If you are looking for the best places to watch the Disney World fireworks shows, add these spots to your list.
There are so many great vantage points in the parks and surrounding areas where you can watch both Disney World fireworks shows at the end of the night. Most folks head to the front of the parks, but there are some awesome spots that longtime Disney guests love to head to.
Best spots to watch Wishes at Magic Kingdom
Wishes can be enjoyed both in and out of the park each evening. It is always a tie for which spots are the best, so it really depends on what type of experience you are interested in creating. If you want to be front and center, but don’t want to be standing in a huge crowd, book a spot in the VIP FastPass viewing area. There you can sit out on the lawn and catch the entire show as it was meant to be viewed right in front of you. The train station at the park entrance is also great. Head there a little early and you’ll have a great view of the castle and fireworks!
Another popular spot is across the water at the Polynesian Resort – either on the beach or in front of one of the large windows in the restaurants. Couples love catching Wishes from the sandy beach in a hammock, where you are usually all alone. In ‘Ohana, you can watch the show while you dine, all the while enjoying one of the best menus in all of Disney World.
For another great dining option, the California Grill is always a favorite with longtime Disney guests. There is a dedicated Observation Deck where diners are allowed to watch the firework show. Even though you are not actually in the park, it can feel like you are from this high vantage point. Plus, they broadcast the music and storyline live for viewers.
Lastly, don’t forget Grand Floridian! Like the Polynesian Resort, guests can enjoy the show on their beaches/docks or at their waterfront restaurant Narcoossee’s. If you don’t want to book an entire dinner experience, try just dessert! Music is played on the deck, where diners can pause from their meals to enjoy the show!
Best spots to watch Illuminations at Epcot
The great thing about Illuminations is that you can set up almost anywhere around the World Pavilion and be able to see the show. This means that the crowds have more room to space out, making things a lot more enjoyable. The United Kingdom Bridge sits over the lagoon and has little to no obstructions. This clear view lets you see the lower fireworks that sometimes get blocked by trees and shrubbery.
The boat dock in Mexico is another obstruction-free viewing area because it gets you right out on the water. Every night, a few people are allowed to watch from out on the dock. Also in Mexico, you can find areas down along the waterline with no large buildings blocking your view. Plus, the fire lanterns nearby make for a toasty experience!
Best spots to watch the Star Wars Fireworks
Hollywood Studios has been updating its firework programs pretty frequently. No matter the show, there are some great spots of viewing! The paths and benches around Echo Lake are often devoid of huge crowds, making this a nice place to head to when the show starts. Also, if you are in Epcot near the Morocco Pavillon, you can sometimes see the Hollywood Studios firework show!
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Written by my daughter, Brittany. She completed several Disney internships and eventually accepted a full-time position on the conservation team at Animal Kingdom. Read all about her time there over at her blog Britty Loves Disney.