The Best Places to Watch a Parade in Magic Kingdom

Trying to find a spot to watch one of the many parades in Magic Kingdom can be a stressful experience if you don't know where to go. We have compiled a list of some great places to catch the fireworks!

The Best Places to Watch a Parade in Magic KingdomThe Best Places to Watch a Parade in Magic Kingdom

Main Street Main Street is by far the most popular place to catch one of the parades -- and it gets busy! Some people stake their claim on a spot 2 hours before the parade starts.

If you are watching a parade to end your day in Magic Kingdom, then try and get a spot close to the entrance. You won't be fighting as many crowds to get out, and you'll be closer to the front of the line for the monorail or ferry!

View of Parade From Main Street AreaView of Parade From Main Street Area

Tony's Town Square Porch The porch dining at Tony's Town Square is a great place to watch the parades. Not only is it a great view, you will also be seated in a chair instead of standing or sitting on the curb.

These reservations are tough to get, though. We suggest booking a reservation for 1 hour before parade time, then telling the cast member at the podium that you're willing to wait for a seat on the porch.

Frontierland and Liberty Square Unlike on Main Street, the good parade viewing spots in Frontierland and Liberty Square don't usually fill up until about 15-20 minutes before the parade actually starts.

If you're lucky, you might be able to snag a rocking chair!

Electric Light Parade from Liberty SquareElectric Light Parade from Liberty Square

The Main Street Train Station The second level of the Main Street Station is a great place to watch a parade. There are even some chairs available if you get there early enough! The entrance is in the tunnel that brings you into and out of the Magic Kingdom, in the center of the tunnel look for the stairs that bring you up to the railway platform.

View of Parade from Train Station Second FloorView of Parade from Train Station Second Floor

Note that Disney does not dim the lights up here during evening parades, so this spot is definitely better for daytime events.

Where is your favorite parade watching spot?

Poppet wrote on Fri, 09/09/2011 - 14:09:

We usually sit in front of Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square, enjoying our "Liberty Swirls".

steve wrote on Sat, 09/10/2011 - 03:58:

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I have twice watched the fireworks from within fantasyland. Although you don't get the full "fireworks-behind-the-castle" aesthetic factor in Fantasyland they explode all around you! And the limited crowds are always a bonus.

admin wrote on Sat, 09/10/2011 - 07:28:

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Love watching from Fantasyland, Steve! Great Point!

Poppet -- I haven't ever had a liberty swirl!

Kristen K. wrote on Sat, 09/10/2011 - 13:21:

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Though I just discovered it last year, the the platform in front of the Shootin' Arcade is a great spot during the day and at night!

Marg wrote on Sun, 09/11/2011 - 21:44:

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Several years ago, we took places in the VIP area on the bridge by the castle. Of course, we didn't know it was for VIPs only. A cast member said we had to leave but then another cast member said the area was not going to be used during that time, so they let us stay. Now that was the best spot we ever had to view the parade. It was absolutely fantastic. We weren't VIPs, but we sure felt like we were.

Poppet wrote on Tue, 09/13/2011 - 15:30:

Admin-- Liberty Swirls are slushies made with Fanta Blue Raspberry and Strawberry soda. Delicious!!!

Gina wrote on Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:33:

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My husband and I want to watch the Electrical Water Pageant in September. We are considering eating at Narcoossee's and watching it there. Is this a good place? If not, where is your favorite place to see the boat parade?

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 06/30/2015 - 17:26:

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I do believe that you can watch the Electrical Water Pageant from Narcoossee's, though I never have. I believe that it passes the Grand Floridian Beach at about 9:15.

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