Wishes has been the Magic Kingdom’s beloved nighttime closing show for more than a decade. Hosted by Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy, the 12-minute spectacular blends fireworks, castle projections, and narration into a cohesive storyline not often found in traditional fireworks shows. Many Disney fans have their favorite viewing spots, and passionate debates have been known to break out on social media. In my opinion, 5 spots rise above the rest as the absolute best places to watch Wishes, while 5 more sink to the bottom of the pack.
The Best Viewing Locations
1. The Hub/Main Street USA
Anywhere from the Partners statue in the hub down the center of Main Street USA provides an unblocked, castle-centered, traditional view of Wishes. If you are a first-time visitor, an eager photographer, or just wanting to view the show as the Imagineers intended, this is the best spot in the park. Get there early to secure a good view, as many people stake out their location before the Main Street Electrical Parade, and stay put until the end of Wishes.
2. Main Street Train Station
If you prefer a birds-eye view, sitting in a chair, or staying away from the crowds, the top level of the Main Street Train Station is a great choice. Some people feel that the view is somewhat blocked by the flag pole out front, but the fireworks are high enough that I’ve never seen this as an issue. Not too many people know about this one, or are willing to climb the stairs at the end of the night, so it’s a wonderful way to get a similar view to the above, without fighting the crowd or arriving ridiculously early.
If you are a fireworks aficionado and don’t mind missing the castle projections, the heart of Fantasyland is the best place to be. With fireworks going off extremely close by, you will feel like you are literally engulfed…yet Disney cast members are on hand to ensure that you don’t get dangerously close to the action. Note that if anyone in your party has a fear of fireworks or loud noises, this would become the worst spot in the park…but barring phobias, you simply can’t beat this location for the sheer thrills.
4. Contemporary Resort
If you want to go all-out for a special occasion, book a table at the California Grill. Located on the 15th floor of the Contemporary Resort, this high-end restaurant boasts spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom and prime viewing for Wishes. The lights are dimmed and the music piped into the restaurant for a truly magical experience.
For a similar view without the price tag, try the fourth floor balcony at the Contemporary. Head to the opposite end of the building from Chef Mickey’s and the Contempo Café, and out the unmarked doors on either side of the main corridor. There is a small seating area facing the castle, the music is piped in, and the entire concrete patio provides excellent viewing. For an even better bird’s eye view, head up the outdoor stairs one or two floors. There is usually a small gathered crowd, but nothing like what you will experience inside the Magic Kingdom.
5. Polynesian Beach
For the ultimate in relaxation, make your way to the beach at the Polynesian Resort. Grab a lounge chair and kick back with an excellent view. The music is piped in, the white sand beach is beautiful, and the crowds are usually small. It just doesn’t get any better than that!