• On Jan 15, 2020
    Shannon from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Where is the best spot to watch the parade at magic kingdom in the shade?

    Hi there, Shannon! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 

    My family never misses the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. My son’s face absolutely lights up when he catches a glimpse of his current favorite character, Captain Hook, in a friendly skirmish with Peter Pan, while a group of dancing Lost Boys puts on a show. 

    If you are looking for shade, as we often are in the heat of the day, my absolute favorite spot to catch the parade is in Frontierland, on the side of the parade route where the shops are located near the Country Bear Jamboree. As this is one of the few locations with shade on the parade route, it does get crowded quickly, so I would recommend arriving about 30 to 45 minutes before the parade is scheduled to start. I often find our spot with the kids and send my husband to Aloha Isle to get Dole Whips for the entire family. There is a convenient cut through from Frontierland to Adventureland that pops out right next to Aloha Isle! Aloha Isle also has mobile ordering, making this a super convenient, and cool, snack! 

    Shannon, if you would like VIP viewing for the parade, have you seen the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package? This package includes lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant where you may select an appetizer, entree, dessert, and a drink and also comes with vouchers to access a VIP viewing area along the parade route. While the VIP viewing area is located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and provides the most spectacular backdrop for the parade, the last time that I looked, the VIP seating area was not located in the shade, so you may want to keep that in mind. 

    I hope that this helped Shannon, and please come back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel if we can answer any other questions to help make your June vacation a little more magical!

    Sarah B. 
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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