The Best Festival of Fantasy Parade Tips and Lyrics

The Best Festival of Fantasy Parade Tips and Lyrics

Known as THE parade at Disney World, Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade, is a parade of enchantment featuring everyone’s favorite Disney characters. With a mix of music, dancing and parade floats, this Disney parade is the one you’ll remember most. From the Tangled float with high a high flying Flynn Rider, to Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, you’ll see Disney Princesses, and characters from classic Disney films in this parade. We’re here to share all the Details, Tips, Parade Route, and the Best Place to Watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom. And of course no parade would be complete without a catchy song, so we’re sharing the Festival of Fantasy Parade Lyrics too!

Dancers at Festival of Fantasy Parade

Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom

Featuring the Maleficent Dragon that blows actual fire, you can count on seeing loads of Disney Characters, dancers, and beautifully themed floats in this parade. A Disney Must Do on our Magic Kingdom Checklist, this parade is shown twice daily at noon and 3PM. The Festival of Fantasy Parade is one of the major attractions at Magic Kingdom and popular enough to warrant planning ahead of time where you should stand to save your spot! Here are all the details about times, length, the music and tips so you can enjoy the parade.

Festival of Fantasy Parade Times and Length

When visiting Magic Kingdom, there is one parade to plan for, the Festival of Fantasy Parade. While you may see other character cavalcades throughout the day, know that the Festival of the Fantasy Parade is also known as the 3’o-clock parade, as not everyone knows the name. However, recently, Magic Kingdom also added a spot for the parade at 12 Noon as well. Now offered at both 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM, be sure to check the My Disney Experience App for showtimes the day of your visit.

What Time is the Festival of Fantasy Parade? 

The Festival of Fantasy Parade is offered 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM daily. 

How Long is the Festival of Fantasy Parade?

The Festival of Fantasy Parade lasts about 12 minutes from the time you see the first float, to the time you see the last. However, it’s generally closer to 20 minutes. That said, keep in mind that this does not include “waiting” time to reserve your spot. For the best spots, plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the parade. While we think this is adequate, during busy times, people are sometimes almost 60 minutes ahead of time waiting in highly coveted spots.

Parade Route at Magic Kingdom Disney World

Festival of Fantasy Parade Route

The Parade Route for the Festival of Fantasy Parade runs from the Frontierland gate through Liberty Square, wrapping in front of the castle down Main Street USA. The parade ends at the Fire Station gate in Town Square at the front of the park. As noted by the yellow line on the Magic Kingdom Map. As you’ll notice, there are plenty of places from which to watch this parade. Here are our favorites.

Best Place to See the Festival of Fantasy Parade?

If you’re looking for a place to stand and watch the parade then the best place is typically at the end of Main Street, on the Town Square hub. However, there are a couple other top notch choices, if you find the areas too full. And it all really depends on what you want in the background. Waiting for the parade on the Main Street Town Square gives you the castle in the background. However, it is also one of the toughest places to claim, simply because people show up about an hour early at this spot.

As a result, if you don’t want to spend your time waiting on the curb for the parade, there are some other places that give you unique views that won’t require you “reserve your spot” for quite as long. Keep in mind too that much like the Happily Ever After Fireworks Show that your spot is only good until someone stands in front of you with a child on their shoulders. As a result, be VERY mindful about choosing spots where that can’t happen.

On the End Main Street Town Square

The Best Spot for viewing Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade is at the end of Main Street in Town Square. This gets you Cinderella Castle centered in the backdrop and  makes for beautiful photos! Keep in mind that with the floats coming straight at you at this location, you will get smiles and waves from the characters, but you will also get views of them waiving to the guests on each side of the parade route.

At the End of the Bridge in Liberty Square

Just across from the Sleepy Hollow Restaurant, or on the opposite side of the road across from the Christmas Shoppe, are great places to stand for the Festival of Fantasy Parade. While the area at the castle courtyard at the edge of the Liberty Square bridge is typically blocked off, the Area in Liberty Square Right Before the Bridge is roped off! Meaning that if stand in the right spot, you’ll get to see the floats, and dancers up close before they head over the bridge.

