The Complete Guide to Disney World Parades

As with everything involving Disney World, the parades are magical experiences not to be missed! Even if you’re not a parade person, if it definitely worth your time to see the Disney World parades, even if it is just in passing. This guide will include a complete list of the parades in all the Disney Parks and how to navigate them.

Navigating the Parades

  1. Be willing to wait. If you want to be able to sit while viewing the parade, I recommend staking out a spot 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time depending on the crowd level. However, if you are comfortable standing in the back, you will only have to wait around 15 minutes. I highly recommend finding a spot to sit if you have small children or want to take pictures without other people blocking your view. Even though an hour sounds like a long time, I usually use this time effectively by buying food from a street vendor and sitting on a curb, resting my feet. You have to take breaks sometime! Note: Please do not push to the front 10 minutes before the parade begins. That is very frustrating for guests who have been waiting an hour for that same spot!
  2. Know your start times. Near the entrance of most parks, you can find a complete schedule of events for the day. Make sure to check this so you don’t miss your favorite parade!
  3. Pick your location. Know where you want to be when you are viewing the parade. In Animal Kingdom, all parades go around the Tree of Life, beginning at Camp Minnie-Mickey. In the Magic Kingdom, parades either run from Frontierland to the Town Square, or vice versa, depending on the time of day and parade. In Hollywood Studios, parades begin at the front of the park and move towards the giant hat. If you choose a spot near the end of the parade route, you will have to wait longer. However, if you choose a spot at the beginning of the parade route, it will be difficult to move in the same direction of the parade due to the slow moving parade floats and crowds of spectators. Think of the surroundings you want when viewing the parade, especially in the Magic Kingdom. I personally find parades more magical with the Town Square or Liberty Square as the background in comparison to rustic, country feel of Frontierland. There are also special sections set aside during the parades for guests with disabilities. Ample space for wheelchairs is available and translators are provided to interpret the music lyrics into sign language.

Magic Kingdom Parades

  • Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade is my favorite parade in Disney World. Featuring all of your favorite characters, including the princesses on a giant crystal castle, this is the most magical Disney parade! The catchy music for this parade adds to the magical atmosphere.

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  • The Main Street Electrical Parade takes place at night immediately before The Magic, The Memories, and You! and Wishes Fireworks Spectacular. If you plan to stay for either of the two following experiences, I recommend you stake out a spot where you have a good view of the castle before this parade starts. This parade will be easily visible as it involves floats and characters completely covered with lights! This is a classic parade from my childhood that was brought back a few years ago.

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  • Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party takes place in front of the castle. Some of your favorite characters including Sebastian from The Little Mermaid and Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast travel on large ‘party boxes’ encouraging guests to dance! The music for this parade makes you want to move!

Hollywood Studios Parades

  • Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun is a great parade that includes all your favorite Pixar characters from movies including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story, and The Incredibles! The music is very catchy, repeating the saying “5, 4, 3, 2, Fun!” Young children will love this!

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Animal Kingdom Parades

  • Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade is a great parade that keeps with the rustic and tribal themes of the park. This parade includes favorite characters (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy) riding in safari style vehicles! In addition, this parade includes amazing animal puppets, tribal drummers, and stiltwalkers! This interactive parade will delight all lovers of the Animal Kingdom!

I hope that you find this post helpful! Note that Disney World parades change periodically and I will edit this article to accommodate for that. Also, there are several seasonal parades which will be covered during the upcoming posts about spending the holidays in Disney World! Have a magical day! ❤ Jessica

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