Magic Kingdom Firework Viewing Tips

Posted by DisGear on Jul 02, 2018

Magic Kingdom Forth Of July Fireworks Tips

The Forth of July is a day for Americans to celebrate our Independence, this great country and our community. For many Disney fans celebrating in one of the parks is a tradition.

Part of this yearly tradition, fans cap off the night with one of the most spectacular fireworks shows on the planet. If you have ever been to one of these shows, you know they are not a sight to be missed. One of the most popular shows is the 360-degree fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.

Every year the fireworks wizards at the Magic Kingdom seem to better their show from the previous year. There is a main display behind the castle, 
where the normal fireworks go off every night. There is a duplicate firework show at the other end of Main Street and then they shoot off fireworks all around the park.

While there are plenty of good viewing options throughout the park, I suggest getting their early to stake out your claim.

Magic Kingdom Tips:

  1. See the show on July 3rd, this show is usually less crowded.
  2. Get there early to stake out your claim. I suggest no later than 6 pm.
  3. Bring a blanket to sit on while you wait.
  4. Bring fully charged electronics for picture taking and keeping entertained prior to the show.
  5. Don’t plan on parking at a resort or any place besides the main lot. There will be lots of security keeping traffic flowing. Don’t even try stopping along one of the roads to watch, they will wave you off.
  6. If you exit the park right after the fireworks are over it can take a couple hours to make your way to the Transportation and Ticket Center. Plan on going back into the park for a couple hours instead of exiting right away.
  7. Once you get to your car it can take a while to get out of the parking lot.
  8. The service roads on each side of the Magic Kingdom will be closed from 9-10 ish.
  9. The show starts at 9:15 pm both July 3rd and 4th and lasts about 20-25 minutes.
  10. Unlike EPCOT, they will not be performing the Happily Ever After fireworks show these nights.

Best places to watch:

  1. In the hub, at least halfway back from the castle.
  2. Directly behind the castle by Pinocchio’s.
  3. The beach at the Polynesian (You will not be able to park in their lot)
  4. The top floor of the train station.
  5. The Contemporary.

At EPCOT they will be performing their normal nightly show of Illuminations, Reflections of Earth. They then have a roughly 8-minute tag on show celebrating Independence Day.


  1. This is not nearly as insane as the Magic Kingdom, so no need to get there super early. Staking your spot out about an hour or so early will get you a decent seat.
  2. Have a good view of the American Pavilion.
  3. Stay away from trees and building that will block your view.
  4. If the seating area in front of Space Ship Earth is open, this is the best spot.
  5. EPCOT is only performing their All-American Grand Finale on July 4th.

At Hollywood Studios they will be running their normal Star Wars; A Galactic Spectacular firework show at 10 pm.

At DisGear we hope you have a wonderful Independence Day and remember to be safe.

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