What Time Does the Parade Start in Magic Kingdom?

The Festival of Fantasy parade in Magic Kingdom starting with Beauty and the Beast.
The Festival of Fantasy parade in Magic Kingdom starting with Beauty and the Beast.
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The Festival of Fantasy parade in Magic Kingdom starting with Beauty and the Beast.

Ah, the magic of a Disney parade! There’s nothing quite like the excitement of seeing your favorite characters brought to life amidst colorful floats and enchanting music. 

I remember being amazed watching the Magic Kingdom parade for the first time as a child. As an adult we often used the parade times to ride popular attractions while everyone else was busy. 

I can’t believe we missed out on the magic of the parades for so long. We always carve out time now to find a front-row seat and watch the magic happen.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the captivating world of Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom. I will answer all of your parade related questions and give you some tips and tricks for the best viewing experience.

So, let’s embark on this magical journey together and answer the question, “what time does the parade start in Magic Kingdom?”

What is the Current Magic Kingdom Parade?

The current Magic Kingdom parade is none other than the Festival of Fantasy Parade. This parade is a captivating procession featuring eye-catching floats, beloved characters, and enchanting music.

I love that this parade features my favorite character, Ariel from the Little Mermaid. We watched this parade for the first time and then headed across the park to Ariel’s Grotto in Fantasyland. We rode Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and then were able to meet Ariel for the first time since the pandemic started.

Enter the new Fantasyland as you watch this popular parade. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic and wonder of the Festival of Fantasy Parade!

Is There a Parade Every Day in Magic Kingdom?

Yes, there is a parade every day in Magic Kingdom. The Festival of Fantasy Parade takes place every day on the same route in Magic Kingdom.

Make sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the latest parade updates. Don’t miss this magical daily event during your visit to Magic Kingdom Park.

What Time is the Parade in Magic Kingdom?

The Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom takes place daily at 12pm and 3:00pm, providing a magical afternoon treat for park visitors. As you plan your day in the park, be sure to carve out some time to experience the enchanting sights and sounds of this captivating procession.

You can find the exact times that are updated daily in the My Disney Experience App or ask a friendly cast member for more details.

The parade features a variety of colorful floats, each one inspired by a different Disney movie or character. From the iconic Cinderella Castle float to the daring Maleficent fire breathing dragon, you’ll be mesmerized by the vibrant costumes.

The Snuggly Duckling Float featuring Rapunzel in the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom.
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The Snuggly Duckling Float featuring Rapunzel in the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom.

What Floats and Characters does the Festival of Fantasy Parade Have?

As the parade unfolds, you’ll be amazed by the mesmerizing floats and beloved characters.  Of course your beloved classic characters, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, make an appearance in the Disney Parks for this parade.

Each float is a visual masterpiece, crafted with intricate detail and accompanied by talented performers in exquisite costumes. Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting world of Disney as your favorite stories come to life before your eyes during the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

There are two noteworthy floats that everyone has been talking about. These of course are the Princess Garden Float and the Peter Pan float.

Princess Garden Float

The Princess Garden float is a delightful spectacle of Disney Princesses, featuring Cinderella, Tiana, Belle, and their princes riding in a garden of topiaries accompanied by woodland creatures, birds, and more. This gorgeous display of pageantry serves as a beautiful reminder of the classic Disney princess stories we all know and love.

Get ready to be transported to a world of elegance and enchantment with the Princess Garden float.

Peter Pan

Prepare to be whisked away to Neverland with the incredible Peter Pan float. The famous Jolly Roger pirate ship takes center stage, complete with smoke effects and special surprises. Tinker Bell is nestled among giant flowers, and Captain Hook swings on a daring anchor.

The energetic Lost Boys showcase high-energy choreography, making this float an unforgettable experience. So, hold onto your hats and glasses, and embark on a high-flying adventure with Peter Pan and friends!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, and Jiminy Cricket Dancing through the Festival of Fantasy Parade. These characters also interacted with guests along the way.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, and Jiminy Cricket Dancing through the Festival of Fantasy Parade. These characters also interacted with guests along the way.

Festival of Fantasy Characters

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Anna
  • Ariel, The Little Mermaid
  • Beast
  • Belle
  • Captain Hook
  • Chip & Dale
  • Cinderella
  • Daisy Duck
  • Donald Duck
  • Dumbo
  • Elsa
  • Flynn
  • Goofy
  • Jiminy Cricket
  • Maleficent 
  • Merida
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Pluto
  • Prince Charming
  • Prince Navean
  • Prince Phillip
  • Rapunzel
  • Seven Dwarfs
  • Snow White
  • Tiana
  • Tinker Bell
  • White Rabbit

What is the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Route?

The Festival of Fantasy Parade takes you on an enchanting journey through the Magic Kingdom, beginning in the rustic charm of Frontierland and continuing through the colonial-era charm of Liberty Square. Finally, the parade route culminates with a grand finale down the nostalgic, turn-of-the-century-inspired Main Street USA.

