressed and curled by hand.

The Steampunk-inspired Maleficent Dragon stretches 53 feet from snout to tail and reaches 26 feet in the air.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment team members partnered with Tony Award-winning designer Michael Curry on the development of the Maleficent Dragon.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Pours on the Whimsy at Walt Disney World Resort this March

New Magic Kingdom Parade To Include Characters from "Frozen"

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A fire-breathing dragon" a pirate ship with smoking cannons" a music box that's a seashell" sassy Bubble Girls with cotton-candy hair" a mega-sized bagpipe.

Classic Disney fantasies soar to new heights with the all-new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade set to hit the streets of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort this March. The tribute to Fantasyland will highlight several new classic Disney and Pixar stories on a grand scale with nearly 100 performers and larger-than-life floats.

Disney Festival of Fantasy parade is the first of a new generation of parades for Disney Parks featuring never-before-used technology on eye-popping floats adorned with Disney characters from more than a dozen fairytales. Set to an all-new musical score, the dazzling parade floats will soar up to three stories tall with spirited performers donning dramatic costumes crafted at ten different design houses across the country.

"The parade celebrates and pays homage to what the Magic Kingdom is all about," said Randy Wojcik, senior show director Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Creative Entertainment. "It has the most beautiful floats, enchanting characters, vibrant costumes that come to life; and the choreography is just glorious. Yet, it is also very kinetic, relevant and powerful on a scale never seen before at Walt Disney World."

Seven unique units comprised of nine spectacular floats will march down Main Street, U.S.A to the beat of an original soundtrack inspired by favorite Disney films, composed by Mark Hammond, known for his work on World of Color at Disney California Adventure and the Flights of Fantasy parade at Hong Kong Disneyland. The parade has its own voice with a theme song customized for each float followed by a medley of songs woven throughout the cavalcade.

"It's visually stunning, like mini Broadway shows rolling down the street," said Wojcik.

Here's the float-by-float lineup:

The Princess Garden - This pageantry of princesses celebrates Disney royalty. Cinderella, Tiana and Belle accompanied by their respective princes, ride in a garden of topiaries with woodland creatures, birds and more. Cinderella's dress playfully twirls like a turntable, while Swan Court couples lead the 50-foot-long majestic float, capped off with a special appearance by Anna and Elsa from Disney's hit animated feature, "Frozen."

Tangled - A massive long ship on the high seas showcases Flynn Rider and Rapunzel in search of adventure and another Best. Day. Ever! Rapunzel's iconic tresses weave throughout this 36-foot-long float decked out with swaying pendulums carrying dastardly thugs.

Little Mermaid - Ariel and her friends sit atop a colorfully kinetic seashell music box that boasts an enchanting musical jubilee. There's no shortage of whimsy on this Under the Sea float with conga dancing fish kicking up their fins and bubbles galore. Shimmering fabrics and intricately designed costumes for the Lion Fish, Coral Fish, Seashell and Sea Horse performers are runway-inspired.

Peter Pan - Straight from Never Land come Peter Pan and Wendy soaring high aboard the famous Jolly Roger pirate ship complete with smoke effects and special surprises. A rainbow arch shines over Skull Rock and Tinker Bell nestled among giant flowers, while Captain Hook takes center stage on a swinging anchor. "Newsies-inspired" Lost Boys kick up their heels to high-energy choreography.

Brave - Celtic couples and a vessel shaped like an enormous bagpipe announce the arrival of Merida perched high on her majestic crown. Scottish dancers step to melodies of the Great Highlands in celebration of the popular Disney*Pixar film, "Brave."

Sleeping Beauty - The heroic Prince Phillip battles a Steampunk-inspired Dragon as the wicked Maleficent. This float stretches 53 feet in length and 26 feet tall with a prickly spinning wheel dead center of the float. With fiery eyes and glowing effects the spectacular dragon was built on an articulating chassis allowing the float to bend and flex as it moves along the parade route - a first for Disney parades. This float was designed in a partnership with Tony Award-winner Michael Curry. There's Prince Phillip, thorn-inspired stilt performers, dramatic raven dancers, plus the three good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather glide along the parade route.

Finale and Mickey's Airship - The parade culminates with a 90-foot-long magical caravan of characters featuring Pinocchio, Dumbo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Mad Hatter, Pluto and more in a splashy carnival of color. There's Pegasus horses, dancing hippos and sassy Bubble Girls with cotton-candy-like hair celebrating Storybook Circus in New Fantasyland. Sporting zany new costumes Mickey and Minnie Mouse sit sky high in Mickey's Airship - a giant hot air balloon that rounds out Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.

January 21, 2014

Behind the Scenes Video Festival of Fantasy Parade

The Disney Parks Blog has released a "Behind the Scenes" Video of the new Festival of Fantasy Parade coming to the Magic Kingdom this spring!

Read more about this exciting new parade!

January 14, 2014

Festival of Fantasy Parade - Maleficent

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Maleficent the Dragon!

Details are slowly emerging about the new Magic Kingdom Parade called Festival of Fantasy, which will debut this spring. The new parade celebrates Fantasyland and the floats bring to life characters that can be found in Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and Tangled.

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The Maleficent float is 35 feet long and 26 feet high. Michael Curry, a Tony Award Winner, is collaborating with Walt Disney World on this parade. Previously he worked with Disney Parks on the Tapestry of Nations parade and Finding Nemo the Musical.

Here are some additional photographs released by Disney Parks Blog:

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April 26, 2013

Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom in 2014

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Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis announced Friday, April 26, that a new daytime parade, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will debut in the Magic Kingdom in spring 2014. (This will replace the current Celebrate the Magic daytime parade.)

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The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring the magical stories of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a new parade theme song.

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About Festival of Fantasy Parade

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to Disney and Florida Attractions News Blog in the Festival of Fantasy Parade category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

Fantasyland Expansion is the previous category.

Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire is the next category.

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