Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jan 10, 2013
    Melanie 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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    Hi. It's our first Disney trip, we are going on feb 2 for 10 whole days! I'm taking my hubby and daughter who is 4... I wanted to know where are the best places to view the fireworks and parades for all the parks? This being our first trip we have no idea!

    Hi Melanie!

    This is a great question.  There are nighttime spectaculars in three of the parks:
    • Fantasmic in Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • Wishes in the Magic Kingdom
    • Illuminations in Epcot
    All three nighttime spectaculars are fabulous.  Fantasmic takes place in a special stadium built just for the show; be sure to show up about 30 to 45 minutes before showtime for a great seat.  You want to sit in the middle of the stadium from left to right.  Wishes can be seen from many locations, but my favorite location is on Main Street between Casey's Quick Service location and the castle hub; closer to Casey's is better and you want to be in the middle of Main Street.  Illuminations can be seen from all around World Showcase Lagoon.

    There are also parades in three out of the four theme parks:
    • Magic Kingdom
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom

    The Magic Kingdom has a daytime parade and a nighttime parade, while the other two parks just have a daytime parade.  The parade route will be indicated on the map for the park.  Be sure to pick up a map when you arrive.  Most guests want to watch the parades from Main Street and that is a great place, except for the crowds.  It is usually easier to watch the parade from Liberty Square or Frontierland.  I like to watch the parade in Disney's Hollywood Studios from just in front of the huge Mickey's Apprentice hat.  In Disney's Animal Kingdom, the parade route is huge so it is fairly easy to find a spot; just look on the map.

    I hope this helps!  Please write back with more questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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