Parade at Magic Kingdom
  • On Mar 20, 2023
    Ryan from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I will be using DAS for the first time for my upcoming trip to Disney World. I saw that the parades now have Genie+ seating. Is that something I can book with DAS the day of or would I need to pay separately?

    Hi, Ryan!  Welcome to planDisney!

    When I visit Walt Disney World Resort with my son who is on the autism spectrum, we use Disability Access Service (DAS).  This accommodation is intended for Guests who, due to a disability, cannot wait in a traditional queue environment.  DAS has been extremely helpful to my family, and some recent updates have made it even more convenient to use.  

    One update to the DAS system that I find to be particularly useful is the ability to obtain a DAS return time for an attraction using the My Disney Experience mobile app.  When looking at the list of available DAS attractions in your app, you will see that the majority of rides in the park, with a few exceptions such as attractions that utilize a virtual queue system, are available for booking a DAS return time.  However, since Guests do not need to wait in a queue to experience shows and parades, you will not find those listed as a DAS option.  

    If you want access to a reserved viewing area for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, you would need to purchase Disney Genie+ service and book the parade as a Lightning Lane selection.  If you would prefer not to purchase Disney Genie+ service, I have some suggestions that might help you with finding a spot to view the parade.

    Main Street, U.S.A. and the hub area in front of the castle tend to be the most crowded areas for parade viewing and can fill up quite early.  While Cinderella Castle certainly is a magical backdrop for parade viewing, I would recommend looking for a viewing spot in Frontierland.  This area of the parade route tends to be less crowded.  Also, since the parade route begins in Frontierland, you'll have less time to wait to see Mickey, Minnie, and all of their Fantasyland friends.

    Another trick that really helps my son pass the time when waiting for a parade or show to start is to have a snack.  Let's be honest, even the adults in our family are happier when they're passing the time by enjoying a delicious Mickey ice cream bar.  Before you know it, you'll be celebrating the magic of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.

    Ryan, if we can help you with anything else as you get ready for your vacation, please don't hesitate to ask.  See ya real soon!

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