I am sure you already know why Main Street U.S.A. is a favorite among many for viewing the Magic Kingdom Fireworks but, just incase you don’t, check out the Video: Main Street, U.S.A. Disney World Fireworks Viewing Locations.
Main Street, U.S.A
When you walk into Magic Kingdom, you are filled with sights and smells that scream Disney! There is just something magical about being in that park. When the lights dim and the music starts for Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show, there is no other place I had rather be than on Main Street, USA. There are many other great locations to view the Wishes fireworks but for me and my family, there is something special about watching it on Main Street.
Main Street is everything Disney was meant to be; the architecture of the buildings, the view as you look toward Cinderella’s Castle, the wonderful smells coming from Main Street Bakery; they all epitomize the ideal Walt had when he began planning to build both Disneyland and Disney World. By day, it is full of the hustle and bustle of getting of people getting to their must-do attractions. By night, it is full of guests anxiously awaiting the lights to dim and the show to begin. I truly believe when imagineers envisioned guests watching Wishes, it was the view from Main Street they intended.
Magic Kingdom has two events that occur right before Wishes; Main Street Electrical Parade and Celebrate The Magic castle show. These three are all must-dos for my family, so we will grab our spot early and catch them all. To make sure you sit exactly where you want, I suggest getting there about an hour before Main Street Electrical Parade’s starting time. If you plan ahead and make sure everyone has something to keep them busy, the wait shouldn’t be a problem. Even with young kids, there are things to bring along to pass the time; an iPad, an electronic handheld game, or something as simple as playing eye-spy as a family. As with anything you do while on a vacation, planning is key!
My family’s favorite spot is just outside of Casey’s Corner quick service restaurant. We will get dinner from Casey’s and sit on the curb to people watch while we wait for the shows to begin. If we have time after we have finished eating, one of us will grab some ice cream at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor for dessert. Traditions at Disney are important to my family, and this is one we truly enjoy keeping!
Saying Main Street is extremely crowded during Wishes is probably an understatement. I am sure there are better, more accurate words to use. As odd as it sounds to a lot of people, the crowd is one reason I love watching from Main Street. What’s not to love about watching a spectacular fireworks show with thousands of other Disney fans?
If your party is only interested in watching Wishes and sitting and saving a spot is not something you want to do, I have a tip that just might be your best bet to have a great view without the wait. In between each show; Main Street Electrical Parade, Celebrate The Magic, and Wishes, Cast Members will rope off the intersection at Casey’s Corner so guests are able to come and go through the area. If you time things just right and arrive a few minutes before the lights dim, you are able squeeze right in and have an excellent view.
Once the fireworks are over, there is no need to rush to the exit of the park with the masses. You will end up standing in the bus, ferry or monorail line for quite some time. The shops on Main Street will stay open up to an hour after the park’s official closing time which gives you the opportunity to browse for souvenirs. It is also a great time to get some pictures on Main Street with less people in the background. An added perk to staying in the park a little longer is a “Kiss Goodnight”. About 30 minutes after closing, set to magical music, a beautiful light show will display on Cinderella’s Castle. During the light show, Roy Disney’s dedication speech for the Magic Kingdom can be heard throughout the park. This makes for a great ending to a wonderful day at the Magic Kingdom.
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