I Was a Disney World Cast Member, and I’m Letting You in on a Fireworks Secret

When you’re a Disney World Cast Member, you interact with a LOT of people. A lot. Like, a lot. OK, you get it. But everyone has a limited “social battery,” and after a while, you need some time away from people. But is that really POSSIBLE in one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the world?

Main Street, U.S.A.

It is! If you know where to look. But that’s why we’re here to help! If you’re tired of being crowded and smushed in the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. during the Magic Kingdom fireworks, we’ve got a list of BETTER places to see the show. 

First of all, we should probably get a few things straight. If you want to see the FULL Happily Ever After fireworks show (that’s including the castle projections), there’s really no getting around the fact that Main Street, U.S.A. is the place to go to get the full, unobstructed (by decorations or plants, anyway) view of the show. But warning — the area in front of Cinderella Castle and Main Street gets CROWDED!

There are HUGE crowds!

If you’re willing to sacrifice the castle projection element of the show, we have some other places to visit instead. Our list of secret fireworks viewing locations will be broken into two categories.

Crowds waiting for Happily Ever After

The first category will be for those of you willing to take a risk for the ultimate fireworks viewing location. It requires luck and good timing, and you have to be OK with the fact that you might miss some of the show this way. The second category will be for people looking for a quiet(er) place to stand, away from all the crowds.


Big Thunder Mountain

OK, like we said, this is going to take some good timing and a bit of luck. But, if you manage to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad during the fireworks, you will end up with one of the COOLEST views of the show in all of Magic Kingdom.

Big Thunder Mountain

See that incline? Have your cameras READY (but make sure you’re holding on TIGHT to your phone or camera) because you get a STUNNING view of the fireworks as you ride up the hill. Take it all in. It’s SO worth the time spent standing in line, trust us.

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Speaking of birds-eye views of the fireworks, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin is another fabulous place to see the show!

This is a FUN one!

Of course, you may have to twist your neck to see the fireworks since the carpets travel around in circles, but this is another fun spot to visit. Plus, it typically has low wait times during the show!

Magic Kingdom Lands

Liberty Square

Over by the Haunted Mansion attraction, Liberty Square is nice and quiet during the fireworks. That’s good news for YOU since you’ll have plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the show.

Liberty Square

Keep in mind that depending on which part of Liberty Square you’re standing in, you may have a slightly obstructed view of the fireworks. But hey, it’s all about what you prefer: smaller crowds or a perfect view.


Note that parts of Fantasyland are blocked off during the fireworks, but there’s one quiet little area that is PERFECT for watching the fireworks. Head over to the area outside of Bonjour! Village Gifts for a quiet, dark place to watch the show.

Bonjour! Village Gifts

If you’re lucky, you might even find an outdoor table by Gaston’s Tavern! Fireworks AND a place to sit? Now that’s what we like to see. You can find those tables to the left of the Gaston fountain.

Look for a table!

We hope these little tips and tricks help you find the PERFECT fireworks viewing location away from all the hustle and bustle of Main Street. In the meantime, we’re always on the lookout for the latest Disney news, so stay tuned for more.

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One Reply to “I Was a Disney World Cast Member, and I’m Letting You in on a Fireworks Secret”

  1. We like the bridge to Tomorrowland. You don’t have to get there extremely early for a good view (30 minutes on a crowded day) and still have a good view of the projections. Plus, Tinkerbell flies right over the top of you!