Rain doesn’t stop the fun Magic Kingdom Cavalcades! Check out photos and details on the latest Rainy Day Cavalcade.
We were heading out of the Magic Kingdom when we heard music over the intercom. Usually, this signals a character cavalcade is heading your way. However, it was raining so we were unsure. To our delight, we caught the new Rainy Day Character Cavalcade.
Character Interaction Changes
With reopening, Walt Disney World created a plan to keep guests safe while still allowing them to experience the Disney magic.
This included pausing parades, nighttime fireworks, stage shows, and character meet and greets. For more details on Disney World’s reopening plan, read more here.
Traditional character meet and greets are not currently available, but Disney created character cavalcades that allow guests to create memorable experiences while following social distancing guidelines.
Disney Parks shared the following statement:
OUR CHARACTERS WILL STILL BE IN THE PARKS TO ENTERTAIN AND DELIGHT OUR GUESTS. ADDITIONALLY YOU’LL BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE MANY FAVORITE ATTRACTIONS AND DOZENS OF ENTERTAINMENT OFFERINGS.
For a complete cavalcade guide of all Disney World theme parks, including videos, read our article here. This article also contains pop-up character information.
Mickey and Friends Cavalcade
Throughout the day Guests enjoy special character cavalcades. Each cavalcade follows the traditional parade route beginning in Frontierland and ending on Main Street behind the fire station.
This cavalcade featured the same great music and character outfits as the “Get Your Ears On” dance party. Mickey and Minnie Mouse are sporting Mickey’s 90th birthday outfits.
In addition to our favorite pals Mickey and Minnie, this cavalcade also includes the following characters:
- Clarabelle Cow
- Donald Duck
- Daisy Duck
- Josè and Panchito (from 3 Caballeros)
Once you hear the “princess music” over the intercom, be on the lookout for Merida. She strolls along the parade route on a majestic Clydesdale horse, waving and greeting guests.
The princess cavalcade has the most characters in any cavalcade. As you can see from the photo above, this float has been repurposed from the Fantasy of Fantasy Parade.
Check out all the characters on this cavalcade:
- Fairy Godmother
- Snow White
Fairy Godmother is my absolute favorite character to interact with. I was thrilled to see her. She even blew me kisses when I waved at her.
I hesitate to call this a cavalcade since it’s only one float and character. When you hear “Following the leader, the leader…” be on the lookout for Tink.
She sits atop a huge treasure chest with overflowing gold and riches. All along her route she is sprinkling magical pixie dust while waving at guests.
If you want to see the dashing (just ask him, right?) infamous Gaston, he leads the Fantasyland Cavalcade boasting and carrying on with guests on his stately black Clydesdale.
Once Gaston confidently trots by, expect to see Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Winnie the Pooh. Tigger bounces behind the repurposed float from the Move It, Shake It Parade.
Hundred Acres Wood Cavalcade
Check out Winnie the Pooh characters along the parade route in the Main Street Trolly. Characters include Rabbit, Eeyore, and Piglet, all socially distanced. I find it odd that Winnie the Pooh isn’t on this float with his friends.
Be sure to check Character Locator to find updated information for all of the great Character Cavalcades and Pop-Up Characters.
Rainy Day Cavalcade Changes
When Disney announces over the intercom that “Due to inclement weather, the parade has been cancelled…” be on the lookout for the Rainy Day Cavalcade. However, keep in mind, if it’s raining too hard, this cavalcade will not take place.
The Rainy Day Cavalcade isn’t new at the Magic Kingdom, but Disney has modified this experience since reopening. In the past, Disney used a combination of vehicles and characters walking rain gear.
Social distancing wasn’t a part of this parade. However, now characters all ride in vehicles, and everyone, including characters, drivers, and walking Cast Members are all spread out. Also, when we were there, we noticed less characters included than in the past.
Rainy Day Cavalcade Things Kept the Same
This cavalcade follows the same parade route as the others. To signal the beginning of the parade, Disney uses the same banner as before reopening.
Adorable Disney Performers are also included in their raincoats, hats, and rain boots. Watching them stomp in puddles in their colorful outfits adds to the festive spirit of the cavalcade. Also, the song hasn’t changed since the previous Rainy Day Cavalcade.
Rainy Day Cavalcade Lyrics
The Rainy Day Cavalcade song lasts a little less than 5 minutes. There’s a chorus with repeating, playful lyrics:
Trickle, trickle, splash, splash, tell me how long will this rain last? The rain keeps dropping, the rain don’t stop, tell me how long will this rain last?
Disney also includes tidbits from the famous “Singing in the Rain” song:
I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain. What a glorious feeling, I’m happy at last. I’m laughing at clouds, so dark up above. I’m singing; singing in the rain.
I picture Gene Kelly and Kathy Seldon dancing and singing in the rain with their umbrellas and rain gear. Also, this makes me miss this scene at The Great Movie Ride.
Disney also includes another catchy tune:
Just gotta’ see my sweet gumdrop. She’s there waiting, and I’m hesitating. Tell me just how long this rain will last.
Now I’m going to be singing rainy day tunes all day in my head! The songs in the parade really do set this cavalcade apart. Such spirited fun songs make guests and Cast Members celebrate the rain.
Mickey Starts the Show
Like the Mickey and Friends Cavalcade, Mickey and Minnie are sporting the Mickey 90th birthday outfits. They’re so colorful and fun! Mickey waved at nearby guests, making everyone feel welcome.
Rainy Day Characters
In the Rainy Day Cavalcade, there are only two vehicles. The first vehicle has Mickey sitting in the back. This is followed by the double-decker trolley with Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Daisy spread out in the vehicle.
Last month, Disney started several fun Halloween Cavalcades in Magic Kingdom. Guests were disappointed by the cancellation of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties are in for a treat seeing their favorite parade characters throughout the day.
Disney has included the following Halloween Cavalcades: Boo to You Mickey and Friends, Good to be Bad Villains, and Nightmare Before Christmas. To see your favorite characters decked out in their finest Halloween attire, including complete videos, read here.
Disney will also have special Christmas cavalcades to celebrate the season. We know we will see Santa, elves, and some reindeer. Read everything we’ve learned so far about possible Christmas characters and cavalcades here.
It was amazing to see how well each character interacts with guests. Characters blow kisses, point to guests with special ears and outfits, and give guests heart symbols with their hands. However, I can understand children being sad not being able to hug their favorite character.
But, I love the easy access of so many characters at all of the Disney Theme Parks, especially Magic Kingdom. It’s so convenient not to have to fit in time in line to meet specific characters.
Have you experienced Disney World’s cavalcades? What are your thoughts on these and the other character changes since reopening? We would love to hear from you on Facebook.