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Disney’s Magic Kingdom Parade Tips

When you go to Magic Kingdom, be sure not to miss their afternoon Festival of Fantasy Parade. This parade is pretty incredible~ full of magical floats and popular Disney music. 

The parade happens daily and you will want to know some of our Magic Kingdom parade tips so that you can make the most of your parade experience!

Getting up close with Disney parade characters

If you have children, you will want to make sure that they sit or stand in front so that they can get the best view and best chance for some personal interaction with characters as they walk by!

You will see many of your favorite Disney characters in the Magic Kingdom parade.

Some of the characters are on floats, while others dance in the street, and some even come up to wave & hi-five parkgoers that are seated along the sides of the parade route.

Magic Kingdom Parade Route

Magic Kingdom Parade Route

The Festival of Fantasy parade route begins in Frontierland and winds its way to Main Street USA. This means that if the parade begins at 3pm in Frontierland, it may take 10 minutes to arrive at Main Street USA.

So while the parade officially begins at 3pm, you may not see it until closer to 3:15 depending how far down the parade route you are. 

What else do you need to know about the Magic Kingdom parade? Here are some of our most popular Magic Kingdom parade tips.

Magic Kingdom Disney Parade Tips

5 Magic Kingdom Parade Tips:

1- Get a spot early. 

There are two Magic Kingdom afternoon parades. One begins at 12 and the next starts at 3pm. People will begin finding spots nearly an hour ahead of it!

Why so early? People know that a premium seat in the shade is very limited. 

When you have small kids, having them sit in the sun for an hour at the Magic Kingdom can be an event in itself!

2- Find a spot in the shade

My favorite place to see ANY Disney parade is in Frontierland, where they have some bench seating right along the parade route!

While this doesn’t provide you with a front-row seat, you do get a decent enough view while remaining a bit more comfortable.

3- Reapply sunscreen

If you are seated in the sun, reapply your sunscreen! Even if you are in the shade, it is a great time to put on another layer of sunscreen to protect you for the rest of the day!

4- Pack a towel

Kids might be better suited to sit right along the ropes in front of their parents. We have found it helpful to pack a beach towel for children to sit on.

Not only does it mark a spot for your kids to sit, but it also provides a barrier between the hot concrete and their little legs!

5- Have a snack

While the afternoon Parade at Magic Kingdom begins at 3pm, it will take a while for it to wind itself around to where you may be located.

This means that you shouldn’t count on the parade being at your spot at any given time.

Waiting for the parade to begin is a great time to enjoy a favorite Disney treat, cold drink or popcorn.

Mickey Mouse at Festival of Fantasy Parade

You’ll find that there are vendors usually stations throughout the parade route so it shouldn’t be too hard to locate something yummy!

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