Fireworks Viewing Locations That Will Knock Your Socks Off: The Polynesian Village Beach

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We get a lot of questions from readers and friends about anything and everything to do with Walt Disney World and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We love using our love and dedication to Disney to help others make their vacations magical by sharing our insider tips that we have learned over the years.   One of the questions we get asked a lot by people who are visiting Walt Disney World is “Where is the best location to watch fireworks?”  Guests love the experience of watching the fireworks from the classic locations that Disney suggests, but sometimes want a few ideas on other places to watch from that don’t feel quite so crowded as the Fastpass viewing locations.

Fireworks-Polynesian BeachIf this sounds like you, look no further because we have a series that will explore numerous alternative locations that will knock your socks off. Our first installment is from our guest blogger, Stefanie and you don’t want to miss this one because you won’t even need a park ticket for this one!

Watching Wishes from Main Street USA in the heart of the Magic Kingdom is amazing, but I am here to tell you about a lesser known spot that gives you a whole new perspective on Disney’s Wishes Nighttime Spectacular-The Polynesian Village beach! My family has long been fans of the the Polynesian Resort, now called the Polynesian Village Resort. I have been staying there since I was a little, and I am blessed to have continued that tradition with my husband and our boys.

So to say that I was a little unnerved and skeptical when I heard about all the changes they were going to make a few years ago, is the understatement of the year! I am a creature of habit, and the addition of Disney Vacation Club, overwater bungalows,and the removal of the beloved fountain from the gorgeous lobby where we would take a family picture every trip, was almost more than my little heart could stand. While I still miss that fountain, and the distinct water smell that could only be described as the Polynesian lobby, I have come to realize Disney is working hard to restore the Polynesian to its former glory days.

However in the midst of all the changes, I realized they would never be able to take away my single favorite thing about the Polynesian, and that is our favorite fireworks viewing spot from the beach area. Now the beach at the Polynesian is kind of a cool little extension from the zero entry volcano pool, giving you the feeling you are in some great tropical location with palm trees swaying in the breeze and a beach bar close at hand. And, the best thing about it is the view across Seven Seas Lagoon looking straight at Cinderella Castle and the mountains of the Magic Kingdom. It is truly a magnificent sight for any Disney lover, and something you certainly will never find at any other tropical locale.


There is no better time to enjoy this beach than in the dark of night.  It’s almost perfection when you are sitting on a beach with tiki torches all around, relaxing with your feet in the sand, and a tropical drink in hand courtesy of the Barefoot Pool Bar. If you plan your timing right, you will also be able to experience the Electrical Water Pageant, a stunning display of lighted floats that cruise their way across the lagoon. But that is just the appetizer, a teaser of sorts for what is to come, because the main show of the night is Wishes! The soundtrack to Wishes is piped into the beach area at the Polynesian Village so you can experience the wonderful music while you watch the dazzling show. It is an amazing view, and one that you will not get from inside the Magic Kingdom. It is an entirely different experience seeing it from a farther perspective, and you will notice more aspects of the show that you might not ever have noticed from up close.


Another great thing about watching Wishes from the Polynesian, is that you do not need a theme park ticket to experience the show. While we have stayed at the polynesian quite frequently and watched the show from there, we have also watched Wishes from there if we have just been passing through the area, but don’t have enough time for a full day at the parks. You can still enjoy all the resort has to offer, whether you plan on having dinner at ‘Ohana or some cocktails and polynesian inspired small bites at Trader Sam’s Grotto, and then you can finish off the night with Wishes!

So now that I’ve shared my favorite secret spot for Wishes viewing, I hope you will all do yourself a favor and check it out! I promise you won’t regret it!

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