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3 Tips for Watching 4th of July Fireworks at Walt Disney World

Ah the Fourth of July. The iconic American holiday is celebrated throughout the country. And since it is right smack dab in the middle of the busiest season at Walt Disney World, you best believe it can get pretty crazy there. Never fear because Conor is here! I’ve got 3 tips for watching 4th of July fireworks at Walt Disney World that will help you have a great trip!

Tip 1: You Don’t Have to Celebrate July 4th on July 4th

Disney is known for their nighttime spectaculars. Every time I got there you best believe I have to catch at least one of them. Whether it’s Happily Ever After, Illuminations or even Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, Disney does fireworks right. Since Fourth of July is always celebrated with a fireworks display Disney of course pulls out all the stops. Special fireworks shows occur at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT but because they are so popular Disney does something in an attempt to alleviate crowds.

The fireworks on July 3rd at Magic Kingdom are the exact same ones you’ll see on July 4th. While the park will still definitely be crowded on the 3rd it most likely won’t be at the same levels as on the 4th itself. This can be a great option to check out the fireworks a day early and then spend the night of the 4th relaxing and avoiding the crowds.

Tip 2: You Don’t Have to Be In the Parks to See the Show

Fireworks are launched high in the sky.

Great! Now that we’ve got that important fact out of the way I can tell you what it’s relevant. Because of the height of these sky explosions, Magic Kingdom resorts are a great place to watch the fireworks. The most popular option is probably to get a reservation at the California Grill at the top of the Contemporary. While those are hard to come by you can also just camp out on the beach areas of the Polynesian or the Grand Floridian to watch the show. Another cool aspect is that the resorts typically play the soundtrack to the fireworks as they are going off. So it’s like you’re right in the thick of it!

This is a popular option especially on July 4th but it won’t be nearly as crowded as the parks. If you’re driving in consider parking at Disney Springs and taking a bus over to one of the resorts. While it might be a longer commute the Polynesian and probably the Grand Floridian will most likely be turning away cars that don’t have hotel or dining reservations. They do this in an effort to make sure they have enough parking for their own guests.

Watching from a resort brings a new perspective while also limiting the size of the crowds you’ll need to deal with.

Tip 3: Arrive Early and Stake a Claim

If you do want to catch the fireworks from the inside of a park just keep in mind that it will be a long day. It is not uncommon for Magic Kingdom and EPCOT to reach capacity early in the day on the 4th. If a park reaches capacity guests will not be allowed to enter until enough people leave. There are phases to who they turn away first and onsite resort guests are the last to be turned away. However, there is always the possibility that you might be held for a period before you can enter.

Because of this I recommend getting to the park as early as you can. It will be a long and hot day but better to guarantee that you are able to get in the park than not. Once inside you’ll want to stake out your fireworks spot probably a couple hours before they begin. Good spots are hard to come by on this busy day so you’ll want to make sure you can see the show that you came for.

It’s one of the busiest days of the year. But with a little planning you can have the best possible experience at Disney World on the Fourth of July.


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