Among all of the thrill rides and entertaining shows, another joy of Orlando’s theme parks are the parades that travel through the parks. The energetic processions bring the spirit of the parks to life in a whole new way with characters, music, and audience participation. Whether running daily or operating on special occasions, these are all of the fun parades you can enjoy in Orlando!
You can catch daily processions at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, AND SeaWorld Orlando.
Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
The Festival of Fantasy Parade brings the spirit of Disney to life every day at 3:00 PM. The 35-minute procession through the park is a celebration of Fantasyland with colorful stilt walkers, performers, and beautiful floats from popular stories including:
- A Princess Garden: Features Cinderella, Tiana, and Belle with their princes along with Anna and Elsa. The royal float is also decorated with topiaries, birds, and cute woodland creatures.
- Tangled: Flynn Rider and Rapunzel are looking for their next adventure while riding a ship on the high seas. Rapunzel’s infamous long hair is weaved all throughout the 36-foot long float.
- The Little Mermaid: Ariel and friends sit on top of a bright seashell-shaped music box. Surrounding the float, colorful fish characters perform in a conga line.
- Peter Pan: The famous Jolly Rogers pirate ship features Peter Pan, Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, and Tick-Tock the Crocodile.
- Brave: Merida travels down the parade route on a royal crown float, led by Celtic couples and Scottish dancers
- Sleeping Beauty: A steampunk-inspired Maleficent dragon float that has glowing eyes and breathes fire
- Mickey’s Airship: The finale of the parade is loaded with Fantasyland characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, Fantasia, and more!
The Festival of Fantasy parade begins in Frontierland, moves through Liberty Square, past Cinderella Castle, and down Main Street, USA, where it ends.
There is a Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package available, which includes reserved seating for the parade. First, you can enjoy lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. The meal includes an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage. Then, you’ll take your VIP viewing voucher to the Main Street USA flag pole at least 15 minutes prior to parade time. The package is $54 per adult and $19 per child. Make your reservations by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party
The Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party travels a shorter distance, only processing Main Street USA to the Cinderella Castle. The full experience is actually much longer because it is part parade, part street party. The 35-minute high energy festivities are hosted by live singers who lead the procession down Main Street. Mickey and Minnie star in the celebration in brand new outfits that were created just for this party. Other amazing floats carry Donald, Daisy, Clarabelle, and Goofy.
Guests of all ages can dance and play along to a fun soundtrack feature modern remixes of classic Disney songs and an all-new original song called “It’s a Good Time.” The Street Party takes place three times daily at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 5:45 PM.
Universal’s Superstar Parade
Universal Orlando’s Superstar parade is an exciting party on wheels featuring some of your favorite Universal characters! The streets of Universal Studios becomes a giant stage for an interactive performance with music, energetic performers, and incredible themed floats and vehicles. The stars of the show are characters from popular movies and television shows including:
- Spongebob Squarepants
- Dora The Explorer
- Go Diego, Go
- Despicable Me
- The Minions Movie
- The Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Life of Pets is the newest addition to the parade. Characters such as Duke, Max, Leonard, Gidget, and Chloe are sure to make you laugh with the crazy antics they get in to when their owners aren’t home.
The procession starts next to Louie’s Italian Restaurant in the New York area of the park and travels through Production Central and Hollywood, ending near the Horror Make-Up Show theater. During the parade there are two stops, at Mel’s Drive-In and at Battery Park. Dancers, drummers, gymnasts and characters put on an interactive show during the short breaks.
Sesame Street Party Parade
SeaWorld Orlando recently debuted their first parade ever! The Sesame Street Party Parade takes place three times daily:
- 11:30 AM
- 2:30 PM
- 4:30 PM
The colorful procession gets the crowd dancing with ten floats, lovable monsters, and more than 20 dancers. Each float has its own theme inspired by a familiar element from Sesame Street such as Mr. Hooper’s Store, the Count’s Castle, and Cookie Monster’s cookie jar.
Along the parade route, there are two interactive stops. During the first stop, performers jump rope, hula hoop and dance with Sesame Street friends. Rosita is the star of the second stop and entertains the crowd by playing guitar.
Reserved seating is available for all three daily parades. You can secure a spot in a special area with cushioned seating and a carpeted viewing space for kids. The reserved section is located in front of Orca Amphitheater and across from Dolphin Point. Prices vary based on season, but tend to range between $10 and $15 per person.
In addition to the parks’ daily parades, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando both offer seasonal processions as part of their elaborate holiday festivities.
Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade
During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween, you can catch the Boo to You Halloween parade. Led by the Headless Horseman, the spooky procession features all of your favorite Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes. The 20-minute parade makes its way down Main Street U.S.A. twice each night during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween.
This year, the Halloween event takes place on the following days:
- August 16, 20, 23, 27, and 30
- September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, and 29
- October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, and 31
- November 1
Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
The Once Upon A Christmastime Parade brings the holiday cheer through the park during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which takes place at Magic Kingdom on:
- November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, and 24
- December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, and 22
The 20-minute musical holiday procession features Toy Soldiers, Gingerbread Men, and beloved Disney characters in their finest festive attire. The stars of the parade lead the way through the park before a special appearance from Santa Claus at the end!
Universal Holiday Parade feat. Macy’s
The Universal Holiday Parade feat. Macy’s is a collaboration between Universal Orlando and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, so you know it’s got to be good. After the annual Macy’s parade, some of the incredible balloons make their way to Universal for a second showing at the park during the Universal Holidays celebration. This year, the celebration takes place from November 16 through January 5. The larger than life balloons will be accompanied by festive floats featuring The Minions, characters from Madagascar, characters from Shrek, and Santa himself.