Closing shows are one of the traditions at Disney parks. But did you know that it is possible to watch the fireworks show from outside the Magic Kingdom?
Beautiful, emotional and nostalgic, the Magic Kingdom fireworks are a must for most people visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.
The “new” show at the present moment is the Happily Ever After which replaced the classic wishes. If you are one of those people who loved wishes (just like us), but haven't seen Happily Ever After yet. You can rest assured that the new show leaves nothing to be desired.
In fact, quite the contrary, he is simply amazing and today we will give you tips for viewing the show as incredible as!
Even though they are best seen from inside the park, there may be times when you want to pick them up from somewhere outside.
But after all, what is the best place to watch the fireworks show of Magic kingdom out of the park?
Check out our suggestions below!
Is it worth watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks show outside the park?
When Wishes was the main night fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, it was much easier to watch fireworks without being inside the park.
This was because the fireworks were the main feature of the show and most of the action was taking place in the sky above the Cinderella's castle, facilitating the view from afar.
Happily Ever After, however, is a different story.
Although this is also a fireworks show, there is also a very large component that is made with projections in the castle itself.
In fact, at Happily Ever After the projections are much more "important" for the show than the fireworks themselves.
So, even though there are approximately the same number of fireworks with this show that you saw with Wishes, there are many stories that happen through projections (and not just through music and fireworks).
Therefore, we recommend that you try to watch it at least once inside the park.
That way, you can see the show and the projections together.
However, if you have several chances to see it, or if you're traveling with someone who doesn't like the sounds or crowds associated with fireworks, watch the show next door. out of the park is a good option.
The tips given here also apply to the happy hallowishes of the Disney Halloween party called Mickey Not so Scary Halloween Party.
These are our suggestions for the best places to watch Magic Kingdom fires outside the park.
There are other options besides the ones we will list here, but they all have good views and the music from the show broadcast makes them great options!
Attend the Monorail Hotel Fireworks
This is one of Disney's best-known luxury hotels, the one where the Monorail passes inside.
We’ve even talked a little bit about the Contemporary Resort here on the blog.
Inside this hotel, there are 2 places that we recommend to watch the fireworks show.
California Grill (Reservation Required) - 1
As with any good assessment, there are positives and negatives in each location, such as:
Strengths: There is an observation deck here that allows guests to watch the program from outside.
If you can't get a reservation here during the fireworks, you can store your dinner receipt there and come back before the show to watch from the Deck.
Negative points: Because of the angle, the fireworks will appear next to Cinderella's Castle instead of directly behind and on top of it (they kind of seem to be above the Space mountain).
In the image below you can have a reference of the places inside the Contemporary Resort to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks show.
Observation Deck - 4th Floor - 2
How to get? Take the elevator or escalators to the 4th floor (same floor as Chef Mickey).
The observation deck is right after the stores.
Strengths : This Deck is open to anyone, not just guests or people with reservations at Contemporary restaurants.
Negative points : This location is often used for private parties, which means that part of the Deck may not be available.
Special note: Disney Vacation Club (DVC) owners have access to the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower to view the fireworks.
You must present your DVC membership card to gain access. Guests renting points only (and are not owners) are not allowed to see fireworks from this location.
It is important to note that there are blackout periods when only DVC owners staying at the Bay Lake Tower will have access to the lounge to view the fireworks. These dates often include the 3rd and 4th of July and the 30th and 31st of December.
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The Grand Floridian is one of the most beautiful resorts in Disney, it is that huge white that you can see from the Magic Kingdom and the dream of all brides.
As with the Contemporary listed above, there are a few different spots within this hotel to watch the show.
Below we will list our 3 recommended points in this hotel to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks show:
NARCOOSSEE (RESERVE REQUIRED) - 1
Strengths: The tiered seating area inside the restaurant means that a large number of tables will have a good view of your table's fireworks show. There is also a balcony available outside where you can watch.
Negative points: If many people choose to watch from the outside on the balcony, it tends to block the view for the guests inside.
GRAND FLORIDIAN DOCK - 2
How to get there: After entering the Grand Floridian, follow the back of the building and follow the signs for Narcoossee. The dock is located next to the restaurant.
Strengths : An easy place to watch the show if you are dining at the Grand Floridian
Negative points : the dock area is not as large as other locations around the Walt Disney World Resort
In the image below on Google Maps you can see the 3 locations marked on the Grand Floridian
PATIO IN FRONT OF GASPARILLA - 3
How to get? You can reach the courtyard from a sidewalk. After entering the Grand Floridian, proceed to the back and out.
The patio is directly outside the Gasparilla Grill.
