BREAKING NEWS: Make way for the return of the Festival of Fantasy Parade!

There’s more breaking news coming out of Florida today than we know what to do with, but we are thrilled! It’s been one exciting announcement after another from the Destination D23 celebration taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort this weekend!

We don’t know which announcement to be most excited about: the return of Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or the reimagining of the Nemo-themed stage show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, called Finding Nemo: The Big Blue . . . and Beyond!


Or maybe we’re more excited about the new MagicBand+ technology headed to Disneyland in California next year. And then again, we also learned that a brand-new quick-service restaurant is opening at EPCOT in the World Discovery neighborhood in 2022. There’s so much going on next year in the parks!

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AND NOW, it has also been announced that Magic Kingdom’s beloved Festival of Fantasy parade will return to the park in early 2022! The parade was shelved when the parks closed in March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it did not return when Magic Kingdom reopened in July 2020, especially since social distancing is an impossibility at a Disney Parks parade.

It debuted in 2014 as part of the excitement surrounding the New Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom.

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So while we understood the need to hold off on the Festival of Fantasy parade, we were worried that it might not return, but today we know for a fact from Disney Parks that the parade will indeed make its comeback in only a few short months!

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We can already hear the lyrics to the Festival of Fantasy song in our ears! And it won’t be long now till we can see the parade again! Maybe by the time the fabulous parade returns to Magic Kingdom, they will have designed a completely flame-retardant dragon who can breathe fire with the best of them, and never catch on fire again!


About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!