Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Fireworks Show

Your Disney vacation is never complete until you get a chance to see the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Fireworks Show!  This show truly captures the “magic of Disney”. We’ve known of people who didn’t really understand why people made such a big deal about Disney World, as they began their day touring the Magic Kingdom. But then when the lights went out, the parade and fireworks began, and their eyes were opened!  Make sure you maximize your nighttime experiences here in the Magic Kingdom.  Read this article and then read our article on the Electrical Parade.

While the fireworks show is amazing, it can also bring out the worst in your fellow Disney guests. In the minutes before the show starts, you will see people scrambling, pushing and shoving to get a good view. In this article, we will not only give you a little background of this amazing show, but we will help you avoid the frustration that so many go through when trying to get a good look at the fireworks display.

Wishes Nighttime spectacular Fireworks show

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The Disney World Fireworks Show

In 2003, Wishes replaced the 32-year-old Fantasy in the Sky firework show. The show is hosted by Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy. It features appearances from many Disney characters. Everyone’s favorite part happens when Tinker Bell flies down from the top of the tower down over the top of the crowd!

There are a number of Disney songs and characters that occur during the 12 minutes show. Cinderella, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Snow White and others. A brief villainous appearance by the Evil Queen from Snow White provides the backdrop for a red display of fireworks. But at the finale, a beautiful Wishes melody ends the show on a happy note.

Best Place to Watch the Wishes Fireworks Show

There are a number of great places to see the fireworks themselves. For instance, you can eat at the California Grill, see the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom, and hear the show. You can also do this from cruises, the Polynesian resort, and even other places around the Magic Kingdom. The area around the backside of the castle in Fantasyland can be a great spot to see the fireworks, and you don’t have the crowds to compete with.

But there is something that all of these locations are missing! A good view of the front of the castle. Why is this important? Well, before the fireworks, Disney has begun the “Celebrate the Magic” projection show. This amazing show projects lights over the castle. You really need to see this show at least once. Due to this show, you really need to try and get in front of the castle at least once on your vacation.

How do I get a good seat in front of the castle?

There are a number of spots, and depending on crowd levels, these may vary.

Wishes Fireworks Show

1. In front of Crystal Palace along the fence. One good thing about this location is that you don’t have to get there TOO early (try 30 minutes at least). My favorite part of this location is that it is against a fence. If you have small children, that can make a big difference. However, note that since this is a walkway, strollers could be a problem. So you probably need to ditch the strollers and have everyone camp out in front of the fence.

2. Right at the End of Main Street – At times it can be difficult to get a spot here. But it offers the best “straight-on” view of the fireworks, if you are looking for great pictures.  Basically, what you are trying to do is get just off of main street to the right or to the left of the street.  You’ll notice Disney cast members roping off walkways 15-30 minutes prior to the show beginning.  When you see them doing that, try to get a spot right in front of the rope.

3. Near the Walt Disney statue – This is a little TOO CLOSE for some people. It also requires camping out far in advance, as people will try and sit through the parade and the projection show. But you can get a position that is family-friendly and where you won’t block or be blocked by other people.

The absolute best resource we’ve found for analyzing all the different viewing locations is located at the the Disney Tourist Blog. Tom Bricker is a great photographer, and we highly recommend reading his article if you are looking for a great viewing location! His article can be found at http://www.disneytouristblog.com/magic-kingdom-best-fireworks-views/.

We are confident that you will LOVE the Wishes Fireworks show. It provides that bit of magic that really makes Disney World so special!

But before you check out the rest of our site, we’ll leave you with one remaining tip:

Don’t Leave Disney After the Fireworks Show

It’s a complete waste of time. As soon as the fireworks are over, people stream to the exits. If you try and fight the traffic at this point, you will get frustrated and wait in line. The time period between the end of the fireworks show and the closing of the park is a great time to ride attractions. Stand-by times will be low and you can get a lot done. Also, Disney World just has that magic at nighttime, and I don’t recommend missing it.

The best way to take advantage of this time period is to plan to be there until late at night. Take a nap in the middle of the day, and plan to stay until the park closes!

What next?  As we mentioned earlier, make sure you see our article on the Electrical parade.  Understanding how to approach both nighttime activites will help your family have a magical night.

NEXT: Disney’s Electrical Parade

By:  Ryan Shade

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