• On Mar 16, 2023
    Jenny from OR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    With Animal Kingdom closing at 7pm, we were thinking of heading towards the beach at the Polynesian Resort to catch the fireworks. Is this a feasible option and if so, what time should we get there by? What would be the best way to get there?

    Hello, Jenny,

    Thank you for sending your question to planDisney. I'm not sure if you know this, but I'm so happy to share that  Happily Ever After is returning to the Magic Kingdom on April 3, 2023.  It is a long-time fan-favorite that spreads Disney magic and joy through its story-telling and stunning fireworks. 

    Your plan to watch the fireworks from Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is a great idea.  I have always enjoyed the fireworks from afar as well as at the Magic Kingdom. Both bring different experiences and perspectives that are equally enjoyable.  To do this, I would take a bus from Disney's Animal Kingdom to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.  I believe the fireworks will be showing at 9:00 PM the week of April 15, 2023 (subject to change). If you leave Disney's Animal Kingdom before or around 7:00 PM, I think you should have plenty of time to get to the resort. 

    Once at the resort, you'll find plenty to do as you wait for the fireworks to begin. You can grab dinner or snacks at Capt. Cook's quick service restaurant.  DOLE Whip® treats are also available at Pineapple Lanai.  If you like shopping, BouTiki is a fun store to explore and see unique Polynesian-themed items to buy. You may also find that finding a nice spot near the beach or on the lawn is just as fun. 

    To return to a different Disney resort after the fireworks, you can take the monorail or boat to the Magic Kingdom and transfer to the transportation that brings you to that resort (most likely a bus). You could also use a ride share or taxi cab to return to your resort. 

    Wishing you a magical visit!  Please let us know if you have any further questions.
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I am a retired teacher with a family of 3 adult sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.  Learn More About Kara

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