Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jun 23, 2013
    Jennifer Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Going to DW June 30th - July 6th. Thinking of catching the fireworks at MK on a day other than the 4th and going to AK on the 4th because it may be less crowded. Any thoughts? Appreciate all the great advice! Y"all help so much with planning!


    That is a great idea. The Magic Kingdom will be very busy on the Fourth of July. Going elsewhere is a great idea, and as you correctly identified a great way to avoid the very largest crowds.

    I do like the idea of the Animal Kingdom as an alternative. However there won't be a fireworks show there, and even in the summer the park is one that really has little to offer in the evening. Because of that, I would say you have two options;

    Option 1: Do go to the Animal Kingdom, but have a plan for the evening. You could watch any of the other park's fireworks shows from an external site, like an adjacent resort. Or you could hit Downtown Disney. When you arrive, see what special events Disney has planned, and use those as other options as well.

    Option 2: Hollywood Studios usually has a fireworks show (other than Fantasmic) on the 4th of July, and I have always found it uncharacteristically light in the crowd department. 

    BOTTOM LINE: Both options are equally attractive, and you should choose just based on if you really have to have fireworks as part of your 4th of July celebration or not. 

    Have a magical vacation!
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