You can see any parade without waiting to get a spot. There are some exceptions so read on to see if you are one of them or how you can snag a spot with no wait.
We never wait to see a parade, rather if we are in the right spot at the right time, we will watch one.
What I’ve learned from this method, is that there is always room for one, two, three or more in any spot on the parade route.
Rather than staking out your spot an hour in advance, spend that valuable time riding rides and seeing other attractions. Then show up just as the parade is getting to you.
This of course doesn’t quite work if you want front row spots so the characters can come and say, “Happy Birthday” to you, (they do this if you have the Happy Birthday button on) but if the parade is not high on your to do list, you can still see it without the wait.
There are a few tricks to snag a spot on the route so be sure to follow these so you don’t miss out.
Find out which way the parade is coming. Ask any of the attendants standing around and they will let you know if the parade starts at Main Street or at It’s A Small World. This is important to know because if you are at the tail end of the parade it won’t start at 4, it will take at least 15 minutes or longer to reach you. Use that time to check out some stuff aroound you. The end of the route is usually the most empty as well. People want to be at the beginning so they can get back to the rides after waiting that hour for their spots.
If a spot is full, keep walking down the line. You will find an opening eventually. Even if you have to stand behind a few people you will still be able to see the tall floats and nobody will complain if you put your little one on your shoulders.
However, if you’re the parent who got drug to Disneyland against your will, grab an ice cream cone and take an hour break securing a parade spot. You’ll be the hero and get a nice relaxing hour to yourself.