How to Watch Happily Ever After in a Happier Place

Have you ever gotten off a ride to realize that it’s time for the fireworks in Magic Kingdom to start? You might have trouble finding a spot in the Hub to view the Happily Ever After show up close at the last minute, or maybe standing in a crowd of people just doesn’t sound very happy to you.

Happily Ever After Fireworks

So where else can you go to get a great vantage point? We’ll share several spots that fill the bill.

Fantasyland

This is as close as you’ll be able to get in Fantasyland

The area behind the castle is one to consider, but it can be fairly crowded. It allows you to get very close to the back side of the castle, which we love, but between “it’s a small world” and Peter Pan’s Flight there is a lot of foot traffic, including strollers. Finding a spot in the circle surrounding Prince Charming Regal Carrousel might pan out better for you.

Liberty Square

The lights from the Liberty Square Riverboat make Liberty Square a romantic spot to see the fireworks

This area gives you a great view of the castle up close. You can also see fireworks launched directly behind the Liberty Square Riverboat. This area is not going to be well-lit. There may be crowds, and people in this area are not generally stopping to watch Happily Ever After, so watch your toes. You can also head out on the bridge that connects this area to Frontierland for less foot traffic and splendid views.

Behind Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Look for this spot at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to get a great view

If you want to catch a glimpse of the projections on Cinderella Castle, head just outside Storybook Circus to the fencing surrounding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. From here, you can see a good portion of the spires and a bit of one side of the castle. This gives you distant angles that allow you to see some of the projections. You can also catch a good glimpse of the mine train as it races by.

Storybook Circus

Nice lighting and no crowds in Storybook Circus area

This location has plenty of wiggle room as the area hosts attractions aimed at smaller guests. Many kids will have headed back to the hotel already, meaning this area will have fewer guests. Since many of the fireworks are launched from behind Big Top Souvenirs, you’ll get an upfront seat for the bigger booms. You can even find a seat along one of the low walls. Music from the show is played throughout this area, so you can still tell what scene is happening. Unfortunately, you can’t get a good look at the projections on the castle from this locale. What makes this our favorite spot for those with different abilities is that the area remains well-lit. If you have a hard time seeing where you are going in the dark, this is a great selling point.

From a Nearby Hotel and Extra Spots

Fireworks viewing from nearby resort

Did you know you can see the fireworks from several Disney resorts surrounding Magic Kingdom? That’s right! You can head on over to Disney’s Contemporary, Bay Lake Tower, the Grand Floridian, or the Polynesian Village Resort. You can also check them out near the dock for the ferryboat at the Ticket and Transportation Center. If you want to  see the fireworks in a really special way, you can even take a private fireworks cruise.

Have a tasty treat after the show with the After-Fireworks Dessert Party

Do you want to know how to get guaranteed seating for Happily Ever After? Your best bet is to book a dessert package. You can currently choose from the Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace, Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing, Magic Kingdom After-Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace, or out on the Seven Seas Lagoon for the Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise.

Do you have a favorite spot to watch Happily Ever After? Share it in the comments below!

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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2 Replies to “How to Watch Happily Ever After in a Happier Place”

  1. It is actually a good time to get in line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. That’s I did last trip and our wait was only 35 minutes which is fast for that ride.

  2. I was luckily enough to watch them from a boat while doing the Pirate meet and greet cruise on the lake and also at Contemporary after doing Highway in the Sky dinner. The music is piped through and you get good views.

    We never went into the park for the fireworks but we certainly got our eye full and had a great time before and after to set the tone.