“What time is the 3 o’clock parade?” Believe it or not, this is one of the most commonly asked questions at Walt Disney World. It’s become so much of a joke, that Disney has even made t-shirts featuring this question! Watching Disney parades is an experience you will not want to miss. So, what do you need to know, other than the parade times (which can be found on the Times Guide)?
For any Disney parade, you will want to arrive early to make sure you get the best viewing spot possible. I recommend arriving at least 45 – 60 minutes prior to the parade’s start time.
If you will be wanting a snack for the parade, it may be best to grab your snacks before securing your viewing spot. The prime viewing areas come become quite crowded, making it hard to get back to the rest of your party with snacks.
Be sure to take pictures during the parade(just make sure you’re not blocking the view of others while doing so)! Pictures of any Walt Disney World parade are a great way to re-live the magic of your vacation after you return home.
There are currently four parades at Walt Disney World:
Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade – This parade takes place in the Magic Kingdom at, you guessed it, 3 o’clock! You will see many of your favorite Disney characters as you join in a celebration of dreams come true. Prime viewing spots for this parade include the Main Street Train Station, almost anywhere on Main Street, U.S.A., and the hub.
Main Street Electrical Parade - This parade, filled with thousands of lights, is one of the best Disney parades you will ever see! The lights, characters, and soundtrack bring extra magic to the Magic Kingdom each night. Like the Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade, you will also find the best views for the Main Street Electrical Parade at the Main Street Train Station, Main Street, U.S.A., and the hub.
Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade - This high energy parade provides tons of fun for the whole family. It is filled with Mickey and friends, as well as, some amazing animal puppets. These puppets were actually designed by Michael Curry who worked on the animals for the Broadway version of The Lion King. Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade makes a loop through the park, so if you view it near Tusker House in Harambe, you will actually get to see the parade twice. After it passes the first time, many guests will leave allowing you to get a front row seat to the parade when it comes back around!
Electrical Water Pageant - This water parade is special treat to see and does not require theme park admission to view. The Electrical Water Pageant, which served as the partial inspiration for the Main Street Electrical Parade, takes place on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. It can be seen from the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, and Fort Wilderness resorts. The Electrical Water Pageant features sea creatures, patriotic floats, and a soundtrack in a style similar to the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Which Walt Disney World parade is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!