We adjusted pretty quickly to the return of the Happily Ever After fireworks in Magic Kingdom. It’s almost like they never left; they dazzled their way back into our hearts — and there they will stay.
If you’re looking for the perfect stake-out spot in Magic Kingdom for prime Happily Ever After viewing, we’ve got a few different options for you. Some will give you optimal viewing of both the fireworks and Cinderella Castle projection show, and some will give you the most unique and memorable angles of the fireworks with less of a crowd.
Main Street, U.S.A.
Yeah, this one’s pretty straightforward, but we had to get it out of the way. If you want the best view of the fireworks, then you need to stake out a spot somewhere on Main Street, U.S.A.
Most places around Main Street are going to give you a great view. If you want to guarantee a clearer view of the projection show, try stationing yourself near the Partners Statue.
As tempting as it may be to wriggle your way deeper into the crowd to get as close to the castle as possible, you won’t get the best view of the projections. (Honestly, they look a little wonky from that closeup.)
If your main concern is getting that perfect head-on view of the fireworks, then go further back onto Main Street, U.S.A. near the American Flag. The projections will be smaller, but you should still be able to see them for the most part. Plus, the crowd will be a little less bottlenecked here.
While you’re there, stay put and watch the Happily Ever After fireworks from a whole different perspective.
You won’t be able to see the projection show from here, but if you’re a big fan of the Tangled animated movie (or series!) then you’ve got to put this fireworks-viewing area on your bucket list.
It feels like the sky is flooding with lanterns, just like in the movie! It gives us chills just thinking about it.
From Astro Orbiter
Usually, we’d give a shout-out here to the Tomorrowland Terrace and their separate-ticketed dessert parties. Those seats will guarantee you not only a variety of Disney desserts but also a fantastic and uncrowded view of the fireworks and projection show.
If you time it just right, you can ride the Astro Orbiter while the fireworks are going off. Since this is the tallest aerial carousel on property, it’ll almost feel like you’re *blasting off* during each rotation.
It’s our favorite time to ride Astro Orbiter because we’re not just spinning around this time — we’re getting a show, as well!
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Ever wonder what it’s like to eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table during Happily Ever After? We’re talking about the cons first, but just so you know — you’re not going to get a view of the projections. Okay, phew. Got that off our chest. Now, the pros!
You see those big windows? They look out over the backside of Cinderella Castle — meaning you’re going to get a unique view of the fireworks shooting off for the show. Just check out this picture:
It’s a pricey endeavor to eat dinner here all for the sake of watching Happily Ever After, but if you just happen to be dining here around fireworks time, then consider it a major bonus to this signature dining experience.
Around Cinderella’s Golden Carousel
Don’t want to drop the moolah for Cinderella’s Royal Table but still want to see the fireworks from behind the castle? Then head over to Cinderella’s Golden Carousel.
You saw it in the above picture — when you’re looking out the window of Cinderella’s Royal Table, you’re looking out at the carousel. And you can see those fireworks clearly!
The crowds are also lighter here since a lot of guests crowd around front to see those projections. But, if you just want an epic fireworks spectacular to end the night with, here you go — this is a fantastic angle.
On/Near the Liberty Square Riverboat
If you happen to be riding the Liberty Square Riverboat while the fireworks are going off, you’ll experience the most exciting 20-minutes this boat ride has to offer.
If you don’t want to ride Liberty Square Riverboat for the last ride of your Magic Kingdom day — or if the line’s closed off because the park’s getting ready to close — then standing around this general area in Liberty Square will work, too.
But, man, there’s just something about being on that riverboat during Happily Ever After that makes you feel like you’re walking right into the happily ever after scene of Princess And The Frog, y’know? And we’re so here for it!
At The Top Of Splash Mountain
Most of the Splash Mountain show scenes happen indoors. So, if you’re wanting to watch the entire duration of Happily Ever After, then hold off on riding this water toboggan.
However, if you want to experience that one, glimmering, spectacular moment of fireworks bliss at the top of the Splash Mountain drop hill, then by all means go for it!
Even after the drop happens, you’ll be able to see the fireworks for a little while longer as you round the river bend into the last “Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah” show scene.
Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
We personally prefer riding Big Thunder Mountain over in Frontierland at night, anyway! The temperature has cooled, the ride is lit up and eerie-looking, and the track just feels faster.
And, if you’re able to ride while Happily Ever After is playing, you’ll get to see some different fireworks angles, too!
The fireworks add to the overall atmosphere of the ride. (After all, the TNT in the mines IS threatening to go off — the fireworks are just doing their job and helping the haunted mine train’s storytelling!)
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