• On Jan 24, 2017
    Susan from CO 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: Planning for one afternoon&evening with my son, (13) at Magic Kingdom so one chance to watch Wishes. Do you think it's more magical to remain in the park to watch or go to the California Grill for dessert and watch from their deck?

    Hi Susan,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. What a special mother and son evening you have planned! Of course, Wishes nighttime spectacular is magical from almost any location. 

    We have watched Wishes from various places in Magic Kingdom and the balcony of the California Grill. In Magic Kingdom, it feels quite special being there with so many other people all taking a moment to enjoy the beauty of the fireworks. From the California Grill, the view is breathtaking and the setting less crowded.

    Our family disagrees in our responses to this question. While my husband and I prefer watching Wishes from the balcony of the California Grill, our girls, who are 10-years old, prefer enjoying the show in Magic Kingdom. 

    If you do choose dessert at the California Grill, try to make a reservation for a time that is just before the fireworks show. Our last dinner reservation at the California Grill was for 8:50 but we arrived 30 minutes early and were seated soon after arriving.

    Whatever you decide, you will have a magical time!


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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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