Watching Magic Kingdom’s fireworks spectacular is one of the most magical moments of any Disney vacation.
Disney Enchantment has joined a long list of captivating fireworks shows at the Walt Disney World Resort, with the Magic Kingdom fireworks display following the beloved runs of Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams and Happily Ever After as part of Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration.
From the colorful projections on Cinderella Castle to the iconic soundtrack, Walt Disney World’s fireworks show Disney Enchantment always sees huge crowds in the Disney Park’s hub area. But if you’re trying to avoid the crowds, knock an attraction off your theme park list, and still watch the fireworks, we have the perfect Disney tip for you!
Of course, most Guests want the classic Disney Castle shot when filming or photographing Walt Disney World’s fireworks. Cinderella Castle features multiple projections and animation during the 15-minute show, and for first-time visitors, the hub is definitely a must-do viewing spot.
But if you’re a returning Guest to Magic Kingdom and want a different kind of firework-viewing experience, there’s a futuristic viewing area with little to no wait time just around the corner!
The PeopleMover is a fantastic break from a chaotic Disney theme park day, offering 10 minutes of downtime in a train high above Tomorrowland. The popular attraction offers wonderful views of the Magic Kingdom Park, with glimpses inside Space Mountain, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, as well as a peek at the new TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster.
Not only does the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover offer Guests some relaxation alongside its classic narration, but the ride is also one of the best places to experience Disney Enchantment.
We like to head to the PeopleMover at around 8:55 p.m. on nights when the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The Tomorrowland attraction is often a walk-on ride at this time and offers the perfect place to be in the Magic Kingdom theme park for when the magical show begins.
Tomorrowland does, in fact, play the soundtrack to the fireworks show across its speaker system, and so riding PeopleMover at this time of night means you’re surrounded by Disney music. As you turn the corner after Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, you’re met with the incredible sight of the fireworks high above Cinderella Castle – all while comfortably seated in the PeopleMover.
You’ll catch the fireworks at other points along the track too, all with different backdrops and alternate perspectives. And another great reason to ride the PeopleMover during the fireworks? Once you’ve finished your turn on Walt Disney World’s “highway in the sky”, you can hop right over to Space Mountain which typically has a less than 15 minute wait time during Disney Enchantment! No Individual Lightning Lane or Disney Genie reservation is required.
There’s no other ride quite like the classic PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s many Guests’ guilty pleasure and one that certainly needs to be tried during Disney World’s fireworks show.
More on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover was formerly known as the WEDway PeopleMover from 1975 until 1994 and was designed as an urban mass-transit system of the future. The experience is also the sole remaining attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at Lake Buena Vista to have corporate sponsorship (currently Enterprise Rent-A-Car) and it looks like the attraction is getting an update soon.
Walt Disney World’s official description of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover reads:
Move Above and Beyond
Board an elevated tram for a leisurely voyage through Tomorrowland. During your narrated tour, go behind the scenes of attractions like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain and Star Traders retail shop. See architectural models of Progress City, the prototype for EPCOT. You’ll enjoy amazing up-close views of the park from a unique vantage point.
Always ahead of its time, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover accelerates magnetically using linear induction motors.