Monday, March 14, 2016

Restaurants and Fireworks: Walt Disney World

   One of the best ways to end a magical night is eating at a great Disney restaurant and watching the sky light up with a wonderful fireworks display. Here are some ideas to make it relaxing and wonderful experience.

    There are many Disney restaurants where you can catch the fireworks and relax with no crowds. Magic Kingdom's "Wishes" and EPCOT's "Illuminations" have an awesome firework display and shouldn't be missed. Always check the times of the fireworks to plan your dining reservations. Times change according to season. I always recommend scheduling dining 45 minutes before the fireworks.

   One of the restaurants with a great view of the Magic Kingdom is O'hana at the Polynesian Resort. It has a direct view of the castle. When you're booking, mention you want the fireworks viewing table. If you can't get a reservation, best place to watch the show is on the beach. O'hana is a casual dining establishment known for its spectacular ambiance and incredible food.

Another restaurant is Narcoossee's at the Grand Floridian. It also gives a great view of the castle. There is even a railing for outdoor viewing. Narcoossee's is an upscale, casual type of restaurant known for its seafood but they do have steak and other options as well. If you are not hungry and just want to break away from the parks a bit, you can get a good view from the docks.

Now, let's venture to the Contemporary Resort and check out other restaurants, California Grill and Chef Mickey's. Whether you want fine dining at the California Grill or character dining at Chef
Mickey's, it is a perfect view to watch "Wishes." If you can get a reservation there is also an observation deck with a great panoramic view of the Magic Kingdom.

Although these locations give you a scenic view of the Magic Kingdom there are locations within the park where you can grab some food and still catch the show. Crystal Palace, Casey's Corner, and Tomorrowland Terrace. However, I personally like being in the middle of the fireworks and watch them from Pinnochio's Village Haus in Fantasyland. The fireworks explode all around you and above your  head. However, you won't experience Wishes from the front of the castle. It is still an experience to see the sky light up all around you.

As many times as I have seen, "Wishes," I can never get enough of it.

Magic Kingdom isn't the only park with a night show. Now we will talk about EPCOT's "Illuminations."

Rose and Crown at the United Kingdom, known for their Fish and Chips, is one of the best viewing locations. Patio seating is available but can't be guaranteed.

If you don't feel like the park, Disney's Boardwalk has a great view from the bridge looking towards Spaceship Earth.  If you have the chance to stay at the resort, ask for the boardwalk view. It isn't guaranteed but if you are lucky, the fireworks are awesome.

"Wishes" - View from the balcony, 15th floor, Contemporary Resort 
"Wishes" - View from Fantasyland

"Illuminations" - View from a room at the Boardwalk Inn

"Illuminations" - View within EPCOT

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