Watching Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the Magic Kingdom! Festival of Fantasy celebrates the most magical land in the Kingdom, Fantasyland. It features the perfect blend of classic characters (such as Peter Pan and Pinocchio) and characters from the new movies such as Merida and Elsa. This parade represents the spirit of Disney with eye-catching floats and enchanting music. You may even see Maleficent in the form of a fire-breathing dragon!
Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade has one showing every day, starting at 3 PM. Depending on the weather (if it’s very stormy out), they will change to the Rainy Day Parade instead. The parade starts at 3 PM right next to Splash Mountain in Frontierland. From Frontierland, the parade will travel through Liberty Square, around the castle hub, and ending down Main Street U.S.A. Since the parade starts in Frontierland, it takes anywhere from 15-20 minutes for the parade to reach Main Street U.S.A (meaning start time for main street is 3:15-3:20), so make sure to keep this in mind when making plans! For a light day at Magic Kingdom, you can usually find a spot 30 minutes before the parade starts. For a prime spot on Main Street or for a crowded day, I would arrive to your spot 45 minutes-1 hour before start time. And for a schedule for an entire day in the Magic Kingdom, make sure to check out my post where I list out how to have a perfect day in the Magic Kingdom! While it is not always fun to wait for a parade to start, 3 PM in the Magic Kingdom is almost always sunny and hot so you want to find a spot you can sit and be in the shade!
I have watched this parade several times all from different viewing spots! I have watched from Frontierland, in front of Liberty Tree Tavern, on Main Street U.S.A in front of the shops, and by the castle hub along Main Street. My favorite spot to take pictures of the parade and for the most magical experience, is along Main Street U.S.A. towards the hub with a view of the castle! Here you can get somewhat unobstructed views of the floats with the castle in the background. For a easy, shaded area and a more relaxing experience, I would suggest finding a spot along Frontierland. With a Frontierland seat, you can also rush to a ride right after the parade ends for a shorter line!
There is a dining package available for the parade with a “VIP viewing” of the show. With the dining package, you would have Italian food for lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, and then be ushered into the VIP seating for the parade, which is located at the end of Main Street where the parade turns. The cost is $54 for adults and $19 for children 9 and under. I have never tried the dining package, but it is incredibly easy to find a good seat for the parade without booking the dining package!
Since the parade is right during the heat of the day and because you will be sitting for an extended amount of time, I always make sure to get a snack and something to drink before the parade starts (such as a Mickey ice cream bar or popcorn). The Festival of Fantasy parade is every bit magical, whimsical, and fantasy-inspired. With our favorite characters we have grown up with and the characters we have only just met, this parade weaves together a beautiful story of Fantasyland with all the music and dancing to go along with the tale. Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade is one of my favorite things to do when visiting the Magic Kingdom, and I cannot begin to describe the joy that I feel when this parade starts down Main Street U.S.A. This parade should be a must for any first-timer to Disney World or for any lover of all things Fantasyland!
Here’s to many more afternoons spent watching the most magical parade in the Most Magical Place on Earth,