Fall Schedule Update: Magic Kingdom's Festival of Fantasy Parade down to a single daily performance

Sep 20, 2023 in "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade"

Posted: Wednesday September 20, 2023 4:33pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom will move to one performance per day starting October 1 2023.

Currently performed twice daily, at 12 pm and 3 pm, Festival of Fantasy will move to a single performance at 3 pm from October 1, 2022. The single showing continues to the furthest date out in the calendar, November 4.

Since its return to Magic Kingdom in February 2022, there have usually been two daily showings. However, last year, there was a similar drop to one performance per day during October. In 2022, Festival of Fantasy returned to two performances on select days during November, which is likely the case for 2023.

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TTA94Oct 26, 2023

Very true, but as far as changing/upgrading the floods this could be a benefit for even a night parade and the seasonal parades. I think it might have something to do with safely concerns for cast and guests that doesn’t exits out west. Over the years WDW started turning on the standard white/clear floods when BTY and OUACT runs instead of just using the colored temporary lighting they use for the parties.

ToTBellHopOct 26, 2023

If they are going to those lengths, they might as well just bring over one of the two nighttime parades DL isn’t using. This idea that DL doesn’t want to share and that such a feeling matters is ridiculous. If D’Amaro wanted to send a parade east, he’d make some calls and they’d be sent over. At this point, DL seems happy to just have Fantasmic! return next year and no night parade until 2025. So they’re just collecting dust indefinitely.

TTA94Oct 26, 2023

Is there a reason they can’t change the floods?

jrhwdwOct 26, 2023

Yes I saw that before. What Team MK saw differently then compared to 5PM on taping days, I have no idea!

jpedenOct 26, 2023

I believe a few years ago they trialed this after park close and didn’t like the way it looked at night with the stationary floods along the route.

jrhwdwOct 25, 2023

Not since 2007 or 2008 that MOUACT ran after the taping. I know the Regular Day Parade got the 5pm Slot starting in 2009 It was neat to see FOF at Sunset for a couple years l. It looked great under the lights! Why MK won't try that again when MK needs a Parade after dark..IDK!

TTA94Oct 25, 2023

On the Christmas taping days do they still run the full OUACT after they finish taping for the day? I remember that happening several years ago. I another year I know they ran FoF at like 5pm or something.

AndyS2992Oct 24, 2023

This parade needs to go, it's so worn out and tired and was destroyed by Covid cuts, missing ground dancers, characters and floats. It's sad especially when Disneyland has had their full parade back for a while.

TTA94Oct 23, 2023

But they need to run it in the afternoon and evening like Disneyland does. If they can run the season parades at night they can run FoF. Just add some lighting. Pretty sure the floats are not the problem nor is it the willingness of the cast, it’s that they don’t want to pay the cast to perform at night.

jrhwdwOct 23, 2023

I know. I'm wondering if no Park Hopping till 2 played a part in making FOF twice a day? Wonder what will happen in January when Park Hopping returns full time.

SquishyOct 23, 2023

No Genie+ to profit off, MiSi 3x, actual non budget cut parade. They only used to run FoF twice on popular days.

jrhwdwOct 23, 2023

Totally! Why MK didn't start that before 2020 is beyond me!

wdwmagicOct 23, 2023

For the number of guests in the park, it needs to be twice a day, particularly in the absence of a night parade.

jrhwdwOct 23, 2023

True, not till March 2022 when FOF returned that MK wanted it twice a day most of the year.