Watching Fireworks Outside the Parks
The nightly fireworks in the parks are amazing, but sometimes guests find that it would be more convenient to watch the show from outside the parks. Whether a guest has small children that cannot take such long days, or is enjoying a day at Disney without park tickets this article lists some great tips for watching fireworks outside the parks. For more suggestions check out our page on Walt Disney World without a ticket.
There are many restaurants around the Seven Seas Lagoon outside of the Magic Kingdom that provide excellent viewing locations for Wishes, the nightly fireworks show. These restaurants are often very sought after locations, so it is recommended that you make dining reservations 180 days in advance of the night you plan to dine. Some of these dining locations, California Grill in particular, allow any guest who has dined in the evening to come back and enjoy the fireworks from the restaurant, which is a great opportunity for those who would rather not eat so late in the evening.
- California Grill: The California Grill is an excellent place to view Wishes from outside the Magic Kingdom. This restaurant is a signature dining establishment, which means that it rewuires 2 table-service credits for those on the Disney Dining Plan. This restaurant at the top of the Contemporary Resort, offers great views of Wishes and even pipes in the music from the show.
- Ohana: Ohana is a restaurant at the Polynesian Village Resort that offers excellent views of Wishes. This restaurant is lined with floor to ceiling windows. At this all-you-can-eat restaurant the music for Wishes is piped in and guests can enjoy the fireworks as they explode around Cinderella Castle.
- Narcoosee’s: Thise signature dining restuarant offers views of the fireworks from the Grand Floridian Resort. This restuarant is right on the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Here the music for the fireworks is played in the restaurant.
Other Viewing Locations
The fireworks at the Magic Kingdom can be viewed from locations other than restaurants outside of the theme park. Here is a list of a few great locations to watch the fireworks outside the parks.
- Ticket and Transportation Center: The Ticket and Transportation Center is a transportation hub in Walt Disney World, and also the location of the Magic Kingdom guest parking lot. Its convenient location across the Seven Seas Lagoon from the Magic Kingdom makes it an excellent place for watching fireworks outside the parks.
- Beaches around the Seven Seas Lagoon: Both the Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts offer beaches with great views of the fireworks. A popular option is to get a famous dole whip from Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Resort and then enjoy Wishes from the beach.
- The Ferryboat: If timed just right, it is possible to watch Wishes from the ferryboat as it crosses back and forth between the Ticket and Transportation Center. This is quite the Magical Moment. Simply climb to the second level on the Ferryboat and enjoy the show.
- Ferrytale Wishes: This unique but expensive option is a fantastic way to celebrate a special occasion. With this special treat, guests are able to watch Wishes from their own private boat in the Seven Seas Lagoon.
- Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage: This experience is great for the entire family. With this special event, guests are treated to Pirate themed activities and snacks. Afterwards it is “Ahoy Mateys!” as everyone climbs aboard to sail across the Seven Seas Lagoon and watch Wishes from a boat.
There are fewer viewing locations for Illuminations outside of Epcot, but there are still a few viable options.
- The Bridge between the Boardwalk and Beach Club Resorts: This bridge offers decent views of the fireworks, although you may still miss a portion of the show. Watching fireworks outside the parks sometimes means sacrificing a perfect view.
- Various Places around the Beach and Yacht Club resorts: The view of Illuminations from these resorts will be limited to the highest fireworks, but in addition to seeing glimpses of Illuminations you will also probably be able to see a few of the Hollywood Studios fireworks, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, as well.