Friday, 1 July 2011

Disney's Fantillusion Parade, Disneyland Paris!

Hi there! And Welcome to the first post of my Disney Summer Fun Series!

One of my most favourite things about Disneyland Paris in the Summer time is the gorgeous Fantillusion Parade! Every night in the Summer Season, darkness falls over Main Street  for this absolutely Magical parade! It's been running in Dlp since 2003 ... and I've heard rumours that this may be its last year! D: Oh I sure hope not! I'd love to see my favourite parade one last time! :)

There are 12 floats and 3 'acts' in this parade:

Mickey's Magical Garden
Mickeys Fantillusion, Flora's Gazebo ft. all three fairies! Faunas Carousel & the Enchanted Butterfly Flower
The Disney Villains
Maleficent, Jafar and Ursula
The Happy Ending 
Snow White & Prince, Ariel & Prince Eric, Beauty & the Beast, Jasmine & Aladdin, Princess Minnie's Castle

Dry Ice is pumped out the bottom of the Villain floats!

I'm not very good at capturing photos of this parade, all the constantly moving lights make it real difficult and most of them turn out blurry! But these are some of my favourites! :)

The parade route runs down from It's a Small World in Fantasyland down to the bottom of Main Street at Central Plaza. Each 'act' has its own parade stop - usually in front of the Castle, then halfway down Main Street, and also in Central Plaza! The Castle stops are particularly spectacular because the Castle also plays a part in the parade! During the Villain stop, Maleficent, Jafar and Usrula cast evil and darkness over the Castle turning it black and red! Then they each transform into their larger Villain states - A Dragon, Snake and Giant Ursula! I remember the first time I saw this ... I was completely blown away!! During the last stop - The Happy Ending - the princesses 'Wish they may and Wish they might, turn the darkness back into light!' Huge Mirror Balls emerge from inside their floats, lighting up the whole street and Castle in a shower of stars! And they each dance with their prince to "Someday my Prince will come" with a goosebump inducing finale! I'm getting major goosebumps just writing about it! lol!

A whopping 400,000 light bulbs are used across all the floats, along with 60km of cabling! To power the floats, 9 tonnes of batteries are used every night and recharged for the next day! Relevant music from the film and characters each float portrays is woven into the main Fantillusion theme!

I have some pretty cool videos ... but I'm saving them for another post! :D

What's your favourite parade??

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!


Unknown said...

I love the Fantalusion parade, it's so beautiful. This is a wonderful post!

Unknown said...

The parade looks beautiful! I love Mickey's float.

Manda said...

Thank you! :D

Diane said...

I love these pictures, the parade looks awesome. My favorite.
I would love to go to it..

Main Street Electric Parade at the Magic Kingdom.

Mouse Fan Diane said...

I love the parade pictures they are awesome, My favorite is the one at MK.


Manda said...

I'd love to see Main Street Electrical Parade too!! The last time I saw it was as a 5y/o in Disneyland Paris!

:DISTherapy said...

Well, we missed the fireworks AND the night time parade! We left DLP on June 24th, and I guess everything kicked shortly afterward. Thank goodness you included the video- thanks Manda!!