• On Jul 19, 2011
    Jeanette Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the best way to watch the Epcot Fireworks? Are there restaurants that have great views? Or dinner packages you can buy that offer good seating? Thanks

    Hi Jeanette!

    It's very easy to watch Illuminations, the nighttime spectacular at Epcot.  The show takes place on the World Showcase Lagoon, which is huge and provides a lot of places to view the show.  I wouldn't worry about getting a good spot, unless you want to see the show "dead center".  In that case, the best place is on World Showcase Lagoon, directly between the lagoon and the Future World portion of Epcot.  The exact opposite end, in front of the American Pavilion but slightly to the left or right to be able to see around the theater there is also excellent.

    That said, I have watched Illuminations from positions all around the Lagoon and they are all good, though some are slightly better than others.  Again, the best are mentioned above.  The most important thing for getting a good view is getting there early so that you can get up against the railing.  It's a lot easier to see Illuminations than Wishes in the Magic Kingdom and especially a lot easier than seeing Fantasmic! in Hollywood Studios; I recommend just showing up 30 minutes before show time!

    If you want to watch from a restaurant in Epcot, then I recommend making a reservation for the Rose and Crown Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion or the La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexican Pavilion.  Both have spectacular views, though I think the views from the outside tables at the Rose and Crown are best!

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any more questions!
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