The BEST Places to Watch EPCOT’s New Fireworks Show: Harmonious!

(Notice: Many of these offerings and restaurants are still in the process of reopening. Please check back here or on the Disney website before making future arrangements.)

Harmonious — EPCOT’s newest fireworks spectacular celebrating culture and music — will make its firework debut on October 1 for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. For the time being, however, you’ll be able to enjoy Disney’s temporary fireworks show, EPCOT Forever, which made its return on July 1.

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It’s time to get a head start and scout out the best places for optimal fireworks viewing!

The Harmonious Basics

Harmonious will take place on EPCOT’s World Showcase Lagoon, so you’re going to want to find an area around World Showcase to watch this new show.

Harmonious Equipment on World Showcase Lagoon

But *where* specifically should you watch? Here are some of our favorite fireworks viewing areas from the past. We think the same areas will continue to provide similar views, though some of the large show pieces on the Lagoon may change these views somewhat. We’ll be sure to update once the show begins. In the meantime, here’s where we like to watch EPCOT’s nighttime spectaculars!

Rose And Crown Pub’s Patio

The United Kingdom pavilion’s Rose and Crown Pub is a sit-down restaurant that serves helpings of fish n’ chips, savory pies, and pub blends. (We really love those fish n’ chips.)

Rose & Crown Pub

There’s a patio outside the restaurant with a clear view of World Showcase Lagoon. It’s a peaceful dining experience by day, a dazzling one by night.

Epcot Rose and Crown Backside
The Rose and Crown Pub restaurant in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 2800, EV 0, 120mm Focal Length.

Before the shutdown, you needed to purchase an EPCOT Forever Dining Package to guarantee your seat on the Rose and Crown Pub patio. This was a (pricey) separate ticket event from the restaurant itself.

However, we’ve made standard reservations for Rose and Crown Pub in the past around fireworks time and been lucky enough to be seated on the patio.

Illuminations

We’re not sure what the case will be when Harmonious starts, but we’ll keep you in the loop!

La Hacienda de San Angel AND Cantina de San Angel

We’re grouping La Hacienda de San Angel and Cantina de San Angel from the Mexico pavilion because they’re two sides of the same coin.

Inside La Hacienda de San Angel ©Disney

La Hacienda is a Table Service restaurant and Cantina de San Angel has Quick Service options. Both serve up an array of Mexican specialties like tacos, nachos, and top-shelf margaritas.

La Cantina de San Angel

If you want to watch the EPCOT fireworks from the comfort of an air-conditioned building, La Hacienda de San Angel has always been our place to go (though the food’s been hit-or-miss for guests in the past).

Just keep in mind that reservations around fireworks time always go quickly (so book 60 days out, if the option’s available), and the food prices are going to be more expensive than what you’ll have to pay over at the Cantina.

IllumiNations ©Disney

If you don’t mind watching the fireworks outside and want a cheaper Mexican cuisine for dinner, give Cantina de San Angel a go! The view won’t be as clear as it will be from the windows in La Hacienda, and you might not be able to find a place to sit — but if you CAN, you’ll be . . .surrounded by a lot of people who had the same idea you had. But, hey! A view of the show is a view of the show!

Monsieur Paul

Do you want a fancy French cuisine with your fireworks? Then Monsieur Paul, over in the France Pavilion, is a great option for your expensive tastes.

Monsieur Paul

When Monsieur Paul is available, it offers up a standard menu or a prix-fixe menus of French delicacies.

Monsieur Paul © Disney

If you’re seated at one of the second-story windows in the restaurant, you’ll get a head-on view of the fireworks. The windows aren’t terribly large and have panes across the glass that kind of block the show, but it’s still an overall nice view.

It’s not the best option for your first time seeing the Harmonious show, but it may be a classy and more romantic option for later EPCOT visits.

Tokyo Dining (OR The Balcony)

In the Japan pavilion, you can order from a selection of sushi, sashimi, and nigiri over at Tokyo Dining.

Tokyo Dining

If you decide to eat at this sit-down restaurant around the time of the fireworks, you can get a . . . decent-ish view of the show if you get a window seat.

Tokyo Dining Balcony

We say decent-ish because the windows are right next to the second-story balcony — a place where guests can also pile in to get a view — only slightly obscured by trees and red Torii Gate — of the fireworks.

Bye Illuminations!

If you’re only booking a late reservation at Tokyo Dining for the view of the fireworks, you’re probably better off eating a La Hacienda de San Angel, unless:

A. You’re not a Mexican food fan.

B. You missed your reservation window for La Hacienda de San Angel. (Reservations at Tokyo Dining are usually easier to get around fireworks time.)

Not feeling hungry but still want to see the fireworks from Japan? You can always try to find a spot on the balcony yourself (above the Mitsukoshi Department Store).

Between Mexico and Norway

There’s not much to say about the area between the Mexico and Norway pavilion because it’s, well, just a clear walkway.

A little busy this day!

It also has a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon. If you scout out your area ahead of time, you’re going to have a pretty solid view of the show.

Norway Stave Church

And bonus points: you don’t have to pay for this prime viewing area (unless you want to snag a drink or taco from Cantina de San Angel or Choza de Margarita ahead of time, but that’s totally up to you).

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Just be prepared for a lot of standing — most likely shoulder-to-shoulder with other guests.

World Showcase Plaza

World Showcase Plaza is arguably the best area in EPCOT to see the fireworks.

Epcot Forever Fireworks 1
Epcot Forever fireworks show as seen from the Showcase Plaza

This prime fireworks viewing area is located next to the World Showcase entrance (more toward the Canada pavilion than the Mexico pavilion).

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Epcot Forever fireworks show as seen from the Showcase Plaza

However, before the shutdown, the only way you could have the privilege of seeing the fireworks show from this location was to secure a FastPass for it ahead of time. These were definitely not day-of FastPasses — you needed to make these reservations in advance.

More fireworks!

We assume this will be the case again once the FastPass system is back, but we’ll have to watch for that.

Pont Des Arts Bridge

If Monsieur Paul is unavailable when you’re planning on watching the EPCOT fireworks (OR if you don’t want to pay for Signature dining so late at night), consider watching the fireworks from a complimentary location near the France pavilion, instead.

The bridge leading to the France pavilion. [The Walt Disney Company]
Pont Des Arts Bridge connects the France pavilion to the United Kingdom pavilion.

Ain’t she a beaut?

There’s not much space here, but as long as you can find a spot early, you can watch the fireworks from the bridge’s railings. Just make sure you’re not standing in the middle of the bridge and blocking other guests! Otherwise a cast member will ask you to “keep moving forward.”

Italy Isola

If you’re in the Italy pavilion around fireworks time, you may notice a little island separated from the rest of the pathway.

Italy Isola

This island is known as Italy Isola, though we refer to it as  “that one little section of Italy that’s super cute and has a great view of the fireworks.”

Isola set up for an event ©Disney

It’s not just a great view — it’s also romantic. (Proposal, anyone?)

EPCOT Forever

Once upon a time, the main area of the island was used for private dining parties. Maybe Disney will resume those private events right away, or maybe they’ll open up the space to allow more vantage points for Harmonious. (We’re rooting for the latter, even though being invited to a private event on Italy Isola would be pretty cool.)

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