This must-see entertainment includes a projection show on the face of Cinderella’s Castle followed by a spectacular fireworks show. What many people don’t know is that the fireworks go off quite a distance away behind Cinderella’s Castle AND some basic fireworks within the castle's vicinity mostly in between the big, BIG fireworks. If viewing the fireworks from inside the park, you won’t see that, but as a Disney Vacation Club member, we are privileged to view the fireworks from the top of Bay Lake Tower and we can see the actual location. With that being said, there are many places you can get a good view whether you are a DVC member or not.
- Bay Lake Tower: If you are a DVC member, head over to Bay Lake Tower to view them from the top of the building. There is a place to sit inside where you can buy something to drink while you wait for the entertainment to start (limited seating so get there early) or sit on any one of the benches that are outside while you wait. The music is streamed to the outside viewing location. Be sure to bring your DVC membership card and proper ID!! The card is required to check-in, receive a ticket with number of people and ride the express elevator to the top.
- Circle around the Hub: The hub is the area of Main Street, U.S.A. that surrounds the Partners Statue (Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue). The “hub” is the center of the Magic Kingdom. This is the place where guests are directed onto one of the walkways, (AKA spokes), into the different lands located all around Cinderella’s Castle. The fireworks are so large and up so high that you can step off to a less popular place to walk/stand on the circle and view this spectacular event. Plus, with viewing from any place around that circle, you have a great view of the projection show on the castle. If you are in the park for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you will be able to experience the true feel of the 180 degree perimeter fireworks.
- Main Street, U.S.A.: We have taken advantage of walking out of the park down Main Street, U.S.A. to avoid the mass exodus after the fireworks and watched the fireworks at the same time. We walk, stop, look, walk a little, stop, look and so on. Or, find a place to stop and watch the whole thing, but I will warn you that it’s VERY crowded and cast members are required to move people along in the high traffic areas to avoid chaos. This is very crowded and popular, because the view from Main Street, U.S.A. allows a straight view of the projection show on the castle and the fireworks show. But, the further down the street you are and closer to the exit, the less crowded it will be.
- California Grill: I had the pleasure of discovering this location for one of the best views, by accident! I had no idea this is a popular location to watch the fireworks until we were told, while dining, that the music is streamed through the restaurant and there is a balcony to watch the fireworks. The entire restaurant is surrounded with windows. We were lucky and were seated on the side of the restaurant where we just sat at our table, ate our dessert and watched the show. What I know now is that this restaurant is not only in demand for it's fantastic food, but, if you schedule your reservations right, you are treated with a great show, too.