On Wednesday, January 27th 2016, a great thread was started by Megsmachine on the disboards.com. Megsmachine explains how watching the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show used to be a magical experience during her trips in the past, but now with crowd levels ever increasing, her feeling on the experience has changed. She explains with the heavier crowds on Main Street U.S.A. that watching the fireworks is now an uncomfortable, smelly, and simply not magical experience anymore. She pleads with disboard.com users asking where they watch the fireworks to escape the crowds. I think Megsmachine’s sentiment is common among many Walt Disney World fans, and that’s why I wanted to highlight some help responses to Megsmachine’s predicament.
If you are looking for a better experience watching the fireworks these suggestions might help preserve the magic more than watching it in the middle of Hub in the Magic Kingdom:
1) Travis B: The Polynesian (Village Resort) experience was unique and still very enjoyable. I also don’t like to be squished or herded, and Polynesian beach viewing have eliminated those problems for me.
I will add to Travis B’s suggesting that like Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, many of the resort beaches around the Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon are great locations to watch the fireworks.
2) pattyw: One of the best places we found was to exit the Magic Kingdom and watch from the fenced area near the ferry entrance. You are centered for the fireworks, hear the music, and as soon as the finale is over, you are in good position for the monorail, ferry, or resort buses. You can also sit, as some people had blankets set out. There are no crowds!
3) Bluegrrl: I find that the least crowded and best view is in, strangely enough, Fantasyland.
4) DisneyADottie: It is so worth it in my opinion to get a FastPass for Wishes!…I hate dealing with the crowds for Wishes, and having to save a spot for almost an hour just to make sure you have a good view which can get ruined by someone thinking they can just shove themselves in front of you. The FastPass area for Wishes wasn’t congested at all!
5) bbjunkie: The Ticket and Transportation Center. Absolutely. Its location is almost straight on, and they pipe in the music.
6) dkrauss: My wife and I watched Wishes from in front of Gaston’s Tavern…this past December. It was actually pretty cool spot. Not very crowded…very different perspective. I personally prefer it because there’s no pushing, shoving, etc.
7) FaithTrustPixieDust522: If you’re willing to try something different the bridge over to Tomorrowland is a decent and less crowded place to try. Just watch for the trees that could obstruct your view.
8) Richard Arroyo: I always like to be further down Main Street U.S.A. toward Town Square.
Stephen "Steve" Porter started going to the parks with his family in 1996. Since then he hasn't looked back! Steve was a cast member participating in the Disney College Program in 2013. Most recently he graduated from Penn State University!