Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is renowned for its parades and offers these parades at each of its theme parks every day. Each parade features the theme of the park throughout the parade. The parade's title and time are always available inside the park's map. If you don't have a map you can always ask a Cast Member what time the parade starts. If you do want to see a Walt Disney World parade, it is best to line up around an hour before hand. Some people choose to line up earlier and that is ok. Usually, there are still places in the front around an hour before the parade begins. If it is an extremely popular parade you might have to line up before that. If you are unsure of how much time to allot to waiting for the parade, ask a Walt Disney World Cast Member and they will be able to give you the inside tips. The Cast Members are also good at knowing where the best spots to watch the parade are.
While you are waiting for the parade to start, Walt Disney World usually puts on little pre-shows all throughout the parade route. These pre-shows may be musicians or street performers. If no pre-show is in your area, chances are a street vendor is. Walt Disney World provides a wide variety of carnival style foods, balloons, and toys that light up. If the parade you are watching is after nightfall, you might want to try a toy that lights up as it adds a fun atmosphere to the crowd.
If you don't want to see the parade, use that time to your advantage. While everybody is lining up and watching the parade, many of the Walt Disney World attractions have shorter lines and are remarkably less crowded. If you need to cross the parade route, there are designated areas to do so. Keep walking along the parade route until you see where the Cast Member is monitoring the parade route. Chances are, this is the Cast Member in charge of the parade route crossing. They will allow you to cross the route once it is safe for you and for the performers.
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