As Walt Disney World continues to navigate trying to get back to “normal” after their phased reopening, we’re seeing more and more experiences returning. From attraction experiences (Haunted Mansion Stretching Room), to entertainment (fireworks are back!), and restaurants (Casey’s Corner returns) plus more… we’re slowly seeing the magic unfold back to pre-COVID status. While we know not everything will return as it was, we do have our list of top things we REALLY hope Disney brings back. One of those are the parades! Interestingly enough, the current Magic Kingdom Character Cavalcades now have showtimes listed on the My Disney Experience App.
When Walt Disney World first began their phased reopening, they cancelled all parades due to the issue of guests crowding in one location. They did however offer Character Cavalcades where guests could still see select Disney characters on a parade float that would pass by at unexpected times. Disney purposely didn’t list the times for these cavalcades to keep people from gathering together in anticipation of seeing characters. With social distancing guidelines a thing of the past, guests gathering together now for fireworks for example is expected. With that in mind, Disney is now listing the Character Cavalcades on the My Disney Experience App so you can plan to be near the parade route in advance to catch a glance at Disney characters.
The message posted on the Walt Disney World website still reads: “From special cavalcades down the Magic Kingdom park parade route and friends sailing the waterways of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park to processions along World Showcase promenade at EPCOT and motorcades on Hollywood Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, each area will come to life throughout the day. You never know when a party of your pals may come by, so be prepared for plenty of surprises!”
However, guests can now know when to expect Magic Kingdom’s Character Cavalcades as listed on the My Disney Experience App shown in the screenshots below:
Currently, the app is only showing Magic Kingdom’s cavalcades. Since Disney has decided to share times for these character cavalcades, could that mean parades (such as the Festival of Fantasy Parade) make a return soon? If Disney is listing the cavalcade times and crowds are gathering anyway, wouldn’t that mean the return of parades could be possible?
We’re hopeful with Disney now listing Magic Kingdom’s cavalcade times, we could be getting closer to the return of parades at Walt Disney World! We’ll keep you posted as we learn more of what’s to come for cavalcades and/or parades. In the meantime, check your My Disney Experience App for when the next Disney characters plan to cruise by on the parade route!