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New Parade at Orlando Theme Park: Magic Kingdom

Festival of Fantasy ParadeEveryone loves a parade, and Magic Kingdom has a new parade that will delight guests of all ages attending this Orlando theme park. The new parade made its debut on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Guests lined the route hours before the parade began to be the first to witness the newly detailed floats.

Disney characters from several decades fill the parade. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pluto, Pinoccio, Beauty and the Beast and many other classics dance their way through the parade route. New characters are also featured including the very first float. The Princess Garden, like most of the floats in the new Parade, moves and rotates so that you can see Tiana and Naveen as well as Anna and Elsa, the “frozen” sisters.

Nine featured floats have moving parts, and the detail is fabulous. From small flowers to tall heights, every aspect is impressive. Some floats are as tall as three-story buildings! Most notable is the steampunkish dragon. It roars and breathes fire, much to the crowd’s delight.

Magic Kingdom parade float

The many moving parts on the floats, as well as the dancers, keep the parade moving right along. Everything is perfectly choreographed, from the Scottish jig that the “Brave” float dancers perform, to the “Peter Pan” Lost Boys, even the dragon’s tail moves with precision. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you have a little one, try to find a location to watch the parade so that they can be in front. The dancers often interact with the guests, and children are usually the focus of the parade characters. Have your camera ready. The dancers must stay in their routine, so they will not stay to visit or pose.

As with all things Disney, the Festival of Fantasy Parade is nothing short of spectacular. Main Street U.S.A. is filled with an original soundtrack (inspired by favorite Disney films), and its own voice for each float that comes by. It is a total experience visually and through sound.

If you are visiting this Orlando theme park in the coming weeks, make sure to take a break and watch the new parade. It travels through the Magic Kingdom every day at 3:00 p.m. Be sure to wave to Minnie and Mickey as they float by in their very own hot air balloon!

Disney’s new show- on Cinderella’s Castle

As part of Walt Disney World’s 2011 “Let the Memories Begin” promotional campaign, Disney has begun the nightly photo-projection display on the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle.

Using high-power projection systems and digital mapping techniques and utilizing a crack team of artists, animators, and computer whizzes the castle will be transformed through animation, photography and technical ingenuity.   Using guests’ photographs and videos as a starting point, and a wonderful musical score, Let The Memories Begin will be a fanciful, imaginative, heart-warming and FUN look at the magical memories associated with a visit to this Orlando attraction in Disney Parks.

The effects color the castle like a kindergartener’s crayon picture, crumble the castle’s walls in a pixelated dissolve and shoot fireworks streaming across the castle, which then continue as real pyrotechnics blast off in the sky behind the castle.  I have no idea how they did this, only that this is a spectacular addition to an already awesome fireworks show.  Let the Memories Begin!!

Here’s a video clip, from Disney:

Disney video clip

Spotlight: Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World drastically changed Orlando forever. The great Walt Disney was the visionary that made it happen, what a shame he didn’t live long enough to see his dream. The second park at Walt Disney World EPCOT was in the early planning when he died. Although it didn’t match his exact early ideas the basic principal and many aspects of the park were his.

In recent years and always moving forward the imagineers at Disney have been continuously working to make the Magic Kingdom the Grand Dame of Orlando theme parks as relevant and enjoyable as when it first opened. Countless older attractions at the park have been updated with the newest technology and innovation meeting the desires of the ever more tech savvy kids of today.

Another nice thing about the Magic Kingdom is that it offers something for everyone. So if you have teens and younger children you can let the teens go do their own thing for a while, if you are comfortable with this. The Magic Kingdom has always provided a safe enviorment. Your kids are more likely to get hurt on a ride (that rarely happens) then be the object of foul play.

The Magic Kingdom holds the throne for the most visitors annually in the United States and has done so for many, many years. So if you go, here are some tips for maximizing your visit. Orlando Tourist Tip: If you go to the park in the morning be sure and use the monorail for the fastest access from the ticketing to the park. Depending upon what time you leave the park and how large the crowds are leaving at the same time you might want to take the ferry from the park to ticketing center and parking.  It can be faster if crowds are heavy as the monorails will be jammed after fireworks. It’s also a nice way to end your day riding a period reproduction of a very large ferry boat on a gorgeous lake. Even if it’s not busy when you are leaving; it’s a relaxing way to end your day at the parks.