Sunday, May 12, 2013

What Is The Best Position to Watch The Magic Kingdom Firework Show?

By Billy MacKenzie

In this post I'm going to give my thoughts and opinions on a few unique areas to watch Wishes at the Magic Kingdom, along with the views of a few others.

The ideal place mostly relies upon what the person/ group of people is wanting to do at the end of the show. As an example, it is no good for a person that wants to make a speedy exit from the park to see the display from Fantasyland, being required to fight through the crowds that are all attempting to do the same thing. But then again viewing the show from an area nearby the park exit and wanting to stay in the park after is a waste of a good chance to get closer to the castle. So before making the decision, determine where you are heading after the fireworks have finished.

If You Wish to Be Closer to the Fireworks.

So I can understand that some of my readers may completely forget how unsafe fireworks can be and get so excited while visiting The Disney World Resort that they actually want to be in the show! (This is a joke. You are definitely safe at all the Disney World parks). However if you would like to get a real up close view, then the Hub is the area for you.

The Hub is a circular section area in front of the Castle that links all of the lands with each other. Now, I've seen Wishes in every spot imaginable. The Hub, Main Street, Fantasyland, the Grand Floridian, Bay Lake Tower, Fort Wilderness Campground beach, Frontierland, the Polynesian Resort beach, around the back of the park at Disney University, and in lots of hidden places that Guests don't generally get to go. Out of every one of these locations, in the front section of the Hub is without a doubt the worst!

The main reason why I don't like being in the front spot, and by that I mean between Walt and Mickey's "Partners" statue and Cinderella Castle, is mainly because the castle will completely block the view of the main fireworks. One time I had just finished eating dinner at Cinerella's Royal Table (a restaurant inside the castle) and my group found ourselves extremely close to the castle to watch the show. Not only did I miss half the fireworks, but I had a tremendous crick in my neck from having to look directly above me. I certainly did not have a magical time!

The Greatest Spot to Watch Wishes.

Provided that you stay toward the back of the Hub you are sure to get the greatest experience possible. Although I would recommend that you stay toward the right of the Castle to get the best view of a special element of the show.

I personally think the best position to watch Wishes is from the seating area just outside of the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor at the Castle end of Main Street (check a park map if you are unsure of where it is). If you can get seats there, you will get an amazing view of all aspects of the show. But I would suggest that you get there about an hour before the show begins.

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