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Festival of Fantasy Parade Returns to Magic Kingdom With Characters and Floats Missing, ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’ Removed From Soundtrack

The Festival of Fantasy parade has finally returned to Magic Kingdom after two years. It is the non-holiday parade to return to Walt Disney World, and today (March 9, 2022) is also its eighth anniversary!

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Guests gathered to see the parade.

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Magic Kingdom Cast Members were the honorary grand marshals for this morning’s parade.

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A handful of Cast Members got to ride in the car behind the grand marshal banner.

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The parade begins with Princess Belle on a flower-covered float. Previously, dancers led this float.

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The Beast also used to appear with Belle, but he was absent.

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A banner above Belle reads “Join the Celebration!”

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Cinderella is behind Belle, also missing her prince. She spins with a figure of her animal friends fixing up her pink dress.

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Behind Belle and Cinderella are characters from “Frozen” on a snowy, mountainous set. Only Elsa and Olaf appeared, with Anna missing. This set spins to reveal Tiana against a mossy wall. Prince Naveen no longer appears with her.

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They are followed by the “Tangled” section of the parade. Dancers and Ulf the mime lead the Snuggly Duckling float.

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Rapunzel is at the front of the float.

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Flynn Rider and some of the hooligans are on giant swinging axes.

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Behind the “Tangled” float are some “Under the Sea” dancers.

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Ariel sits in a seashell atop the next float, above circling fish and Sebastian.

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Flounder is behind her seashell.

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The Lost Boys and Wendy dance between the “Peter Pan” and “The Little Mermaid” floats.

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The “Peter Pan” float has Skull Rock at the front, with a rainbow behind it. Atop the rainbow is the flying Jolly Roger, piloted by Peter Pan.

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Wendy previously appeared on the ship with Peter.

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Captain Hook was on the anchor beneath the rainbow and Tinker Bell was on the back of the float. Mr. Smee walked behind.

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Tick Tock the Croc is usually behind the “Peter Pan” float, followed by “Brave” dancers and a bagpipe float featuring Merida, but they were all missing. The parade instead picked up with the three fairies and the thorn stilt-walkers.

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It was previously announced that the famous steampunk Maleficent dragon float would return with the parade, and we’re happy to see her.

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Several different characters dance behind the Maleficent float, including Jiminy Cricket, The Mad Hatter, Alice, Snow White, and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Other dancers were removed from this section.

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Pinocchio is at the front of the next float, atop Monstro the whale.

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Behind Pinocchio is a mini carnival, and Dumbo sits on Monstro’s tail.

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Donald is at the front of a “Fantasia”-themed float.

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Pluto is at the back of this float.

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Behind it walks Daisy (who used to be on the float next to Donald), Goofy, Chip, and Dale.

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Minnie also walks when she used to be in the hot air balloon float with Mickey.

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Dancers have been removed from this section.

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Mickey closes out the parade on the hot air balloon.

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Festival of Fantasy will be performed at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.

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“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “When I See an Elephant Fly” were also removed from the parade’s soundtrack. Watch our video of the parade’s return below.

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  1. Also I was there too. And I was at the Dimond Horseshoe so I might have been closer to you. I didn’t even know you were there.

  2. Although I’m happy to see the parade return, I can’t help but be thoroughly disappointed. Sure, COVID plays a major part here, but why return a parade if it is merely a husk of what it used to be? I was so excited when the parade started, but towards the end felt a little bit empty. Between the lack of energy (due to missing performers), a completely missing parade float, and the long and awkward instrumental segments that used to be “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” and “when I see an elephant fly”, it was missing all the magic. The finale felt like it suffered the most, which is a shame because it used to be my favorite part. On top of all the missing music, Mickey and Minnie didn’t talk to each other during the finale. If I knew the parade would be like this, I’d probably have preferred they introduce a new parade, perhaps for the 50th anniversary celebration, rather than running an old show with half of what it used to be…

  3. A Disney50 Anniversary parade is in order. I’ve seen this parade a million and one times. Why are they bringing out stale events in the middle of a 50th Anniversary event. Disney25 parade was outstanding!

  4. I was told by a phone rep that the FAB FIVE would be in the parade with their DISNEY 50 attire. That’s not what I’m seeing here. I can understand that DISNEY had to cut some corners, but they couldn’t spend a bit more to rebrand this parade with Disney50 optics and play the D50 THEME SONG – THE MAGIC IS CALLING. How hard is that! I know DisNerds are feeling cheated about a lot of other aspects – but this is the one that really sticks in my craw. I’m hoping that what the phone rep asserted is just delayed, but forthcoming.

  5. “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah“ is one of the best Disney songs ever. There is no reason to kill that song even if some people dont like the movie it came from. I bet most of them havent even seen the movie. They’re just jumping on a political bandwagon. Save the song, Splash Mountain, and all things Brer Rabbit!!!!

  6. “”Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “When I See an Elephant Fly” were also removed from the parade’s soundtrack.”

    More proof this is slowly but surely becoming WOKE Disney World/PC madness has run amok.

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