Whether you’re a first-time visitor to a Disney park or an annual passholder, the parades are without a doubt one of the most exciting attractions to see during your trip. So what can you do to get the best possible view of the parade? Here are a few tips to help you get a great view of the magic as it passes by.

1. Stake Out a Spot
If you want to be up front for a parade, you really have no choice but to plan way ahead and wait. Cast members will rope off seating areas up to an hour or more ahead of a parade, and it’s first come, first serve. Main Street USA spots always go first, so if that’s where you want to watch the parade, claim a spot an hour before parade time. For spots along the route, make sure to grab a seat 30-40 minutes before the parade starts.

2. Make a Reservation
Depending on which Disney park you’re visiting, a restaurant may have a great view of the parade. In Disneyland for example, the Carnation Café on Main Street USA sits right at the center of the street, offering an awesome view of parades. Make a dining reservation for about 30 minutes before the parade starts, and enjoy your view as you eat.

3. Visit Attractions Along the Route
And finally, if you’d rather not waste an hour waiting at the curb, visit an attraction along the parade route. In Disneyland, the Mad Tea Party, Alice in Wonderland, or It’s A Small World all provide decent views of the parade, and you get the added bonus of actually using that wait time to ride an attraction!

What are your tips for viewing a parade? Let us know in the comments!

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A special ‘thank you’ to our intern Jessica Howe for this great piece! Jessica Howe is a recent college grad, comms rep, and a proud Disney nerd. A native New Englander (and now California transplant!), Jessica is passionate about the Happiest Place on Earth, and how the magic kingdom gives people the chance to step into the worlds of their favorite stories.

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