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Tips for Seeing Happily Ever After in Magic Kingdom

My favorite nighttime show is Happily Ever After in Magic Kingdom. This nighttime spectacular combines fireworks, projections, and music from beloved Disney and Pixar films to create an epic end to the evening.

The only thing I dislike about Happily Ever After is the stress that sometimes comes with seeing the show. Thousands gather in the hub in front of the castle each evening to see this fantastic show. This large crowd can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared for it.

If you are also worried about this, we have some tips to help you enjoy the magic of Happily Ever After with less stress.

Cinderella Castle Happily Ever After
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Go Early

If finding a spot for the show is essential, then know that you must invest some time. For a fantastic view of the whole show (fireworks and projections), you will want to be behind the statue of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney but before the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A..

With projections now down Main Street, U.S.A., you could also consider a spot down the street. You might not be able to see the projections on the castle as clearly, but a stop further down Main Street, U.S.A. would allow you to get more of the whole experience.

No matter where you think the perfect spot is for you, you must be there 30-45 minutes before the show starts. Don’t think you can roll up five minutes before the show to get your perfect spot. Get a snack and find a seat to relax before the show. Use that time to chat about your day, look at pictures, or people-watch.

Related: How to Secure the Best Viewing

back of Cinderella Castle from Fantasyland
back of Cinderella Castle from Fantasyland

Other Views

If the idea of being in the middle of the crowd stresses you out, consider watching the show from a different viewpoint. Although you won’t get the “perfect” view, you won’t be as stressed.

We enjoy watching the show from the bridge to Tomorrowland. You can find some side spots near the old Stitch’s Great Esacep or Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. These spots allow you to see the fireworks from a fun angle, and you can usually see the projections higher up on the castle.

If you aren’t concerned about the projections, then head to the back of the castle. You can also see the fireworks from this area but with fewer people. Sometimes a different view is just what you need to enjoy the magic of the show truly.

Related: Best Places to Watch Fireworks

Magic Kingdom Dessert Party
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Book a Dessert Party

There are a few great options for those wanting a good view but not wanting to be in the crowds. Magic Kingdom offers different dessert parties that include a particular viewing area for the show.

There are three different dessert parties that Guests can choose from for the evening. Each party offers desserts, drinks, and a particular viewing area for Happily Ever After. One option is done to the pre-party, which would be desserts and drinks before the show. The second option is the post-party which switches the order and gives Guests an exceptional view of Happily Ever After, followed by dessert. The final option is called. Seats & Sweets, where Guests stay at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant patio as Happily Ever After takes place.

These experiences are cheap, but if being in the crowd causes a lot of stress, these dessert parties can be an excellent way to enjoy some desserts before having a particular viewing area for the show.

Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After

Phone Away

A big tip for during the show is to put your phone away. Although capturing those magical moments as they take to the sky is incredibly tempting, the photos will only partially capture the beauty. Instead, put the phone away and be in the moment. Enjoy the fireworks, projections, and unforgettable songs that create a truly magical experience.

This is hard to do and something we must remind ourselves to do each visit, but it is worth it.

Magic Kingdom at Night
Magic Kingdom at Night

Stay longer

Once the show is over, hang back. Don’t rush out of Magic Kingdom right away. This will put you in the middle of thousands of people trying to exit. Instead, grab a seat and take a moment to enjoy Magic Kingdom under the lights.

If the Park is still open, head back to catch one last ride on Big Thunder Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, or even Dumbo before leaving. It can be easy to want to rush out of the Park when the fireworks are done. If you stick around for a little while after the show, you will have fewer people to navigate as you return to your Walt Disney World Resort.

Fireworks Cruise
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Ferrytale Fireworks Cruise

Finally, for a truly unique experience, consider taking a cruise on the Seven Seas Lagoon to enjoy Happily Ever After. You will enjoy drinks and a pleasant cruise on the water before finding the perfect spot for Happily Ever After. Don’t want to miss out on the music? Don’t worry. They can play the soundtrack right on your boat.

This is another unique and memorable way to experience Happily Ever After during your Walt Disney World vacation.

Happily Ever After is a unique show that captures the beauty, love, magic, and pixie dust of Walt Disney World. We can’t wait to watch once again as it lights up the night sky and sing along with the fantastic songs.

There is something truly wonderful about wrapping up a day in Magic Kingdom with an outstanding fireworks show. Happily Ever After is that show, and you won’t be sorry to stop to watch it. Take time during your future visit to enjoy this show and all it has to offer.

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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