Can you believe it’s July already?!? I know, me either! July brings more warm weather here in the south and afternoon rain showers. It also brings fireworks! We haven’t been able to make it to the parks for July 4th yet because my husband is the fire marshal in our town so that requires him to be here and supervise our local fireworks. Maybe one of these days though – it’s one of the things on my Disney Bucket List.
What makes the 4th of July fireworks unique is that they have tons more fireworks than any of the normal fireworks shows you’d see in the park or even any of the special event fireworks. (Bonus tip: they often “practice a night or two before “the” night so if you’re not able to make it on the 4th, try to hit it the night before) One thing that will be a bit familiar is the perimeter fireworks if you’ve seen a fireworks display like Hallowishes during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Viewing these fireworks inside the Magic Kingdom are special (the feeling of the fireworks exploding all around you is magical) but can be very crowded as you can imagine. Depending on your plans following the fireworks will help determine the best viewing spot for your group.
- Staying Inside the Park – being on Main Street is really awesome but this might be a great time to try watching them from the back side of the castle. You won’t be fighting the crowds leaving the park when the show’s done and you’ll already be closer to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train once they’re done. The other option if you’re staying in the park and have someone in your group who may not be a fan of the fireworks is to watch from an attraction. One of my favorite things is riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad during Wishes. You’ll still be able to see some of the fireworks but the thrill of the attraction is a good distraction.
- Leaving Afterwards – try to find a spot on Main Street near the entrance to the park so you’ll have less crowds to fight on the way out. If you camp out early enough, watching from the train station platform is an amazing view (when you go up to get on the train, just continue walking and turn left to reach the balcony).
- From Outside the Park – you’ve got a couple of options here too. My favorite way to watch the fireworks shows with the “all around” fireworks is from the Polynesian Resort beach. Parking will be restricted at the resort so you’ll need a reservation at one of the restaurants or take Disney transportation to the resort. This gives you such a great view and you’ll be able to see everything. The other thing I really love is renting a pontoon boat for the evening for a Wishes cruise. These fill quickly so it’s best to call and reserve as soon as you think you might want to do this. Check in with your resort’s front desk once you arrive to see if they can help you find any last minute cancellations if you’re not able to get a reservation before you arrive.
Chances are you’ll need to camp out to get a good spot before the fireworks. Be sure you’ve all made a potty break before the rest of the crowd starts filling in. It’s also a good idea to grab some snacks and drinks so you can just people watch once you’re settled in. Simple things like some bubbles are enough to entertain littler travelers with you while you’re waiting. You could also look around for Hidden Mickeys or play a game of I Spy to help pass the time. Have a meeting spot already set up in a less crowded area in case you get separated from your group in the crowd once the show’s over. Trying to stop and find each other in the sea of people will not be an easy task and you’ll be able to meet up at your spot that you’ve already picked out.
Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Red this month. We will be back on August 7th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.
1st Stop ~ Frontierland Station – The Voices of Liberty
2nd Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts – Dressing for July 4th
3rd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse – American Adventure
4th Stop ~ The Disney Point – Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat Ceremony
Final Stop ~ My Pixie Dust Diary – Fireworks Viewing