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Festival of Fantasy Parade

The new Festival of Fantasy Parade has debuted at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom - and it features some of the company's most ambitious floats ever.

The new parade replaces the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, which had been running at the park in various formats since 2001. It premiered on March 9, 2014, and features a host of characters from classic Disney movies, who pass down Main Street, USA in a celebration of the recently-expanded New Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom.

The Festival of Fantasy parade features colorful costumes, an original soundtrack including a brand new theme song and some of Disney's most innovative parade floats yet. These are huge in scale, and boast large numbers of moving parts. Disney advertises a total of nine floats, but in practice there are really eight distinct units that make up the parade.

Take a look at the eight impressive floats of the Festival of Fantasy parade below - and let us know what you think of the new parade in the comments section.

8. The Princess Garden

Princess Garden float

A host of Disney princesses, including Cinderella, Tiana and Belle, are accompanied by their respective princes, surrounded by a host of woodland creatures and plants.

Princess Garden

The highlight is an appearance from Anna and Elsa from the recent smash-hit Frozen.

7. Tangled

Tangled float

Flynn Rider and Rapunzel ride aboard a 36-foot-long float that features an enormous long ship and swinging pendulums.

6. Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid float

A seashell-themed "music box" hosts Ariel and her friends, decked out in intricate costumes.

5. Peter Pan

Peter Pan float

The iconic Jolly Roger pirate ship hosts Peter Pan and Wendy, with smoke effects and a rainbow arch adding to the effect.

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