Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

Note: Celebrate a Dream Come True has been replaced by Festival of Fantasy.

Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade debuted in January of 2009 to coincide with Disney’s “what will you celebrate” advertising campaign. Parades and shows are the best things Disney does. This is no exception.

The Parade

This is the 3rd version of the Dreams Come True parade. Gone are the “snow globes” from the previous version. The performers are live and out in the open.

There are floats from classic Disney movies like Peter Pan and Mary Poppins. Of course the big guy and his lady lead the way. All the floats are led by dancers in brightly colored costumes. There are even some characters that walk along and interact with the crowds.

Along the way there are streamers flags and even fireworks. A “lucky” family is chosen to be the “Grand Marshals”. They get to ride in the vintage car that rides in front along with a few other perks.

The parade starts in Frontierland at 3:00 every day. That means it arrives on Main Street at 3:20 or so.

Crowds

I’m always asked, hey Dad, will there be a big crowd? I always answer – Yes, yes there will be very big crowds for all the parades at Disney World.

There are always big crowds for the parades in the Magic Kingdom. Even in Frontierland people will be stacked 5-10 deep just to get a glimpse of the show. Even though the show starts in Frontierland, you can’t get to Main Street just before the parade arrives and hope to get a good look. Guests will start lining up on Main Street at around 2:30 or earlier to reserve their spot.

Where to Watch

That’s a good question that I’m not sure I have a good answer for. If you want the best seats, stake out a place on Main Street early (around 30 to 45 minutes before the scheduled start). You can usually find a spot on Main Street closer to the castle about 15 minutes before start time. Once it’s starts, your on your own.