Disney Reveals Magic Kingdom Parade Adjustment Coming Soon

Walt Disney World Resort has revealed an adjustment is on the way for two of its parades, including Magic Kingdom Park’s popular Festival of Fantasy Parade and Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade.

Festival of Fantasy Parade
Festival of Fantasy Parade (Credit: Disney)

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Flashback to 2020 when the COVID pandemic hit, and Disney Park parades, fireworks, stage shows, and character meet and greets were put on hold. While not all experiences have made their grand post-COVID return, such as Disney’s Hollywood Studios Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular or the beloved Fantasmic! nighttime entertainment, thankfully, in 2022, we’ve been able to experience several Disney fan favorites once again, including parades!

Festival of Fantasy Parade (Credit: Disney)

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Magic Kingdom has welcomed the return of the ever-so-popular Festival of Fantasy Parade. Currently, the parade performs twice daily at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The smaller but still adorable parade, Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade (a character cavalcade in celebration of the 50th Anniversary), is currently performed four times daily at 10:45 am, 1:40 pm, 4:25 pm, and 5:55 pm.

Beginning October 9, 2022, Disney has revealed an adjustment to its parades. It will be dropping one of its popular Festival of Fantasy Parade performances and adding an additional Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade instead.

Mickey's Celebration Cavalcade
Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade (Credit: Disney)

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As listed on the Walt Disney World website, beginning Sunday, October 9, 2022, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will drop its 12:00 pm showing and remain at 3:00 pm only. Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade will add an additional showing at 11:55 am, giving the cavalcade a total of 5 performances per day.

Festival of Fantasy Parade (Credit: Disney)

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Why the parade adjustment? Disney has not shared why they are dropping one of their Festival of Fantasy performances for Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade. That 3:00 pm showtime for Festival of Fantasy will be EXTRA packed now, so be sure to snag a good parade spot early.

Remember that the parades don’t only go down Main Street, U.S.A. They begin near Splash Mountain in Frontierland, make their way through Liberty Square, in front of Cinderella Castle, then down Main Street, U.S.A.

As usual, we will be sure to keep Disney Tips readers updated as we learn more about these theme park parade adjustments!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.