There’s nothing better than Disney fireworks to end a Walt Disney World evening, and that’s true for those nights that you decide to watch them from the Parks, and those when you prefer to watch them from a distance.
Disney’s Enchantment, narrated by Angela Bassett, combines your favorite Disney songs with the largest fireworks you will see, together with beautiful projections on Cinderella Castle,
Your day is set to have a magical finish with a viewing of the show Disney Enchantment, whether you have spent the day at Magic Kingdom, or have Park-hopped over to finish your evening there.
And we have the best spot to watch Disney’s classic fireworks show from!
Currently, though, there are only two offerings of fireworks in Walt Disney World: Enchantment at Magic Kingdom; and Harmonious at EPCOT. Although this will soon change – as it has now been confirmed that Fantasmic! will return to Hollywood Studios at some point in 2022 – a date has not been released yet.
As a result, fireworks viewings inside the Disney Parks are busier than usual, and so, if you are hoping to secure a great spot for Disney Enchantment within the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, you’re likely have to do so at least 45 minutes before showtime.
Naturally, at some point during a visit to Walt Disney World, you are likely to want to do this, even if it does mean taking a seat on the floor whilst waiting for time to pass before the show starts.
On a longer trip to Lake Buena Vista, however, a slower evening is often welcomed after a busy day in the Parks. On our recent trip, we stumbled upon a great little viewing spot that you may wish to check out next time you are hoping for one of these slower evenings.
This spot is located on the walkway between Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower. Bay Lake Tower is a Disney Vacation Club Resort that opened in 2009, that can be seen to the left of the Contemporary Resort from Seven Seas Lagoon.
The walkway is covered but open on either side, providing shelter from the rain on a gray evening, but also allowing for a breeze to pass by which can help on those hot and humid evenings that Orlando can be known for.
At showtime, the show music is played through the speakers that run along the walkway, allowing you to enjoy the show from a distance.
This location provides you with a view of the Magic Kingdom skyline, including Space Mountain, Tomorrowland, and of course, Cinderella Castle. This means you’ll be able to see the Castle projections that are shown during Enchantment.
You’ll of course also be able to see the fireworks, and whilst they won’t be directly behind Cinderella Castle from this viewing spot, it is pretty neat to see where the fireworks are set off from to allow for that perfect view that you get when watching Disney Enchantment from the hub in Magic Kingdom.
A personal favorite view from this spot is the Monorail that will pass by every few minutes, traveling to and from Magic Kingdom. The new light additions that shine on the track of the Monorail as it passes is beautiful to see at any time, but there’s something extra special about this whilst watching fireworks too.
Getting to your Viewing Spot
To access this spot, head to Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Outside of peak season, you may be able to get parked at the Resort (you will need to present photo ID to security prior to parking); otherwise, use a Disney Transportation bus from Disney Springs, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
If travelling from EPCOT, you will be best to get the Monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Centre, before changing to the Resort Monorail and getting off at the 4th stop.
Once at the Contemporary Resort, make your way to Grand Canyon Concourse on level 4. You will want to pass by Bayview Gifts, which is to your right. Ahead, are double doors that you can pass through – these doors lead onto the walkway. We recommend walking along it, until you get closer to Bay Lake Tower, but find the spot that is right for you as you walk along.
Allow for some time to get to the Contemporary Resort. Depending on where you are coming from, it can be sensible to give yourself at least an hour to arrive at your viewing spot.
Aim to have secured your spot at least 15 minutes before showtime. Whilst there isn’t seating available along the walkway, it is low enough to lean on whilst waiting for the show to start. Depending on the time of year, you may also get to watch the sunset over Seven Seas Lagoon from this spot – you won’t be disappointed!
Make an Evening of It
If this is your first time visiting the Contemporary, you may wish to make an evening of your visit, and enjoy quick-service dinner at Contempo Cafe – be sure to check out the cupcakes and desserts available here!
Alternatively, Chef Mickey’s is a great option that offers all-you-care-to-enjoy dining with your favorite Disney characters.
After the fireworks, make the most of your visit by browsing in the shops, or admire the Mary Blair artwork in Grand Canyon Concourse and see if you can spot the five-legged goat (hint: you may want to make your way up to the Monorail to get a better view!).
No visit to the Contemporary is ever complete with boarding the Monorail, so if you are yet to do so, access it from level 4. Get ready to stand clear of the doors!