General Magic Kingdom Fireworks
  • On Jan 12, 2020
    Mechelle from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Where is the best place to view the fire works on July 3rd(daughter’s 7th b-day) at MK which isn’t overly crowded? Which rides at AK, and Epcot should I fastpass and/or rope drop? Any particular order to plan my rides at the parks so we aren’t all over?

    Hi Mechelle,

    What a fantastic trip you have planned to visit Walt Disney World while celebrating your daughter's birthday this summer!  It will certainly be a chance to make so many new memories.  When you go to watch Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, the best place for me is in front of Cinderella Castle because there are projections on the front of it. However, it will likely be very crowded.  If you are okay missing the projections, you may find the area behind the castle just as enjoyable.  We've watched them from the area near Gaston's Tavern and Be Our Guest Restaurant and found it less crowded and still very enjoyable. Another idea is the Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace; not only would you get to enjoy many yummy desserts, but you'd also have a reserved viewing area for the fireworks. One final idea if you'd really like to make a big celebration for your daughter, you could have dinner at California Grill and watch the fireworks from their observation deck on top of Disney's Contemporary Resort.  Even better is you can dine early and then return later with your receipt to watch the fireworks. 

    At Disney's Animal Kingdom, my goal is to always get a FastPass+ for Avatar Flight of Passage. It is an incredible experience getting to "fly" on a winged mountain banshee. Remember, too, that you can get FastPass+ reservations when you are 60 days out from your arrival date if you are a Disney Resort guest, Disney Springs Area Hotels or other select nearby hotels.  You can begin making them at 7:00 AM Eastern Time, and I'd make that your first one to try for and to be flexible with your dates as it is very popular.  Otherwise, you can get them when you are 30 days out from the day you are visiting the theme parks. 

    At Epcot, my family really likes 'Soarin around the World as our FastPass+ priority, but if your daughter loves Frozen, you may want to make Frozen Ever After a must-do FastPass+.  You will be able to select three FastPass+ reservations each day, and once you use them, you can try for an additional one (based on availability) and so on and so on. 

    As for the order to visit the attractions, you can certainly visit them by whatever one comes next as you walk around the parks.  You may also want to use the My Disney Experience app to look at wait times and move more strategically.  There are also a handful of independent websites that offer touring plans (sometimes for a nominal fee) for guests if you'd like to look into those.  

    Wishing you a magical trip!  -Kara
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Meet the Panelist: Kara, Nebraska

I’m a high school teacher with a family of 3 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.

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