Die-hard german theme park enthusiasts visiting Florida tend to do the “full-circle”, which mean 8 parks in 8 to 10 days. Just doing the rides will keep you pretty busy, if not totally exhausted. But concentrating just on rides would not
do justice to all the amazing things, the parks have to offer. There is great food, shows, nighttime entertainment and … parades.
If you grew up in the part of Germany I was born in, you grew up with parades. As the whole world knows, Germans have no sense of humor. But we make up for that on three days in February we call “Karneval”
. That time we celebrate with parades featuring large floats, Marschmusik (oh yes, all Germans love Marschmusik) and lots and lots and lots of booze (to fight the cold). Oh, and we throw hard candy (“Kamelle”
) at the kids.
So on my first visits to Orlando I always avoided the Parade in the Magic Kingdom. Little did I know how much fun it is. By now parades are a must
on any trip. Today however, most of the parades have been shut down. They are not doing the Safari parade in Animal Kingdom anymore, the Hollywood Studios Parade is gone and there is no nighttime parade in the Magic Kingdom right now. But the "Festival of Fantasy”
parade in the Magic Kingdom makes up for that, as it features an incredible cast of Disney Characters, a great soundtrack (maybe apart from the “Little Night Music”
segment) and a fire breathing dragon. You have to arrive early to get a decent spot though, but that’s not too bad, as you do not have to wait in the freezing cold squeezed between drunk people listening to Marschmusik