Frontierland in Front of the Pin Shop

There are certain spots along the Frontierland section of the route, like in Frontierland in Front of the Pin Shop, that indent into the covered porches along the shops. These spots offer places where no one will be able to stand in front of you, giving you your best chance at seeing the parade. Again, be mindful of the background  if you’re taking photos, as most of the Frontierland area will simply show other people across the midway in the backdrop.

In Front of the Main Street Train Station

Another fantastic spot from which to watch the Festival of Festival Parade is right In front of the Train Station on Town Square. A absolutely fantastic find, we discovered this spot when we last watched the Boo to You Parade at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Situate yourself near the base of the Train Station stairs, and you’ll be in a prime spot to see the floats, as the come almost straight at you, before making the turn towards the Fire Station. Be aware of the lamp posts that may be in your photos, as they could add some glare, but if you position it right, you’ll have a great spot, and great photos.

Goofy, Chip and Dale at Festival of Fantasy Parade

Festival of Fantasy Parade Characters

Characters in the Festival of Fantasy Parade are both from classic Disney movies and newer films. While each doesn’t necessarily have their own float, you will see familiar faces dancing, and singing along from some  floats that are shared. Here are the Disney characters in the Festival of Fantasy Parade

  • Belle and the Beast
  • Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen
  • Cinderella and Prince Charming
  • Rapunzel, Flynn Rider and the Thugs
  • Ariel
  • Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, Wendy and the Lost Boys
  • Maleficent Dragon, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, and Prince Phillip
  • Snow White and the Dwarves
  • Alice and the Mad Hatter
  • Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket
  • Donald, Daisy, Pluto
  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Festival of Fantasy Parade Lyrics

The Festival of Fantasy Parade Song is catchy and fun! While it’s a lot of repeat chorus, it’s also features some of the music you already know from favorite Disney films. So, take care that you’ll already know some of the words!

Parade Opening- Announced with Brass Fanfare

Hear ye! Hear ye! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Magic Kingdom. You are warmly invited to join Mickey Mouse and his Fantasyland friends for a magical celebration in the streets! Dreams will come true, hearts will soar, and you will become a part of the magic. For the time has come to take your places, and prepare to welcome the wondrous and wonderful Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade!

Dancers

CHORUS
Away we go (away we go),
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!
Beauty and majesty,
Shining magically!
Dreams that glow (dreams that glow),
Wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
So, away we go.
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

La la la

Festival of fantasy parade at magic kingdom

Beauty and the Beast- Belle and Beast Rose 

MALE CHORUS
Tale as old as time,
True as it can be.

CHORUS
Barely even friends,
Then somebody bends
Unexpectedly.

MALE CHORUS
Certain as the sun,
Rising in the east.

FEMALE CHORUS
Tale as old as time,

MALE CHORUS
Song as old as rhyme…

CHORUS
Beauty and the Beast!

Festival of fantasy parade at magic kingdom

Festival of fantasy parade at magic kingdom

Cinderella- with Prince Charming, Mice and Dress, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen

FEMALE CHORUS
A dream is a wish your heart makes,
When you’re fast asleep.

CHORUS
In dreams, you will lose your heartaches.
Whatever you wish for, you keep.

Frozen – Anna and Elsa

FEMALE CHORUS
For the first time in forever…

CHORUS
Let it go! Let it go!

FEMALE CHORUS
For the first time in forever,
I won’t be alone!

CHORUS
Dreams that glow (dreams that glow),
Wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
So, away we go.
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

Festival of fantasy parade at magic kingdom

Tangled- Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Maximus and Thugs

CHORUS
Away we go,
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!
Beauty and majesty,
Shining magically!
Dreams that glow,
Wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
So, away we go.
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

TANGLED CHORUS- “Tune: I’ve Got a Dream”
La la la la

I’ve got a dream!
He’s got a dream!
I’ve got a dream!
He’s got a dream!

