Our trips to Disney pre-kids were so much different than they are now. I never wanted to take the time to wait for the parade. I made the mistake the first time we went to Disney as a family of not going to the parade but happened to catch the tail end of one and my daughter was in absolute awe. I will never forget the look on her face…at that moment it hit me, this is the reason people find their spot on the parade route and wait an hour for it to begin. How could I have been so stupid not to realize this? I had a bad mommy moment that’s for sure. I was able to redeem myself that evening with the Spectro-magic parade. The music, the floats, the characters and our family sitting watching waiting for the next amazing moment to happen. I can’t watch a parade now without getting teary eyed. It makes me think of when I was a little girl watching the parades and makes me think of how quickly my girls will grow up.
Each visit to the park is based around the parades now and we all enjoy them whether they are during the day or night. Last year we went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party and I must say that parade was the most impressive for me, that one is my favorite. I don’t know how they did it but when each float passed depending on what it was it smelled like the theme of the float (ex: gingerbread house smelled like gingerbread, candy store smelled like candy). It added to the experience like I never expected it to, it was so cool. That and everything in the parade screamed Christmas, it really made our Florida Christmas feel like Christmas. I grew up in New Hampshire so I find Christmas in Florida to be so different.