The Disney Festival of Fantasy parade takes a magical route through the heart of Magic Kingdom. The parade begins near Splash Mountain in Frontierland. It then travels through Liberty Square before making a turn in front of the iconicCinderella Castle. Finally, it takes a stroll down Main Street USA to finish its journey.

This enchanting route offers a variety of viewing locations, each providing a unique perspective on the parade’s dazzling floats and beloved characters. The place with the most seating for guests is at the front of Cinderella Castle, though it can be harder to see the parade from this location.

Awe-inspiring sights and sounds await you at every twist and turn, as you follow the parade route along with your favorite Disney characters.

Frontierland Start

Festival of Fantasy Parade begins in Frontierland. Watching the parade from this location has several advantages, such as being one of the first to finish watching it and having access to plenty of shaded areas on the left side of the path.

Plus, it’s easy to get to Adventureland after the parade is over, allowing you to continue your magical Disney journey with ease.

Liberty Square and Main Street Views

Should you choose to watch the parade from Liberty Square, you’ll witness the spectacle as it starts in Frontierland and travels through Liberty Square before turning onto the Liberty Square Bridge and passing by the majestic Cinderella Castle.

Alternatively, Main Street USA offers a classic Disney experience, complete with a fantastic view of Cinderella Castle in the background of the parade. No matter which location you choose, you’re sure to have an unforgettable parade viewing experience.

Where are the Best Places and Viewing Locations to see Parades in Magic Kingdom?

The Little Mermaid Dancers and Ariel on The Little Mermaid Float in the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom
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The Little Mermaid Dancers and Ariel on The Little Mermaid Float in the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom

To fully appreciate the spectacle of the Festival of Fantasy Parade, it’s essential to find the perfect viewing location. Whether you choose to watch from Frontierland, Liberty Square, or Main Street USA, each spot offers a unique perspective and breathtaking views of the parade’s magnificent floats and characters.

To make the most of your Festival of Fantasy Parade experience, consider viewing the parade from Frontierland. This location not only offers an early finish to the parade, but also provides easy access to Adventureland once the procession has passed.

By choosing this strategic viewing location, you’ll be well-positioned to continue your magical journey through the Magic Kingdom and make the most of your time in the park.

So, stake out your ideal vantage point and prepare to be swept away by the magic of the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Keep reading for tips to find the perfect viewing spot for Disney World guests.

Magic Kingdom Parade Tips:

Finding the best places to see parades in Magic Kingdom can be a challenge, but with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to an unforgettable experience. Arrive early to secure a prime viewing spot, bring a poncho in case of rain, and don’t forget your camera to capture the memories.

With these helpful hints, you’ll be well-prepared to take in the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of Disney’s magical parades.

While the Festival of Fantasy Parade is a highlight of Magic Kingdom, other Disney theme parks also host their own parades, each featuring an array of dazzling floats, characters, and music.

So, as you explore the magic of Disney, remember to keep an eye out for parades at other theme parks, and use the tips and tricks shared in this blog post to make the most of your parade experience.

To fully enjoy the magic of Disney parades, follow these simple tips: arrive at least 30 minutes early to secure a good spot, check the parade route ahead of time, and plan accordingly.

Bring snacks and drinks to keep you entertained while you wait, and don’t forget to download the My Disney Experience app for all the latest information. With a little preparation, you’ll be well on your way to creating lasting memories during your visit to Walt Disney World.

Genie Plus Considerations

To make the most of your Festival of Fantasy Parade experience, be sure to consider utilizing the Genie Plus service and follow our Walt Disney World parade tips. By planning ahead and taking advantage of these resources, you’ll be well-equipped to create unforgettable memories during your time at the Magic Kingdom.

With Genie Plus, you can reserve a spot for the parade. This will ensure that you have the best view of the parade and can enjoy the show without having to worry about finding a spot. Additionally, there are numerous reasons for it.

The Genie Plus service offers a fantastic opportunity to enhance your parade experience by allowing you to book a viewing area for the Festival of Fantasy Parade and access Lightning Lane for select attractions. By using Genie Plus, you’ll enjoy the parade route from a prime spot near the flag pole in Town Center on Main Street, ensuring a magical view of the procession.

You’ll be able to take in the sights and sounds of the parade from a comfortable spot, without having to worry about finding a good spot or waiting in line. Genie Plus also offers exclusive access to Lightning Lane, allowing you to skip the lines and enjoy select features.

Does Magic Kingdom do a Night Parade?

Tinker Bell in the Boo to You parade at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party which takes place at night.
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Tinker Bell in the Boo to You parade at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party which takes place at night.

There is currently no night parade at the park. Mickey’s Not So-Scary Halloween party features a nighttime parade called Boo To You.