SOLOIST
See, I ain’t as cruel and vicious as I seem!
Though I do like breaking femurs,
You can count me with the dreamers.

TANGLED CHORUS
Like everybody else,
I’ve got a dream!

SOLOIST
Can’t you see me with that special little lady?
Rowing in a rowboat down the stream.
Though I’m one disgusting blighter,
I’m a lover, not a fighter.
‘Cause way down deep inside,
I’ve got a dream!

TANGLED CHORUS
He’s got a dream!

RAPUNZEL
When will my life begin?

TANGLED CHORUS
‘Cause way down deep inside, we’ve got a dream.

RAPUNZEL
I’ve got a dream!

TANGLED CHORUS
She’s got a dream!

RAPUNZEL
I’ve got a dream!

TANGLED CHORUS
She’s got a dream!

RAPUNZEL
I just want to see the floating lanterns gleam.

TANGLED CHORUS
Awww!

RAPUNZEL
And with every passing hour,
I’m so glad I left my tower!

‘Cause way down deep inside,
I’ve got a dream!

CHORUS
Dreams that glow,
Wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
So, away we go.

TANGLED CHORUS
Here we go!

CHORUS
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

TANGLED CHORUS
La la la la,

Little Mermaid- Ariel and Sebastian 

CARIBBEAN CHORUS
Away we go-oh-oh,
It’s a Festival of Fantasy, yeah!
Eh, eh-oh, eh-oh.
Shining magically, yeah!
Dreams that glow-oh-oh,
They wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
Eh-oh-eh
So, away we go-oh-oh.
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

SEBASTIAN
Hahaha, dat boy… He ain’t never gonna kiss de girl…

CARIBBEAN CHORUS
Sha-la-la-la,
La la la la la.

Sha-la-la-la-la-la, my, oh my,
Look like the boy too shy,
Ain’t gonna kiss the girl.
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, ain’t that sad?
Ain’t it a shame? Too bad,
You gonna miss the girl.

Sha-la-la-la-la-la, don’t be scared.
You got the mood prepared.
Go on and kiss the girl (kiss the girl).
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, don’t stop now.
Don’t try to hide it, how…

ARIEL
Someday I’ll be
Part of your world!

SEBASTIAN
Under the sea!

CARIBBEAN CHORUS
Under the sea!

SEBASTIAN
Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there!

CARIBBEAN CHORUS
Under the sea,
Under the sea.
When the sardine
Begin the beguine,
It’s music to me!
What do they got?
A lot of sand.
We got a hot crustacean band!
Each little clam here
Know how to jam here,
Under the sea!

SEBASTIAN
You’ve got the rhythm! Come on, do it with us now — celebration! (

CARIBBEAN CHORUS
Dreams that glow-oh-oh,
They wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
Eh-oh-eh
So, away we go-oh-oh.
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

Festival of fantasy parade at magic kingdom

Peter Pan – Wendy, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, Lost Boys and Pirates

LOST BOYS CHORUS
Away we go, yo-ho!

Oh, a pirate’s life is a wonderful life,
A-roving over the sea!
Give me a career
As a buccaneer,
It’s the life of a pirate for me!
Yo-ho! Yo-ho!

Oh, a pirate’s life is a wonderful life,
You find adventure and sport.
But live every minute
For all that is in it —
The life of a pirate is short!
Aha!

FEMALE SOLOIST
Think of a wonderful thought,
Any merry little thought.

FEMALE CHORUS
Think of Christmas, think of snow.
Think of sleigh bells, off we go,
Like reindeer in the sky
(Reindeer in the sky, reindeer in the sky)

CHORUS
You can fly, you can fly, you can fly!

LOST BOYS CHORUS
Following the leader,
The leader, the leader.
We’re following the leader,
Wherever he may go!
(Whistling.)
Just a teedle-ee-dum,
A teedle-ee-do-tee-day

FEMALE CHORUS
When there’s a smile in your heart…

LOST BOYS CHORUS
Following the leader…

FEMALE CHORUS
There’s no better time to start

LOST BOYS CHORUS
Wherever he may go!