Strengths : A large space and an easy place to watch the show if you are dining at the Grand Floridian
Negative points : Sometimes building lights can make your eyes a little bit harder
Polynesian Village Resort
This hotel is perhaps the Disney hotel that I most want to stay but I still haven't had that immense pleasure.
I really like his theme, and he owns a bungalow that has an incredible view of the Magic Kingdom. I'm just waiting to win at the Mega Sena or be invited by Disney to spend a night there! =)
Praia do Polynesian Resort – 1
How to get? After arriving, head to the lobby and go back to the water (behind the pool). There will be places to watch from the beach, as well as just off the sidewalk.
Strengths : In addition to watching the fireworks show, you can buy the popular Dole Whip inside the hotel.
Negative points: The audio here is very smooth. Stay close to one of the speakers for the loudest sound.
In the image below we can see the 2 points we recommend, both the beach (1) and Ohana (2).
Remembering what Ohana is the restaurant with meal with characters, dear Lili and Sticht!
'OHANA (Restaurant with Reservation Required) - 2
Location: Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Disney Meal Plan? Yes, table service
Average cost for an adult: US $ 41.00
Strengths : The view of the fireworks from here is made from the front and not to the side. If you are unable to book an advanced dinner reservation that will allow you to have a meal during the fireworks, you can try to catch one in the early evening and then head to the beach to see it from there.
Negative points: Tables further back in the restaurant will require you to move / stand to watch the fireworks.
Now we will list some other offers that Disney has. They are paid and closed events that bring a very different experience to the fireworks show.
Pirate And Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage (reservation required)
Location: He leaves the Contemporary Resort
Cost: about US $ 72 for adults and US $ 43 for children
Book the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Dessert Party
Strengths: This is more than just a fireworks cruise. Before boarding, guests booking the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Cruise are provided with a variety of snacks and drinks.
Also during this time, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee make an appearance to meet and greet their pirate friends.
After boarding the ship, guests are treated to curiosities and songs while waiting for the fireworks from a privileged location on the water outside the Magic Kingdom's gates.
At the conclusion of the night (weather permitting), you will be able to see the Electric Water Pageant when disembarking and meeting a final special guest - Peter Pan.
Negative points: Aside from the cost, we've heard that people next to the most distant boat in the Magic Kingdom can sometimes have their vision somewhat obscured.
Fireworks Ferrytale: A sparkling dessert cruise (reservation required)
Location: part of the Ticket and Transport Center
Cost: about US $ 99 for adults and US $ 69 for children
Book Ferrytale Fireworks: a sparkling dessert cruise
Strengths: Another option for a firework cruise, this one has a more “adult” feel than the Pirates and Pals cruise and, as with a ferry, you are more free to move around.
Alcoholic drinks are served on this cruise.
Highway In The Sky Dine Around
Strengths: Unlike the other premium options for watching fireworks outside the Magic Kingdom, this is not a cruise.
Instead, it's a progressive dinner that starts and ends at Contemporary with stops for courses at The Polynesian and Grand Floridian.
The grand finale is dessert while you watch the fireworks from The Contemporary's 4th floor deck.
Negative points: We do not recommend that you make this option as one of the best places to watch Magic Kingdom fireworks outside the park, as you can see the fireworks for free on the same observation deck offered in this package.
Private Fireworks Cruise
This is one of the tours that I had the pleasure of doing very recently at Disney's invitation, during the Influencers of Magic program in April 2019.
The tour is really cool, offers snacks and before the show the sailor will take you on a tour of the lagoon and show you lots of cool Disney fun facts!
Location: Boats depart from Marinas at Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge resorts.
Cost: Starts at US $ 299 for a 21-foot pontoon (seats up to 8) and US $ 349 for a 25-foot boat (seats up to 10). Extra tips.
Strengths: The price for these cruises is the total cost (not per person), so they can be a great option for a special / premium night without breaking the bank.
If you are celebrating something special, you can even purchase a special package that will add banners to your boat.
Negative points : The boats for this cruise are positioned farther than those for the Ferrytale Fireworks and Pirates and Pals cruises.
Summary of Best Places to Watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks Show Outside the Park
Well, here we list several places to watch the fireworks show getting away from the crowds.
As you could see, some options have very high prices and may not be as good at viewing the show as some free.
At the end of the day, it's all about what your group or family is willing to do or pay for.
If I were to recommend a free place, I would recommend the Polynesian Resort because the views from the show and the Hotel are wonderful. From paid tours I would recommend the fireworks cruise as it is an excellent cost if you have more than 5 people in your group.
If you have watched from somewhere we list or have any other that you think deserves to be on that list. Send us in the comments!
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