Magic Kingdom had a nighttime parade last year. The rumor is that the Main Street Electrical Parade will be making its way back to Walt Disney World.

The showtime for this parade was 8pm and featured amazing LED lights. We are crossing our fingers that this nighttime spectacular will return!

Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package

Princess Tiana and Prince Navean from the Princess and the Frog Float in the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom.
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Princess Tiana and Prince Navean from the Princess and the Frog Float in the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom.

For an even more magical parade experience, consider the Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package. This delightful offering includes a Lady and the Tramp inspired lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in Magic Kingdom, followed by reserved viewing for the afternoon parade.

Combining a delicious meal with the enchanting sights and sounds of the Festival of Fantasy Parade, this dining package is a perfect way to elevate your parade experience.

Booking the Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package is simple and convenient. For $54 per adult and $19 per child (ages 9 and under), plus tax and gratuity, you’ll enjoy a scrumptious lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant and reserved viewing for the parade.

Reservations can be made up to 180 days ahead, ensuring you have plenty of time to plan your magical Disney day.

When reserving the Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package, remember that a credit card guarantee is required. Your card won’t be charged unless you cancel, but there’s a $10 fee applied to your card if you cancel within 48 hours of the restaurant seating time.

Keep this in mind as you plan your Disney adventure, and get ready to enjoy a memorable parade experience.

What is Special About a Disney parade?

Mickey and Minnie close out the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom.
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Mickey and Minnie close out the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom.

A Disney parade is truly a unique and unforgettable experience. With its eye-catching floats, performers in exquisite costumes, and music that will have you singing along, a Disney parade is a highlight of any visit to the parks.

The Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom is a perfect example of the magic and wonder that a Disney parade can bring, offering visitors an enchanting escape into the world of their favorite stories and characters.

You will have a good time watching the character tricks on floats. Characters are also interacting with guests throughout the parade as well creating a memorable experience for your family.

Do any Other Disney Theme Parks Have Parades?

Yes, other Disney theme parks also host parades, each with its own unique array of floats, characters, and music. These captivating processions bring the magic of Disney to life, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of their favorite stories and characters.

So, as you plan your Disney adventure, be sure to include parades at other theme parks in your itinerary.

What Other Parades are Marching Through the Disney World Theme Parks?

If you are staying at select Walt Disney World Resort Locations, you may be able to view to the the Electrical Water Pageant Parade. This short nighttime parade is on the Seven Seas Lagoon and can be seen from a distance.

There are no parades in Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT. You may find character cavalcades in these two Disney theme parks instead. A cavalcade is a short parade.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has Flotillas which are similar to the cavalcades except you will find the characters on boats. You can view these Flotillas anywhere you can see the water like a bridge.

Magic Kingdom also offers parades during special events like Mickey’s Not So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. You won’t want to miss the Christmastime parade!

Magic Kingdom has the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade as well as the Festival of Fantasy Parade. You can find rare characters from Zootopia, Coco, Jungle Book, Moana, Incredibles, Encanto, and more!

The Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom is a magical experience that should not be missed. With its captivating floats, beloved characters, and enchanting music, this daily parade offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of Disney. 

By following our tips and tricks, utilizing the Genie Plus service, and considering the Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package, you can make the most of your parade experience. You can create unforgettable memories during your visit to Walt Disney World. 

So let the magic begin!

Frequently Asked Questions

What time is the first parade at Magic Kingdom?

The first parade at Magic Kingdom takes place daily at 12pm. It’s a great way to get some of your favorite Disney characters and get a good view of all the floats during this exciting parade!

The parade features a variety of characters from classic Disney films, as well as some of the newer characters from recent movies. You can also expect to see more.

Where does the parade start in Magic Kingdom?

The parade starts in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, and the route goes through Liberty Square and down Main Street USA. Main Street is often the most crowded viewing location due to the amazing view of Cinderella Castle, but no matter where you go, you’ll have a great view of the parade.

What time is the parade and fireworks at Magic Kingdom?

The parade usually starts at 8:15 PM and proceeds down Main Street U.S.A. with the most spectacular viewing locations around Cinderella Castle and Town Square. However, make sure to check the park schedule for your day, as times can change. The parade and fireworks at Magic Kingdom typically start at 8:15 PM with the parade, followed by the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show at 10:15 PM.

How long is the 3pm parade at Magic Kingdom?

The 3pm parade at Magic Kingdom is a 30 minute long show featuring rare and familiar Disney characters. It begins in Frontierland and ends at Main Street, U.S.A., giving viewers many options for where to stand and watch the spectacle.

Viewers can choose to stand in Frontierland to watch the parade start, or they can move to Main Street, U.S.A. to watch the parade end. There are many reasons.

Is Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade worth it?

Based on all the rave reviews, it’s clear that the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is totally worth it. It has stunning costumes, amazing floats and memorable music that will leave you humming long after you’ve left the park.

From my experience, it’s a great way to spend the day with family or friends.

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