The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, and became the first successful My Little Pony animation to date, before the debut of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It has a strong following amongst "G3" collectors, and has been positively received by many since its DVD debut in 2006. The DVD also features two bonus episodes: A Charming Birthday, which was originally released on video in 2003 and Pinkie Pie and the Ladybug Jamboree. The film is notable for being the MLP animation that was sent to Lauren Faust in the hopes of retooling the My Little Pony series.
The Spring Promenade is nearly here, and the ponies are preparing for it with the help of the Breezies. But a troublesome weed lands Wysteria and Pinkie Pie in a mysterious cave where Spike the dragon has been sleeping for a thousand years. He makes Wysteria a princess, but Wysteria learns that it's more important to be true to yourself.Wysteria
Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
An Earth pony with a purple body and a purple, white and pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is wisteria flowers. Wysteria is Ponyville's gardener and organizer of the Spring Promenade. She is shown to be a good gardener who loves flowers. She is also shy, but she finds a way to fill every activity with laughter and fun. After awakening Spike from his 1000-year sleep by touching the flower, she became Princess Wysteria, The Princess of Ponyville. But despite being a princess, she feels very sad being bound by the rules while watching her friends do all the hard work for the parade. After she convinced Spike to help her for the Spring Promenade and made it a success, she then appointed all her friends as Princesses.Pinkie Pie
Voiced by: Janyse Jaud
An Earth pony with a pink body and a light pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is three balloons. Pinkie Pie is imaginative, friendly and fun-loving, sometimes taking the lead in some situations. She also loves planning big parties and anything pink, referring to her name. Other than that, she also likes to hang out with Minty, despite her being a klutz.Rainbow Dash
Voiced by: Venus Terzo
An earth pony with a sky blue body, pink, orange, yellow and green mane and dark blue, purple and pink tail. She has a rainbow on the clouds as her cutie mark. Being the most mature of all the ponies, Rainbow Dash is stylish, and also caring. She herself sometimes care about her friends more than her outside appearance, though she can freak out on some occasions. She usually speaks with a British accent and always adds the word "darling" into her speeches.Minty
Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
An earth pony with a mint green body and a pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is three swirled mint candies. Minty is described to be a green machine, who likes anything green. She also loves collecting socks, standing on her head and playing checkers with Sweetberry. She is also a complete klutz, always tripping into some things without looking where she is going, crashing to some obstacles and ending up breaking things. Minty also has a big case of OCD.Razaroo
Voiced by: Jillian Michaels
An Earth pony with a purple body and a blue, light pink and white mane and tail. Her cutie mark is a green and yellow parcel tied with pink and white ribbons. The main protagonist of A Charming Birthday, Razzaroo is Ponyville's resident party planner. She always plans everyone's birthday using her Birthday Book. In the special, she and her friends did a surprise party for Kimono.Kimono
Voiced by: Kathleen Barr
An Earth pony with a pinkish-purple body and a dark purple mane and tail. Her cutie mark is two yellow Japanese lanterns with flower designs. Kimono is the wise sage of Ponyville and also the keeper of all pony legends and lore. Known to be knowledgeable, she is often sought for advice by the ponies. Although she is born in Ponyville, she prefers to live in the outskirts of town.Sweetberry
Voiced by Kathleen Barr
An Earth pony with a magenta body and a purple, green and white mane and tail. Her cutie mark is two strawberries and a white flower. Sweetberry is the owner of the Sweetberry Sweet Shoppe and alongside Cotton Candy, works at the Cotton Candy Cafe. She likes to help each other out in and also likes to make several sweet treats for her friends. She is sometimes busy but very reliable.Cotton Candy
Voiced by Kelly Sheridan
An Earth pony with a pink body and a blue, light pink and white mane and tail. Her cutie mark is a cone of cotton candy. The owner of the Cotton Candy Cafe, in where she serves ice cream and sundaes to her friends. She is also a storyteller, enjoying conversation.Sparkleworks
Voiced by Venus Terzo
