Magic Kingdom Parade Disrupted by Float Accident

Festival of Fantasy Parade
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Accidents happen! At Walt Disney World, Guests expect the most magical experience. From the moment you step onto Disney property, whether that be one of Disney’s Resort Hotels, entering the Parks, or Disney Springs. A trip to Disney World can become quite expensive, even if you’re a local. Between travel, Park tickets, food, and a little shopping, it can cost a pretty penny to visit “The Most Magical Place On Earth.”

With that said, a high expectation comes with visiting Disney World. Cast Members try their hardest to deliver an unforgettable experience for all Guests. We’ve unfortunately seen issues within the Parks between Guests that leave them with a less-than-magical experience. As we previously reported, Disney’s customer service is there to always at least try and help pick up the pieces of your un-magical vacation.

Cast Member

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Cast Members have been known to swoop in and save the day, turning frowns upside down. But sometimes, things are out of everyone’s control, including Disney’s superb customer service. For one, the weather is something not even Disney can control. While that may put a damper on your trip, that’s what raincoats are for! Something else that is also out of Disney’s control is general mishaps because we’re human, and things happen.

Parade Float Breaks Down

Disney tries diligently to keep the magic no matter what. We know the not-so-secret secret of Magic Kingdom actually being on what’s considered the second floor of Disney World, with an underground tunnel. The tunnel has many purposes, but a big one is transporting Cast Members and characters to avoid seeing them clock in and out of work. Because although, as a Guest, you know Cast Members and characters are people just like us, in that moment, they feel like magical ones.

Recently, Guests experienced the Headless Horseman falling off and with its horse at the Parks. Additionally, we’ve seen Disney’s parade dragon catch fire mid-show.

Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade dragon

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Although Disney tries, things happen. Most recently, a crash happened during a parade at Magic Kingdom in the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.. Of course, this wasn’t ideal for Cast Members, characters, performers, or Guests, but like we said, stuff happens! What’s always most important is that no one gets hurt, and the show continuing comes second to that. As shown on X, one of the parade floats broke down as Guests surrounded Main Street, U.S.A., for the show.

Although there was no word on how long it took for the show to get back up and running, I’m sure Disney took care of it as quickly as they could. “A traffic jam is the last thing you’d expect to see at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., but like we said, sometimes accidents and technical difficulties are unavoidable,” as Inside the Magic wrote. And sure, maybe the magic was lost a little in seeing the behind-the-scenes action of mechanical issues, but at the end of the day, you’re still at Walt Disney World!

Exterior Shot of Cinderella Castle

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About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.