There are lots of spots where you can catch the fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. And this guide will help you pick the best spot depending on how you want to enjoy the show.
First, it's important to note that the show in Magic Kingdom is both fireworks and projection mapping on the castle and Main Street USA. So different spots around the park may give you a different experience.
Here I'll discuss the different views for Disney Enchantment at the Magic Kingdom.
The hub is the circular area directly in front of Cinderella Castle. And there are several places where you can enjoy the show with an amazing view. Here is a quick map showing you where you'll find some of the best views.
The areas marked in green will give you the best view of both the fireworks, and the projection show. It's important to note that the show starts out as fireworks and projections on only the Castle, but there are also projections on the building on Main Street USA.
It's my opinion that the projections on Main Street really make the show. So if you can make Main Street work, I definitely recommend it. But that doesn't mean that it's the only (or even the best) spot for you and your family.
What's nice about viewing on Main Street is that you do not need to stake out a spot super early. I would recommend grabbing your place about 30 minutes before the show. If you have a stroller or a large group of people you want to keep together, you may want to grab your spot even earlier. Obviously it's way easier for one or two people to make space in a crowd than it is a family of five.
I also like Main Street viewing if you have small children and want to make your way to the exit immediately after the show. You'll be closer to the exit and be able to beat the crowds.
The areas marked in yellow will give you prime viewing of the fireworks and the castle projections, but not the projections on Main Street USA. So if your goal is to be up close to the Castle during the show, the yellow area is the place for you. Just note that the Main Street projections do add quite a bit to the show. So you may find yourself turning around the view them (if you can see them at all).
The areas marked in orange indicate where you'll get a partial view of the show. This means that you'll probably only have a decent view of either the fireworks, or the projections on the castle. But not both. The plus is that many of the orange spots will have lower crowds. So if you want to see the fireworks, but are not comfortable being in large groups of people, this may be the best spot for you.
If you are in the front part of the hub you'll be able to see the Castle projections up close. But you wont be able to see the fireworks.
The areas to the sides of the castle marked in orange will have you at an angle. Projections on the Castle will be harder to make out, projections on Main Street will not be visible, and some fireworks may be blocked.
The pros to these areas though is you'll find it much easier to just walk up as the show begins and grab a spot. You most likely wont need to hold your spot at all before the show begins.
Some rides around Magic Kingdom will give you a fun and unique view of the fireworks. While I wouldn't recommend a ride if you want to catch the entire show, it's ideal for people who have seen the fireworks already, are interested in fireworks but don't see it as a priority, or want to hit rides during a low wait time.
Some of my favorite rides to catch a glimpse of the fireworks are:
Note that you'll probably only catch glimpses of the fireworks on these rides. But I promise it'll be a really cool experience!
If are outside of the park, but want to catch the fireworks you do have options.
You wont be able to enjoy the projections from these spots, but you'll be able to see the fireworks and the shows music will be piped in at these locations.
The Ticket and Transportation Center dock is a great place to catch the fireworks if you are making an earlier exit from Magic Kingdom (as it's the parking lot for Magic Kingdom). Just note that you may be asked to keep moving by Cast Members.
The Polynesian and the Grand Floridian Resort Beaches are also great options to watch fireworks. At the Polynesian you can even grab a Dole Whip while you watch. These views wont give you a straight on view of the fireworks, but it's still a fun favorite!
California Grill (Or Top of the World Lounge if you are a DVC member) are both located at The Contemporary Resort. California Grill is a nice option because of the large windows and proximity to Magic Kingdom. You'll get a great view anywhere you sit. And if you have earlier reservations you can actually return to watch the fireworks from the balcony!
'Ohana is a restaurant located in the Polynesian Resort. The floor to ceiling windows mean that there is no bad view at this restaurant!
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