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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade Will Run Daily During Christmas Week!

When Walt Disney World reopened last year, Character Cavalcades took the place of parades. These are mini-parades, usually a float and a few characters. The first full parade returned to the Magic Kingdom earlier this month, but you needed to attend Mickey’s Very Merriest After Hours in order to experience it.

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At Destination D23, one of the announcements was that Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will return early in 2022. That will not be the first time that Magic Kingdom Guests can experience a parade in the daytime. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will soon run during the day.

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The final evening for Disney Very Merriest After Hours is December 21. The following day, Wednesday, December 22, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will begin its daytime run.

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will take place twice each afternoon, weather permitting. It will run at noon and 3:45 from December 22 through December 29. On December 30 and 31, it will take place at noon and 3:30. December 31 will be the final day.

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While the parade from Disney Very Merriest After Hours will be available for all Magic Kingdom Guests, the same isn’t true for Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. The show is not listed on the Walt Disney World website after December 21. Disney Enchantment is scheduled for Christmas Week.

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One interesting note from the Walt Disney World website; on December 30 and 31, Disney Enchantment is scheduled at 6:30 p.m., instead of the normal 8:00. It’s safe to assume that some type of New Year’s Eve fireworks is planned.

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We do not yet know when Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will return. As of right now, the final date for any parade listed on the Walt Disney World website is December 31, 2021.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.