Here's a tip for afternoon parade viewing that I have never seen before and stumbled upon by accident. I was at the park in late July and I had seen Parade of Dreams so I wasn't really interested in seeing it again. We got in line for It's a Small World a few minutes before the parade started from that end of the park. As we were waiting in line a cast memeber came by and said that anyone who wanted to watch the parade could move to the outside line, the one away from the attraction, watch the parade and then move on in the line when it was over. Seems that they close that line when the parade starts so they don't care if you stand there.
Well, about 15 of us stood there in the line space and watched the parade come out and go right by us. We got all the private attention of the characters, had a fantastic view of the parade, and no crowd. Timing on this would be critical but it's a great way to see the parade upclose without a long wait.