With the newest fireworks at Magic Kingdom, Happily Ever After is drawing big crowds for the nightly fireworks show! Happily Ever After should definitely be a part of your itinerary during your visit to Walt Disney World. There are various tips and tricks to help you get the best spot to meet the needs of your party and fit within your itinerary. Check out this list of these 6 tips and tricks and use them to help you during your next Walt Disney World stay!
6. Arrive early, and stake your claim!
If seeing Happily Ever After from directly in front of the castle is a must do for you, then you will want to arrive early to get your spot. You will want to likely consider getting there at least an hour early to stake out your spot and make sure you have a good spot without obstructions. Cast members will tape and rope off area so that you know where you are able to stand and post up until the show starts. You will have to adhere to rules on where you can and can’t stand so that traffic can continue to flow. A lot of guests like spots around the hub area so that they are closer to the castle, while others like to be further down the street. You will want to figure that out and snag your spot early!
5. Consider other locations inside the Magic Kingdom
It may sound unheard of or crazy to not stand somewhere on or around Main Street facing the castle for the fireworks, but you can also have great vantage points from other places within Magic Kingdom. We have watched from Frontierland and Fantasyland a few times. The experience is a bit different, but still amazing. You still get to hear the same music and get to enjoy your personal space since other guests likely won’t be surrounding you like on Main Street. One of my favorite experiences was riding Big Thunder Mountain while Wishes was going on. It was a really neat experience!
4. Consider viewing locations outside of the park
If crowds aren’t your thing and you want a more intimate opportunity to view the show, consider viewing from a location outside of the park. There are numerous places to view the fireworks that offer amazing views. You could view from one of these Disney restaurants: California Grill (Contemporary), Narccoossee’s (Grand Floridian) or Ohana (Polynesian). The music is piped in so that you can experience the show almost like you were in the parks. Another unique, but costly, way to enjoy the fireworks is to book a fireworks cruise. You also get to hear the music and see the show from a really unique, personal vantage point. In light of recent events please stay close to your party and do not go near the water.
3. Consider a Dessert Party
If you want the royal treatment, along with a reserved fireworks spot where you won’t have to stand elbow to elbow with other guests, then consider one of the two Happily Ever After Dessert Parties! Guests can now make reservations for the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party (offers seating under the terrace during the fireworks) or Plaza Garden Dessert Party (offers reserved standing location in Plaza Garden). Both of these parties can be pricey but include delicious desserts and beverages (no alcohol). FastPasses are no longer available for the fireworks, so the dessert party is one way to guarantee a reserved area for viewing.
2. Be Patient (And stay late!)
It can be hectic during the wait for Happily Ever After and the mass exodus right after with the crowds of people pushing, darting out, walking aimlessly, etc. It all collides to create the chaos. Try to hold onto the magic and keep patient. Stay later than the other guests and don’t be in a rush to exit the park. Take in all the beauty of the park at night. If you hang out long enough after closing you can experience the “Kiss Goodnight” where there is a little extra magic that takes of Cinderella Castle around 30 minutes after closing. It’s Disney’s way of rewarding you for your patience (and reminding you that you do have to leave eventually)!
1. Don’t Obstruct Views
Try to be mindful of the guests around you. For many of them this is the first time that they are seeing the show. Maybe they saved up for 10+ years to be able to afford the trip and won’t get the opportunity again for who knows how many more years. I know you may have small children that want to see or you want to film the occasion, but do so in a manner that won’t impact other guests. The selfie sticks and tripods in the air block other guests from being able to see and cause their pictures and video to have that in their view. Also, don’t put your children on your shoulders. It isn’t safe for you, them or the guests around you, plus it blocks the views of others.