Ask a Disney Question: Best Places to Watch Wishes.

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Ask a Disney Question: Best Places to Watch Wishes.

From Edward:  Where is the best viewing spot for the Magic Kingdom fireworks and the parade that goes on before hand with all the lights.  The name escapes me at the moment.

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is aptly named – it is a spectacular display of fireworks, moving music, and even a visit from Tinker Bell. The SpectroMagic Parade adds an enormous number of dazzling lights to its floats. If you’re lucky enough to catch Wishes and the SpectroMagic Parade on the same night, it will be a wonderful end to a day at the Magic Kingdom. Be sure to check the parade and fireworks schedule; SpectroMagic generally begins one hour before Wishes  but does not run every evening.

To get the best view of Wishes, you’ll want to be on the south side of Cinderella Castle (toward the park entrance) since the fireworks are launched from behind the castle. SpectroMagic begins on Main Street, U.S.A. and moves around the castle hub to Frontierland. Since it can be very crowded for these nighttime events, I recommend finding a spot on Main Street, U.S.A. This way, you can have a good view of both without having to move through the crush of guests to  find a new location for Wishes. After SpectroMagic, you can have someone in your party reserve your spot while you take a bathroom break and find a snack. The most popular locations on Main Street are towards the Castle Hub near Casey’s Corner and The Plaza Restaurant. For something a little quieter, try the terrace of the Plaza Restaurant. To get a prime spot, stake your claim at least thirty minutes before SpectroMagic begins; more during the busier weeks of the year.

Another option for a great view of Wishes is the popular, seasonal Wishes Dessert Party which has recently returned. This private dessert party combines a well-stocked buffet of sweets with a reserved fireworks viewing location at The Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station. The Wishes Dessert Party beings one hour before the fireworks; if you opt for this party, it will be difficult get an up close view of SpectroMagic and take full advantage of the dessert portion of the party. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.  The adult price is $21.99 and children (ages 3-9) are $11.99; peak pricing is $25.99 for adults and $13.99 for children.

If you are visiting Walt Disney World in Summer, 2010 (June 6 through August 14), the much beloved Main Street Electrical Parade will return to Walt Disney World and will run in place of SpectroMagic. Also, a special fireworks extravaganza will temporarily replace Wishes during Summer Nightastic!

Thanks for your questions and have a wonderful time at SpectroMagic and Wishes.

Thanks to Lisa for answering this “Ask a Disney Question” for me today.  If you have any Disney questions, ask us.  If we can’t find the answer, we’ll  find someone who can.

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3 thoughts on “Ask a Disney Question: Best Places to Watch Wishes.

  1. Crepe Myrtles? It's a little early for them here (NC) but maybe not in Central Florida? They are very hardy and bloom for a long time.

  2. this may be a bit odd, but after a week at Disney we had one question that no cast member could answer. Throughout the park, and especially in the courtyard of the Floridian Hotel and Resort, there are trees that have pink fluted flowers. What type of tree is it? Everyone kept saying they would find out, but of course, we never saw them again. Any ideas?

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