The recent announcement of the return of Walt Disney World’s fireworks show “Happily Ever After” has us all giddy with excitement! This spectacular display is set to return to Magic Kingdom on July 1. This show is incredible. You definitely have to see it to believe it! Here are a few tips to make sure you grab a great spot to watch the show on your next visit.
First, there are a few things you should know about Magic Kingdom’s “Happily Ever After” fireworks show. The most important piece of information is that this evening finale is more than fireworks. This show includes amazing state-of-the-art projection technology, lighting, lasers, and special effects. Cinderella’s Castle is the focal point of the show and truly comes to life with all of your favorite animated Disney movies.
Since so much of the show takes place on Cinderella’s Castle, you need to plan to view the show from somewhere in front of the castle. In prior versions of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks shows, you could avoid the crowds and watch from different areas of the park. However, “Happily Ever After” is a show like no other and if you miss seeing the projections on the castle you truly would miss out on such as amazing part of the show.
The circular area in front of the castle is called “The Hub” (Modeled and named after the hub-and-spoke layout at Disneyland. Walt Disney designed this area so guests can easily access any of the other Lands (areas of the park) from The Hub.). This area will be the most crowded however it will also provide some of the best views of the projection show on the front of the castle. Plus, at this location, you will be able to clearly see Tinker Bell ‘flying’ from the castle during the show. Here are a few tips from watching from this area, especially with little ones.
Get Your Spot Early
Due to the popularity of this area, it is important to stake out your family’s viewing area at least an hour and a half prior to the show. This is a good time to take a snack break or dinner break picnic-style in this area. One family member can hold the spot while another family runs to nearby Casey’s Corner or Sleepy Hollow and pick up some food or snacks to bring back to your location (be sure to use Mobile Order to place your order well in advance).
Behind the Fencing
There are a number of fenced-off flower gardens in this area. The best location you can get for little ones is right behind the fencing. If you are right behind the fencing once everyone stands up to view the fireworks no one will be directly in front of you to block the little ones’ views.
Need to Leave Early
If you need to leave before the show is over or want to make a quick exit to catch Disney transportation back to the resorts before it gets too crowded, then watching the show from Main Street, USA and closer to the park entrance will be your best option. Know that the view of the projection images on the castle will not be as good, but this will provide you quick access out of the park.
The best option for viewing “Happily Ever After” is through a reserved area included in the “Happily Ever After” dessert party reservations. Currently, these parties are on pause but hopefully will return soon. Dessert parties are a separate ticketed event that includes desserts, snacks, and, drinks either before or after the show. In addition, these parties provide a reserved viewing area for the shows. This is a great option for several reasons. First, you don’t have to worry about claiming your viewing spot early plus these areas are far less crowded and congested.
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