Parades are for celebrations, holidays, family fun, and making memories. Fittingly, Walt Disney World is the perfect setting for some of the most wonderful parades in the world. Whether you’re the type that likes to plan ahead and get a good viewing spot an hour beforehand, or if you’re happy with catching the parade as you’re walking to another destination, a Walt Disney World parade appeals to almost everyone. Make sure you and your fellow guests enjoy as much of the magic as possible with simple etiquette, consideration of others, and good manners. During your next trip, take my advice and check out at least one parade. Here’s why you should!
1. Spectacular Sights and Sounds
Each float in a Walt Disney World parade is a work of art, designed specifically to tell a small piece of the story. The floats are pixie-dusted with amazing detail and color, and each one demands your attention as it glides by. The wonderful music that accompanies the floats hovers in your head and puts a smile on your face. It’s almost impossible not to sing along. Like the rest of live entertainment in Walt Disney World, the parades are nothing short of fantastic.
2. Fabulous Performers and Favorite Characters
The dancers and performers who star in each parade are full of energy and fun to watch. With eye-catching costumes and great choreography, it’s impossible to watch a parade and not have a smile on your face. Parades are a great way to see all your favorite characters and princesses in one spot, and I love how some of the parades feature hard-to-find characters too. Best of all, Mickey and Minnie Mouse always make a grand cameo in every parade.
3. Holiday Magic
Walt Disney World makes the Halloween season and the Christmas season extra magical with distinctive parades. If you choose to purchase a ticket and attend the Mickey’s Not-So- Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, make sure to catch the parade. I personally think these parades are the best part of the parties with melodies that capture the charm of the season. The Boo to You parade is performed during the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade occurs during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
4. Different Showtimes
Disney offers many chances through the day to watch a parade. The very popular Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom occurs daily. The Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party parade in the Magic Kingdom currently takes place twice a day. If you want to catch one of the holiday parades, they are conveniently shown twice per evening. A good strategy is to avoid the early parade, which is typically the most popular, and visit other attractions while guests are watching the parade. Catch the second parade instead and enjoy lower crowds.
5. Enchantment on the Water
Not only are there fantastic parades in the parks, guests can enjoy a dazzling show on the water as well. The Electrical Water Pageant delights audiences nightly from the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. Weather permitting, the water parade typically begins at 9:00 pm and passes by Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, the Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower, and the Magic Kingdom. Brightly-lit barges and familiar melodies bring sea creatures and mythical sea monsters to life, followed by a patriotic presentation honoring America.