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There are quite a few unusual places throughout the resort area offering phenomenal views to watch Wishes, the Magic Kingdom fireworks show.  I wanted to share a list of some great options including, but not limited to inside the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Park

The most preferred view of Wishes inside the Magic Kingdom would be on Main Street, U.S.A. In this viewing area, you can see the entire show including the Celebrate the Magic Castle show that plays a few times projected onto Cinderella Castle before the fireworks begin. Wishes is a great show, and you really should experience it from this area at least once. It is a beautiful view, but you should prepare for large crowds gathering and the area to be jam packed when it is over.

Another great spot with a similar view just a bit farther away is from the Main Street train station located on the second level above the entrance of the park.

If you are farther into the park we have seen them from Adventureland, and back in Fantasyland as well.  These areas make you feel like you are right in the middle of the firework show. You don’t get to see the castle from these locations. However, you are right in the center of all the action, and it is an interesting perspective.

If you are watching from Frontierland, you will see the fireworks and the back side of Cinderella’s castle. The view is pretty, but it seems a bit removed from the rest of the park.

Contemporary Resort

There are a couple of areas to watch Wishes with fantastic views at the Contemporary Resort. If you dine at the delicious California Grill restaurant on the 24th floor anytime during dinner service for that particular evening, you are invited to come back up to the restaurant to view the fireworks from their viewing deck outside. Or you could plan your dinner to be during Wishes and watch the show from your table while you eat arguably one of the best meals on property. The restaurant dims the lights and streams the music over the speakers both in the restaurant and on the viewing deck so you will be able to hear the show as you watch.

You could also plan a dinner during fireworks time at Chef Mickey’s and ask for a table by the window. The view of the Magic Kingdom is stunning. The lights are much dimmer by the window so you would see the fireworks well from this point. If you plan it right and finish your meal, you could watch the show from the least crowded area on the outside dock where you can catch a ferry to other resorts or the Magic Kingdom.

If you have the means, a stay at this resort with a theme park view in either the Contemporary Resort or Bay Lake Tower would be fantastic. You could be relaxing in your room after a long, exhausting day in the parks and turn your TV to the designated channel to hear the show and watch along from your private balcony in your pajamas. A stay here would be an incredible splurge for Fourth of July, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve. When the parks close at max capacity on these days, and people are shoulder to shoulder inside the park, you can have all the entertainment and be completely comfortable.

Polynesian Village Resort

Another great spot is the Polynesian Village Resort. From here you could book a dinner reservation at O’hana to coincide with the fireworks and get a great view from the floor to ceiling windows facing the Magic Kingdom.

You could also grab a Dole Whip from Pineapple Lanai near the pool area and head over to the beach to eat and watch the fireworks from there. We watched the holiday fireworks from this location last year, and the view was perfect. The beach and pool area are an ideal place to watch special holiday-themed fireworks the music can be heard her too. Remember to stay out of the water, and do not let your children play on the new rope fences that have been added to the beach areas.

On my Disney dreaming bucket list, I would like to have reservations even if just for one night at one of the new Bora Bora Bungalows. Watching the fireworks from here has got to be the most special place of all. In the back on your private wrap around deck, there is a pool facing the Magic Kingdom. When the show starts, the music is piped through the speakers on the back porch so you can watch and listen from the private deck and pool of your very own island condo. {Sigh} On top of being insanely expensive {let’s just say you could fly to Bora Bora and stay in a floating Bungalow for a week, for far less money} it is almost impossible to book one of these bungalows. They are offered to vacation club members first, and looking at the availability for the rest of the year, they are completely booked. I don’t think the prices of these gorgeous retreats will be going down anytime soon.

If you would like to explore your way around the three monorail resorts, you can walk the path rather than take the monorail. The walk is nice calm and a great view along the way of the fireworks as well. You can’t hear the music, but it is still enjoyable nonetheless.

Grand Floridian

A great spot to view the fireworks from the Grand is at Narcoossee’s.  Here you can book a reservation during the fireworks and request a window seat when you arrive. If you are not sitting near the window, or you would like to go outside, they have a gorgeous wrap around terrace that you can bring your drinks and sit or stand to see the show. They dim the lights, and the music plays out inside and outside.

There is an excellent quick service restaurant here called the Gasparilla Island Grill. They have a large outdoor eating area that is filled with beautiful white iron tables and chairs right on the marina with a view looking directly at Cinderella’s castle. They also play the music for the show.

The Marina at The Grand Floridian is “U” shaped. The Gasparilla Island Grill is at the bottom of the “U”. From Gasparilla, if you head up the marina towards the right you can get a closer view of the castle, and can still hear a hint of the music.

Monorail to the Magic Kingdom

On our last visit to Disney, we were resort hopping on the monorail line and had planned to watch the fireworks from the Poly beach when it started to rain and lighting. We decided to head back to the Magic Kingdom on the Monorail and take a ferry back to the Wilderness Lodge from there. The timing was perfect Wishes was just beginning when we got off the Monorail and the rain had let up. We couldn’t see the castle, but the Magic Kingdom train station and park entrance were a beautiful backdrop to the fireworks and we could hear the music perfectly. I’m sure there were thousands of people just past the gates watching from Main Street. From our view, there were only a handful of people watching with us. We headed towards the ferry just before the show ended, so we didn’t have to compete with the flood of guests about to exit the park.

Seven Seas Lagoon

Ferries are running throughout the evening on Seven Seas Lagoon taking guest to and from the Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center along with the surrounding resorts. You can also rent pontoon boats from the Marinas of The Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village Resort, Contemporary Resort, and The Wilderness Lodge. There is also a private dessert party boat that you can book to be out during Wishes.

Ticket and Transportation Center {TTC}

A great viewing area of the fireworks is right on the dock at the TTC. The music is played here for Wishes and any hard-ticket special events as well. I would highly recommend watching the “Disney’s Celebrate America—A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” from this area if you were unable to get into the Magic Kingdom, and couldn’t get reservations at one of the resort restaurants. This location will still be extremely crowded, but to see the complete panoramic view of the fireworks will be worth it.

I hope this information helps with your next visit to the parks. As always if you are interested in planning a vacation to Disney, please contact me for a complimentary quote, and booking.

“See you real soon!”