The Top 5 Places to Watch Magic Kingdom Fireworks at Walt Disney World

The Top 5 Places to Watch Magic Kingdom Fireworks at Walt Disney World

For most people, fireworks are generally only seen on New Year’s Eve and 4th of July. However at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World fireworks are an everyday affair. For many first timers, finding a spot for the nighttime spectacular is overwhelming.

After countless viewings of the different fireworks shows that shoot off behind Cinderella’s Castle, I have discovered the best places to watch.

  • Main Street USA: If you ask a Cast Member, there’s not a bad place to watch the fireworks on Main Street USA. This is partly true, while I wouldn’t dare say that’s a bad view (unless the tall guy in front of you decides to hoist his small child on his shoulders directly in front of you). My preferred location on Main Street is in the center of the street about half way from the entrance to the castle, in between the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and Casey’s Corner. It’s perfect because it’s close enough to be able to all the remarkable projections on the castle, but far back enough that the castle doesn’t block any of the fireworks. This is especially true for the specialty fireworks for holidays that include perimeter fireworks.
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Beach: The Polynesian Resort is in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area and sits directly across the Seven Seas Lagoon from Magic Kingdom. If you grab dinner at O’hana or a beverage at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar you can check out the resort and watch the fireworks for the beach area. While you can’t see the projections on the castle, you get a full view of the fireworks and is usually a lot less crowded than Main Street.
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC): The TTC is another great outside the park viewing location. You can a similar view as the Polynesian Beach from the ferry dock, but it is even less crowded than the Polynesian and they pump in the music! It’s also close to the trams and parking so you can beat the Stroller 500 race out of the park!
  • California Grill Observation Deck: If you dine the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or have a beverage at their lounge it gives you access to their observation deck. Even if you enjoy earlier in the evening if you bring your receipt back to the check-in desk that will grant you access for the show. It is absolutely worth the price tag to view the fireworks from their deck. The view from the 15th floor can’t be beat! The lights are dimmed and the music is played for the show.
  • Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: This last location is reserved only for Disney Vacation Club Members who are staying at a Disney resort and their guests. The view is similar to the California Grill Observation Deck. The lounge offers specialty cocktails and other beverages as well as a light appetizer menu. There is comfortable seating inside, as well as, an outdoor deck that allows you to see and hear the show! If you know any Members or are one yourself, make sure to check out this cool perk!

These are just a few of my favorite places to end the day and enjoy the Magic Kingdom’s amazing nighttime spectaculars. Remember, “All we have to do is look inside our hearts and unlock the magic within.”

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5 Places You Must See The First Time You Visit Anchorage

Check out a few of my favorite Alaskan sites.

About a month ago, I went to Anchorage, Alaska for the first time with my fiance. We spent four days bouncing around the city and trying to see as much as we could. We had the time of our lives. These are just a few of the highlights from our trip, and I think absolutely everyone needs see all of these places the first time they visit Anchorage.

1. The Anchorage Museum.

The Anchorage Museum was by far our favorite place that we went on this trip. We loved how the museum blended historical information with modern displays, and we definitely spent more time than we should have in playing with all of the interactive elements in the "discover" section. Plus, standing in front of the museum makes for a picture-perfect pose:

2. The Mount Baldy Trailhead.

This is definitely more for those who enjoy being in the outdoors, but we had a blast hiking up Mount Baldy. The trail is technically in Eagle River, which is about half an hour outside of Anchorage, but it's worth the drive. When we went, it was extremely icy and slippery, but every step we took rewarded us with amazing views and awesome memories. The icy conditions kept us from making it to the top, but we're hoping to try again on a summer trip in the future.

3. The Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall/The Midnight Sun Cafe.

We spent a good amount of time at the Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall picking up souvenirs and presents. The mall had everything from adorable Alaskan gift shops like Once in a Blue Moose to your basic Bath and Body Works. We also really loved The Midnight Sun Cafe, a little local restaurant that is located right underneath the sky bridge to the mall. We dipped into the cafe several times and we loved everything we tried from their Mexican hot chocolate to the casual sandwiches and chips they served.

4. 49th State Brewing Co.

This was our favorite restaurant we tried in Anchorage. They have a really great atmosphere and awesome food. My fiance tried their yak burger and I had a really awesome crabby grilled cheese and seafood chowder. This restaurant was a bit pricier than most of the other places we dined at in Anchorage, but it was worth every penny.

5. The Moose's Tooth Pub & Pizzeria.

My runner up for favorite restaurant is the Moose's Tooth. This is just a casual pizza joint, but we had a great time hanging out here, and I really enjoyed the Chicken Parmesan pizza I got. It probably wasn't the most amazing pizza in the world, but it is definitely a step above Domino's or Pizza Hut. It's fun and silly to go somewhere that was so stereotypical Alaskan.

Enjoy your trip!

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10 Of The Best Ways To Be A Tourist In Southern California

I have been to L.A so many times it's practically my second home.

You don't have to travel far to vacation and have a good time. I realized that this last winter break. I've traveled to California many times; more specifically I have been to L.A so many times it's practically my second home.

I've done a lot of the main things that you would want to do and it didn't seem too exciting to me after a while, but then I got to talking with a friend about the different things I have done in California and realized I have done a lot in the many years I have visited. There are so many things that many people may not even realize you can do in California.

1. Manhattan Beach

Take a trip to Manhattan beach on a sunny day and enjoy the waves and go seashell hunting. You can also go paddle boarding and surfing while here.

2. Six Flags

If you're looking for an adrenaline rush be sure to head over to Six Flags. There are many rides and fun carnival games to choose to enjoy.

3. Universal Studios

Be sure to check out Universal Studios and enjoy the mix of action-packed shows and rides. There's also a city walk full of stores and places to eat if you are looking for more of a laid-back evening.

4. Little Mexico

Enjoy the culture in little Mexico and try some good Mexican snacks and drinks and find cool trinkets to take back home.

5. Hollywood Boulevard

Walk down Hollywood Boulevard, sightsee the cool theaters, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, many shopping malls, and clubs.

6. Porto's Bakery

Visit Porto's bakery. There is so much deliciousness in this bakery from fruit pies to delicious baguettes.

7. The Grove

If you like to shop, be sure to stop at the Grove. It has many boutique shops, and the decorations are beautiful during the holidays.

8. NBA game

If you're into sports be sure to check out an NBA game. It is worth your time and very fun to do on a casual Tuesday night.

9. Malibu Beach

I'm very into beaches and have been to many while visiting California. Malibu beach is beautiful, plus Malibu itself has a very fun beach town vibe.

10. San Pedro

Love the sea and seafood? Be sure to stop by San Pedro and get your seafood fix. Their shrimp and lobster are to die for.

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