Cast Member’s Corner: What Time is the 3:00 Parade?

As a Cast Member I’ve heard all types of questions.   Things like, “Where is the closest bathroom” to “What time is the three o’clock parade” (yes people really do ask that, and you can now get a shirt that says it).  These are the kinds of questions that Guests will ask because they feel they are easy for the Cast Members to answer.  But Cast Members can answer so much more then that.

Each Cast Member is given a pamphlet that tells them all the times for all the parks, including extra magic hours!  So if you’re in Magic Kingdom and you’re thinking about heading over to Animal Kingdom you can ask any Cast Member in Magic Kingdom what time Animal Kingdom is open until and what time the Mickey Jammin’ Jungle Parade is.  You can also find out what time fireworks, parades, and shows are in all of the parks.  Take advantage of this especially if you have a park hopper!

Something else you may not know is that Cast Members can tell you where you can meet your favorite characters.  If your favorite character is Peter Pan, any Cast Member could tell you that you could meet him beside Mickey’s Philharmagic at specific times when he flies in from Neverland.  They may also be able to tell you where you can meet your favorite characters in different parks.

If you’re craving a pizza just ask the Cast Member where you can get it.  They should know where you can get the closest pizza.  When I worked in Fantasyland the closest pizza was right there at Pinocchio Village Haus, where they even served gluten free pizza.  Cast Members should be able to answer your questions on where to find certain food and help you if you have an allergy, if they do not know they know who to contact to ask, even if it is Mickey Mouse himself!

So next time you’re looking between your park map, time sheet, and your surroundings don’t wait for a Cast Member to ask if you need help, just ask.  That’s what we’re there for.  We love answering your questions, even if it is telling you that the three o’clock parade is indeed at three o’clock.  Have some faith and trust in the Cast Members and they’ll provide the pixie dust!

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Jess was born and raised on Long Island, New York but once college began so did her adventures. She’s lived in Florida, Wisconsin, and now South Carolina. Her family is part of the Disney Vacation Club and has been visiting since she was a little girl, and continuously goes every year. Besides being a big Disney fan she has also been a Disney Cast Member working in Magic Kingdom, and she counts it as one of the most magical experiences. She worked with everyone’s favorite elephant Dumbo, Cinderella’s Carousel, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Jess has also visited Disneyland, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and gone on two Disney Cruises. She has so many great memories from Disney besides running half marathons and 5ks, birthday parties, and family reunions. If asked where she would want to go it is almost always Disney, and when asked why, it is almost always because she can eat awesome gluten free food! And it doesn’t hurt that there is always faith, trust, and pixie dust with magic in the air!

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