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The perfect way to end a day at the Magic Kingdom has always been watching the fireworks spectacular over Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World, and the magic returned on July 1st.  The show, titled “Happily Ever After,” once again transformed the castle with lights, projections and fireworks. 

Finding a spot for optimal viewing is something you want to think about before your visit. If you wait until the last minute, you may find yourself stuck in a place with trees or buildings obstructing your view or hordes of people crammed on a walkway. Below are my top recommendations for optimal fireworks viewing.

Best Places to View the Magic Kingdom Fireworks

1. The Hub. This area is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the central plaza making up the area in front of Cinderella Castle, at the north end of Main Street, U.S.A. Anywhere in front of the castle is a good spot for fireworks viewing but to really enjoy the projections on the castle, you’ll want to get as close to the middle as you can. The prime spot is just outside of the Hub on the south end. Of course, the best areas will be the most crowded and people arrive early (hours in advance) to find a spot. A little secret here… the area at the front of the hub is a little elevated and will give you a better view if you are on the shorter side or have young kids. 

Note: Part of this green shaded area toward the south end is usually part of the plaza garden viewing for the Happily Ever After Dessert Party; however, since it is not currently operating, it is open for viewing. It really isn’t as great of an area as a little further up, but I can think of worse spots to view the fireworks. This could change at any time and we hope this party comes back soon!

Magic Kingdom Best Fireworks Viewing

2. The spokes of the hub. There are some great viewing spots on the walkway from the Hub to Frontierland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland. Some spots will be obstructed by trees but others will give an amazing view of the projections.

Good Places to view MK Fireworks

3. Fantasyland Walls. If you’re less concerned about the projections on the castle and more interested in smaller crowds, look for a spot behind Cinderella Castle. It’s a more immersive experience as the fireworks are shot off from behind the castle. Another advantage is that the lines for the rides will diminish greatly when it’s close to showtime so you can take that one (or more) last ride on Splash Mountain and then head to the Fantasyland Walls to watch the fireworks.

good places for MK fireworks behind the castle

4. The Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). It may be difficult to get your family out to this location, but if you can convince them, you will enjoy a view that is straight-on and spectacular. In addition, you won’t have to deal with the crowds exiting the park after the show. This is also a great option for days when you’re taking a break from the parks since you don’t need park admission to see the show. (Note: you’ll get a great view of the fireworks but won’t be able to see the projections on the castle.)

 

 

5. Polynesian Village Resort. This is another great place to watch the fireworks outside of the park. Sit or stand on the beach, the grass or sidewalk and enjoy the straight-on view of the castle and all of the surrounding fireworks.

Polynesian MK Fireworks
Disney's Grand Floridian
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6. Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The view from this resort is slightly offset but with an atmosphere that you will love. The best viewing spot is at the marina area from Gasparilla Grill to the boat launch dock.

 

 

7. Contemporary Resort. The optimal viewing spot is on the observation deck of the California Grill where you’ll have a sky-high view of the fireworks. You will need a dining reservation or be a customer at the bar to gain access. However, you can dine earlier in the day, when it’s less crowded, and show your receipt to ride the elevator to the observation deck for the fireworks. Or, if you aren’t interested in dining at the resort, the fourth-floor observation area is open to the public.

As you can see, there are lots of great spots for viewing the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. With a little bit of planning, you’ll be sure to find the best area for your family, adding one more magical memory to your Disney vacation.

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