A big part of the Disney and Magic Kingdom experience is the parades. We loved all of them from the trolley dancers to the first parade we happened upon – the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It Street Party. We were just ambling around Main Street one morning when the music started to blast out, people cleared off the road and a load of colourful floats started heading our way.
Full of energy with loud music and great costumes, this parade heads down Main Street several times a day. We only managed to see it once – an indication of how much there is to do here.
They stop at various points, get children standing at the road side to join in and blast out contemporary music. The energy is infectious and with stilt walkers, floats, Disney characters and more there is so much to look at as they make their way past.
The main parade in the Magic Kingdom is the Festival of Fantasy – we watched it on our first day and several other times after that. We never had an issue getting a great view, watched it in several different lands and didn’t really think there was a “best spot” to check it out. The floats are wonderful, the costumes are stunning and the soundtrack features songs from Disney movies.
Each float told a different story. My favourite was Brave – I have to confess to never having seen that movie but I loved the kilts and Scottish theme.
The Maleficent Dragon from Sleeping Beauty was quite incredible – 35 feet long and 26 feet high, there were thorn stilt walkers alongside and when that dragon breathed fire – a wow moment.
We stayed late one evening at the park to check out the Main Street Electrical Parade. I remember this being a highlight of mine in the past, it still did not disappoint. Plenty of great lighting effects, technology and still that incredibly catchy music.
As if that wasn’t enough, we followed the crowds to get a good spot for the Wishes Night Time Spectacular – apparently the largest fireworks display ever presented at the Magic Kingdom. It was just stunning – amazing pyrotechnics exploding around and above Cinderella Castle is just the way to end the day.