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  • On May 29, 2009
    Nadav from Select a State 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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    How long before the parade/fireworks starts should we already get us spots for it?

    Hi Nadav.

    Aw the perfect parade firework spot is a valuable commodity at Disney World. During holiday visits, we have camped out in those prime spaces for hours. How long you will need to reserve this spot depends on the time of the year you go. Certainly on actual holidays you may need to wait for an hour or two. During the peak travel months, like spring break and the summer, the wait will also be longer.

    On average we usually pick our spot about thirty to forty minutes before the parade or fireworks show starts. We like to take turns sitting and waiting ( and resting) while the others shop, grab a snack or one last spin on an attraction. During the slower crowds, you can often find a great spot even fifteen minutes before the show starts. Main Street fills up the quickest especially for the Wishes firework show, therefore if sitting on Main Street is important to you, plan that time out earlier. Likewise, there are limited shady spots to enjoy the Animal Kingdom parade so those go early too.

    The best trick we use is to decide earlier in the day where we want to sit. We then keep an eye on how crowded the parks are, about an hour before the parade begins, we check out the number of people "camping out". If it looks like the crowds are gathering, we sit down and wait. On a side note, a great way to pass the wait is a game of Disney Uno or Disney memory. I pack the cards and memory tiles in a ziploc bag and bring them with me in my backpack.

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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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