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In this post I’m going to give my thoughts and opinions on a few unique areas to watch Wishes at the Magic Kingdom, along with the views of a few others.
The perfect spot mostly relies on whatever the person/ group of people is considering to do afterwards. For instance, it’s no good for a person that wants to make a rapid exit from the park, to view the show from Fantasyland. But then again observing the show from a place not far from the park exit and wishing to stay in the park for a couple of hours after is a waste of a good chance to get closer to the show. For this reason, before making the decision, determine where you are going once the fireworks have ended.
To Be Closer to the Fireworks.
So I realize that some of my readers may totally forget how unsafe fireworks can be and get so excited by being at Walt Disney World that they actually want to be in the show! (Just a joke. You are always safe at all of the parks). But if you would like to get a real up close view, then the Magic Kingdom Hub is the location for you.
The Hub is a circular section area in front of the Castle that links all of the lands with each other. Now, I’ve seen Wishes in every spot imaginable. The Hub, Main Street, Fantasyland, the Grand Floridian, Bay Lake Tower, Fort Wilderness Campground beach, Frontierland, the Polynesian Resort beach, around the back of the park at Disney University, and in lots of hidden places that Guests don’t generally get to go. Out of every one of these locations, in the front section of the Hub is without a doubt the worst!
The reason why I don’t like being in the front area, and by that I mean between Walt and Mickey’s “Partners” statue and Cinderella Castle, is mainly because the castle will completely block the view of the fireworks that are behind the castle. One time I had just finished eating dinner at Cinerella’s Royal Table, and my family found ourselves extremely close to the castle to watch the show. It wasn’t pleasant in the slightest, and I had a terrible crick in my neck from having to look directly above me during the show. I undoubtedly did not have a great time!
All that being said, so long as you stay towards the back of the Hub you will enjoy the greatest experience possible. Although I do suggest that you stay towards the right of the Castle to get a far better view when a certain fairy flies through the sky.
In my opinion the greatest location to enjoy the Magic Kingdom fireworks is from the seating area just near the Ice Cream Parlor at the end of Main Street (it will be on a park map if you’re unsure of the location). Providing that you can get seats there you should have a great view of all parts of the show. However, I do think this is a “get there a few hours before the show” deal.
I know precisely what you are thinking right now. “FREE?! In Orlando?! Yeah right!” But as a matter of fact there are quite a few free attractions in the Orlando area. Of course they aren’t usually as spectacular as the more well known attractions, but when you’re on a tight budget and you want a “day filler” be sure you check a few of these out.
The Boardwalk in Walt Disney World
Take a relaxed stroll along the Boardwalk at Disney World. A re-creation of a 1930s-style Atlantic coastal town. The 45-acre waterfront district is well-known for its very own nightclubs and entertainment hot spots, however the entire family can enjoy the various magicians, street musicians, and entertainers free of charge.
Wander the side walks of the community of Celebration. The neighborhood, built by Disney Imagineers, is a mixture of historic-themed residences and modern technology. Admire the old-fashioned establishments and let the children play in the interactive fountains. Go to the farmers market on a Sunday morning, and check out the many free events made available by Reading Trout Books. Tourists may even notice (artificial) snowfall in December.
You don’t need a ticket to experience the Walt Disney World retail stores and entertainment. Roam the streets of Downtown Disney Marketplace for a large selection of boutiques and eating spots for any budget. Make sure you see their Festival of the Masters (November), an arts-and-crafts event where youngsters can make chalk masterpieces. See glassblowers at Arribas Brothers; go and visit the 4,400-square-foot LEGO Imagination Center to take part in a “beat-the-clock” building contest, and also check out a 12-foot T. Rex and a 30-foot sea serpent, each made of several thousand LEGO bricks.
The Firework Shows
Simply because you aren’t in the park, it doesn’t mean you can’t watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. There are a few superb viewing spots by the Magic Kingdom Resort Hotels. A number of my favorites are Bay Lake Tower, The Polynesian Resort beach, along with The Grand Floridian Resort. These places will often play the background music to make sure you get the full experience.
Haunted Children’s Hill
Every single year, tourists who vacation in Orlando pay a visit to Lake Wales to see if the old Legend of Spook Hill is true. A sign marks the spot where you are able to stop your vehicle, leave it in neutral, and watch as your car rolls up the hill. Many claim to have heard the laughter of Children, but the legends can’t be true, can they?