The Walt Disney World Resort dazzles guests daily with street performers, parades, live shows, and firework shows. If you are visiting a Disney Park with someone with a disability and plan on seeing the different types of entertainment, these tips may be helpful to consider.
Each park at the Walt Disney World Resort has different entertainment options, but today we’re going to focus on those at the Magic Kingom. Magic Kingdom has a spectacular fireworks display, multiple parades, and a castle projection show. You can learn about the different entertainment options on the official Disney website, on the My Disney Experience app or by looking on your park map when you arrive.
It is true, getting a good spot to watch parades sometimes requires waiting. My brother (who has autism) becomes very anxious if he has to wait a while. Really anyone starts to get anxious if they have to wait a while. If you are planning on waiting for a parade the best tip is to find out where the parade begins and staying by that area. The park maps show where each parade starts or often if you ask a Cast Member, they can tell you. The parades in Magic Kingdom often start on Main Street. This guarantees you will see the parade when it first starts, so there is less waiting.
There are also certain areas available to individuals with disabilities, where they can watch the parade. They can be found by looking at your park map. The sections usually fill up quickly, so be prepared to plan ahead.
The fireworks are a must-see to many visiting guests, but the loud noises can be startling to an individual with a disability. During Magic Kingdom’s firework show, Wishes, my family usually rides Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The noise from the fireworks scares my brother so we go on the ride and we can still see the fireworks, but the noise isn’t as loud and he is too busy enjoying the ride to focus on the noise. When it comes to deciding where to view the fireworks, it is important to keep in mind the noise level your loved one with a disability can stand. Every individual is different, so the noise affects everyone differently. Usually the best place to view Wishes is on Main Street facing the castle, so the area is often crowded when the show is going on. If you still want the view but a little less crowd, the train station platform located on Main Street U.S.A. is an excellent location to view the fireworks (plus it is by the park exit).
Hopefully, these tips are helpful in planning out what entertainment options are right for your trip. Next month, I’m going to continue with tips for seeing the show Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios and viewing areas for IllumiNations at EPCOT. See ya real soon!
Paige was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Her frequent family trips to Walt Disney World started her Disney obsession and sparked her dream to be a cast member. Paige’s dream came true when she participated in the Disney College Program in 2012. She worked at Casey’s Corner, The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and the Main Street Bakery. Paige shares, “I love to live by Walt’s words, ‘All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.'”
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