The Best (secret) Spots to Watch Magic Kingdoms Parades and Fireworks
Disney parades and fireworks are something special. There's no where else on this planet where you can see such magic unfold. Being in Disney World for the first, or thirty first time seeing the sky light up over Cinderella castle just takes your breath away. Now, everyone knows that if you stand in front of the castle or on MainStreet you will get the best views for both the parades and fireworks, but I have some of the best (secret) spots to sit without the crowds!
The sleigh in front of Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square.
Not many people know about this spot, or that you can actually sit in the sleigh to watch the parades. It's elevated so you can see over the people standing on the street, and you have a seat! The sleigh fits five people. If you can get there a half an hour before the parade hop in and people watch until the real show starts. The parade passes directly in front of you and it is one of the best views you could get without sitting in the crowd. An added bonus of watching the parades from this spot is that Sleepy Hollow is located directly across from it. So have someone in your party grab a funnel cake while you wait.
The Short Wall In Front of The Dumbo Ride
Ok, I know the title sounds silly but it's the only way to explain where this is. There is a short wall in front of the Dumbo ride, under the Storybook Circus sign, across from the Seven Dwarves Mine Train. Got all that? This spot is great for watching wishes! There are literally no crowds at all in this part of New Fantasy Land at night. You get a nice seat (I'm big on not having to stand after a long day of walking the parks). You get a view of TWO castles! Cinderella and Little Mermaid! Added bonus, there is a snack cart right next to you that sells pop corn, pretzels and Churros. Double Bonus, Big top is also right in this area if you need a cake pop or fudge to complete your night!
The Outdoor Patio at Pecos Bills
This spot is a favorite of mine to watch The Main Street Electrical Parade. Pecos Bills is hardly ever crowded at night. Especially because everyone is usually at the front of the park. There are tables set up outside (yay no standing!!) and the parade is so easy to see. It's, in my opinion, the best place to watch the night time parade if you are planning on staying in the park after enjoying it. After the parade you aren't being corralled with the rest of the crowds. Added Bonus, it is steps away from splash mountain and thunder mountain which will have no lines right after the parade ends.
The "Other" Beach At The Polynesian Resort
Watching Wishes from the Polynesian is not a big secret. Yet most people think of the beach in front of the main pool as being the best spot to watch the fireworks. It is the most popular but most crowded! There is another beach in between the Figi Longhouse and Luau Cove that is always empty. There is actually a better view of the Castle from this beach. You don't even need a park ticket to enjoy the best fireworks show around! There is also a fantastic view of Electrical Water Pagent, if you arrive early enough. Added Bonus, to go tropical drinks from Tambu Lounge that you can enjoy while watching Wishes!
I'm sure anywhere you chose to watch the parades and fireworks will be magical, these are just a few of my favorites!