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Ariel in the parade at Magic Kingdom
  • On Aug 15, 2019
    Paige from MN Asked

    Hello! We are doing WDW in January. A few years ago, I heard that a good way to watch the parade is to book at 2:00 lunch reservation at Liberty Tree Tavern and then watch the parade from their patio. Is this still a good way to watch the parade?

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Paige! 

    If I'm at Magic Kingdom Park for the day, watching the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is an absolutely non-negotiable must-do activity for me every time. There is something super magical about seeing your favorite Disney Characters on those larger-than-life floats, and I promise that you'll be humming the music all day! The Parade covers a lot of ground and there are plenty of great places to see it from, so let's chat about what your options are and how you can mix some delicious food into the plan as well.

    While the Patriot's Platter at Liberty Tree Tavern is one of my favorite meals at Magic Kingdom Park, I wouldn't recommend that particular dining location for prime Parade viewing. There is a small patio area but no reserved outdoor seating, and only a few tables inside have a window with a partial view of the route, but it's not guaranteed that you'd be able to sit there at the exact time you want. If you can time your meal so that you'll be leaving the restaurant about 30 to 45 minutes before the Parade starts, you'll be in a great area to find a spot to watch. Liberty Square is actually my favorite place to watch the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, and I usually pick a patch in front of The Hall of Presidents or by Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, which is just on the other side of the street. If you want to enjoy a meal while you watch, I think the best place to do that is at some of the outdoor tables at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland or Casey's Corner on Main Street U.S.A. Tony's Town Square Restaurant also offers the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package, which includes a lovely Italian meal and vouchers for a prime reserved spot for the Parade, so that might be something to consider for your family as well!

    Wave to Mickey Mouse for me, Paige!

    Jessica
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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our two rescue animals. We are Disney-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted-out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World instead! I'm thrilled to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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