Each day, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a small number of families are selected from the guests to be a part of Mickey’s Jungle Jammin’ Parade. But what’s it really like to be a family that is selected? It is the most magical, amazing, memorable time a Disney guest can have!
A few years ago, my family was enjoying a reunion at Walt Disney World and having great fun eating at Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tucker House in Animal Kingdom. While interacting with various characters coming around to our tables, my sweet sister-in-law was approached by a cast member in a casual conversation. Her picture perfect smile and the joyful nature of our family caught the cast member’s eye. At the end of the conversation, the cast member invited our family to participate in Mickey’s Jungle Jammin’ Parade! What an honor!
A few hours later, eight members of our family met our new Disney friend in Africa to get ready for the parade. We were taken behind the scenes, donned our new safari vests and hats and then we walked towards the parade lineup of floats and cast members. We kept walking past all the floats we could see and finally we got to the one we would be riding in. It wasn’t just any float – we were going to be on Mickey’s float himself! As you can imagine, we were in awe!
Before we knew it, the parade was about to begin and our float started moving. The contagious excitement hit us as soon as the crowds appeared and started waving to us. You can’t help but grin and wave the entire time you are on the float. Cameras are flashing, videos are being taken and everyone is dancing to the music as you drive by – it’s a rush of adrenaline that carries you the rest of the day.
At the end of the parade we were singing the theme song that we listened to all parade long and I may have been found dancing around the park. It was definitely the best Disney experience I have ever had! I still look back at the photos we have from that trip and smile every time I see them.
Next time you are at Animal Kingdom, take the time to watch my most favorite Disney parade of all and be sure to wave to the families chosen that day to part of the magic. Mickey’s Jungle Jammin’ Parade appears daily in Africa, Discovery Island, and Asia.