Top places to see (or photograph) Wishes

Wanted to take this new blog post in a new direction, this time around I wanted to talk about some of the best places to see or for some photograph Wishes from. Now this won’t be a top 10 or in any particular order. I also won’t be listing the obvious in front of Cinderella’s Castle or the newer Fast Pass areas because that’s pretty much what everyone does to begin with.

In Fantasyland or New Fanasyland

Just north of Cinderella’s Castle is perhaps one of my favorite places to see the fireworks and also to take photos from.  Let’s be honest anywhere from the Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel to Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid.  You can get great view points of the fireworks being shot off behind Be Our Guest and Gaston’s Tavern. The only disadvantage is you won’t be fireworks that are shot off at Cinderella’s Castle but most are shot off behind New Fantasyland. I’ve gotten some really cool shots of the fireworks with Gaston’s Tavern and statue and with Prince Eric’s Castle and shipwreck with the Ariel bust.

The Contemporary 

This one I’m going to bundle together because there’s a few spots at the Contemporary. First off if your staying at the resort and have a park view room, it’s a great way to see the fireworks nightly. The awesome thing is they even pipe in the Wishes soundtrack on resort tv! Obviously it’s not a view available to everyone but the next location is.


From a park view Contemporary room

California Grill is a great place to eat or have some drinks while watching Wishes. It may not be ideal for taking photos because of the glass but that leads me to my next point with the Contemporary. In the California Grill you can take exits to the observation decks. This way your high above the Walt Disney World resort with great views of the Magic Kingdom, Bay Lake, The Grand Floridian and more. It’s a simple breathtaking view.


From the California Grill, apparently I didn’t take any pictures of the fireworks

Ticket and Transportation Center

You might be saying, wait a second Mark you can see the fireworks from there? I will say absolutely yes! If you are unfamiliar with it. The Ticket and Transportation Center is typically where you board the monorail for when you park for the Magic Kingdom or Epcot. Typically it’s the place where you switch monorails if you’re going from Magic Kingdom to Epcot and vice versa. It’s also walking distance from the Polynesian Resort.

The place your looking exactly is where the ferry from the Magic Kingdom exit. If you are getting off either monorail from Epcot or the Magic Kingdom just head down the ramp and turn right. You’ll have a perfect view of the Bay Lakes and the Magic Kingdom. It’s a great view, you won’t see some of the lower fireworks but none the less when we discovered it, were kind of amazed and there’s no crowds to fight with. The only downside is no music but if you just want to watch them or get some photos it’s a good area.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

There’s two areas here where one can see Wishes from at the poly. The first one I have first hand experience with is from outside of Trader Sam’s. There’s an outside section to the famous lounge that you don’t need to wait for if there’s a wait. You can enjoy all the same drinks and food. That’s not here or there but you can see Wishes from the patio.

Now this one is one I’m going to suggest but I have yet to experience. The Polynesian Resort beach area. I’ve personally heard that this is a good area but have yet to do it. It’s also a great place to see the Electric Water Pageant. A kind of hidden gem of the WDW resort.

Honorable mentions:

Now these aren’t really areas to watch the Wishes per say but there are a few attractions that are adding to the experience when you are riding them. First off is our favorite night-time attraction, Big Thunder Mountain. If you time it right, your train will be climbing the lift hills and racing through the mountain while the fireworks are shot off. As I said not for watching but adds to it. Secondly it’s more of a fleeting glimpse at times is the Tomorrowland People Mover. There are moments to where you can be seated comfortably in your car and cruising through Tomorrowland and see the fireworks. I wouldn’t suggest these if your watching the fireworks for the first time but I wanted to talk about them briefly.

This was a kind of quick and easy entry this time. Most likely will write more than one this week for lack of entries lately. As always feel free to contact me at for any inquiries or questions. I’m always happy to help you out with your Disney travel bookings! My services to get you a quote for your dream Disney vacation are absolutely free!

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