Description And Comments
The parades are full-blown Disney productions with some combination of floats, huge inflated balloons of the characters, marching bands, old-time vehicles, dancers, and, of course, literally dozens of costumed Disney characters. Themes for the parades vary from time to time, and a special holiday parade is always produced for Christmas. Mickey's Soundsational Parade, Disneyland's latest daytime processional, premiered in 2011. It features a whimsical marching band theme with brand-new floats dedicated to The Princess and the Frog, The Little Mermaid, and a Keith Moon-channeling Drummer Mickey. The new parade is a big improvement over Disneyland's previous street party, and well worth watching from the stick-twirling drum-line kickoff to the Mary Poppins finale.
Parades always draw thousands of guests from the attraction lines. We recommend, therefore, watching from the departure point. With this strategy you can enjoy the parade, and then while the parade is continuing on its route, take advantage of the diminished lines at the attractions. Watching a parade that begins in Fantasyland from Small World Mall affords the greatest mobility in terms of accessing other areas of the park when the parade has passed.
Main Street is the most crowded area from which to watch a parade when it begins at Town Square. The opposite is true when the parade begins in Fantasyland. The upper platform of the Main Street train station affords the best viewing perspective along the route. The best time to get a position on the platform is when the parade begins in Fantasyland. When this happens, good spots on the platform are available right up to the time the parade begins. When you are at the end of the parade route, you can assume that it will take the parade 15-18 minutes to get to you.
Keep an eye on your children during parades and give them explicit instructions for regrouping in the event you get separated. Children constantly jockey for better viewing positions. A few wiggles this way and a few wiggles the other, and presto, they are lost in the crowd. Finally, be especially vigilant when the crowd starts dispersing after the parade. Thousands of people suddenly strike out in different directions, creating a perfect situation for losing a child or two.