Magic Kingdom Parades

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.

10.19.068 - Another parade

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 ofย how much there is to do here.

10.19.064 - Another parade

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.

10.19.067 - Another parade

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.ย The floats are wonderful, the costumes are stunning and the soundtrack features songs from Disney movies.

10.19.121 - Anna and Elsa

10.21.065 - The parade

10.21.072 - The parade

10.21.074 - The parade

10.21.076 - The parade

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.

10.21.077 - The parade

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.

10.21.081 - Maleficient

10.28.015 - Parade

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.

10.22.061 - Electric Parade

10.22.063 - Electrical Parade

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 stunningย – amazing pyrotechnics exploding around and above Cinderella Castle is just the way to end the day.

37 thoughts on “Magic Kingdom Parades

  1. Woo – love the dragon photos, especially the one from the side with the flames shooting out. Not sure about the kilts – not any tartan I know! I guess Disney tartan will be larger than life though. Looks great fun.

  2. I’ve always been a big fan of the parades, and fireworks at the Disneyland/World. I’ll never forget seeing my first parade at Disneyland. I was 8. I thought it magic! The whole day was amazing then Tinkerbell flew across the park from way up high on wire from the Matterhorn, then there were the most beautiful fireworks. It was memorable, and sure made an impression on me.

  3. They certainly know how to put on a party don’t they Joy? We did see the parade at the end of one of our Euro Disney trips but this one looks to be in a different league and the fireworks sound spectacular (I always love a good fireworks display!). Hope you’ve had a good week and wishing you a lovely weekend too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The fireworks here are incredible Rosemary – like nowhere else for sure. We saw the Euro Disney parade too but I think they go all out here – it is just amazing and you can’t fail but be impressed by it, whether you know the Disney characters or not!! Hope your week was a bit cooler and the weekend is a great one too.

      • Yes the weather has cooled down a fair bit Joy – it’s been low to mid 20s most of the day here so quite a change. Autumn officially starts next week though March can still be rather hot (not usually too extreme though and there is just starting to be a slight chill in the air overnight which is lovely). I hope the storms are clearing up over with you ๐Ÿ™‚ I checked the long range forecast as am beginning to think about our trip. For what it’s worth it said the north would be drier than it has been but the south considerably wetter (i.e. London where we’ll be going first). Plus there wouldn’t be prolonged warmer spells until the end of April or May. I think it’s rather inaccurate though this far ahead – will pack layers as usual!! Hope you have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I think layers are key here Rosemary – winter or summer you know what the UK is like, unpredictable is the key!! We’ve had a miserable wet weekend but the sun is shining this morning – always makes you feel better!

      • Yes I think that’s the way to go Joy – I came in summer a few years back and had to wear winter clothes. There was also one April when I had to buy some summer clothes as it was so hot (that was most unusual!!). Nothing like the sun shining to start the week off – let’s hope it will continue ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I noticed you spent some time in Belgium and am interested in going there this summer… Possibly early July. How many nights would you suggest for Bruges?

      • We rented a house there and stayed for a week, we actually used it as our base to explore other parts of Belgium – the coast, Brussels, the war sites, Ghent etc.. That worked really well – nowhere was more than an hour away by car but if you just wanted to see Bruges I think a couple of nights would probably be ok.

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