An Earth pony with an orange body and a pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is a yellow, red, blue and white fireworks. Sparkleworks is a glitzy pony, who has a big imagination and can make each and every day an adventure. She is also found of glittery stuff and Razaroo explained that she coated Ponyville with glitter during her birthday.Sunny Daze
Voiced by Adrienne Carter
An Earth pony with a white body and a yellow, pink, orange and purple mane and tail. Her cutie mark is an orange and pink smiling sun surrounded by purple clouds. Sunny Daze is a brave athletic pony, who usually loves outdoor activities and things with bright colors.Daffidazey
Voiced by: Ellen Kennedy
An Earth pony with a white body and a yellow, orange, pink, blue and purple mane and tail. Her cutie mark is an orange, yellow and purple flower with three green leaves. Daffidazey is Ponyville's hair stylist, who runs the Twist n' Style Petal Parlor. She values cleanliness highly and can't usually see well unless she uses her glasses. She also has good styling skills and even fixed up Spike, despite being dirty and all messed up.Spike
Voiced by: Brian Drummond
A dragon with blue with orange scales. Spike resides deep under the Celebration Castle in Ponyville until Wysteria woke him up from his 1000-year sleep. Because of this, he explained that whoever touched the flower Spike's holding, she'll be appointed as the Princess of Ponyville in which Wysteria has the role. He is shown to be knowledgeable on things and gives the ponies some advice.Zipzee
Voiced by: Andrea Libman
A Breezy with a yellow body, a yellow antennae and an orange mane and tail with a yellow streak. Her cutie mark is two orange and white flowers. She is always seen with Tiddlywink and Tra La La, living in Breezy Blossom. Unlike the two, she has an allergy to pollen and flowers, ending up sneezing like crazy when she's near one - though she doesn't let this keep her away from them, as she loves the smell of Spring. When together with Tiddly Wink and Tra La La, they decide together on where to go or what to do.Tiddly Wink
Voiced by: Chantal Strand
A Breezy with a purple body, a pink antenna and a dark purple mane and tail with a pink streak. Her cutie mark is a purple flower. She is always seen with Zipzee and Tra La La, living in Breezy Blossom. When together with Zipzee and Tra La La, they decide together on where to go or what to do.Tra La La
Voiced by: Britt McKillip
A Breezy with a light pink body, a pink antenna and a pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is a pink flower. She is always seen with Zipzee and Tiddly Wink, living in Breezy Blossom. When together with Tiddly Wink and Zipzee, they decide together on where to go or what to do.
The DVD includes a second animated feature, titled A Charming Birthday, originally issued on a VHS alongside the Glitter Celebration Ponies in 2003. Chronologically taking place before Dancing in the Clouds, it shows how the ponies in Ponyville planned a special surprise party for Kimono.
The DVD includes a short animated feature, titled Pinkie Pie and the Ladybug Jamboree which is made specially for the film. The story is set after The Princess Promenade and before The Runaway Rainbow, explaining about Pinkie Pie's band named "Pinkie Pie's Ladybug Jamboree".
A storybook adaptation of the film was created by Nora Pelizzari and was published by HarperFestival on January 3, 2006. A comic adaption is also published by Tokyopop in 2006.
DVD Talk editor Mike Long said that "However, I found the previous entry into this series, A Very Minty Christmas, to be goofy fun which offered enough charm to be enjoyed by adults and children. That movie took a familiar plot, the clumsy soul who almost ruins Christmas, and put some new twists on it while fully integrating it into the pony world. The Princess Promenade does very little to distinguish itself from any of the other home videos out there aimed primarily at young girls. At some point, simply having ponies and princesses doesn't cut it and one should expect a good story." He also stated in the same review that "I realize that I may sound curmudgeonly in my assessment of My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade, but when it comes to entertainment for my kids, I want something that tries a little harder, and this show doesn't meet those standards. Still, fans of "My Little Pony" (such as my daughters) will enjoy the program, but it probably won't be one that they watch over and over."
Internet Movie Database gives it a score of 7.8, being the second highest scoring My Little Pony animation to date, first being My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (which scored an 8.7).
According to Lauren Faust, she stated that she used some of the ideas in the DVD special on her pitching for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as Lisa Licht of Hasbro Studios considered that Faust's style was well suited to that line and asked her to consider "some ideas where to take a new version of the franchise."