At Magic Kingdom, beginning on Saturday, December 20th, the Festival of Fantasy Parade will take a break for the holiday season. It will be replaced by Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade! The Christmas parade has been offered twice nightly at every Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party and pictures of the parade a little difficult to capture (but I tried my best!).
Saturday, December 20th, the parade will be at 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm. This parade is one that I suggest not be missed! I saw it twice when I went to the party because it is so unique and magical! I even managed to snap a picture of Main Street USA as it ‘snowed’ during the parade. It will ‘snow’ twice daily during the parade starting tomorrow!.
The parade features many characters like Mickey and Minnie in their holiday attire, gingerbread men, toy soldiers, princesses and princes, and, of course, Santa Clause! Clara Bell the cow, also makes an appearance in the parade and she is a rare sighting!
Something cool, unknown and overlooked, is the scents during the parade. Look for it, or rather, sniff for it! That’s right, several floats have a distinct holiday smell associated with it to enhance our experience! A few distinct aromas were Christmas tree pine, sugar cookies, and candy! It is quite an experience and most people do not process the scents as they are mesmerized with the parade itself. I honestly did not notice it until I saw the parade a second time!
If you happen to be headed to the parade this year, again at noon and 3:30 (always check your times guide though!), enjoy this merry parade and let me know if you ‘scented’ the parade as well!
See Ya Real Soon!
– Monica L Gillis
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