The Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom is the grand finale to any special day in the park. Unfortunately, an unobstructed view of the show isn’t possible without a Fastpass+ reservation or camping out for hours in front of Cinderella’s castle—or is it? Believe it or not, there are many completely unique ways to watch Wishes that are nowhere near the castle. In fact, some of them aren’t in the Magic Kingdom at all.
1. Swiss Family Treehouse
Many people consider the Swiss Family Treehouse a sort of ho-hum attraction, but try walking through it at night. There’s something quite peaceful and serene about seeing the Magic Kingdom at night from this vantage point. In fact, if you time it just right, there are many spots up here that make excellent viewing areas for the fireworks. It’s not a very crowded attraction, so you probably won’t have much trouble finding a clear shot of the castle. You won’t get a seat, but the view is well worth the time you spend standing.
2. Polynesian Village Resort Beach
The Polynesian Resort is a favorite for many Disney fans. It has gorgeous theming, delicious food, and even its own beach. To escape the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom during fireworks time, hop on the monorail and head over to the Polynesian Village Resort. If you’re lucky enough to snag a reservation, you can enjoy a delicious meal at ‘Ohana or Kona Café before you head out to the beach area for a break. Relax in one of the lounge chairs provided and dig your toes in the sand for a while as you watch the fireworks show from afar. This is truly one of the most peaceful ways to catch Wishes. It’s a great spot for families, but it’s also really romantic for couples.
3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
This is my family’s favorite viewing point for Wishes. Though this attraction normally has a long wait, it’s usually walk-on (or close to it) during the fireworks show. Just before Wishes starts, head over to the queue line. With any luck, you’ll walk through in just a few minutes and hop on the train just in time to catch the fireworks. You won’t see the whole show this way, but there’s nothing quite like rolling down Big Thunder Mountain while the fireworks finale booms above you. The energy from the other guests is catching, which makes it our one “must do” for any Disney World trip.