FEMALE CHORUS
Think of all the joy you’ll find,
When you leave the world behind…

CHORUS
And bid your cares goodbye (your cares goodbye)!
You can fly! ( x3)

LOST BOYS CHORUS
Dreams that glow, yo-ho!
Yo-ho!
Away we go,
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

FEMALE CHORUS
You can fly!

CHORUS
You can fly!

LOST BOYS CHORUS
Yo-ho!

Brave- Merida and Brothers

CHORUS
Away we go (away we go),
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!
Beauty and majesty,
Shining magically!
Dreams that glow (dreams that glow),
Wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
So, away we go.
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

MERIDA
Chase the wind, and touch the sky!

(Bagpipes and Scottish music.)

MERIDA
I will rise, I will fly!
Chase the wind, and touch the sky!
I will fly!
Chase the wind, and touch the sky!

CHORUS
Dreams that glow,
(Chase the wind)
Wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
(Chase the wind)
So, away we go.
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

MERIDA
Chase the wind, and touch the sky!

Festival of fantasy parade at magic kingdom

Sleeping Beauty- Maleficent Dragon, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, and Prince Phillip

FEMALE SOLOIST
Away we go!
Away we go!
Shining magically.
Dreams that glow!
Away we go…

FEMALE CHORUS
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

Festival of fantasy parade at magic kingdom

FEMALE SOLOISTS
Dreams that glow!
Away we go!
It’s a Festival of Fantasy.

You’ll love me at once,
The way you did once upon a dream.

Seven Dwarves Magic Kingdom Festival of Fantasy

Snow White with Dwarves

CHORUS
Away we go (away we go),
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!
Beauty and majesty,
Shining magically!
Dreams that glow (dreams that glow),
Wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
So, away we go.
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

MALE CHORUS
Who’s the leader of the club
That’s made for you and me?
M-I-C-K-E-Y
M-O-U-S-E!

Alice and the Mad Hatter

Mickey Mouse!
Mickey Mouse!
Forever let us hold our banner high.

Come along, and sing a song,
And join the jamboree!
M-I-C-K-E-Y
M-O-U-S-E!

FEMALE CHORUS
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay.
My, oh my, what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!

Festival of fantasy parade at magic kingdom

Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket

When you wish upon a star!

FEMALE CHORUS (Tune: “I’ve Got No Strings.”)
La la la la la la la

MALE CHORUS
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah…

FEMALE CHORUS
La la la la la la la

MALE CHORUS
Zip-a-dee-ay…

FEMALE CHORUS
La la la la la la la
What a wonderful day.

CHORUS
What a wonderful day.
(Wonderful day. Wonderful day.)

M-I-C-K-E-Y
M-O-U-S-E!

FEMALE SOLOIST
Well I think I’ve seen about everything
When I see an elephant fly!

CHORUS
La la la la la
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!

Dreams that glow (dreams that glow),
Wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
So, away we go.
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!
Fantasy!

festival of fantasy parade donald float

Mickey and Minnie in the Hot Air Balloon, Donald, Daisy, Pluto

MICKEY MOUSE
Oh boy! That’s right! This is the best celebration ever! Gosh Minnie, isn’t this fun?, etc.

MINNIE
I just love a parade! We’re flying! etc.

CHORUS
Dreams that glow (dreams that glow),
Wondrous, dazzling brilliantly.
So, away we go.
It’s a Festival of Fantasy!
Fantasy! It’s a Festival of Fantasy!

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Festival of Fantasy Disney Parade Review

Of all the things to fill your Disney Day at Magic Kingdom, Festival of Fantasy should make your Disney Must do List. By far one of the best parades at Disney World, this 12 minute show offers a unique Disney experience that you can’t get anywhere else. And no other Disney park has a parade like this, making it essential for your Magic Kingdom day. If you’re looking for other things to do during your time at MK, check out our Top 10 Things to Do at Magic Kingdom.

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