Reopenings and New Additions: Exciting Updates from Disney

Alright, let’s get right to the good stuff…..the Festival of Fantasy Parade is back! Recently Disney shared return dates of some long-awaited entertainment offerings at Walt Disney World and this great parade is on the list. Plus, Disney revealed some new entertainment additions for both Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line. Here’s a countdown of five exciting reopening and new additions coming soon!

5. New Cavalcade at Magic Kingdom

The brand-new “Disney Adventure Friends and Cavalcade!” is kicking off the fun on Feb. 11 at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. What are cavalcades you ask? They are mini-parades that Disney launched post-Covid that give guests the opportunity to see a variety of characters throughout the day. This new super-sized cavalcade will feature nearly 30 of your favorite Disney and Pixar friends, including Nick and Judy from “Zootopia,” Baloo and King Louie from “The Jungle Book,” José Carioca and Panchito from “The Three Caballeros,” plus Merida, Moana, The Incredibles, and more – including the Magic Kingdom debut of Miguel from “Coco” in his mariachi best.

4. EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival Returns

This popular and fragrant festival springs to life on March 2 and runs through July 4. That’s 125 days to enjoy fresh cuisine, colorful gardens, playful topiaries and vibrant entertainment. Since the festival is taking place during the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary celebration, a new main entrance topiary display will feature Goofy and a 50th-themed birthday cake. Other favorite Disney Character topiaries will include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Germany pavilion or Lumiere and Cogsworth welcoming Guests to the recently expanded France pavilion.

3. Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire Returns

Entertainment is returning to the stage at Cinderella’s Castle! Beginning Feb. 25, “Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire” will once again be presented multiple times a day in front of Cinderella’s Castle. This cute show is getting some added 50th Anniversary Celebration enhancements and will include favorite scenes inspired by “Frozen,” “Tangled,” and “The Princess and the Frog” plus a new opening and a new finale with Mickey Mouse and all his friends in their sparkling, EARidescent fashions. An all-new, original song entitled “Where the Magic Feels Like Home” has also been added to this fun show.

2. Disney Cruise Line Introduces Pixar Day at Sea

Your family can join some of your favorite Pixar toys, monsters and heroes onboard a Disney Cruise. The all-new Pixar Day at Sea aboard special sailings will be on the Disney Fantasy in early 2023. Featuring one-of-a-kind experiences, this day-long celebration on select seven-night voyages will bring to life the beloved Pixar tales of “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and more exclusively for Disney Cruise Line Guests. Themed dining, character encounters, dance parties, and a theatrical musical experience await your family on this fun-filled day at sea that culminates with a deck party of incredible proportions.

1. “Festival of Fantasy Parade” Returns

This is exciting! For the first time in two years, the “Festival of Fantasy Parade” is returning to Magic Kingdom! As an added touch of sentimental value, the parade is returning beginning March 9 – the anniversary of the debut of the parade in 2014! The parade features beloved characters from “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled,” “Peter Pan” and more bringing their individual stories to life on enchanting floats that look as though the characters themselves had a hand in crafting them.  The fire-breathing Maleficent Dragon float is also returning! This parade is absolutely a “must do” when your family visits Magic Kingdom. Pro Tip: The parade starts back in Frontierland, goes through Liberty Square then in front of the Castle and down Main Street. The least crowded area to watch the parade will be back near the start of the route in Frontierland or Liberty Square area.

Ready to get some great plans in place for your family to experience one of these returning or new exciting updates? Contact me today to get started: natalie@castleandcruiseadventures.com.


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