Disney fans who have visited the parks before know that securing a spot to watch the parade can be quite a task consisting of holding a spot in the sun for an hour plus, dealing with pressing crowds and strollers, and fussy kids. Despite it all, a Disney parade is a vacation must-do and the smiles on your kids' faces makes it all worth it; but to make it all a little easier, we've put together a few Magic Kingdom Parade Strategies!
Main Street Strategies
Main Street Strategy #2: Didn't want to wait an hour for a spot? You could still get a view of the parade! How? You could try the trashcan method. Sounds gross, we know, but if you stand in front of a trashcan, all of which stand on the curb, you get an unobstructed view of the parade and few people think to stand here. Another method we suggest is the tape method. As you walk along the shops before parade time, you will notice taped squares in little alcoves and in front of store windows that are out of the way of traffic. Why? These are spots where you can stand to watch the parade without being asked to move along by Cast Members. Now people are passing by in front of you, but you still get to see the parade and occasionally, an open spot on the curb will open up that you can grab!
Main Street Strategy #4: Another great way to see the parade is to book a reservation at Tony's Restaurant on Main Street. This dining destination has windows facing the street, meaning that some tables will have a view of the parade as they dine! Be warned that you can't guarantee yourself one of these tables, but be sure to ask! Sometimes Cast Members can make it happen!
Alternative Parade Route Strategies
Alternative Route Strategy #2: Many guests prefer to watch the parades in Frontierland and Liberty Square. While you don't have the classic Main Street and Castle backdrop, the parade does begin in these areas and some say it's easier to find a spot at times. One guaranteed advantage is that you're close to some popular attractions and can hop right on as soon as the parade is over!
Alternative Route Strategy #3: Want a really cool way to see the parade? How about while on a ride? If you happen to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Splash Mountain during the parade, you may get a cool, aerial view of the illuminated Main Street Electrical floats passing by!