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Best Places To Watch the Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

One of the most magical experiences during a Walt Disney World vacation is the nighttime shows.  These magical displays of fireworks, projections, and music combine to create a truly unbelievable experience.

Although you can experience fireworks throughout the Walt Disney World Resort Property, there are a few top places if you are looking for the best spot.  These spots provide Guests with the top viewing experience.

Right now the two nighttime shows being offered at Walt Disney World are Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom and Harmonious at EPCOT.  We are going to focus on the top places to watch Disney Enchantment both in and outside of the Magic Kingdom.

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Magic Kingdom- In the Park

Main Street, U.S.A.

Since the show, is focused around Cinderella Castle, one of the best spots to catch the show is down Main Street, U.S.A.  Being in this area will allow you to enjoy not only the projections up close but also the amazing fireworks that light up the night sky.

The top spot is right around the Partner Statue.  Although it will get crowded, this area is perfect for seeing everything, including Tinkerbell as she flies.

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Fantasyland

This might seem strange, but you can get a unique and beautiful view of the fireworks from behind Cinderella Castle.  Even though you won’t be getting a great view of the projections, seeing the fireworks from the beauty of Fantasyland is amazing.  Think about hanging out near the Tangled bathrooms or around Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel.  These are great spots to enjoy the beauty of the fireworks.

On Rides

There are some rides throughout Magic Kingdom that also offer some great views of the fireworks.  If you aren’t wanting to be in the crowds, but want to enjoy the fireworks, this is a great option.

One of our favorite rides during fireworks is Big Thunder Mountain.  It is thrilling to be rushing through the wilderness as fireworks light up the sky.  Other good options are Tomorrowland Speedway, Astro Orbiter, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and Transit Authority PeopleMover.

These are all rides that offer some great views of the fireworks and allow you to stay out of the crowds.

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Dessert Packages

If you are wanting to experience Disney Enchantment without fighting the crowds while having the best view, consider looking into the dessert parties.  Guests can book a dessert party where they enjoy desserts and a special viewing area for Disney Enchantment.

Right now there are three options to choose from the pre-party, after-party, and treats & seats.  Each offers desserts as well as viewing but in a different way.  Pricing starts at around $114 per adult and $69 per kid (ages 3 to 9).

For those celebrating something special, this might be a great way to do so and enjoy the fireworks show.

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Magic Kingdom- Outside of the Parks

If you aren’t concerned about seeing the projections during Disney Enchantment, there are a few great areas to watch from outside of Magic Kingdom.

California Grill Fireworks
With sweeping views of Magic Kingdom fireworks from atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the re-imagined California Grill also features a new design inspired by mid-century modern California, and a new menu showcasing seasonal ingredients and a lighter touch. Known for its stellar wine list, the restaurant now boasts about 250 wine selections, 80 by the glass, an expanded sake list, eight kinds of craft beers and ciders and signature cocktails created by staff mixologists. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kent Phillips, photographer)
Dining Options

Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney’s Polynesian Resort all offer excellent views of the fireworks.  If you are wanting to enjoy a meal and a show, consider booking a dining experience at one of their table-service locations.

Over at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Guests will enjoy a special viewing area while dining at California Grill.  Guests are able to step out onto the Observation Deck during the show.  This is open to all Guests to eat at the restaurants throughout the day.  Just keep your receipt to get back in later on.

O’hana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort as well as Citricous and Narcoosee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian offer views of the fireworks as well.  Narcoosee’s allows Guests to step out and watch from the wraparound porch.

All three of these monorail Resorts offer amazing dining options that will provide Guests with amazing food as well as outstanding views of the fireworks each evening from the Magic Kingdom.

Resorts

As we have been talking about, the three Magic Kingdom area Resorts offer excellent dining options for viewing Disney Enchantment.  What if you aren’t wanting to do a table-service meal?  If you are staying at one of these amazing Resorts, you are able to view the fireworks right from the comfort of the Resort.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as well as Disney’s Polynesian Resort both have beach areas that Guests are able to watch the fireworks each evening.  Grab a snack and enjoy the fireworks in your Disney pajamas.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort doesn’t have a beach area, but there are viewing areas throughout the Resort property that Guests can enjoy the fireworks each evening.

Keep in mind that you do need to stay at these Resorts or have a dining reservation typically to enjoy this option.

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Specialty Cruises

For a truly magical experience outside of Magic Kingdom for seeing Disney Enchantment, consider one of the firework cruises.  Guests are able to book a 25-foot boat that seats up to 10 Guests.  The cost starts at $399.

With this, Guests have a captain, snacks, and soft drinks as well as an amazing experience watching Disney Enchantment from the water.  If you are celebrating some special or have a larger group, the cruises can be a great option.

Disney Enchantment is a breathtaking nighttime spectacular filled with music, projections, and fireworks that transform Magic Kingdom.  We hope that you choose one of these ways to experience the show during your next Walt Disney World vacation.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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