Parade at Magic Kingdom
  • On Apr 20, 2024
    Skylar from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What’s the parade schedule like for this December? Are there specific times? Also, what is the route they take, and where is the best place to stand/sit and watch. First timers here :)

    Hello, Skylar!

    Thank you for stopping by planDisney. I love bringing my family and friends for their first visits to Walt Disney World Resort. Walking down Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Park or laughing on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in EPCOT for the first time is a special experience, especially when it is during the holidays!

    The December Entertainment Schedule will not be released until closer to the end of the year. Last year, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade in Magic Kingdom usually took place at noon and 3:00 PM on most days. It is such a sweet parade! Parades usually begin near Tiana's Bayou Adventure (which opens this summer!) and continue in front of Cinderella Castle before heading down Main Street, U.S.A. (or vice versa, as the first performance of the day generally goes in one direction and then returns in the opposite direction for the second performance). My family likes to watch the parades near Tiana's Bayou Adventure or Cinderella Castle. Guests are generally asked to stand during the parade to make room for additional Guests enjoying the performance. 

    Parade performances and other entertainment offerings can be found on the Walt Disney World website and the My Disney Experience app. I recommend downloading the My Disney Experience app before your trip. It has a variety of helpful planning tools, including park maps and restaurant information. We also use the app all of the time during our trips to view wait times, join restaurant walk-up lists, make Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations, and mobile order food. Being able to order our food before my kids become "hangry" is a lifesaver! I place my order at least a couple of hours before we want to eat to ensure my preferred dining time is available. 

    Dining reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance on the website or app, although Guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel can make their reservations up to 60 days in advance for the entire length of their stay (up to a 10-night stay). The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is a popular time at Walt Disney World, and I recommend making dining reservations as soon as they become available. 

    Skylar, I hope your trip to Walt Disney World Resort is everything you dream of! If you have other questions, I am happy to help!

    Wishing You a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow!
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Meet the Panelist: Jen, Nevada

Hello from Nevada! I'm Jen - a married mom, social worker, and lifetime collector of Disney experiences. Disneyland Resort has been my "home away from home" since I was a child, and Walt Disney World Resort has become one of my favorite vacations spots as an adult. Whether it's celebrating special occasions, dining with food allergies, or making use of digital tools, I love helping Guests maximize their time and fun while visiting Disney destinations!  Learn More About Jen

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