Fireworks at Magic Kingdom - Orlando / Florida Guide
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When people think of fireworks at Disney most people think of the firework display at EPCOT being the best. This is probably true, but there is another firework display at Disney Magic Kingdom that is certainly worth a look. During the summer months the firework show is on every day, however in the off season you will need to check the Disney website for timings as they are sometimes not on every day. The show starts around 9pm (or when it is dark times may be bought forward) so it is worth checking on either their website or guest services before you travel.
To watch the show people congregate on the main street USA (from the main entrance of the park to Cinderella Castle). The fireworks take off just behind the castle, so anyone who is located along Main Street will have a very good view of them. We tend to locate ourselves just at the top of Main Street as this gives you the best view. Where possible try to not go too close to the castle as this can actually restrict your view.
As with all Disney firework shows the show has a theme and plays out to music. One thing we really like about the Disney Magic Kingdom firework display is the fact that the fireworks seemed bigger than at EPCOT. Where EPCOT has a lot of lower level fireworks and activity on the lake, most of the show at Magic Kingdom tends to be in the air using the castle as the main focal point. This in my view makes the show here a little more spectacular. In total the show lasts for around 20 minutes.
When the show finishes the only downside is the transport to get you back to your car. Even though Disney does a very good job and can cope with a lot of volume, it does get very busy at the monorail station. On average it can take around 30 minutes to get back to the car park. As a general rule of thumb, the closer to the castle you get, the longer it will take to get you back to the car. People with young children will need to factor this in when working out where to stand to watch the firework show.
All in all the show is well worth a look and those with younger children might want to just come along on a day off to see the fireworks, or come later in the day. This does tend to help as they are generally not as tired doing this, as opposed to spending a full day there and then waiting for the firework show later in the evening.
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