If you have been to the Disney parks before, then you’ve certainly seen the amazing fireworks at the different parks. Each is unique and I love them all dearly but I have a soft spot in my heart for Wishes at the Magic Kingdom. Having been a Cast Member, I was able to do crowd control during the fireworks. I was lucky enough to be able to stand in front of the castle nightly to ensure guest safety and watch their faces during the fireworks. I was able to tell guests exactly when that loveable pixie would fly through the air, where the next firework would go off, and all the words to the songs.
A big question I got during my time working the fireworks was, “Where is the best place to watch the fireworks?” Unlike most people, I don’t have a simple answer.
To those who have never seen the fireworks before I suggest Main Street, that way you get the total experience. You see the castle, Tinkerbell’s flight, and the fireworks all around. It is going to be crowded so I always recommend finding a curb and parking it there an hour or so before the fireworks, especially when there is a parade. Then you can have someone run and get snacks if you want. When the time comes you just stand up and move into the street. For those that don’t like large crowds I recommend the bridge between Main Street and Tomorrowland. You still get a great view of the castle just with a little less packed sardines feeling.
Now if people have seen the fireworks before there are some other options. For a different view of the fireworks all together I would recommend Fantasyland, although I am partial to there since that is where I worked. In Fantasyland the fireworks occur all around you. Although you will not be able to see Tinkerbell’s flight in its entirety, if you stand to the left of the castle while you are looking at it, you will be able to catch a glimpse of Tinkerbell as she just takes flight.
The number one thing I tell people who have seen the fireworks before and don’t seem to be totally into seeing them again is, that is the magical time to go on rides, especially when there is a parade right before the fireworks. You will have the shortest wait times of the day. And some of the outdoor rides are a lot of fun at night like Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. The only thing you will have to be wary of is how you want to maneuver around the park if it is parade time. There are only certain places you can cross the parade path and only at certain times so be aware!
So whether you’re new to seeing the fireworks or a pro like me, there is a place for you to see the fireworks. Enjoy the fireworks for me the next time you’re in Disney whether by ride or right there on Main Street USA and give Tinkerbell my best! Have fun experiencing the faith, trust, and pixie dust of the Disney World fireworks!
Jess was born and raised on Long Island, New York but once college began so did her adventures. She’s lived in Florida, Wisconsin, and now South Carolina. Her family is part of the Disney Vacation Club and has been visiting since she was a little girl, and continuously goes every year. Besides being a big Disney fan she has also been a Disney Cast Member working in Magic Kingdom, and she counts it as one of the most magical experiences. She worked with everyone’s favorite elephant Dumbo, Cinderella’s Carousel, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Jess has also visited Disneyland, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and gone on two Disney Cruises. She has so many great memories from Disney besides running half marathons and 5ks, birthday parties, and family reunions. If asked where she would want to go it is almost always Disney, and when asked why, it is almost always because she can eat awesome gluten free food! And it doesn’t hurt that there is always faith, trust, and pixie dust with magic in the air!