Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 20, 2012
    Robin from MS 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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    We are heading back to the parks this March. Last visit we missed the Illuminations fireworks. We do not want to miss this spectacular again. Any suggestions as to the best viewing point and the best time to arrive there? Please help! thank you

    Hello, Robin!

    You are absolutely right to plan ahead and not miss IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth on your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World.

    Since you'll be in the parks in March, check out the March calendar for Epcot. If IllumiNations is scheduled for a 9:00 p.m. showing, I suggest that you arrive at a location with a great view of World Showcase Lagoon.  Personally, I prefer to be on the side of the lagoon that is closer to the attractions of Future World, so that if we are exiting right after IllumiNations finishes, we're that much closer to the park exit.  However, if you are a Walt Disney World Resort guest, and are planning on taking advantage of evening Extra Magic Hours on your night in Epcot, then there are several terraces in various pavilions in the World Showcase that offer lovely views as well. Any location with a water view will afford you a great vantage point; just consider what will be easiest for you to get to, and to your next stop, when the show is over.

    As you wander the park that day, keep an eye out for a location that will be convenient based on your evening plans. Then, about 45 minutes prior to show time, arrive at your preferred location and relax until the show begins.  You might want to grab a special snack or beverage en route so that you've got all you need, as well.

    I'm sure you'll have a magical time as you view this spectacular pyrotechnical display.  Please send any additional questions you may have you plan your upcoming trip!  I'd love to help!
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I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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